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VENUS  Rugged 3.5 Inch SBC with 7th Gen Core i7 CPU and PCIe/104
   PCIe104
 
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
FEATURES
Intel "Skylake" 6th Gen Core i7-6600U 2.6GHz, or i5-6300U 2.4GHz
Intel “Kaby Lake” 7th Gen Core i7-7660U 2.8GHz
4GB DDR4 RAM soldered on board
Expansion socket for up to 16GB additional / 20GB total RAM
2x Gigabit Ethernet
2x SATA 3.0 ports + mSATA socket
VGA, HDMI & dual channel LVDS with 3 simultaneous independent display support
4x RS-232/422/485 ports
6x USB 2.0 ports
4x USB 3.0 ports
HD audio
16 GPIO lines with 3.3/ 5V logic levels
TPM module
CSI camera serial interface
2x PCIe MiniCard sockets; one socket supports mSATA
OneBank-Plus PCIe/104 + PCI-104 expansion socket
+9-18VDC input voltage
14W power consumption typical
3.5 inch form factor: 5.75" x 4.0" (146mm x 102mm)
-40°C to +85°C operating temperature
Bottom-mounted heat spreader cooling

Based on the “Kaby Lake” 7th generation Core i7 processor, Venus offers high CPU performance in a small form factor rugged SBC with modest power consumption. It incorporates a full suite of rugged features such as soldered memory, latching connectors, a thicker PCB, and true -40/+85ºC operating temperature, making it suitable for the most demanding vehicle applications. High I/O density, multiple expansion sockets, rugged design, modest power consumption of 14W, and wide temperature operation combine to make Venus an extremely attractive option for applications requiring high CPU performance or ruggedness.

Block Diagram

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch

Display Features

Venus supports 3 simultaneous independent displays, VGA, HDMI, and dual channel LVDS LCD.The HDMI port is capable of 4K screen resolution. Mass storage options include SATA DOM, mSATA, and a connector foran external SATA drive (all ports are SATA III capable). Diamond offers a series of MLC and SLC mSATA and SATA DOM modules with wide temperature qualification for use with Venus.

Wide Range of I/O

The 3.5 inch form factor enables Venus to include an impressive range of I/O features on a single board while retaining a small form factor profile. Connectivity includes 4 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, 6 USB ports (4 are USB 3.0 capable), dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and 16 digital I/O lines.

The 4 serial ports support RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 protocols. Protocol selection as well as all other configurations are fully software programmable and may be configured in the BIOS for convenience or controlled via an application program. For RS-422 and RS-485, line termination resistors are also provided and are programmable.

Development Support

Venus is available in a complete development kit that includes a Venus SBC, a cable kit, a SATA Disk-on-Module (SATA-DOM) with your choice of operating system pre-installed, and a backup USB flashdisk. Available operating systems are Linux Ubuntu 20.04 kernel 5.x 64-bit and Windows 10 64-bit. Other OS support is available by consultation. For customers who already have a Venus SBC or who have multiple boards, the programmed SATA-DOM and backup USB flash are also available as an SDK.

Venus Venus Cable Kit SATA DOM Flashdisks
Venus Venus Cable kit SATA DOM

Cable Kit

The Venus cable kit CK-VNS-05 includes cables for all I/O connectors. This version of the kit includes rugged latching cables for the USB 3.0 ports.


Venus Cable Kit

CK-VNS-05 includes the following cables:

No. Qty Cable Description Drawing
1 1 6980514 Cable, Utility, 2x6 2mm IDC Socket Show
2 1 6980517 Digital I/O cable, DB37F connector Show
3 1 6980507 Cable, VGA, 1.25mm Con DE15 Female Show
4 1 6980508 Cable, Audio, 1.25mm 2X 3.5mm Show
5 1 6989101 SATA Cable, 7-Pin Data, Straight to Right Angle, 500mm Show
6 1 6980513 Cable, Dual Ethernet, 2x10 1.25mm Show
7 2 6980500 Cable 1.25mm to 2x DV9M Serial Show
8 2 6980610 Dual USB 3.1 type A cable with latching 2x10 2mm board connector Show
9 1 6980503 Cable, 2xUSB 2.0, 1.25 Con Show
10 1 6980524 External battery cable, discrete wires Show
11 1 6980512 Power input cable, discrete wires Show
12 1 6980519 Cable, HDMI to 2x10 1.25mm Show

I/O
Features

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch

Venus has a SATA DOM socket and a second SATA connector. All ports are SATA III compliant.

