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Products   >   Services   >   End-of-Life Products   >   Aurora PC/104 SBC
System Features
Intel Atom Z530 or Z510 CPU
Up to 2GB of ruggedized RSODIMM™ DDR2 DRAM
4 USB 2.0 ports
2 RS-232, 2 RS-232/422/485 serial ports
1 Gigabit Ethernet
1 SATA port
Support for USB flashdisk up to 8GB
PS/2 keyboard and mouse
8 digital I/O
PC/104 (ISA) and SUMIT-A expansion buses
-40ºC to +80ºC operating temperature at heatspreader surface
3.55" x 3.775" x 0.9"
Customers who use this product also use:
Aurora Development Kit
Aurora Software Development Kit
Corona WiFi & Ethernet Module
USB Flashdisks
Aurora Cable Kit
Octavio Ruggedized Systems

This product can be customized and ruggedized. Click here for more information.
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Aurora Datasheet
(.pdf, 513.7 kb)
Aurora SBC User Manual
(.pdf, 1.3 MB)
VGA Accessory Kit User Manual
(.pdf, 521.3 kb)
Pandora End Caps for Aurora
(.pdf, 107.1 kb)
Sharp LQ121S1LG42 LCD Specification
(.pdf, 544.1 kb)
Aurora Heatspreader Drawing
(.jpg, 71.4 kb)
Universal Driver Software
XP/XPe Ethernet Driver (Aurora, COM Exp, Magellan)
(.zip, 30.9 MB)
Aurora XP/XPe VGA Driver
(.zip, 7.5 MB)
XP/XPe Chipset Driver for Aurora
(.zip, 1.7 MB)
XP/XPe SATA Driver (Aurora, COM Exp, Magellan)
(.zip, 429.4 kb)

Aurora PC/104 SBC

Intel Atom Z-Series PC/104 Single Board Computer


Aurora pc104 SBC

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System Block Diagram
Development Kits
VGA Accessories
Cable Kit
Pandora and Panel I/O Board
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Aurora is a rugged, single board computer (SBC) based on the Intel Atom Z-Series CPUs and conforming to the compact, PC/104 form-factor. Aurora is powered by either an Atom Z530 at 1.6GHz or and Atom Z510 at 1.1GHz.


The SBC supports either 1GB or 2GB of ruggedized DDR2 RSODIMM™ SDRAM. RSODIMM SDRAM is a new industry standard, expanding on the popular SO-DIMM format. RSODIMM extends the length of a standard SO-DIMM module, providing room for two mounting holes that are used to secure the memory module to the SBC, increasing resistance to shock and vibration. RSODIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules are electrically identical.

Aurora provides high-resolution LVDS and SDVO graphics interfaces. Additional I/O ports include SATA, USB, serial, digital I/O, and Gigabit Ethernet. Flexible system expansion is based on industry-standard, stackable PC/104 (ISA) and SUMIT-A (PCIe) modules. A location is also provided for an optional on-board USB flashdisk. Aurora's ruggedized RSODIMM SDRAM modules are securely affixed to the SBC through a pair of standoffs and screws, providing improved performance in high shock and vibration environments.

Aurora's power-efficient design leverages Intel's ultra-low-power (Menlow) silicon platform, consisting of the Atom Z5xx (Silverthorne) processors and US15W chipset (Poulsbo). Aurora utilizes conduction cooling for improved ruggedness and reliability through the use of a heatspreader. The CPU ICs are positioned on the bottom of the board, resulting in easy and efficient heat removal via the heatspreader for wide-temperature, fanless operation. The four mounting holes on the bottom of the conduction cooled heatspreader are #6-32 threaded holes on 2.8" centers.

Aurora is compatible with Linux, Windows XP, and Windows Embedded Standard. All necessary drivers are provided with the product.

System Block Diagram

Aurora SBC Block Diagram: click to enlarge

Development Kits

The Aurora Development Kit (DK-AUR-01) provides all the components you need for fast and efficient embedded development. The kit includes an Aurora SBC, ACC-VGA-03, USB flashdisk with Linux pre-loaded, cable kit, power adapter cable, and software CD.

Software Development Kits are also available for Aurora for Linux (SDK-AUR-LNX) and Windows XP Embedded Standard (SDK-AUR-XPE) operating systems. Both software development kits come with a USB flashdisk pre-loaded with a bootable image of the operating system, a back up CD with the OS image, and documentation.

VGA Accessories


VGA output can be generated from Aurora through one of several add-on I/O boards. Each of these I/O boards converts the SDVO output from Aurora via an on-board circuit, and produces VGA output available on a pin header.

