MEPU2610
Reference
Manual
DOC. REV. 7/18/2014
Falcon
(VL-EPU-2610)
Intel@ Atom E6x0T-based
Embedded Processing Unit with
SATA, Ethernet, USB, Serial,
Video, HD Audio, Mini PCIe
Socket, and microSD
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Notice:
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representations or warranties with respect to this product and specifically disclaims any implied warranties
of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
VersaLogic reserves the right to revise this product and associated documentation at any time without
obligation to notify anyone of such changes.
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Product Revision Notes
Revision 1.00 – Commercial release.
Technical Support
The Falcon support page, at http://www.versalogic.com/private/falconsupport.asp, contains additional
information and resources for this product including:
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Reference Manual (PDF format)
Datasheets and manufacturers’ links for chips used in this product
Photograph of the circuit board
BIOS information and upgrades
The VersaTech KnowledgeBase is an invaluable resource for resolving technical issues with your
VersaLogic product.
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Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................... 1
Description.......................................................................................................................... 1
Features and Construction ..................................................................................... 1
Technical Specifications ..................................................................................................... 2
Block Diagram .................................................................................................................... 3
Warnings ............................................................................................................................. 5
Electrostatic Discharge .......................................................................................... 5
Handling Care ........................................................................................................ 5
Thermal Considerations ...................................................................................................... 6
CPU Die Temperature ........................................................................................... 6
Technical Support ............................................................................................................... 6
Repair Service........................................................................................................ 7
Configuration and Setup ............................................................................................... 8
Initial Configuration ........................................................................................................... 8
Basic Setup ......................................................................................................................... 8
Operating System Installation........................................................................................... 10
BIOS Setup ....................................................................................................................... 10
Physical Details ........................................................................................................... 11
Dimensions and Mounting ................................................................................................ 11
Falcon Dimensions .............................................................................................. 11
VL-CBR-5013/5014 Paddleboard Dimensions ................................................... 12
VL-HDW-405 Mounting Plate Dimensions ........................................................ 13
Hardware Assembly............................................................................................. 14
External Connectors ......................................................................................................... 16
Falcon Connector Locations – CPU Module ....................................................... 16
Falcon Connector Locations – Baseboard ........................................................... 17
Falcon Connector Functions and Interface Cables .............................................. 18
VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector Locations .......................................................... 19
VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector Functions .......................................................... 19
Jumper Blocks .................................................................................................................. 20
Jumpers As-Shipped Configuration ..................................................................... 20
Jumper Summary ................................................................................................. 21
System Features .......................................................................................................... 22
Power Supply .................................................................................................................... 22
Power Requirements ............................................................................................ 22
Power Delivery Considerations ........................................................................... 22
CPU................................................................................................................................... 23
System RAM..................................................................................................................... 23
Clearing Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM) .......................................................................... 23
Default BIOS Settings ...................................................................................................... 23
Default BIOS Setup Values ................................................................................. 24
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Real-Time Clock (RTC) ................................................................................................... 24
Watchdog Timer ............................................................................................................... 24
Console Redirection ......................................................................................................... 24
Interfaces and Connectors ......................................................................................... 25
User I/O Connector ........................................................................................................... 25
Ethernet Interface.............................................................................................................. 26
Ethernet Connector .............................................................................................. 26
Ethernet Status LEDs........................................................................................... 26
SATA Interface ................................................................................................................. 27
Mini PCIe / mSATA Socket ............................................................................................. 27
W_Disable# Signal .............................................................................................. 29
Mini PCIe Card Wireless Status LEDs................................................................ 29
microSD Sockets............................................................................................................... 30
USB Interface ................................................................................................................... 30
Serial Ports ........................................................................................................................ 30
COM Port Configuration ..................................................................................... 30
Serial Port Connectors ......................................................................................... 31
Video................................................................................................................................. 32
LVDS Flat Panel Display Connector................................................................... 32
VGA Output......................................................................................................... 33
