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Diamond Systems Helios - PC/104 with Vortex86DX CPU & DAQ

800MHz / 1GHz CPU, 256GB DDR2 soldered, 5V Powered, 1x 10.100 & USB2

Diamond Systems Helios -  PC/104 with Vortex86DX CPU & DAQ
Key Features
PC/104 with Vortex86DX CPU & DAQ
1GHz or 800MHz Vortex86DX CPU
256MB of soldered DDR2 DRAM
1 10/100, 1 IDE, 4 USB2, 4 COM
16 16-bit analog inputs, 4 12-bit analog outputs
40 digital I/O lines, 3 counter/timers
VGA, LVDS video
-40°C to +75/85°C


Helios is a low power, mid-range performance PC/104 form factor single board computer combining a highly integrated CPU with Diamond Systems’ renowned high-accuracy data acquisition circuitry on a single board, reducing size and cost while increasing ruggedness. Helios utilizes a Vortex integrated single chip CPU operating at 800MHz or 1GHz, and 256MB of DRAM soldered on-board.

Helios incorporates advanced features such as four USB 2.0 ports, an IDE hard drive interface, mounting capability for a solid state flashdisk up to 4GB, and CRT/LVDS LCD graphics. Helios also provides a 10/100Base-T Ethernet interface, two RS-232 serial ports, two RS-232/422/485 serial ports and legacy keyboard and mouse interfaces.

Helios includes an on-board 2MB bootable flash drive with FreeDOS installed. This flash drive offers additional cost savings for DOS applications, since no additional storage medium is required. It also enables you to quickly verify Helios's operation. Just connect keyboard, monitor, and power, and Helios boots up to DOS so you can verify proper working condition as well as test the various features on the single board computer.

Helios is extremely rugged, featuring on-board soldered DRAM and -40°C to +85°C fan-less operation. Optional hardwired jumpers and latching connectors are available for increased resistance to shock and vibration. Conformal coating is available as an extra cost option.

Integrated Data Acquisition

Helios includes a complete autocalibrating jumper-less analog and digital I/O circuit similar to our top-of-the-line PC/104 analog I/O board. It contains 16 analog inputs with 16-bit resolution and 250KHz sample rate, backed by a 2048 sample FIFO with programmable threshold. Programmable input ranges from a wide-range +/-10V down to 0-1.25V are provided. The analog circuitry also includes 4 D/A channels with 12-bit resolution and jumperless output range selection and simultaneous update capability. On the digital side, Helios provides 40 digital I/O lines with programmable direction, as well as two counter/timers for A/D sample rate control, pulse counting, frequency generation, or other applications. Its advanced control logic has more features and flexibility to fit almost any application, such as internal/external A/D clock source, scan and single-sample modes, and our exclusive programmable FIFO threshold that lets you tune the board's performance to your application. The data acquisition circuit is fully supported by our Universal Driver software for a wide range of operating systems.

Helios Cable Kit

The Helios cable kit includes cables for Helios input and output. Many cables are also available individually

Helios cable kit

  • 1 1x 6981004 IDE, 44 conductor 2mm ribbon cable 
  • 2 1x 6981006 Power output cable 
  • 3 1x 6981009 Power input cable 
  • 4 2x 6981082 Dual USB, 2mm 2x5 to Dual USB 
  • 5 1x 6981083 Keyboard/Mouse, 2mm 2x4 crimp to 2x Mini-DIN-6 
  • 6 1x 6981084 VGA, 2mm 2x5 crimp to DD15F 
  • 7 1x 6981161 RJ45PNL-CRIMP2x5 2mm, 12" 
  • 8 1x 6981163 CRIMP50xIDC50FxIDC50F, 21 0.1"x2MMx2MM Data Acquisition 
  • 9 1x 6981164 IDC20FxIDC20F, 2mm, 12" Digital I/O 
  • 10 1x 6981166 IDC40F 2mm-DB9Mx4, 12" Serial Ports 1-4 
  • 11 1x 6981169 CRIMP 10xIDC10F, 2mm, 12" Auxiliary 
  • 12 1x 6981180 External Battery

Pandora and Panel I/O Board

Helios single board computers can be mounted inside Diamond's Pandora PC/104 enclosure with a cable-free panel I/O board to form a rugged, compact, completely self-contained industrial computer system. The Pandora enclosure, coupled with the panel I/O board, features fast and easy assembly due to the fact that most or all internal cables can be eliminated. Rather than requiring the installation of special corner mounts or forcing the stack into a set of corner guides, the entire stack is bolted directly to the front plate of the case, forming a rugged, easily-handled assembly.