  • ACC-VGA-03 provides VGA output from Aurora as well as pass-through ISA and SUMIT-A buses
  • Corona COR-LAN2-XT is a dual Ethernet and dual USB SUMIT-ISM I/O module that also provides VGA output from Aurora SBCs
  • Corona COR-LANWIFI-XT provides dual Ethernet, dual USB and a mini-PCI WiFi module on a SUMIT-ISM I/O module that also provides VGA output from Aurora SBCs
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    CK-AUR-01: Cable kit for Aurora PC/104 SBC

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

    Aurora PC/104 SBC Cable Kit

    CK-AUR-01 includes the following cables:

    No. Qty Cable Description Drawing
    1 1 6981030 VGA cable Show
    2 2 6981081 Dual Serial Port 2mm 2x10 to 2x DB9M Show
    3 2 6981082 Dual USB 2.0 type A Show
    4 1 6981301 PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, 2x5 2mm Show
    5 1 6981302 Digital I/O cable, 2x5 2mm Show
    6 1 6981303 Power input cable, 2x6 2mm Show

    Pandora and Panel I/O Board

    Aurora 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. Aurora SBCs are available only in 1.7" tall Pandora enclosures, and no additional I/O cards may be stacked with Aurora in a Pandora enclosure. The Aurora panel I/O board (shown below) converts Aurora's pin headers to industry standard connectors for all I/O, additionally it converts Aurora's SDVO output to VGA output.

    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. Click here for more information on the Pandora PC/104 Enclosure.

    Aurora Panel I/O Board: Top         Aurora Panel I/O Board: Bottom         Aurora in Pandora Enclosure
    Panel I/O Board Top
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            Panel I/O Board Bottom
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            Aurora in Pandora Enclosure

    Transition Cables or PC-Style Connectors

    All I/O on Aurora is made available on 2mm pitch pin headers for use with low-cost cables. To enhance the use of Aurora 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 Aurora to instantly convert all I/O to PC-style connectors:


    CPU and System
    Processor 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530P or 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510
    Front Side Bus Speed 533MHz
    Memory 1GB or 2GB of RSODIMM™ SO-DIMM DDR2 DRAM
    Bus Interfaces PC/104 (ISA) stackable
    SUMIT-A stackable
    Display Type LVDS LCD and SDVO
    Display Resolution 1280X1024 maximum
    USB Ports (4) USB 2.0
    Serial Ports (2) RS-232; (2) RS-232/422/485
    Networking (1) Gigabit Ethernet
    Mass Storage (1) SATA port
    Support for USB flashdisk up to 8GB
    Keyboard / Mouse PS/2 with BIOS support for USB
    Digital I/O (8) Digital I/O lines
    Watchdog timer Yes
    PCI Express (1) PCIe x 1 lane to SUMIT-A bus
    Input power 5V ±5%
    Power Consumption 5.4W
    Cooling Heatspreader, no fan
    Operating Temperature -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to +176°F) operating temperature at heatspreader surface
    Dimensions 3.550” x 3.775” x 0.9" (90mm x 96mm x 23mm)
    Weight 7.5 oz / 212g
    Shock MIL-STD-202G Table 213-1 J
    Half-Sine Wave Shock
    30 G, 11ms: 3 time shocks at both directions per axis: Vertical / Transverse / Longitudinal
    Vibration MIL-STD-202G Method 204, Modified Condition I A
    Random Vibration
    Axes: Vertical / Transverse / Longitudinal
    20-2000Hz: 20-100Hz at 6dB/octave, 100-1000Hz at 0.04G^2/Hz, 1000-2000Hz at -6dB/octave
    Sine Sweep Vibration
    Axes: Vertical / Transverse / Longitudinal
    10-2000Hz: 10-57Hz at 0.6", 57-2000Hz at 10G, sweep rate 20 minutes per cycle
    MTBF 211,720 hours (Aurora Z530 models)
    RoHS Compliant

    SUMIT resources

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    Aurora PC/104 SBC
    available models:
    Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.1GHz Atom Z510, 0GB SDRAM
    Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.1GHz Atom Z510, 1GB SDRAM
    Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 0GB SDRAM
    Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB SDRAM
    Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 2GB SDRAM
    Aurora Development Kit with AUR-Z530-161G SBC, ACC-VGA-03, cables, power supply, Linux software and documentation
    VGA Accessory Kit for Aurora
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    Cables and accessories
    available models:
    CK-AUR-01 cable kit
    VGA cable
    Dual Serial Port 2mm 2x10 to 2x DB9M
    Dual USB 2.0 type A
    PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, 2x5 2mm
    Digital I/O cable, 2x5 2mm
    Power input cable, 2x6 2mm
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