Audio ................................................................................................................................ 35
Push-button Reset ............................................................................................................. 35
Power Button .................................................................................................................... 36
Supported Power States ....................................................................................... 36
External Speaker ............................................................................................................... 36
LEDs ................................................................................................................................. 37
mSATA Activity LED ......................................................................................... 37
Power LED .......................................................................................................... 37
Other LEDs .......................................................................................................... 37
General Purpose I/O (GPIO)............................................................................................. 37
Appendix A – Mounting Options ................................................................................ 38
Falcon Mounting Configurations ...................................................................................... 38
Mounting Plate Configurations ........................................................................................ 40
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Introduction
1
Description
FEATURES AND CONSTRUCTION
The Falcon (VL-EPU-2610) is a feature-packed Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) That has been
engineered and tested to meet the embedded industry’s evolving requirements to develop smaller,
lighter and lower power embedded systems while adhering to stringent regulatory standards.
Roughly the size of a credit card and less than one inch thick, the Falcon is the embedded
industry’s smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, embedded x86 computer. This embedded computer,
equipped with an Intel Atom E6x0T processor, is designed to withstand extreme temperature,
impact and vibration. Its features include:
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Intel® Atom™ E680T (1.6 GHz),
E640T (1.0 GHz), or custom model
E620T (0.6 GHz) processor
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1GB or 2GB soldered-on DDR2 800
MT/s RAM
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Intel EG20T Platform Controller Hub
(PCH)
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One 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT
Ethernet interface with ruggedized 8pin latching connector
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One Mini PCIe/ mSATA socket
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One SATA II port, 3.0 Gb/s
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Intel High Definition Audio (HDA)
compatible
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Four user I/O lines, independently
configurable
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Watchdog Timer, prescaler of
approximately 1 μs to 10 min.
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Speaker out
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Integrated Intel GMA600 2D/3D
graphics core
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Heat plate or heatsink thermal solutions
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Optional mounting plate
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Full ACPI support
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Four USB 2.0 ports
Field upgradeable AMI UEFI BIOS
with enhancements
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Four RS-232/422 COM ports, one
with RS-232 handshake line support
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RoHS compliant
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Extended temperature operation
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Two microSD sockets
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Customization available
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One LVDS interface
The Falcon is compatible with popular operating systems including Windows 7/XP/WES7/XPe,
Linux, VxWorks, and QNX (see the VersaLogic OS Compatibility Chart).
Falcon EPUs are subjected to 100% functional testing and are backed by a limited two-year
warranty. Careful parts sourcing and US-based technical support ensure the highest possible
quality, reliability, service, and product longevity for this exceptional EPU.
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Technical Specifications
Specifications are typical at +25°C with +12V supply unless otherwise noted.
Board Size:
Heat plate models: 55 x 84 x 22 mm (2.17 x 3.31 x
0.87”)
Heatsink models: 55 x 84 x 38.5 mm (2.17 x 3.31 x
1.51”)
Storage Temperature:
-40° to +85°C
Operating Temperature:
-40° to +85°C. Derate -1.1°C per 305m (1,000 ft.)
above 2,300m (7,500 ft.).
Airflow Requirements:
Heat plate models: zero airflow to 85°C based on
customer supplied heat removal system. User must
keep the heat plate below 90°C, measured topside
center point of heat plate.
Heatsink models: -40° to +60°C with zero airflow,
+60° to + 85°C with 300 LFM
Power Requirements: (at +25°C and +12V supply
running Windows 7 with LVDS display, SATA, GbE, COM,
and USB keyboard/mouse. Typical power computed as the
mean value of Idle and Maximum power specifications.
Maximum power measured with 95% CPU utilization.)
VL-EPU-2610-EBxx: 8.2W idle, 9.0W typical, 9.8W
max., 3.4W S3
VL-EPU-2610-ECxx and EDxx: 9.7W idle, 10.6W
typical, 11.6W max., 3.4W S3
System Reset:
Pus-button power reset via paddleboard
Watchdog timeout (warm/cold reset)
SATA Interface:
One SATA II port, 3 Gb/s
Flash Storage:
Two microSD sockets, each up to 32 GB
Mini PCIe/mSATA socket
Ethernet Interface:
One IEEE802.3 compliant Gigabit Ethernet MAC,
10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT
COM Interface:
COM1-2 – RS-232/422 to DB-9 on paddleboard
COM3-4 – RS-232/422 to screw terminal on
paddleboard
COM1 supportsRS-232 handshake lines
USB:
Four USB 2.0 host ports to Type-A connectors on
paddleboard
GPIO:
Four independent lines (Intel Atom E6xx GPIO-SUS
1-4; GPIO-SUS 0 and 5-8 are reserved)
Audio:
Intel High-Definition Audio CODEC
Stereo HD audio line in/out
BIOS:
AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS with OEM enhancements, field
programmable
Weight:
Heatsink models - 0.360 lbs (0.163 kg)
DRAM:
Soldered-on 1 GB or 2 GB, DDR2 SDRAM, 800 MT/s
Video Interface:
LVDS – 3.3V compatible, 18/24-bit, up to 1280 x 768
resolution (60 Hz)
Specifications are subject to change without notification.
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Block Diagram
SPI Boot Flash
16 Mbit
Intel
Atom
Processor
SPI I / F
Up to 2 GB Max
SPI
LVDS
LVDS
Display Port (SDVO)
DDR2
800 MT/s
DDR2-800
8 Components
Memory Down
DDI (SDVO)
LPC
LPC
HDA
HD Audio
SMBus
XDP
(ITP)
XDP
SMBus
PCIe 1.0 x1 (3)
2.5 GT/s
COMe Type 10 Connector
DDR2
PCIe 1.0 x1 (4)
SDIO
SD/SDIO/MMC (2)
Micro SD
Socket
SDIO
PCIe 1.0 x1
2.5 GT/s
Power Input
+12V (8-17V)
PCIe 1.0 x1
V12P0
Intel
Platform Controller
Hub
Device ID
EEPROM
I2C
8V-17V to 5V
Switching
Regulator
V5P5_S0
I2C
USB Client, 480 Mbps
USB Client
USB 2.0 (4), 480 Mbps
Power Input
+5V STBY
FET Voltage
Switch
V5P5 STBY
USB 2.0 (4)
SATA II (2), 3.0 Gbps
V5P5_AUX
SATA II (2)
CAN
CAN
UART2/3
UART2/3
RGMII
Gb
LAN
Ethernet GigE
PHY Micrel
KSZ9031RNXIA
Voltage
Generator
BD9591MWV
GMII/RGMII Gb Ethernet
UART0/1
AUX
Connector
Clock
Generator
BU73335MWV
Figure 1. CPU Module Block Diagram
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VL-CBR-5013/5014
AUX
Conn.
+8-17V Main
+3.0V Battery
RS-232/422
UART0/1
Transceivers
Dual DB-9
Dual USB 2.0
+8-17V Input
Power
Power Supplies
USB 2.0 (4)
480 Mbps
USB Magnetics
RS-232/422
UART2/3
Transceivers
Intel HDA
Intel HD Audio
Codec
ACPI/Power
Control Block
Dual USB 2.0
Screw Terminals
Analog Audio
Line In/Out
Audio Line In/Out
COMe Type 10 Connector
PC Speaker
Power/IDE LEDs
Push-button Reset
Power Button
LVDS
85 Mbps
LVDS 24-Bit
Single Channel
GPIO (4)
SATA II
3.0 Gbps
SATA II R/A
Latching 3.0
GB/s
Gb LAN
SDIO
GbE Magnetics
microSD
Socket
SMB/I2C
USB 2.0 Host Port 4
PCIe x1 Port 0
2.5 GT/s
SATA II
3.0 Gbps
Gigabit
Ethernet
PCIe/SATA
Electronic Mux
I4083B
PCIe/SATA
MiniPCIe/
mSATA
Socket
Figure 2. Baseboard Block Diagram
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Warnings
ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE
Warning!
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage circuit boards, disk drives, and other
components. The circuit board must only be handled at an ESD workstation. If an
