Diamond Systems Hercules III, EBX SBC

Hercules III, EBX SBC

Product Manufacturer - Diamond Systems 


Hercules III is a high performance successor to the popular Hercules II EBX SBC. Combining processor, data acquisition, and power supply onto one board results in a thinner, lighter, more rugged, and easier to assemble embedded system. The 3-in-1 design addressed the needs of mobile and vehicle applications by offering the benefits of reduced size, weight, cost, and power consumption.


Hercules III combines all of the functionality of a single board computer with a complete analog and digital data acquisition circuit into a single board, offering the most functionality available in a small, compact form factor. The advanced data acquisition circuit features autocalibration and fully jumper-less configuration for maximum accuracy and reliable performance. The 1.6GHz Intel Atom E680T CPU offers an excellent price/performance, making Hercules III an ideal choice for a wide variety of embedded computing applications. Rugged on-board SDRAM memory offers provides better protection from shock and vibration than a SO-DIMM memory module.


Hercules III supports 1GB or 2GB of onboard SDRAM and provides high-resolution LVDS and VGA graphics interfaces. Additional I/O ports include SATA, CANbus, USB, serial, digital I/O, and Gigabit Ethernet. Flexible system expansion is based on stackable PC/104-Plus (ISA + PCI) modules. mSATA, PCIe MiniCard, and GPS modem sockets are provided for optional on-board storage and I/O.


Hercules III was designed with rugged applications in mind. From an operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C, the on-board rugged SDRAM, and its high tolerance for shock and vibration, Hercules III thrives in the most extreme environments.


Hercules III contains an on-board DC/DC power supply with 55 watts of output power. With approximately up to 20W required to power a fully loaded SBC, this leaves 35W available to power peripherals and add-on boards. The input range of +7-40VDC means that Hercules III is compatible with vehicle, battery, or industrial power sources and can be used in a wide range of applications without requiring a separate add-on supply. The on-board supply features ACPI compatibility for intelligent power management.


Product Features


▶︎ 3-in-1 design reduces size and weight, and increases reliability


▶︎ EBX SBC with Intel E-Series CPU


▶︎ On-board data acquisition circuit with autocalibration


▶︎ On-board DC/DC power supply with

  +7-40VDC input range


▶︎ Rugged design ideal for vehicle and outdoor applications

Product Specifications
  • Part number
  • Hercules III, EBX SBC
  • Processor
  • 1.6GHz Atom E680T
  • SDRAM memory
  • 1GB or 2GB soldered-on SDRAM
  • USB
  • 4 USB 2.0
    1 USB 2.0 device port
  • Serial ports
  • 4 fixed RS-232
    2 configurable RS-232/422/485
  • Max data rate
  • 460.8kbps all ports
  • Mass storage
  • 1 SATA port
    1 mSATA Disk Module interface
  • Ethernet
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Serial console
  • Selectable COM1 / COM2
  • CANbus
  • 1 CANbus 2.0 port
  • Digital I/O
  • 40 lines, 5V logic compatible with ESD protection
  • Direction
  • Programmable in 8-bit ports
  • Output current
  • Logic 0: 12mA max,
    Logic 1: -4mA max
  • Display
  • Display Resolution
  • 1600 x 1200 maximum
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • PS/2 keyboard & mouse
  • Audio
  • HD Audio Realtek ALC262 CODEC
  • Expansion Sockets
  • PCIe MiniCard full-size socket
    Trimble Condor C2626 GPS receiver socket
  • PC/104-Plus bus
  • +5V/+3.3V selectable
Data Acquisition Circuitry
  • Analog inputs
  • 32, 16-bit A/D resolution
  • Max sample rate
  • 250KHz total
  • Input modes
  • Single-ended, differential
  • Input ranges
  • +/-10V, +/-5V, +/-2.5V, +/-1.25V, 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-2.5V, 0-1.25V
  • Accuracy
  • < +/-2LSB after auto calibration
  • Input protection
  • Over voltage protection up to +/-35V even when powered off
  • Analog outputs
  • 4, 12-bit D/A resolution
  • Settling time
  • 10uS to +/-.01%
  • Input Impedance
  • 10^13 ohms
  • Output current
  • +/-5mA max, 2k ohm min load
  • Counter/timers
  • 1 24-bit A/D sample rate control
    1 16-bit general purpose use
  • PWM
  • 4 independent programmable Pulse-Width Modulation outputs
Power supply
  • Input voltage
  • 7-40VDC
  • Total output power
  • 55W total
  • Available power
  • 35W available for add-on devices or modules
  • Output voltages
  • +5V, +3.3V (on PCI bus)
  • Switched outputs
  • +5V, +12V, +3.3V
  • Power consumption
  • Nominal: 13.8W
    Maximum: 20W
  • Dimensions
  • 8.00" x 5.75" EBX format
  • Weight
  • 10oz / 285g
  • Operating temperature
  • -40ºC to +85ºC
  • Shock
  • MIL-STD-202G, Method 213B compatible
  • Vibration
  • MIL-STD-202G, Method 214A compatible
  • RoHS
  • Compliant

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