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Diamond Systems Vega - EmbeddedXpress Basic SBC with Intel Core i7 & DAQ

Up to 2.1GHz quad core CPU, up to 8GB DDR memory, 7 to 16V DC input, 2 GigE & miniPCIe


The rugged Vega EMX Basic SBC family includes interchangeable COM Express COMs for scalability and long product life, high feature density in a compact size, integrated high-quality data acquisition, expandable I/O, conduction cooled thermal solution for improved reliability, and rugged construction. Designed in the COM Express Basic form factor (125 x 95mm / 4.92 x 3.74 in), the Vega family offers performance scalability with three COM Express processor options: 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE, and 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E CPU. The use of interchangeable COM Express modules helps extend product lifecycles or keep up with new market needs by making it easy to replace an obsolete CPU or increase processing performance simply by replacing the COM module. Vega is therefore an excellent choice for applications with expected lifetimes of 10 or more years.

Choice of CPUs

  • 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE 
  • 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE 
  • 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E

Vega's two-board COM + baseboard construction yields the highest feature density possible in a given footprint. Vega utilizes a highly integrated baseboard with a wide range of I/O, including a full data acquisition circuit that normally calls for a separate I/O board. Standard PC-type I/O includes VGA and dual-channel LVDS display, 4 USB 2.0 ports, 4 RS-232/422/485 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, and HD audio. Vega SBCs also feature a 7-36V wide range high-efficiency power supply, making them compatible with most common vehicle and industrial power supply voltages.

The integrated data acquisition includes 16-bit A/D and D/A, digital I/O, and counter/timers, all supported by Diamond's free, industry-leading Universal Driver™ data acquisition programming library. An interactive graphical control panel for Windows and Linux is also provided to control all data acquisition features.

Vega SBCs support stackable I/O expansion with EMX I/O modules as well as a dual-use PCIe MiniCard / mSATA socket for additional I/O expansion. I/O modules featuring serial ports, Ethernet, analog I/O, digital I/O, CAN, and WiFi are available from Diamond and other vendors in the PCIe MiniCard form factor, providing low-cost, compact I/O expansion without increasing the total height of the system. For rugged applications, wide temperature mSATA disk modules in either SLC or MLC technologies are available with up to 64GB capacity.

EmbeddedXpress (EMX, is an industry standard form factor for embedded computers that offers highly efficient and rugged stackable I/O expansion. EMX incorporates the best of previous stackable I/O systems and extends them to better fit today's technologies and customer needs. The EMX bus connector is compact and low cost, helping to improve overall product cost efficiency as well as feature density compared to other stackable I/O form factors on the market today. EMX supports all of today's most popular expansion buses while reserving sufficient pins for future definition, making it both applicable to today's needs and capable of supporting tomorrow's requirements.

Vega's built-in heat spreader efficiently removes heat from the SBC directly to the system enclosure and helps keep the interior cooler for improved reliability. The novel bottom-side mounting configuration of the heat spreader provides a convenient mounting system for the board. It also simplifies the installation of I/O expansion modules by eliminating interference or airflow problems that can occur with traditional heat sinks.

The Vega SBC family was designed with rugged applications in mind. With an operating temperature of -40ºC to +85ºC, an integrated heat spreader thermal solution, thicker PCB, and latching I/O connectors, Vega SBCs are a perfect fit for rugged applications including industrial, medical, on-vehicle and military. Vega SBCs are also available in off-the-shelf hardened and highly configurable systems for extremely rugged mission critical applications.

Software Support

The Vega SBC family supports Linux and Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating systems. Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Linux System Development Kits and Software Development Kits are available with a bootable OS image and drivers.

The EMX Standard

EmbeddedXpress (EMX) is a new generation, highly efficient embedded form factor designed to provide an efficient solution for PCI Express I/O expansion in a rugged, low-cost, small format. EMX is optimized for use with COM Express and QSeven based systems and is an ideal choice for providing I/O expansion in off the shelf and custom embedded systems using these and other COMs. EMX also works with single board computers in the EMX Basic and Compact form factors.

EMX SBCs come in two sizes: 95x95mm "Compact" and 95x125mm "Basic". All EMX I/O modules are in the Compact format. These sizes match the sizes of COM Express Compact and Basic modules, providing a perfect fit that enables the development of both COM Express / QSeven baseboards and single board computers in the same physical form factor.

The EMX expansion bus provides 4 lanes of PCI Express x1 connectivity along with USB, SATA, and LPC. This broad range of high speed and pin-efficient buses provides enhanced flexibility for designers of SBCs and I/O cards, allowing access to a wider range of peripheral chips and functionality, while conserving precious space on the PCB through the use of a compact, low-cost, stacking bus connector. The EMX bus also contains ample reserved pins, providing a path to future bus technologies to retain its longevity well into the future.

Key Highlights of the EMX Form Factor

  • Compact, rugged form factor offering stackable I/O expansion
  • Optimized for use with COM Express and QSeven COMs
  • Low-cost, small I/O connector uses less PCB area and provides more room for I/O connectors

Vega Cable Kit

The Vega cable kit (CK-VEGA-01) includes cables for most of Vega's on-board I/O. Many cables are also available individually.

