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Aurora PC104 SBC

Intel Atom Z-Series PC/104 Form Factor SBC



Intel Atom Z-Series PC/104 Single Board Computer (SBC)

Aurora is a rugged, PC104 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 a PC104 SBC compatible with Linux, Windows XP, and Windows Embedded Standard.  All necessary drivers are provided with the product.


CPU and System
Processor 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530P or 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510
Front Side Bus Speed 533MHz
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

Ordering Info

Part Number Description
AUR-Z510-11-0G Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.1GHz Atom Z510, 0GB SDRAM
AUR-Z510-11-1G Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.1GHz Atom Z510, 1GB SDRAM
AUR-Z530-16-0G Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 0GB SDRAM
AUR-Z530-16-1G Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB SDRAM
AUR-Z530-16-2G Aurora PC/104 SBC, 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 2GB SDRAM
Accessories and Options
DK-AUR-01 Aurora Development Kit with AUR-Z530-161G SBC, ACC-VGA-03, cables, power supply, Linux software and documentation
ACC-VGA-03 VGA Accessory Kit for Aurora

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Fax: 888.831.5149

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Tri-M Technologies Inc.
208 – 31510 Gill Avenue
Mission, BC, Canada  V4S 0A1

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