approved station is not available, some measure of protection can be provided by
wearing a grounded antistatic wrist strap. Keep all plastic away from the board,
and do not slide the board over any surface.
After removing the board from its protective wrapper, place the board on a
grounded, static-free surface, component side up. Use an antistatic foam pad if
available.
The board should also be protected inside a closed metallic antistatic envelope
during shipment or storage.
Note:
The exterior coating on some metallic antistatic bags is sufficiently conductive to
cause excessive battery drain if the bag comes in contact with the bottom side of
the Falcon.
HANDLING CARE
Warning!
Care must be taken when handling the board not to touch the exposed circuitry
with your fingers. Though it will not damage the circuitry, it is possible that small
amounts of oil or perspiration on the skin could have enough conductivity to cause
the contents of CMOS RAM to become corrupted through careless handling,
resulting in CMOS resetting to factory defaults.
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Thermal Considerations
CPU DIE TEMPERATURE
The CPU die temperature is affected by numerous conditions, such as CPU utilization, CPU
speed, ambient air temperature, air flow, thermal effects of adjacent circuit boards, external heat
sources, and many others.
The thermal management for the Intel Atom E6xx series of processors consists of a sensor
located in the core processor area. The processor contains multiple techniques to help better
manage thermal attributes of the processor. It implements thermal-based clock throttling and
thermal-based speed step transitions. There is one thermal sensor on the processor and this is
used for triggering Intel's thermal monitor. The temperature at which the thermal sensor triggers
the thermal monitor is set during the fabrication of the processor. Triggering of this sensor is
visible to software by means of the thermal interrupt LVT entry in the local APIC. (See the Intel
Atom E6xx Datasheet for complete information.)
Two thermal configurations are available:
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Heat plate mounted via the four corner mounting holes.
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Low-profile heatsink mounted via the four corner mounting holes. The heatsink covers
the entire module, including the heat plate.
Technical Support
If you are unable to solve a problem after reading this manual, please visit the Falcon product
support web page below. The support page provides links to component datasheets, device
drivers, and BIOS and PLD code updates.
Falcon (VL-EPU-2610) Support Page
The VersaTech KnowledgeBase contains a wealth of technical information about VersaLogic
products, along with product advisories. Click the link below to see all KnowledgeBase articles
related to the Falcon.
VersaTech KnowledgeBase
If you have further questions, contact VersaLogic Technical Support at (503) 747-2261.
VersaLogic support engineers are also available via e-mail at Support@VersaLogic.com.
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REPAIR SERVICE
If your product requires service, you must obtain a Returned Material Authorization (RMA)
number by calling (503) 747-2261.
Please provide the following information:
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Your name, the name of your company, your phone number, and e-mail address
The name of a technician or engineer that can be contacted if any questions arise
Quantity of items being returned
The model and serial number (barcode) of each item
A detailed description of the problem
Steps you have taken to resolve or recreate the problem
The return shipping address
Warranty Repair
All parts and labor charges are covered, including return shipping
charges for UPS Ground delivery to United States addresses.
Non-warranty Repair All approved non-warranty repairs are subject to diagnosis and labor
charges, parts charges, and return shipping fees. Please specify the
shipping method you prefer and provide a purchase order number for
invoicing the repair.
Note:
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Please mark the RMA number clearly on the outside of the box before
returning.
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Configuration and Setup
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Initial Configuration
The following components are recommended for a typical development system with the Falcon
EPU :
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ATX power supply
VL-CBR-5013/5014 paddleboard and cable
USB keyboard and mouse
SATA hard drive
USB CD-ROM drive
LVDS monitor
You will also need an operating system (OS) installation CD-ROM.
Basic Setup
The following steps outline the procedure for setting up a typical development system. The
Falcon should be handled at an ESD workstation or while wearing a grounded antistatic wrist
strap.
Before you begin, unpack the Falcon and accessories. Verify that you received all the items you
ordered. Inspect the system visually for any damage that may have occurred in shipping. Contact
Support@VersaLogic.com immediately if any items are damaged or missing.
Gather all the peripheral devices you plan to attach to the Falcon and their interface and power
cables.
It is recommended that you attach standoffs to the board (see Hardware Assembly) to stabilize
the board and make it easier to work with.
The following diagram shows a typical setup for the Falcon in the development environment.
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Configuration and Setup
VL-CBR-5014B or
VL-CBR-5013B
J4
J1
USB Keyboard
and USB Mouse
J7
VL-CBR-5014A or
VL-CBR-5013A
J1
VL-CBR0807
J4
J8/
J12
ATX
Power Supply
USB CDROM Drive
VL-CBR-0401
OS Installation
CD-ROM
FALCON
J2
Baseboard
VL-CBR0701/0702
SATA
Hard Drive
CPU Module
LVDS
VL-CBR-2015 or
VL-CBR-2016
Figure 3. Typical Development Configuration
1. Attach Cables and Peripherals
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Attach an LVDS monitor to connector J4 of the baseboard using the VL-CBR-2015 or
VL-CBR-2016 cable.
Attach SATA hard disk to connector J2 of the baseboard using the VL-CBR-0701 or VLCBR-0702 cable.
Attach the user I/O paddleboard, VL-CBR-5013 or VL-CBR-5014, to connector J8/J12
of the baseboard.
Connect a USB keyboard and USB mouse to one of the USB Type-A connectors (J1 or
J7) on the paddleboard.
Attach a USB CD-ROM drive to one of the USB Type-A connectors (J1 or J7) on the
paddleboard.
2. Attach Power
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Plug the power adapter cable VL-CBR-0807 into socket J1 of the baseboard. Attach the
motherboard connector of the ATX power supply to the adapter.
Attach an ATX power cable to any 3.5” drive that is not already attached to the power
supply (hard drive or CD-ROM drive).
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3. Review Configuration
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Before you power up the system, double check all the connections. Make sure all cables
are oriented correctly and that adequate power will be supplied to the Falcon and
peripheral devices.
4. Power On
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Turn on the ATX power supply and the video monitor. If the system is correctly
configured, a video signal should be present.
5. Install Operating System
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Install the OS according to the instructions provided by the OS manufacturer.
Note: If you intend to operate the Falcon under Windows XP or Windows XP
Embedded, be sure to use Service Pack 3 (SP3) for full support of the latest device
features.
Operating System Installation
The standard PC architecture used on the Falcon makes the installation and use of most of the
standard x86-based operating systems very simple. The operating systems listed on the
VersaLogic OS Compatibility Chart use the standard installation procedures provided by the
maker of the OS. Special optimized hardware drivers for a particular OS, or a link to the drivers,
are available at the Falcon Product Support web page.
BIOS Setup
See KnowledgeBase article VT1710 Falcon (VL-EPU-2610) BIOS Setup Reference for complete
information on how to configure the Falcon BIOS.
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Physical Details
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Dimensions and Mounting
FALCON DIMENSIONS
The Falcon complies with the COM Express mini form factor standard. Dimensions are given
below to help with pre-production planning and layout.
55
84
+
4
4
Figure 4. Falcon Dimensions and Mounting Holes
(Not to scale. All dimensions in millimeters.)
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VL-CBR-5013/5014 PADDLEBOARD DIMENSIONS