Vega Cable Kit

  • 1 2x 6980808 Dual serial cable 
  • 2 1x 6981501 Utility cable 
  • 3 1x 6981503 Power input cable 
  • 4 2x 6981504 Data acquisition cable 
  • 5 2x 6981315 Gigabit Ethernet cable 
  • 6 2x 6981317 Dual USB cable 
  • 7 1x 6981323 HD Audio cable 
  • 8 1x 6981324 VGA cable



CPU SpecChoice of:
• Intel® Core™ i7-3612QE, Quad Core, 2.1 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 35 W
• Intel® Core™ i7-3517UE, Dual Core, 1.7 GHz, 4 MB Cache, 17 W
• Intel® Celeron® 827E, Single Core, 1.4 GHz, 1.5 MB Cache, 17 W
ChipsetQM77 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
DisplayIntegrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
Supports dual independent displays
LVDS LCD flat panel interface, up to 1600 X 1200
VGA CRT interface, up to 2048 x 1536 at 60Hz
Network2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
• 1 from Intel 82574IT controller
• 1 from COM Express module
Storage1 x SATA port, supports 1 device
1 x USB flashdisk socket, supports up to 8GB
USB4 x USB 2.0 ports
Serial4 x RS-232/422/485 ports
AudioALC262 Codec HD audio with stereo line-out, line-in & microphone
OtherKeyboard/Mouse: USB keyboard/mouse
Watchdog timer

Analog Inputs

Number Of Outputs16 single-ended or 8 differential, user selectable
Resolution16 bits
Range±10V, ±5V, ±2.5V, ±1.25V, 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-2.5V programmable
Max Sample Rate250KHz
Overvoltage Protection±35V on any analog input without damage
Input Impedance10^13 ohms
Nonlinearity±3LSB, no missing codes
On-board FIFO2048 samples, programmable threshold
CalibrationAutocalibration with software support

Analog Outputs

Number Of Outputs8, 16-bit resolution
Resolution16-bit resolution
Current±5mA max per channel
Range±5V, ±10V, 0-5V, 0-10V
Settling time7µS max to 0.012%
Relative accuracy±1 LSB
Nonlinearity±1 LSB, monotonic
ResetReset to zero-scale or mid-scale
OtherReset to zero-scale or mid-scale (jumper selectable)
Waveform generator: Programmable

Digital I/O/Counter/Timers

I/Os30 programmable direction
InputsInput voltage
• Logic 0: 0V min, 0.8V max
• Logic 1: 2.0V min, 5.0V max
Input current
• 1µA at 3.3V, -5µA at 0V
OutputsOutput voltage
• Logic 0: 0.0V min, 0.33V max
• Logic 1: 2.4V min, 5.0V max
Output current
• Logic 0: 12mA max per line
• Logic 1: -4mA max per line
Counter/Timer(s)General purpose: 8 32-bit counters/timers


ExpansionEMX Stackable I/O
1 x PCIe MiniCard socket
ElectricalPower Input: +7-36V DC/DC power supply
Power Consumption:
• VEGA-3612QE-4GA: 14.52W at 12V typical
• VEGA-3517UE-4GA: 13.93W at 12V typical
• VEGA-827E-2GA: 14.7W at 12V typical
MechanicalDimensions: 4.92 x 3.74 in. (125 x 95 mm)
EMX form factor (identical to COM Express Basic size)
Conformal CoatingN/A
SoftwareWindows 7, Windows 8
Windows Embedded CE
Windows Embedded Standard 7
Windows XP
Linux 2.6.23
APIUniversal Driver 7.0
TemperatureTemperature range (operation): -40ºC to +85ºC (-40ºF to +185ºF)
Temperature range (storage): -40ºC to +85ºC (-40ºF to +185ºF)
Humidity0-90% non-condensing
Weight10.8oz (306.2grams) with heatspreader
VibrationMIL-STD-202G, Method 214A compatible
ShockMIL-STD-202G, Method 213B compatible
MTBFVega baseboard with DAQ – 277,880 hours @ 20oC
Core i7-3612QE & Core i7-3517UE COMs – 146,217 hours at 25oC
Celeron 827E COM – 187,678 hours at 25oC
Warranty1 Year

Ordering Details

BoardVEGA-3612QE-4GA Vega SBC, 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE CPU, 4GB RAM, full data acquisition
VEGA-3612QE-4GN Vega SBC, 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE CPU, 4GB RAM
VEGA-3612QE-8GA Vega SBC, 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE CPU, 8GB RAM, full data acquisition
VEGA-3612QE-8GN Vega SBC, 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE CPU, 8GB RAM
VEGA-3517UE-4GA Vega SBC, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE CPU, 4GB RAM, full data acquisition
VEGA-3517UE-4GN Vega SBC, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE CPU, 4GB RAM
VEGA-827E-2GA Vega SBC, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E CPU, 2GB RAM, full data acquisition
VEGA-827E-2GN Vega SBC, 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E CPU, 2GB RAM
AccessoriesCK-VEGA-01 Vega Cable Kit for on-board I/O

FDMM-64G-XT mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 64GB, extended temperature
FDMM-32G-XT mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 32GB, extended temperature
FDMM-16G-XT mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 16GB, extended temperature
FDMS-64G-XT mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 64GB, extended temperature
FDMS-32G-XT mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 32GB, extended temperature
FDMS-16G-XT mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 16GB, extended temperature
FDMS-8G-XT mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 8GB, extended temperature

FDU-1G-XT 1GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
FDU-2G-XT 2GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
FDU-4G-XT 4GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
FDU-8G-XT 8GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
C-FDU-01 Cable, USB pin header to USB Type A connector
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