Helios in Pandora chassis

Transition Cables or PC-Style Connectors

All I/O on Helios is made available on 2mm pitch pin headers for use with low-cost cables. To enhance the use of Helios in harsh environments requiring outstanding resistance to shock and vibration, Diamond Systems offers our rugged Pandora PC/104 enclosure that provides a cable-free configuration via a small panel I/O board that installs directly on top of the Helios to instantly convert all I/O to PC-style connectors:



CPU SpecVortex86DX at 1GHz or 800MHz
Passive cooled
Memory256MB on-board DDR2 SDRAM, soldered
GraphicsIntegrated graphics
CRT and LVDS LCD interfaces
1280 x 1024 maximum resolution
Network1 x 10/100Base-T Ethernet
Storage1 x IDE UDMA-100 port, Flashdisk interface
1 x 2MB bootable flash drive with FreeDOS installed
USB4 x USB 2.0
Serial2 x RS-232
2 x RS-232/422/485
OtherPS/2 Keyboard / Mouse

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 maximum
Overvoltage Protection±35V on any analog input without damage
Input Impedance10^13 ohms
Accuracy±3LSB, no missing codes
On-board FIFO2048 samples, programmable threshold
CalibrationAutocalibration with software support

Analog Outputs

Number Of Outputs4, 12-bit resolution
Resolution12-bit resolution
Current±5mA max per channel
Range±5V, ±10V, 0-5V, 0-10V
Settling time10µS max to 0.012%
Relative accuracy±2 LSB
Nonlinearity±2 LSB, monotonic
OtherReset: Reset to zero-scale or mid-scale (jumper selectable)

Digital I/O/Counter/Timers

I/OsUp to 40 programmable direction
InputsInput voltage
• Logic 0: 0V min, 0.8V max
• Logic 1: 2.0V min, 5.5V max
Input current: 1µA at 3.3V, -5µA at 0V
OutputsOutput voltage
• Logic 0: 64mA max at 0.55V
• Logic 1: 32mA max at 2V
Output current
• Logic 0: 64mA max at 0.55V
• Logic 1: 32mA max at 2V
Counter/Timer(s)A/D Pacer clock: 24-bit down counter
Clock source: 10MHz on-board clock or external signal
General purpose: 16-bit down counter


ExpansionStandard 16 bit PC/104 (ISA) interface
ElectricalPower Input: +5VDC +/-5%
Power Consumption:
• HLV800-256AV: 5.4W
• HLV800-256DV: 4.3W
Mechanical3.550” x 3.775” (90mm x 96mm)
Conformal CoatingOn request
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows CE.Net
Contact us for others
APIUniversal Driver 7.0
TemperatureTemperature range (operation):
• -40°C to +85°C (800MHz models)
• -40°C to +71°C (1GHz models)
Temperature range (storage): -40ºC to +85ºC (-40ºF to +185ºF)
Humidity0-90% non-condensing
Weight2.5 oz / 70.8g
MTBF65,535 hours
Warranty1 Year

Ordering Details

BoardHLV800-256AV Helios SBC, 800MHz Vortex86DX, 256MB RAM, full data acquisition, VGA/LCD video
HLV800-256DV Helios SBC, 800MHz Vortex86DX, 256MB RAM, digital I/O, VGA/LCD video

HLV1000-256AV Helios SBC, 1GHz Vortex86DX, 256MB RAM, full data acquisition, VGA/LCD video
HLV1000-256DV Helios SBC, 1GHz Vortex86DX, 256MB RAM, digital I/O, VGA/LCD video
AccessoriesDK-HLV800A-01 Helios Development Kit with HLV800-256AV SBC, cables and software
SDK-HLV-LNX Helios Linux Software Development Kit
SDK-HLV-WCE Helios Windows CE Software Development Kit

PNL-HLV-01 Helios Panel I/O Board with mounting hardware
PB-HLV-170-K Pandora Enclosure, 1.7", with front panel for Helios
PB-HLV-300-K Pandora Enclosure, 3.0", with front panel for Helios
PB-HLV-500-K Pandora Enclosure, 5.0", with front panel for Helios
PBEC-14-K Pandora Helios Enclosure front end cap with cutouts and mounting holes for PNL-HLV-01

C-HLV-KIT Helios Cable Kit (individual cable information listed above

FD-4GR-XT Flashdisk, 4096MB, extended temperature
FD-2GR-XT Flashdisk, 2048MB, extended temperature
FD-1GR-XT Flashdisk, 1024MB, extended temperature
FD-512R-XT Flashdisk, 512MB, extended temperature
FD-256R-XT Flashdisk, 256MB, extended temperature
FD-128R-XT Flashdisk 128 MB, extended temperature
ACC-IDEEXT Flash/IDE Extender Board; Includes 40-pin and 44-pin IDE cables
CustomisationNeed storage and/or I/O cards added? Need an operating system or your own software image loaded? We can help with that. We have a team of qualified and experienced engineers who can quickly accomplish this. Please contact us for further details.

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