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The Zeta COM Express SBC family of ultra-small embedded computer boards from Diamond Systems combines a COM Express Mini CPU module with a same-size carrier board to create a complete embedded PC. Designed in the COM Express Mini Type 10 form factor (84 x 55mm/ 3.3 x 2.2 in), Zeta provides an ultra-compact, industry-standard form factor solution.
3 key components pre-assembled:
This layered architecture offers the highest functional density for any given footprint. As a comparison, Zeta offers functionality and performance equivalent to Diamond’s top-selling Aries SBC at just 40% of the size.
Zeta currently supports three processor options:
Zeta’s small size and high feature density make it an ideal choice for mobile applications. It stands ready to meet the challenges of these environments with a wide range 6-36VDC input voltage, a -40 to +85C operating temperature range, and fanless heat spreader cooling (heat sink options are available).
Benefits of COM-based SBCs
The use of interchangeable industry-standard CPU modules on Zeta offers two important system designer benefits:
The bottom side heat spreader on Diamond Systems’ Zeta provides the most efficient cooling solution in a size-optimized design, enabling Zeta to run reliably at up to 85 degrees C. The heat spreader conducts heat directly to the system chassis for maximum heat dissipation to the ambient environment and minimum radiation into the enclosure interior. By reducing the interior temperature, Zeta helps to improve overall system reliability. In addition the bottom side heat spreader leaves the entire top side of the board free for expansion and simplifies system configuration and maintenance.
Zeta from Diamond Systems is available with 3 different processor options. Each CPU may be paired with both the digital I/O baseboard and the full analog/digital I/O baseboard.
Operating System Support
Operating system support is available for Linux (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB. Drivers and instructions are available for free download on the Diamond website. Software development kits / board support packages are available as well and consist of the selected operating system installed and pre-configured on a solid state flashdisk (SSD).
Diamond Systems’ Zeta is available in a complete development kit that includes a full set of I/O cables and the selected SDK. Simply install the pre-configured flashdisk, attach cables / keyboard / mouse / monitor, power up, and the system is ready to run.
The Zeta cable kit includes cables for all I/O features on Zeta except LCD. Details are provided below. Individual cables are available as a special order item; minimum order quantities and lead-times may apply.
Data Acquisition Circuit
Zeta from Diamond Systems is available with two different data acquisition circuits, denoted by either A or D in the model number. Both circuits are available with any processor option.
All digital and analog I/O features are supported by Diamondï¿½s industry-leading Universal Driver software, which provides a C language programming library that supports all features in an easy-to-use, high-level fashion. Demo programs with source code and executables are included to demonstrate the use of each library function. A graphical monitor and control program provides easy access to all the I/O features and lets you prototype your application quickly as well as debug problems. Universal Driver is available as a free download from our website upon acceptance of our software license agreement.
“A” Model Full Data Acquisition
Zeta “A” models include a complete data acquisition circuit with a combination of analog and digital I/O features. The circuit controller is an FPGA that interfaces to the host CPU via the LPC bus.
Digital I/O features
D” Model Digital I/O
Zeta “D” models include a digital I/O (GPIO) circuit based on the popular PCA9535 GPIO expander chip with the following features:
Mass Storage Options
Systems which do not require any additional I/O beyond the baseboard features may use the baseboardï¿½s MiniCard/mSATA socket to contain the system bootable mass storage. For Linux operation, the Micro SD socket may also be used for bootable mass storage, leaving the MiniCard socket available for expansion. A system running Windows which requires additional I/O must use the optional daughterboard. In this case the designer has the choice of either the baseboard mSATA socket or the daughterboardï¿½s M.2 socket for the bootable mass storage. If the M.2 socket is used,then both the baseboard and the daughterboard minicard sockets are available for I/O module installation.
Zeta includes an expansion connector which supports the installation of a daughterboard with additional I/O and expansion features:
|Brand & Model
|Diamond Systems ZETA : ZETA-E3950-8G128A
|Rugged Type 10 COM Express Carrier with Quad Core E3940 CPU
|Atom X Series Apollo Lake
|Intel Atom x5-E3940: 1.6~1.8GHz, 4 Cores, 4 Threads, 2MB Cache, 9.5W
Intel Atom x7-E3950: 1.6~2.0GHz, 4 Cores, 4 Threads, 2MB Cache, 12W
|8GB Soldered On-board
|2x Ethernet Ports
|2 x GbE LAN [Board]
|5x USB Ports
|1 x USB 3.0 [Board]
4 x USB 2.0 [Board]
|4x Serial Ports
|4 x RS232/422/485 [Board]
|1x mPCIe Slots
|1x mPCIe [PCIe/USB/SATA]
|1x Micro SD
1x SATA Port
|6-36V DC Input [Terminal Block]
|Optional Heat Spreader
|-40°C to 85°C [-40°F to 185°F]
|-40°C to 85°C [-40°F to 185°F]
|5% - 95% (Non-condensing)
|84mm x 55mm (3.31" x 2.17")
|Data Acquisition Features
|16 Single-Ended / 8 Differential voltage inputs
|+/-10V, +/-5V, 0-10V, 0-5V
|Maximum Sample Rate
|100,000 samples/sec aggregate
|2048 samples, programmable threshold
|No calibration required
|4 16-bit voltage outputs
|0-5V, 0-2.5V programmable
|A Model Digital I/O
|27 lines independently programmable
|D Model Digital I/O
|16 lines independently programmable for input/output
|4 24-bit pulse width modulators
|Counter / timers
|8 32-bit counter/timers
|1 socket combining PCIe x1, mSATA, and USB 2.0 interfaces
|1 port on expansion connector
|2x PCIe x1 links on expansion connector
|1 USB 2.0 port on expansion connector
|Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, With DAQ
|Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, With DIO
|Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC, With DAQ
|Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC, With DIO
|Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 64GB eMMC, Linux 64-bit OS
|Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 64GB eMMC, Windows 10 64-bit OS
|Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 128GB eMMC, Linux 64-bit OS
|Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 128GB eMMC, Windows 10 64-bit OS
|Software Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 64GB eMMC, Linux 64-bit OS
|Software Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3940 CPU, 64GB eMMC, Windows 10 64-bit OS
|Software Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 128GB eMMC, Linux 64-bit OS
|Software Dev Kit, Zeta SBC, E3950 CPU, 128GB eMMC, Windows 10 64-bit OS
|Zeta daughterboard with MiniCard and M.2 sockets, audio, and GPIO
|Zeta daughterboard with MiniCard and M.2 sockets