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Swordtail (VL-EPC-2702)

Swordtail  (VL-EPC-2702)Global wireless capability to Arm-based computer product line

Global wireless capability to Arm-based computer product line

Low power Arm-based i.MX6 Cortex®-A9 processor with soldered-on RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and fanless operation.


This product is in early release and subject to very limited availability. The preliminary information on this page may not be complete or accurate relative to the final features or specifications of the product. Please contact VersaLogic's sales department for details on this product.


  • Quad-core or dual-core i.MX6 Processor
    800 MHz performance with very low power consumption.
  • Extended Temperature Versions
    -40° to +85°C operation for harsh environments.
  • Wi-Fi
    Compliant with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth
    Compliant with Bluetooth 4.2.
  • MIL-STD-202G
    Qualified for high shock and vibration environments
  • Network Support
    Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with remote boot support
  • System RAM
    Up to 4 GB soldered-on RAM for harsh environments
  • On-board I/O
    Two USB 2.0 ports support keyboard, mouse, and other devices. One serial port, eight GPIO, CAN bus, Audio (via HDMI), and I2C support.
  • Power conditioning
    8 to 17V DC input (12V nominal) power input.
  • Video Output
    HDMI and LVDS video output.
  • MicroSD Socket
    Supports microSD card solid-state drives.
  • Flash
    Up to 32 GB of on-board eMMC flash storage.
  • Cellular Expansion
    On-board socket supports Cellular and other wireless technologies.
  • Fanless Operation
    No moving parts required for CPU cooling
  • Standardized Mounting
    Same mounting pattern as 95 x 95 mm COM Express Compact products
  • Software Support
    Compatible with a variety of popular Arm operating systems including Linux..

Software Expertise: Reference & Software Expertise

OS Compatibility: Linux




The Swordtail single board computer is a complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®enabled, Arm®-based embedded computer. Models are available with power-efficient, dual-core or quad-core i.MX6 CPUs. These boards are designed for applications that demand rugged, power-efficient solutions such as industrial machine automation, transportation, medical, kiosk, and industrial IoT applications. Swordtail boards have been designed to enable transactions and transmission of maintenance or diagnostic information without the presence of a wired data connection. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are included on board, and a NimbleLink Skywire™ socket supports a wide range of optional cellular and other wireless plug-ins.

Unlike Arm-based "modules", Swordtail is a complete board-level computer. Additional carrier boards, connector boards, or I/O expansion boards are not required for operation. Swordtail boards are delivered with on-board soldered-down RAM, ready to plug-in and run. To simplify mounting and future upgrades, the Swordtail leverages the COM-Express standard for its footprint and mounting points.

Like all VersaLogic products, the Swordtail SBC is engineered and tested to be rugged. It is fully validated for operation in unforgiving environments where extreme temperatures and mechanical shock and vibration occur. Each component has been carefully sourced, and the design optimized and validated, to ensure reliable operation in the field.

Swordtail embedded computer boards provide connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, USB, and CAN bus interfaces, as well as HDMI video and audio support and LVDS panel support with backlight and touchscreen signals. Additional on-board I/O includes I2C with interrupt input support, and GPIO lines.

VersaLogic's 10+ year product life support programs ensure long-term deployment in the field, free from expensive upgrades and migrations that come from short, disposable lifecycle products.

VersaLogic products are designed for use by OEMs working in a variety of market applications: Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial, Security, Medical, Military, Robotics, and Transportation. Anywhere that the need for superb quality and high-performance embedded computing exists, applications include: automation, avionics, gateway, in-vehicle, monitoring, simulation, and vision.

VersaLogic delivers extremely reliable standard and customized embedded computers backed with unsurpassed service and the highest availability in the market. VersaLogic exists to exceed customers' product, service, support and delivery needs - whenever and wherever the need arises.


