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 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.

The advanced data acquisition circuit features autocalibration and fully software-programmable configuration for reliable performance. It offers 32 analog inputs with 16-bit resolution and 250KHz aggregate sample rate, 4 analog outputs with 12-bit resolution, and 40 digital I/O lines.

Hercules III contains an on-board DC/DC power supply with 55 watts of output power. With approximately 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. The supply features ACPI compatibility for intelligent power management.

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.

  • 3-in-1 design reduces size and weight, increases ruggedness
  • 1.6GHz E680T "Tunnel Creek" CPU
  • 1GB or 2GB on-board SDRAM
  • 5 USB 2.0 host ports, 1 USB device port
  • 4 RS-232/422/485 and 2 RS-232 ports
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 1 CANbus 2.0 port
  • HD audio with on-board 2W per channel stereo amplifier
  • 1 SATA port + 1 mSATA Disk Module socket
  • PCIe MiniCard and GPS receiver sockets
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse
  • PC/104-Plus ISA and PCI expansion
  • 32 16-bit analog inputs, 250KHz sample rate
  • Programmable input ranges of +/-10V down to 0-1.25V

DIAMOND SYSTEMS CORPORATION, founded in 1989, provides compact, rugged embedded computing solutions to customers around the world in a wide range of industries. We deliver both board-level products and system-level solutions incorporating these products. Our expertise is in analog I/O technology, high integration, customization, and rugged design. Our embedded CPU boards provide a unique level of integration by incorporating data acquisition and other features right on the board, reducing size and cost. Our analog I/O capabilities include our patented, best-in-class autocalibration technology that reduces analog measurement errors by a factor of 10 over competitors' solutions.

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