5.50
5.10
1.57
1.17
1.95
1.24
0.065
Figure 5. VL-CBR-5013/5014 Dimensions
(Not to scale. All dimensions in inches.)
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VL-HDW-405 MOUNTING PLATE DIMENSIONS
84.00
80.00
74.00
69.00
+
4 mm non-threaded
countersunk, x4
+
+
2.5 mm non-threaded
countersunk (back),
x8
Falcon Outline
+
+
+
70.00
75.00
+
55.55
0.00
5.00
+
61.00
4.00
0.00
+
14.00
19.45
15.00
10.00
Figure 6. Mounting Plate Dimensions
(Not to scale. All dimensions in millimeters.)
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HARDWARE ASSEMBLY
There are two basic assembly methods: heat plate down (in relation to the enclosure) or heatsink
up. An optional mounting plate, VL-HDW-405, can be used with either method. These assembly
methods are shown below. (See Appendix A – Mounting Options for mounting configuration
details.)
Heat Plate Down
Use this assembly method if your Falcon is equipped with a heat plate only (no heatsink). The
figure below shows the assembly including the mounting plate.
Baseboard
CPU Module
FALCON
Heat Plate
Mounting Plate
Figure 7. Hardware Assembly with Heat Plate Down
The recommended method is to attach the Falcon heat plate to the mounting plate (VL-HDW405), and attach the mounting plate to the enclosure.
A thermal interface compound must be applied to the heat plate to thermally bond it to the
mounting plate or other surface to which the Falcon is mounted. Spread the compound thinly and
evenly across the entire heat plate surface before mounting. The compound is supplied in the VLCKR-FALC-N/L cable kit or sold separately as part number VL-HDW-401.
Heatsink Up
Use this assembly method if your Falcon is equipped with a heat plate and heatsink. The figure
below shows the assembly including the mounting plate.
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Heatsink
FALCON
CPU Module
Baseboard
Heat Plate
Mounting Plate
Figure 8. Hardware Assembly with Heatsink Up
The recommended method is to attach the baseboard to the mounting plate (VL-HDW-405) and
attach the mounting plate to the enclosure.
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External Connectors
FALCON CONNECTOR LOCATIONS – CPU MODULE
J2
microSD
+
CPU board pin-1 X/Y coordinates
measured from MTH3
Figure 9. Connector Locations (CPU Module)
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FALCON CONNECTOR LOCATIONS – BASEBOARD
Baseboard pin-1 X/Y coordinates
measured from MTH1
+
J4
LVDS
J1
Input Power
7
8
1
2
J7
Mini PCIe /
mSATA Socket
J12 Pin 1
Non-latching
J12 or J8
User I/O
J10
microSD
J3
User GPIO
J8 Pin 1
Latching
J2
SATA
J6
Ethernet
Figure 10. Connector Locations (Baseboard)
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FALCON CONNECTOR FUNCTIONS AND INTERFACE CABLES
Table 1 provides information about the function, mating connectors, and transition cables for
Falcon connectors. Page numbers indicate where a detailed pinout or further information is
available. (BB = baseboard, CPU = CPU board.)
Table 1: Connector Functions and Interface Cables
Connector1
J1 BB
Mating
Connector
Function
Input power
Hirose DF11-8DS-2C
(housing), Hirose DF1122SC x8 (crimp socket)
microSD
VL-F41-xxxx microSD
Flash Drive
J2 BB
SATA II port
Latching SATA
J3 BB
User GPIO
—
J4 BB
LVDS
Hirose DF19G-20S-1C
(housing), Hirose DF192830SCFA x19 (crimp
socket)
J6 BB
Ethernet
FCI 10073599-008LF
(housing), 2mm Minitek,
AWG 22-24 x8 (crimp
terminal)
J7 BB
Mini PCIe /
Mini PCIe card or VLmSATA socket MPEs-F1E Series
mSATA Flash Drive
User I/O
Samtec ISDF-25-D-M
Latching
(housing), Samtec
CC03L-2830-01-G (crimp
pins)
microSD
VL-F41-xxxx microSD
Flash Drive
User I/O Non- Oupiin 1204-50G00B2A
latching
J2 CPU
J8 BB
J10 BB
J12 BB
Pin 1 Location
X Coord. Y Coord.2
Transition
Cable
Cable
Description
VL-CBR-0807
12" 8-pin ATX power
cable adapter
22
12mm
43 mm
—
—
30
75.9406
mm
29.5981
mm
27
59.12 mm
40.24 mm
37
41.5 mm
38.8 mm
32
9.55 mm
-1.305
mm
26
74.2 mm
39.9 mm
9.8 mm
VL-CBR-0702
19.75" latching SATA
cable
—
(customer supplied cable
for 2 x 3 2 mm header)
VL-CBR-2015 or 20" 18- or 24-bit LVDS
VL-CBR-2016
cable (attaches to
optional VL-CBR-2014,
LVDS to VGA adapter)
VL-CBR-0804 Latching Ethernet cable
Page
—
—
27
63.05 mm
VL-CBR-5014
12" 1.27 mm IDC 50-pin
to 50-pin
25
49.51 mm3 44.57
mm
—
—
30
48.5625
mm
0.3625
mm
VL-CBR-5013
12" 1.27 mm IDC 50-pin
to 50-pin
25
19.0404
mm
46.7492
mm
1. Connectors not listed are either not installed, for factory use only, or used for CPU module / baseboard interconnect.
2. Coordinates are measured on the baseboard from the mounting hole on the upper left as shown in Figure 10 and on
the CPU board from the lower right mounting hole as shown in Figure 9. All measurements in millimeters.
3. The square solder pad, which usually indicates pin 1, indicates pin 50 on the J8 connector.
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VL-CBR-5013/5014 CONNECTOR LOCATIONS
SP1
Speaker
J2
COM2 (Top)
COM1 (Bottom)
J4
Paddleboard Adapter
J1
USB3 (Top)
USB4
(Bottom)
COM2
J8
Ext. Pushbutton
Controls
J5
COM3
J7
J3
S1
S2
J6
USB1 (Top)
Audio
Power
Reset COM4
USB2
In (Top)
D1
(Bottom) Out (Bottom)
mSATA activity
(Top)
Power LED
(Bottom)
COM1
Figure 11. VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector Locations
VL-CBR-5013/5014 CONNECTOR FUNCTIONS
Table 2: VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector Functions and Interface Cables
Connector
J1
J2
J3
J4
J5
J6
J7
J8
D1
S1
S2
SP1
Function
PCB Connector
Description
USB3, USB4
COM1, COM2
Audio In/Out
High Density Connector
COM3
COM4
USB1, USB2
External Reset and Power Buttons
mSATA activity (top), Power LED
(bottom)
Power Button
Reset Button
Speaker
USB Type-A
Kycon K42-E9P/P-A4N
3.5 mm dual audio jack
FCI 98414-F06-50ULF
Conta-Clip 10250.4
Conta-Clip 10250.4
USB Type-A
Conta-Clip 10250.4
LED
USB Host
Dual DB-9 male
–
2 mm, 50-pin, keyed header
5-pin screw terminal
5-pin screw terminal
USB Host
3-pin screw terminal
–
Push-button
Push-button
Piezo speaker
–
–
–
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Jumper Blocks
JUMPERS AS-SHIPPED CONFIGURATION
1
2
9
1
10
2
9
1
10
2
5
6
V6
Endpoint Termination
V2
Serial Port Mode
V1
W_Disable#
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JUMPER SUMMARY
Table 3: Falcon Jumper Summary
Jumper
Block
Description
As
Shipped
V1[1-2]
Wireless Disable
In – Wireless radio operation disabled on Mini PCIe card
Out – Wireless radio operation enabled
V2[1-2]
COM1 Mode
In – RS-232
Out – RS-422
In
V2[3-4]
COM2 Mode
In – RS-232
Out – RS-422
In
V2[5-6]
COM3 Mode
In – RS-232
Out – RS-422
In
V2[7-8]
COM4 Mode
In – RS-232
Out – RS-422
In
V2[9-10]
Non-volatile RAM clear. With pins 2-4 of connector J3,
clears MVRAM.
In and J3[2-4] in: Clears NVRAM
Out: Normal operation
Out
V6[1-2]
Push-button required
In – Push-button required to start board from low power state
Out – Push-button not required
Out
V6[3-4]
COM1 termination
In – Endpoint termination
Out – Not terminated
Out
V6[5-6]
COM2 termination
In – Endpoint termination
Out – Not terminated
Out
V6[7-8]
COM3 termination
In – Endpoint termination
Out – Not terminated
Out
V6[9-10]
COM4 termination
In – Endpoint termination
Out – Not terminated
Out
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4
Power Supply
Main input power is applied to the Falcon through an 8-pin power connector at location J1.
POWER REQUIREMENTS
The Falcon requires a single +8-17V DC supply of 2A (24W) or better. The input DC supply is
used to create both the standby and payload voltages provided to the CPU module.
The exact power requirements for the Falcon depend on several factors, including memory
configuration, CPU speed, peripheral connections, and attached devices, etc. For example,
driving long RS-232 lines at high speed can increase power demand.
The VersaLogic VL-PS-ATX12-300A is a 1U size ATX power supply designed for use with the
Falcon. Use the VL-CBR-0807 adapter cable to attach the power supply to the J1 connector.
Table 4: Main Power Connector Pinout
J1
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Signal
Name
Description
V12P0_IN
V12P0_IN
V12P0_IN
GND
GND
GND
V3P3_RTC
SLP_R#
+12VDC Power Input
+12VDC Power Input
+12VDC Power Input
Ground
Ground
Ground
+2.75V to +3.3V Battery
Sleep#
POWER DELIVERY CONSIDERATIONS
Using the VersaLogic approved power supply (VL-PS-ATX12-300A) and power cable (VLCBR-0807) will ensure high quality power delivery to the board. Customers who design their
own power delivery methods should take into consideration the guidelines below to ensure good
power connections.
Also, the specifications for typical operating current do not include any off-board power usage
that may be fed through the Falcon power connector. Expansion boards and USB devices
plugged into the board will source additional power through the Falcon power connector.