General Board Size 95 x 95 x 21.4 mm (3.7 x 3.7 x .85")
Weight 68 grams (2.4 oz.)
Processor NXP i.MX6 Quad and i.MX6 DualLite
Input Voltage 8V to 17V DC (12 V DC nominal)
Power Requirements §
Model Standby Idle Busy
VL-EPC-2702-EBK-01 0.53W 2.2W 2.7W
VL-EPC-2702-EDK-02 0.53W 2.2W 3.0W
System Reset and Hardware Monitors Major voltage rails monitored. Watchdog timer with programmable timeout. CPU temperature monitoring. Push-button reset.
Regulatory Compliance RoHS (2011/65/EU), Conflict Mineral Free
Environmental Operating Temperature -40°C to +85°C
Storage Temperature -40°C to +85°C
Operating* To 4,570 m (15,000 ft.)
Storage To 12,000 m (40,000 ft.)
Airflow Requirements 0.5 Linear Meters per Second (100 Linear Feet per Minute)
Thermal Shock 5°C/min. over operating temperature
Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing
Vibration, Sinusoidal Sweep ¤ MIL-STD-202G, Method 204, Modified Condition A: 2g constant acceleration from 5 to 500 Hz, 20 min. per axis
Vibration, Random ¤ MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A, Condition A: 5.35g rms, 5 min. per axis
Mechanical Shock ¤ MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B, Condition G: 20g half-sine, 11 ms duration per axis
Memory System RAM Up to 4 GB DDR3L soldered-on memory.***
Video General Integrated video controller.
Supported video decoders: DivX 3/4/5/6, H.263, H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, VC1.
Video encoders: H.263, H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-4.
Desktop Display Interface HDMI V1.4 port (with sound)
OEM Flat Panel Interface# LVDS interface. 24-bit panels support up to 1366 x 768 resolution.
Support for FPD power control, backlight control, and touchscreen I2C with interrupt interface.
Mass Storage Flash /
Solid-State Drives
microSD socket, bootable
Optional bootable eMMC MLC Flash drive (chip). Up to 32 GB***
Network Interface Ethernet One autodetect 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT port. Latching connector.
Network Boot Supported
Device I/O USB # ‡ Two USB 2.0 host ports
Serial I/O One RS232 debug port
Digital I/O Eight CMOS level I/O lines (3.3V)
PWM 0 to 3 PWM outputs. Use of PWM outputs reduces GPIO pin count.
I2C One I2C interface, with interrupt input support.
CAN Bus One channel CAN 2.0B, ISO 11898-2 compliant.
Accelerometer /
6-axis sensor with integrated linear accelerometer and magnetometer
Other I/O Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, one band, b@11Mbps, g/n@54Mbps data rate via SDIO.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2.
Cellular socket 20-pin NimbeLink Skywire socket. ##
Software Sleep Modes i.MX6 Power Modes:
– Run
– Wait
– Stop
– Dormant
Operating Systems Compatible with most Arm operating systems including Linux
‡ TVS protected port (enhanced ESD protection)
# Power pins are overcurrent protected
## Please contact VersaLogic Sales for a list of modules that have been tested.
◊ Derate -1.1°C per 305 m (1,000 ft.) above 2,300 m (7,500 ft.)
* For extended altitude information contact VersaLogic Sales.
§ Represents operation at +25°C and +12V running Yocto Linux 2.1 with HDMI display, SATA, and USB keyboard/mouse. Busy power measured with "./bmt" Himeno Max Power. The power consumed is a direct result of the peripherals plugged into the board.
¤ MIL-STD-202G shock and vibration levels were used to illustrate the overall ruggedness of this product. Certification at higher levels or different types of shock or vibration methods per the specific requirements of the application is available. Contact VersaLogic Sales for further information.
*** Optional. Not available on all models—contact VersaLogic Sales for more information.

Specifications are subject to change without notification. Arm and Cortex are trademarks of Arm Ltd. Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Software Support Packages

Linux Yocto

Operating System Compatibility

Yocto - Tested & Compatible
Android - Tested & Compatible


Part Number Description Photo
Cable Kit
VL-CKR-SWORDTAILSwordtail development / evaluation kit. Includes VL-F41-8SBN-LINUX3, CBR-3004, CBR-0504, PS-WALL12-24.
VL-F41-8SBN-LINUX3Linux Operating System, 8 GB MLC microSD card with bootable Linux, standard temperature.
VL-CBR-30040.5m 30-pin 2mm IDC to Ribbon Cable
VL-CBR-0504RS-232 cable, 2mm 5-pin to DB-9M, 0.3m
VL-PS-WALL12-24Power supply 90 ~ 264 VAC to 12VDC @ 2A, 2.1mm ID plug, international adapters
VL-CBR-0405CAN bus cable, 2mm 4-pin to 2mm 4-pin MicroClasp, 1m
VL-CBR-0406CAN bus cable, 2mm 4-pin MicroClasp to DB9 connector, 0.5m
VL-CBR-2014LVDS to VGA adapter board
VL-CBR-2015LVDS / flat panel cable, 24-bit (Hirose), 20"
VL-CBR-0404LED back light, 3-pin Pico-Clasp / 4-pin IDE power to 6-pin 12V, 0.5 m
VL-CBR-081120” 8-pin Pico-Clasp to Pico-Clasp cable
VL-CBR-ANT042.4 GHz Dipole Antenna
VL-CBR-0205Antenna Interface Cable (U.FL to RP-SMA) 105 mm
VL-F41-xxxxmicroSD card (SDIO), SLC, industrial temperature

Ordering Information

Model CPU Model Cores Nominal CPU Speed RAM Memory eMMC Flash Operating Temperature
VL-EPC-2702-EBK-01 i.MX6 DualLite Dual 800 MHz 1 GB - -40° to +85°C
VL-EPC-2702-EDK-02 i.MX6 Quad Quad 800 MHz 2 GB - -40° to +85°C

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