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Products   >   Processor Modules   >   COM-based SBCs   >   Vega COM Express SBC

Vega COM Express SBC

COM Express SBC with configurable CPU and EMX I/O Expansion


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EMX Standard
Baseboard Block Diagram
Cable Kit
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The rugged Vega COM Express SBC includes an interchangeable COM Express COM 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), Vega offers performance with a 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE COM Express processor. 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.

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 supports 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 side view
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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 was designed with rugged applications in mind. With an operating temperature of -40şC to +85şC, 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 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
EMX Bus I/O Features
EMX Bus I/O Features

For more information and to obtain a copy of the EMX specification, please visit

Baseboard Block Diagram

Vega Baseboard Block Diagram
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Rugged Raptor-Vega Systems

The Vega SBC is available in off-the-shelf hardened and highly configurable systems for extremely rugged mission critical applications. This versatile rugged off-the-shelf computer system can be used as a development platform for multiple application-specific configurations and can be deployed as soon as your application is ready.

The Raptor-Vega COTS-based system is designed around a rugged SBC featuring a 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE. A full suite of I/O provides the connectivity for most applications. A wide-range 7-36VDC input provides extra flexibility enabling use in vehicles or harsh environments. The system comes with the operating system pre-loaded on a flashdisk, enabling immediate operation without any development effort.

CK-VEGA-01: Cable kit for Vega COM Express SBC

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

 Cable Kit

CK-VEGA-01 includes the following cables:

No. Qty Cable Description Drawing
1 2 6980808 Dual serial cable Show
2 1 6981501 Utility cable Show
3 1 6981503 Power input cable Show
4 2 6981504 Data acquisition cable Show
5 2 6981315 Gigabit Ethernet cable Show
6 2 6981317 Dual USB cable Show
7 1 6981323 HD Audio cable Show
8 1 6981324 VGA cable Show


Core System Functions
Processor 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE CPU
I/O Interfaces
Mass Storage 1 SATA port, supports 1 device
USB flashdisk socket supports up to 8GB
Serial 4 RS-232/422/485 ports
USB 4 USB 2.0 ports
Networking 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
1 from Intel 82574IT controller
1 from COM Express module
Keyboard/Mouse USB keyboard/mouse
Display LVDS LCD flat panel interface
VGA CRT interface
Audio ALC262 Codec HD audio with stereo line-out, line-in & microphone
Watchdog timer Non-maskable interrupt or reset modes
Data Acquisition Features
Analog Inputs 16 single-ended or 8 differential, user selectable
A/D Resolution 16 bits
Input ranges ±10V, ±5V, ±2.5V, ±1.25V, 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-2.5V programmable
Max Sample Rate 250KHz
Protection ±35V on any analog input without damage
Nonlinearity ±3LSB, no missing codes
On-board FIFO 2048 samples, programmable threshold
A/D and D/A Calibration Autocalibration with software support
Analog Outputs 8, 16-bit resolution
Output ranges ±5V, ±10V, 0-5V, 0-10V
Input impedance 10^13 ohms
Output current ±5mA max per channel
Settling time 7µS max to 0.012%
Relative accuracy ±1 LSB
Nonlinearity ±1 LSB, monotonic
Reset Reset to zero-scale or mid-scale
Digital I/O lines 30 programmable direction
Input 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
Output 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
Watchdog timer Non-maskable interrupt or reset mode
Clock source 10MHz on-board clock or external signal
General purpose 8 32-bit counters/timers
Expansion Buses
EMX Stackable I/O
PCIe MiniCard 1 socket
Physical and Mechanical
Power Input +7-36V DC/DC power supply
Power Consumption VEGA-3517UE-4GA: 13.93W at 12V typical
Operating Temperature -40ºC to +85ºC (-40ºF to +185ºF)
Operating Humidity 0-90% non-condensing
Form Factor COM Express
Dimensions 4.92 x 3.74 in. (125 x 95 mm)
Weight VEGA-3517UE-4GN: 14.4oz (408g)
MTBF Vega baseboard with DAQ: 277,880 hours at 20ºC
Core i7-3517UE COM: 146,217 hours at 25ºC
RoHS Compliant