A multi-use MiniCard socket auto-selects for either a PCIe MiniCard or mSATA flashdisk. This dual function socket can be used to add compact additional I/O or mass storage to your system. The dedicated SATA connector can be used with off-board SATA devices and also supports use of a board-mounted miniature SATA disk-on-module for a smaller overall system envelope with less cables. Most I/O on Venus utilizes latching I/O connectors for enhanced ruggedness and reliability. Venus has a SATA DOM socket and a second SATA connector. All ports are SATA III compliant.

Venus provides 4 RS-232/422/485 ports using multiprotocol transceivers, one per port. All configuration features are fully programmable as well as configurable in the BIOS screens, including protocol and line termination for RS-422/485. In RS-458 mode, both echo and no-echo modes are supported. The expansion connectors use 22mm stacking height to provide more clearance for installed minicards.

Venus supports two 10/100/1000 high speed Gigabit Ethernet ports derived from Intel I210IT PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controllers. A latching connector is used to bring these ports off board instead of RJ-45 jacks, optimizing space on the board and increasing ruggedness. Activity status of the Ethernet ports can be read from LEDs.

Expansion Capability

In addition to the already high level of onboard I/O, Venus also provides great expansion flexibility, including both a OneBank Plus (PCIe/104 + PCI-104) socket and 2 full-size MiniCard sockets.

The compact OneBank expansion connector provides high performance PCIe expandability in a stacking format. The expansion connectors use 22mm stacking height to provide more clearance for installed minicards. It supports up to 3 PCIe/104 Type 1 and Type 2 add-on modules along with PCIe/104 OneBank I/O modules with PCIe x1 host interface, while conserving board space and reducing total system cost. Learn more about the OneBank expansion connector.

The companion PCI-104 connector supports PCI-104 modules for compatibility with an even greater array of I/O modules. Use of PC/104-Plus modules will require removing the PC/104 ISA connector to avoid interference with the OneBank connector.

The top side MiniCard socket supports full-size PCIe and USB MiniCards as well as mSATA Disk-on-Modules. The bottom side socket supports full-size and half-size PCIe MiniCards.

Mass storage options include the top side mSATA socket as well as a SATA-DOM socket. Flashdisk modules up to 256GB in wide temperature range are available for both sockets.

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
SATA-DOM and mSATA/minicard sockets on top side
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Second half/full-size MiniCard socket available on bottom side

Rugged Features

Venus incorporates a full suite of rugged features such as latching connectors, a thicker PCB, and soldered memory, making it suitable for the most demanding vehicle applications.

Most I/O connectors use a true locking design to ensure reliable operation in high vibration environments. The 50% thicker PCB along with 8 mounting points provides greater rigidity to minimize the possibility of solder joint failure from vibration.

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Positive latching connector system enhances ruggedness and reliability
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Thicker PCB inhibits flexing from high vibration

Innovative Conduction Cooling

The bottom side heat spreader on Venus provides the most efficient cooling solution in a weight-optimized design, enabling Venus to run reliably at up to 85ºC. The heat spreader conducts heat directly to the system chassis for maximum heat dispersion to the ambient environment and minimum radiation into the enclosure interior. By reducing the interior temperature, Venus helps to improve overall system reliability. In addition the bottom side heat spreader leaves the entire top side of the board free for expansion and memory modules, simplifying system configuration and maintenance.

The Venus heat spreader includes a number of innovations to provide system designers with flexibility and confidence. The bottom side contains a depression for an included thermal pad for optimum thermal contact with the enclosure surface. A series of English and Metric mounting holes are available for installation. A mounting tab accessory kit enables convenient installation from the inside of the enclosure to eliminate concerns of violating the enclosure’s environmental integrity.

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Heat spreader on bottom side
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Heat spreader with optional mounting tabs installed for interior mounting operation

Rugged Memory

Venus includes 4GB of DDR4-2133MHz memory soldered on board for enhanced ruggedness. The memory size may be upgraded to as high as 20GB using readily available DDR4 SODIMM modules in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacity. For rugged applications we offer our unique RSODIMM rugged memory modules, which are designed to withstand MIL-STD-202G shock and vibration specifications. RSODIMM modules are exactly like standard SODIMM modules except they have a small PCB extension that provides two mounting holes to fix the module to the SBC more reliably.

Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Standard SODIMM installed for memory expansion
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
Diamond's unique rugged RSODIMM memory module installed on Venus
Venus: Processor Modules, Rugged, wide-temperature SBCs in PC/104, PC/104-<i>Plus</i>, EPIC, EBX, and other compact form-factors., 3.5 Inch
RSODIMM mechanical drawing

Specifications

Features
Processor “Kaby Lake” 7th Gen Core i7-7660U 2.8GHz, 2 cores 4 threads
Chipset Integrated onto processor package
Memory Up to 20GB: 4GB memory down + socket for 4/8/16GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM / RSODIMM
Graphics 3 independent displays: HDMI, VGA, and LVDS, max resolution 4096 x 2304
Ethernet 2 Gigabit ports: 1 from chipset with i219 PHY, 1 from i210 on PCIe x1 lane, on-board LEDs for status
USB 4x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on Intel standard USB 2.0 connectors + 2x USB 2.0 on separate connector
  2x USB 2.0 via PCIe/104 OneBank expansion connector
  2x USB 2.0 via PCIe MiniCard sockets
Serial 4x multiprotocol RS-232/422/485, all features programmable including termination
Audio HDA audio with Line in, Line out, and Mic in, ALC892 CODEC
Digital I/O 16 lines with bitwise programmable direction, configurable 3.3V/5V logic levels, and configurable pull-up/down resistors
Mass storage 3 SATA interfaces: SATA DOM, Standard SATA, mSATA support in one MiniCard socket
Security TPM module Infineon SLB 9670XQ2.0
Expansion MiniCard sockets:
  1 socket supports full size PCIe/USB MiniCard and mSATA modules
  1 socket supports full / half size PCIe/USB MiniCard
  OneBank Plus (PCIe/104 + PCI-104) socket with 22mm stacking height:
  Supports up to 3 PCIe x1 Type 1 / Type 2 / OneBank I/O modules + up to 2 USB interface modules
  Supports up to 4 PCI-104 expansion modules
Connectors Latching, JST GH / GHD series
Form factor "3.5 inch" form factor: 5.75" x 4.0" / 146 x 102mm
Weight 281g/ 9.9oz
Cooling Conduction cooling heat spreader on bottom
Input voltage 9-18VDC
Power consumption 14W under typical operating conditions
Operating Temp -40° to +85°C

Models and Accessories

 
Venus
available models:
VNS776KL-4GD
Venus SBC, i7-7660U 2.8GHz CPU, 4GB RAM soldered on board RSODIMM rugged memory expansion
Available
VNS766-4GD
Venus SBC, Gen 6 Core-i7 6600U 2.8GHz CPU, 4GB RAM soldered on board; special order item
EOL
DK-VNS776KL-WE1064
Venus SBC development kit, includes VNS776KL-4GD SBC, Windows 10 64-bit OS on SATA DOM, and cable kit
Available
DK-VNS776KL-LNX64
Venus SBC development kit, includes VNS776KL-4GD SBC, Ubuntu Linux 64-bit OS on SATA DOM, and cable kit
Available
SDK-VNS-WE10
Venus SBC software development kit, includes Windows 10 OS on SATA DOM
Available
SDK-VNS-LNX
Venus SBC software development kit, includes Linux OS on SATA DOM
Available
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Cables and accessories
available models:
CK-VNS-05
Venus SBC Cable Kit, With HDMI Cable
6980514
Cable, Utility, 2x6 2mm IDC Socket
6980517
Digital I/O cable, DB37F connector
6980507
Cable, VGA, 1.25mm Con DE15 Female
6980508
Cable, Audio, 1.25mm 2X 3.5mm
6989101
SATA Cable, 7-Pin Data, Straight to Right Angle, 500mm
6980513
Cable, Dual Ethernet, 2x10 1.25mm
6980500
Cable 1.25mm to 2x DV9M Serial
6980610
Dual USB 3.1 type A cable with latching 2x10 2mm board connector
6980503
Cable, 2xUSB 2.0, 1.25 Con
6980524
External battery cable, discrete wires
6980512
Power input cable, discrete wires
6980519
Cable, HDMI to 2x10 1.25mm
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