Low power Arm-based i.MX6 Cortex®-A9 processor with soldered-on RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and fanless operation.


The Swordtail single board computer is a complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®enabled, Arm®-based embedded computer. Models are available with power-efficient, dual-core or quad-core i.MX6 CPUs. These boards are designed for applications that demand rugged, power-efficient solutions such as industrial machine automation, transportation, medical, kiosk, and industrial IoT applications. Swordtail boards have been designed to enable transactions and transmission of maintenance or diagnostic information without the presence of a wired data connection. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are included on board, and a NimbleLink Skywire™ socket supports a wide range of optional cellular and other wireless plug-ins.

Unlike Arm-based “modules”, Swordtail is a complete board-level computer. Additional carrier boards, connector boards, or I/O expansion boards are not required for operation. Swordtail boards are delivered with on-board soldered-down RAM, ready to plug-in and run. To simplify mounting and future upgrades, the Swordtail leverages the COM-Express standard for its footprint and mounting points.

The Following Specifications Were Listed For The Swordtail SBC

  • Processor — NXP i.MX6 Quad or DualLite (4x or 2x Cortex-A9 cores @ up to 800MHz); Vivante GC2000 GPU
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB (DualLite) or 2GB (Quad) DDR3L SDRAM soldered, with up to 4GB optional
    • MicroSD slot (bootable) with optional 8GB card containing Linux
    • eMMC (MLC) socket with up to 32GB optional bootable storage
  • Wireless:
    • Single-band 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2
    • NimbleLink Skywire socket (20-pin) for cellular and other wireless expansion
    • Optional antennas
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port with network boot, latching connector
  • Media I/O:
    • HDMI v1.4 port with audio
    • 24-bit LVDS for up to 1366 x 768 with backlight and I2C touch (with interrupt input)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • CAN 2.0B
    • RS-232 debug
    • 8x GPIO/DIO (3.3V)
    • I2C
    • Up to 3x PWM (reduces GPIO lanes)
  • Other features — 6-axis accelerometer/magnetometer; 10-year lifecycle support; optional cables
  • Operating temperature — -40 to 85°C with 0.5 linear meters per second airflow
  • Shock/vibration resistance — per MIL-STD-202G (vibration Method 204/214A; shock Method 213B)
  • Altitude resistance — to 4,570 meters
  • Power — 8-17 VDC input (12V nominal); consumption: 2.2W idle,; 2.7W (DualLite) or 3W (Quad) typical operating
  • Dimensions — 95 x 95 x 21.4mm; compatible with COM Express Compact footprint and mounting holes
  • Weight — 68 g
  • Operating system — bootable Yocto 2.1 Linux OS; compatible with other-friendly OSes

Like all VersaLogic products, the Swordtail SBC is engineered and tested to be rugged. It is fully validated for operation in unforgiving environments where extreme temperatures and mechanical shock and vibration occur. Each component has been carefully sourced, and the design optimized and validated, to ensure reliable operation in the field.


About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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