Do not use wire smaller than 22 AWG. Use high quality UL 1007 compliant stranded
wire.

The length of the wire should not exceed 18".
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
Avoid using any additional connectors in the power delivery system.

The power and ground leads should be twisted together, or as close together as possible
to reduce lead inductance.

A separate conductor must be used for each of the power pins.

All power input pins and all ground pins must be independently connected between the
power source and the power connector.

Use a high quality power supply that can supply a stable voltage while reacting to widely
varying current draws.
CPU
The Intel Atom Processor E6x0T series with Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T features
integrated 3D graphics, video encode and decode, and memory and display controllers in one
package.
System RAM
The Falcon has soldered-on DDR2 SDRAM with the following characteristics:



Storage Capacity
Voltage
Speed
1 GB or 2 GB
+1.8V
800 MT/s DDR2
Clearing Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM)
Jumper block V2[9-10] and connector J3[2-4] are used to clear NVRAM. When clearing the
NVRAM:
1. Power off the Falcon.
2. Place jumpers on V2[9-10] and connector J3[2-4].
3. Power on the Falcon, and remove power after the Boot menu appears.
4. Remove both jumpers.
5. Power on the Falcon.
Default BIOS Settings
The Falcon permits you to store user-defined BIOS settings. This allows you to retrieve those
settings from cleared or corrupted CMOS RAM, or battery failure. All BIOS defaults can be
changed, except the time and date. BIOS defaults can be updated with the BIOS Update Utility.
Warning!
If BIOS default settings make the system unbootable and prevent the user from
entering BIOS Setup, the Falcon needs to be serviced by the factory.
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DEFAULT BIOS SETUP VALUES
After CMOS RAM is cleared, the system will load default BIOS parameters the next time the
board is powered on. The default CMOS RAM setup values will be used in order to boot the
system whenever the main CMOS RAM values are blank, or when the system battery is dead or
has been removed from the board.
Real-Time Clock (RTC)
The Falcon features a real-time clock/calendar (RTC) circuit. The Falcon supplies RTC voltage
in S5, S3 and S0 states, but requires an external +2.75V to +3.3V battery connection to pin 7 of
the J1 power connector to maintain RTC functionality and RTC CMOS RAM when the Falcon is
not powered. The RTC can be set using the BIOS Setup.
Watchdog Timer
The Falcon has a watchdog timer that contains a selectable prescaler approximately 1 μs to 10
minutes. See the Intel Atom E6x0T Datasheet for configuration information.
Console Redirection
The Falcon can be configured for remote access by redirecting the console to a serial
communications port. BIOS Setup and some operating systems such as DOS can use this console
for user interaction.
Console redirection settings are configured in the BIOS Setup. Console redirection is enabled by
default. The decision to redirect the console is made early in BIOS execution and cannot be
changed later.
Console redirection can be disabled or redirected to a different COM port. The default settings
for the redirected console are 115.2 Kbps, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, and no flow control.
Null Modem
The following diagram illustrates a typical DB9 to DB9 RS-232 null modem adapter.
System 1 <--> System 2
Name Pin
Pin Name
-----------------------TX
3
<-->
2 RX
RX
2
<-->
3 TX
RTS
7
<-->
1 DCD
CTS
8
DSR
6
<-->
4 DTR
DCD
1
<-->
7 RTS
8 CTS
DTR
4
<-->
6 DSR
GND
5
<-->
5 GND
Pins 1, 4, and 6 are shorted together on each connector. Unlisted pins have no connection.
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5
User I/O Connector
The 50-pin user I/O connector (J12 or J8) incorporates the COM ports, four USB ports,
programmable LED, power LED, push-button reset, power button, audio line in/out, and speaker
interfaces. The table below illustrates the function of each pin. The pinout for this interface is
different for non-latching and latching connectors. Both pinouts are shown below.
Table 5: User I/O Connector Pinout
J12 Pin1
NonLatching
J8 Pin2 Paddleboard
Connector
Latching
Signal
RS-232
1
50
COM2
2
49
J2
3
48
Top DB9
4
47
5
RS-422
J12 Pin1
NonLatching
J8 Pin2
Latching
Paddleboard
Connector
25
26
USB0
Signal
USB0 +5.0V
Ground
Ground
26
25
Data +
RXD
RxD-
27
24
Data -
—
RxD+
28
23
Ground
Ground
29
22
Data +
46
TXD
TxD-
30
21
Data -
6
45
—
TxD+
31
20
7
44
COM1
Ground
Ground
32
19
Data +
8
43
J2
RXD
RxD-
33
18
Data -
Bottom DB9
USB1
USB2
USB1 +5.0V
USB2 +5.0V
9
42
CTS
RxD+
34
17
10
41
Ground
Ground
35
16
Data +
11
40
TXD
TxD-
36
15
Data -
12
39
RTS
TxD+
37
14
13
38
COM3
Ground
Ground
38
13
14
37
J5
RXD
RxD-
39
12
SP1
15
36
—
RxD+
40
11
S2, J8 Pin 1
Push-button Reset
16
35
Ground
Ground
41
10
S1, J8 Pin 3
Power Button
17
34
TXD
TxD-
42
9
18
33
—
TxD+
43
8
Audio In
19
32
COM4
Ground
Ground
44
7
J3 Top
20
31
J6
RXD
RxD-
45
6
21
30
—
RxD+
46
5
22
29
Ground
Ground
47
4
Audio Out
Audio Out - Left
23
28
TXD
TxD-
48
3
J3 Bottom
HDA ground (isolated)
24
27
—
TxD+
49
2
Audio Out - Right
50
1
HDA ground (isolated)
USB3
USB3 +5.0V
+5.0V (Protected)
D1
mSATA activity
Speaker
Ground
Audio In - Left
HDA ground (isolated)
Audio In - Right
HDA ground (isolated)
1. Models EBPN, ECPN, EDPN, EBKN, ECKN, EDKN.
2. Models EBPL, ECPL, EBKL, ECKL.
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Ethernet Interface
The Falcon features an on-board Micrel KSZ9031RNXIA PHY and EG20T embedded Ethernet
controller. The controller provides a standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet interface for 1000Base-T,
100Base-TX, and 10Base-T applications. An RJ-45 connector is located at location J6. Drivers
are readily available to support a variety of operating systems.
ETHERNET CONNECTOR
One rugged, 8-pin, right-angle, latching Ethernet connector (J6) is provided to make connection
with a Category 5 or 6 Ethernet cable. The Ethernet controller auto-negotiates connection speed.
The interface uses IEC 61000-4-2-rated TVS components to help protect against ESD damage.
Table 6: Ethernet Connector Pinout
J6 Pin
Signal Name Function
1
MDI3_N
Bi-directional pair D–
2
MDI3_P
Bi-directional pair D+
3
MDI1_N
Bi-directional pair B–
4
MDI1_P
Bi-directional pair B+
5
MDI2_N
Bi-directional pair C–
6
MDI2_P
Bi-directional pair C+
7
MDI0_N
Bi-directional pair A–
