Helix

PC/104 SBC with 1GHz Vortex86DX3 CPU and On-board Data Acquisition
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  • 1GHz dual core DMP Vortex86DX3
  • Up to 2GB of on-board 64-bit DDR3 SDRAM
  • Heat sink, no fan
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)

Diamond’s family of Helix PC/104 SBCs combines mid-range CPU performance, standard PC I/O, and on-board data acquisition circuitry at a competitive price. Available PC I/O includes 6 USB 2.0, 4 serial ports (2 RS-232/422/485 and 2 RS-232), 1 10/100Mbps Ethernet, and a SATA port. The data acquisition circuit includes 20 16-bit analog inputs, 4 16-bit analog outputs and 27 digital I/O lines configurable as counter/timers and pulse width modulators.

Helix supports stackable I/O expansion with PC/104 I/O modules and provides a PCIe MiniCard socket for additional I/O expansion. I/O modules featuring WiFi, Ethernet, analog I/O, digital I/O, and CAN are available in the PCIe MiniCard form factor, providing compact expandability without increasing the total height of the system.

Helix SBCs run Linux and Windows Embedded Standard 7. Both Linux and Windows Embedded 7 Software Development Kits are available with bootable images and drivers to get you started on your design project right out of the box.

The Helix SBC was designed with rugged applications in mind. With an operating temperature of −40°C to +85°C, soldered on-board memory, and thicker PCB, Helix is an excellent choice for vehicle and other harsh environment applications.

Customization Options
The following customization options are available for the Helix SBC family. Some of these options are mutually exclusive and minimum order quantities apply.

  • 2GB on-board RAM instead of 1GB
  • Additional Gigabit Ethernet port on D model
  • 1 CANbus 2.0 port
  • mSATA interface shared with PCIe MiniCard socket
  • +8-32V 50W DC/DC wide voltage power input
  • Latching connectors instead of pin headers
  • Replace configuration jumpers with 0 ohm resistors
  • Conformal coating
  • Custom BIOS & custom FPGA code
Development Kits
Complete Development Kits with a bootable operating system are available with all the components you need to get started on your embedded design project. The kit contains a Helix SBC, 32GB MLC SATA-DOM flashdisk with your choice of Windows Embedded 7 or Linux pre-loaded, cable kit, AC adapter, and software CD.

Helix Cable Kit
The Helix cable kit includes cables for Helix input and output. Many cables are also available individually.

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Technical specifications
Processor 1GHz dual core DMP Vortex86DX3
Memory Up to 2GB of on-board 64-bit DDR3 SDRAM
Bus Interface PC/104 (ISA)
Display Type 24-bit LVDS LCD and VGA CRT
Display Resolution LVDS: 1920 x 1080 maximum
VGA: 1920 x 1080 maximum
1280 x 1024 maximum in dual display mode
USB Ports 6 USB 2.0 ports
Serial Ports 2 RS-232/422/485 ports
2 RS-232 ports
Networking 1 10/100Base-T Ethernet port
1 Gigabit Ethernet port (A model only)
Mass Storage 1 SATA 1.5Gbps port for external hard drive or SATA DOM
Keyboard / Mouse PS/2
Audio HD audio ALC892 CODEC with stero line out, line in and microphone
Analog inputs 16 16-bit
Input ranges ±10V, ±5V, 0-10V, 0-5V programmable
Sample rate 100KHz maximum
On board FIFO 2048 samples, programmable threshold
DAQ calibration Autocalibration values stored in EEPROM
Analog outputs 4 16-bit
Output ranges 0-5V, 0-2.5V programmable
Digital I/O 27 lines independently programmable
PWM 4 24-bit pulse width modulators
Counter/timers 8 32-bit counter/timers
Watchdog Timer Programmable watchdog timer 0-255 seconds
Expansion socket PCIe MiniCard socket
Expansion bus PC/104 (ISA) stackable I/O expansion
Input power +5VDC ±5%
Power Consumption 5.9W
Cooling Heat sink, no fan
Dimensions 4.0” x 4.0” (101.5mm x 101.5mm)
Weight 2.5 oz / 70.8g with heat sink

Environmental and physical specifications

Operating Temperature -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)
Shock MIL-STD-202G compatible
Vibration MIL-STD-202G compatible
RoHS Compliant
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Ordering information:

Model Description
HLX1000-1GA Helix SBC, 1GHz Vortex 86DX3 CPU, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, analog I/O, digital I/O, 1 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, extended temperature
HLX1000-1GD Helix SBC, 1GHz Vortex 86DX3 CPU, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, digital I/O, 1 10/100Mbps Ethernet, extended temperature
DK-HLXA-WE7 Helix Development Kit with HLX1000-1GA SBC, cables, and Windows Embedded 7 OS
DK-HLXA-LNX Helix Development Kit with HLX1000-1GA SBC, cables, and Linux OS
DK-HLXD-WE7 Helix Development Kit with HLX1000-1GD SBC, cables, and Windows Embedded 7 OS
DK-HLXD-LNX Helix Development Kit with HLX1000-1GD SBC, cables, and Linux OS
SDK-HLX-WE7 Helix Windows Embedded 7 Software Development Kit
SDK-HLX-LNX Helix Linux Software Development Kit
CK-HLX-01 Helix Cable Kit for most on board I/O

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