Integrates 5 PC/104 modules in the compact EMX Basic form factor
Choice of Intel Core i7 COM Express CPU modules
I/O connectors for a wide range of interfaces:
 - 2 Gigabit Ethernet port
 - 1 SATA port
 - 4 USB 2.0 ports
 - 4 RS-232/422/485 serial ports
 - HD Audio
On-board USB flashdisk socket
7-36V DC/DC power supply on-board
Best in class data acquisition featuring:
 16 16-bit analog intputs with autocalibration
 - 2048 sample FIFO
 - Up to 250KHz sampling rate
 - 8 16-bit analog outputs
 - 30 programmable digital i/O lines
 - 8 32-bit counters/timers
System expansion:
 - EMX stackable I/O
 - PCIe MiniCard socket
COM Express form factor
Operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C
Customers who use this product also use:
EMX-ESG777 Ethernet, Serial, GPIO, GPS Module
EMX-ESG614 Serial, GPIO, GPS Module
EMX-ESG200 Dual Ethernet Module
DS-MPE-SER4M Serial Module
DS-MPE-SER4OPT Opto Serial Module
DS-MPE-DAQ0804 Analog I/O Module
DS-MPE-GPIO Digital I/O Module
DS-MPE-GE210 Gigabit Ethernet Module
DS-MPE-CAN2L CANbus Module

This product can be customized and ruggedized. Click here for more information.
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Vega Datasheet
(.pdf, 306.5 kb)
Vega SBC User Manual
(.pdf, 1.3 MB)
Vega COM Express SBC Universal Manual
(.pdf, 1.5 MB)
Core i7 audio driver for Windows 7
(.zip, 149.8 MB)
Core i7 chipset driver for Windows 7/XP
(.zip, 5.0 MB)
Core i7 audio driver for Windows XP
(.zip, 30.4 MB)
Core i7 Ethernet driver for Windows 7/XP
(.zip, 58.0 MB)
Core i7 graphics driver for Windows 7/XP
(.zip, 147.1 MB)
Celeron chipset driver for Windows 7
(.rar, 2.3 MB)
Celeron chipset driver for Windows XP
(.rar, 2.5 MB)
Celeron graphics driver for Windows 7
(.rar, 63.5 MB)
Celeron graphics driver for Windows XP
(.rar, 22.4 MB)
Core i7 USB driver for Windows 7/XP
(.rar, 4.9 MB)
Celeron audio driver for Windows 7
(.rar, 85.9 MB)
Celeron Ethernet driver for Windows 7
(.rar, 27.4 MB)
Celeron audio driver for Windows XP
(.rar, 29.3 MB)
Celeron Ethernet driver for Windows XP
(.rar, 27.4 MB)
Vega SATA driver Windows XP 32-bit
(.zip, 294.4 kb)

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Vega COM Express SBC
available models:
Vega SBC, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE CPU, 4GB RAM, full data acquisition
Vega SBC, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE CPU, 4GB RAM
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Cables and accessories
available models:
mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 64GB, extended temperature
mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 32GB, extended temperature
8GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
Heat Sink Accessory
mSATA MLC Flashdisk, 16GB, extended temperature
mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 64GB, extended temperature
mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 32GB, extended temperature
mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 16GB, extended temperature
mSATA SLC Flashdisk, 8GB, extended temperature
1GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
2GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
4GB USB Solid State Flashdisk, extended temperature
Vega Cable Kit for on-board I/O
Dual serial cable
Utility cable
Power input cable
Data acquisition cable
Gigabit Ethernet cable
Dual USB cable
HD Audio cable
VGA cable
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