8
MDI0_P
Bi-directional pair A+
ETHERNET STATUS LEDS
A dual green/yellow status LED is provided at location D4. This LED provides an indication of
the Ethernet status as shown in the following table.
Table 7: On-board Ethernet Status LEDs (D4)
LED
State
Description
Green/Yellow
(Link / Activity)
Yellow
Activity
Green
Link
Off
No Link
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SATA Interface
The Falcon provides one serial ATA (SATA) port, which communicates at a rate of up to 3.0
GB/s (SATA II). The SATA connector at baseboard location J2 is a SATA II-compatible rightangle connector with latching capability. Power to SATA drive is supplied by the ATX power
supply. Note that the standard SATA drive power connector is different than the common 4-pin
Molex connector used on IDE drives. Most current ATX power supplies provide SATA
connectors, and many SATA drives provide both types of power connectors. If the power supply
you are using does not provide SATA connectors, adapters are available.
Table 8: SATA Port Pinout
J2 (baseboard)
Signal Name Function
1
GND
Ground
2
TX+
Transmit +
3
TX-
Transmit -
4
GND
Ground
5
RX-
Receive -
6
RX+
Receive +
7
GND
Ground
Mini PCIe / mSATA Socket
The socket at location J7 accepts a full- or half-height Mini PCI Express (PCIe) card or an
mSATA module.
The Mini PCIe interface includes one PCIe x1 lane, one USB 2.0 channel, and the SMBus
interface. The socket is compatible with plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553,
flash data storage, and other cards for added flexibility. An Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 Mini PCIe
card (VL-WD10-CBN) is available from VersaLogic. A Wi-Fi antenna (VL-CBR-ANT01) and a
12" Wi-Fi card to bulkhead RP-SMA transition cable (VL-CBR-0201) are also available. For
more information, contact Sales@VersaLogic.com.
The VL-MPEs-F1E series of mSATA modules provide flash storage of 4 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB.
To secure a Mini PCIe card or mSATA module to the on-board standoffs, use two M2.5 x 6 mm
pan head Philips nylon screws. These screws are available in quantities of 10 in the VL-HDW108 hardware kit from VersaLogic.
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Table 9: Mini PCIe / mSATA Pinout
J7
Pin
Mini PCIe Signal
Name
Mini PCIe
Function
mSATA
Signal Name
mSATA
Function
1
WAKE#
Wake
Reserved
Not connected
2
3.3VAUX
3.3V auxiliary source
+3.3V
3.3V source
3
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
4
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
5
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
6
1.5V
1.5V power
+1.5V
1.5V power
7
CLKREQ#
Reference clock request
Reserved
Not connected
8
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
9
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
10
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
11
REFCLK-
Reference clock input –
Reserved
Not connected
12
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
13
REFCLK+
Reference clock input +
Reserved
Not connected
14
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
15
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
16
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
17
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
18
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
19
NC
Not connected
Reserved
Not connected
20
W_DISABLE#
Wireless disable
Reserved
Not connected
21
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
22
PERST#
Card reset
Reserved
Not connected
23
PERn0
PCIe receive –
+B
Host receiver diff. pair +
24
3.3VAUX
3.3V auxiliary source
+3.3V
3.3V source
25
PERp0
PCIe receive +
-B
Host receiver diff. pair –
26
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
27
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
28
1.5V
1.5V power
+1.5V
1.5V power
29
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
30
SMB_CLK
SMBus clock
Two Wire I/F
Two wire I/F clock
31
PETn0
PCIe transmit –
-A
Host transmitter diff. pair –
32
SMB_DATA
SMBus data
Two Wire I/F
Two wire I/F data
33
PETp0
PCIe transmit +
+A
Host transmitter diff. pair +
34
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
35
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
36
USB_D-
USB data –
Reserved
Not connected
37
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
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J7
Pin
Mini PCIe Signal
Name
Mini PCIe
Function
mSATA
Signal Name
mSATA
Function
38
USB_D+
USB data +
Reserved
Not connected
39
3.3VAUX
3.3V auxiliary source
+3.3V
3.3V source
40
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
41
3.3VAUX
3.3V auxiliary source
+3.3V
3.3V source
42
LED_WWAN#
Wireless WAN LED
Reserved
Not connected
GND/NC
Ground/Not connected
1
43
GND
mSATA Detect
44
LED_WLAN#
Wireless LAN LED
Reserved
Not connected
45
NC
Not connected
Vendor
Not connected
46
LED_WPAN#
Wireless PAN LED
Reserved
Not connected
47
NC
Not connected
Vendor
Not connected
48
1.5V
1.5V power
+1.5V
1.5V power
49
Reserved
Reserved
DA/DSS
Device activity
50
GND
Ground
GND
Ground
51
Reserved
Reserved
GND
Ground
52
3.3VAUX
3.3V auxiliary source
+3.3V
3.3V source
2
3
4
Notes:
1.
This pin is not grounded on the Falcon since it can be used to detect the presence of an mSATA
module versus a Mini PCIe card.
2.
This pin is not grounded on the Falcon to make it available for mSATA module detection.
3.
This signal drives the top LED (D1) on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 paddleboard. This LED lights with
mSATA disk activity (if supported by the mSATA module).
4.
Some Mini PCIe cards use this signal as a second Mini PCIe card wireless disable input. On the
Falcon, this signal is available for use for mSATA versus Mini PCIe card detection. There is an
option on the VersaLogic Features BIOS setup screen for setting the mSATA detection method.
W_DISABLE# SIGNAL
The W_DISABLE# is for use with optional wireless Ethernet Mini PCIe cards. The signal allows
you to disable a wireless card’s radio operation in order to meet public safety regulations or
when otherwise desired. The W_DISABLE# signal is an active low signal that when driven low
(shorted to ground) disables radio operation on the Mini PCIe card wireless device. When the
W_DISABLE# is not asserted, or in a high impedance state, the radio may transmit if not
disabled by other means such as software.
MINI PCIE CARD WIRELESS STATUS LEDS
Three wireless status LEDs are provided on the Falcon at locations D5 and D6:



D5 Yellow – Wireless WAN
D6 Green – Wireless LAN
D6 Yellow – Wireless PAN
These LEDs light when the associated device is installed and capable of transmitting.
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microSD Sockets
The Falcon provides two microSD sockets, one on the CPU board (J2) and one on the baseboard
(J10). The VL-F41 series of microSD cards provide solid-state storage of 2 GB, 4 GB, or 8 GB.
The microSD sockets will accommodate cards with up to 32 GB of storage capacity.
USB Interface
The Falcon provides four USB 2.0 ports.
The USB interface on the Falcon is UHCI (Universal Host Controller Interface) and EHCI
(Enhanced Host Controller Interface) compatible, which provides a common industry
software/hardware interface. The Falcon provides dual Type-A USB host connectors at locations
J1 and J7 on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 paddleboard. One more USB channel is available through
the Mini PCIe card connector at J7.
Serial Ports
The Falcon features four on-board 16550-based serial communications channels located at
standard PC I/O addresses. All ports can be operated in RS-232 or RS-422 mode. Only COM1
provides RS-232 handshake signals. IRQ lines are chosen in CMOS Setup. COM ports can share
interrupts with other COM ports, but not with other devices. The UARTs on the Falcon use a 48
MHz clock and the OS should configure the clock rate in the UART Driver and UARTClock in
the Packet Hub Driver for proper functionality.
COM PORT CONFIGURATION
Jumper block V2 is used to configure serial ports for RS-232 or RS-422 operation. See “Jumper
Summary” for details. The termination resistor should be enabled for RS-422 endpoint stations.
Termination is not used for RS-232 intermediate stations.
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SERIAL PORT CONNECTORS
The pinouts of the DB9M connectors apply to the serial connectors on the VersaLogic breakout
board VL-CBR-5013/5014.
These connectors use IEC 61000-4-2-rated TVS components to help protect against ESD
damage.
Table 10: COM1 Pinout – VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector J2
Bottom DB9
J2 Pin
RS-232
RS-422
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
—
RXD*
TXD*
—
Ground
—
RTS
CTS
—
—
RxDTxD—
Ground
—
TxD+
RxD+
—
Table 11: COM2 Pinout – VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connector J2
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J2 Pin
RS-232
RS-422
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
—
RXD*
TXD*
—
Ground
—
—
—
—
—
RxDTxD—
Ground
—
TxD+
RxD+
—
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Table 12: COM3-4 Pinout – VL-CBR-5013/5014 Connectors J5-6
COM3
J5 Pin
COM4
J6 Pin
RS-232
RS-422
1
1
Ground
Ground
2
2
RXD
RxD-
3
3
—
RxD+
4
4
TXD
TxD-
5
5
—
TxD+
Video
The Intel Atom E6x0T processor series contains an integrated graphics engine with advanced
2D/3D graphics, video decode and encode capabilities, and a display controller. The Falcon
supports one LVDS display.
LVDS FLAT PANEL DISPLAY CONNECTOR
The integrated LVDS flat panel display in the Falcon is an ANSI/TIA/EIA-644-1995
specification-compliant interface. It can support 18 or 24 bits of RGB pixel data plus 3 bits of
timing control (HSYNC/VSYNC/DE) on the 4 differential data output pairs. The LVDS interface
supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 768 (60 Hz).
The Falcon has one LVDS connector at location J4.
BIOS setup provides several options for standard LVDS flat panel types. If these options do not
match the requirements of the panel you are using, contact Support@VersaLogic.com for a
custom video BIOS.
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Table 13: LVDS Flat Panel Display Pinout
J4
Pin
Signal
Name
Function
1
GND
Ground
2
NC
Not Connected
3
LVDSA3
Diff. Data 3 (+)
4
LVDSA3#
Diff. Data 3 (-)
5
GND
Ground
6
LVDSCLK0
Differential Clock (+)
7
LVDSCLK0#
Differential Clock (-)
8
GND
Ground
9
LVDSA2
Diff. Data 2 (+)
10
LVDSA2#
Diff. Data 2 (-)
11
GND
Ground
12
LVDSA1
Diff. Data 1 (+)
13
LVDSA1#
Diff. Data 1 (-)
14
GND
Ground
15
LVDSA0
Diff. Data 0 (+)
16
LVDSA0#
Diff. Data 0 (-)
17
GND
Ground
18
GND
Ground
19
+3.3V
+3.3V (Protected)
20
+3.3V
+3.3V (Protected)
The +3.3V power provided to pins 19 and 20 of J3 is protected by a software-controllable power
switch (1 Amp max.). This switch is controlled by the LVDD_EN signal from the LVDS
interface controller in the CPU.
VGA OUTPUT
A VGA monitor can be attached to the J4 connector using the VL-CBR-2014 LVDS to VGA
adapter card. Follow the procedure below to do this.
1. Plug the "Host End" of the LVDS cable VL-CBR-2015 into connector J4 of the Falcon.
2. Plug the LVDS cable into connector J1 of the VL-CBR-2014 adapter card (see Figure 12).
3. Attach the VGA monitor data cable to connector CN1 of the VL-CBR-2014 adapter cable.
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= Pin 1
J1
LVDS
CN1
VGA
Figure 12. VL-CBR-2014 LVDS to VGA Adapter Card
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Audio
The audio interface on the Falcon is implemented using an Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
92HD87B1X5 audio codec. This interface is Intel High Definition Audio (HDA) compatible.
Drivers are available for most Windows-based and Linux operating systems. To obtain the most
current versions, consult the Falcon Product Support Page.
The J8 main I/O connector provides the line-level stereo input and line-level stereo output
connection points. The outputs will drive most amplified PC speaker sets.
The following table shows the pinout of the audio connector J3 on the VL-CBR-5013/5014
breakout board.
Table 14: VL-CBR-5013/5014 J3 Audio Connector Pinout
J3
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
Note:
Signal
Name
Function
LINE_INL
LINE_INR
HDA_GND
LINE_OUTL
LINE_OUTR
HDA_GND
Line-In Left
Line-In Right
HDA Ground
Line-Out Left
Line-Out Right
HDA Ground
In Windows, the rear line-in audio input is configured by default as a microphone
input. To configure it for audio input, disable the microphone boost to eliminate
audio distortion.
Push-button Reset
Connector J8 includes an input for a push-button reset switch. Shorting J8 pin 40 to ground
causes the Falcon to reboot. This must be a mechanical switch or an open-collector or open-drain
active switch with less than a 0.5V low-level input when the current is 1 mA. There must be no
pull-up resistor on this signal.
This connector uses IEC 61000-4-2-rated TVS components to help protect against ESD damage.
A reset button is provided on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 breakout board. Terminal block J8 on the
breakout board also provides a reset signal on pin 1 and ground on pin 2.
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Power Button
Connector J8 includes an input for a power button. A momentary short to ground or assertion of
J8 pin 41 will cause a power button ACPI event. The button event can be configured in Windows
to enter an S3 power state (Sleep, Standby, or Suspend-to-RAM), an S4 power state (Hibernate
or Suspend-to-Disk), or an S5 power state (Shutdown or Soft-Off). A short or assertion with a
duration of more than 4 seconds will cause an abrupt hardware power down to S5.
This connector uses IEC 61000-4-2-rated TVS components to help protect against ESD damage.
A power button is provided on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 breakout board. Terminal block J8 also
provides a power button signal on pin 3 and ground on pin 2.
In configurations where a power button is not connected to the board, if the system is put into an
S5 state, power can be restored by turning off the power supply and turning it back on if jumper
V6[1-2] is not installed.
SUPPORTED POWER STATES
The Falcon supports the following power states:

S0 (G0): Working.

S1 (G1-S1): All processor caches are flushed and the CPU stops executing instructions.
Power to the CPU and RAM is maintained. Devices that do not indicate they must
remain on may be powered down.

S3 (G1-S3): Commonly referred to as Standby, Sleep, or Suspend-to-RAM. RAM
remains powered.

S4 (G1-S4): Hibernation or Suspend-to-Disk. All content of main memory is saved to
non-volatile memory, such as a hard drive, and is powered down.

S5 (G2): Soft Off. Almost the same as G3 Mechanical Off, except that the power supply
still provides power, at a minimum, to the power button to allow return to S0. A full
reboot is required. No previous content is retained. Other components may remain
powered so the computer can "wake" on input from the keyboard, clock, modem, or
LAN.

G3: Mechanical off (ATX supply switch turned off).
External Speaker
Connector J8 includes a speaker output signal at pin 39. The VL-CBR-5013/5014 breakout board
provides a Piezo electric speaker.
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LEDs
MSATA ACTIVITY LED
Connector J8 includes an output signal for an mSATA activity LED, which corresponds to the
top LED at position D1 on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 breakout board.
POWER LED
The power LED on the VL-CBR-5013/5014 indicates that the paddle board is being powered by
the 5V supply (though it does not indicate that all S0 power supplies are good). The LED is lit
only when the board is in the S0 power state. If the board enters a Sleep or Hibernate mode, the
LED will not be lit.
OTHER LEDS

D12: Blue S0 power state LED indicates the board is in an S0 power state. This LED is
not easily visible when the heatplate and heat sink are installed.

D11: Blue S3 power state LED is on in power states S3 and S0.

D5: Green always-on LED is on in every power state except G3.
General Purpose I/O (GPIO)
Connector J3 provides four independently-configurable user I/O lines.
See the Intel Atom Processor E6xx Series Datasheet for configuration information. Connector J3
supplies GPIO signals 1-4 only. GPIO 0 and 5-8 are reserved.
J3
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
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Signal
Name
Function
V1P8
GND
TNC_GPIO_SUS4
TNC_GPIO_SUS3
TNC_GPIO_SUS2
TNC_GPIO_SUS1
+1.8V
Ground
User GPIO line 1
User GPIO line 2
User GPIO line 3
User GPIO line 4
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Appendix A – Mounting Options
A
Falcon Mounting Configurations
The following illustrations show the mounting options for the Falcon.
Figure 13. Bolt-through Heat Plate
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Figure 14. Bolt-through Heatsink
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Mounting Plate Configurations
The following illustrations show options for installing the Falcon with the VL-HDW-405
mounting plate.
Figure 15. Mounting Plate Option 1
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Figure 16. Mounting Plate Option 2
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