Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake 6th and 7th Generation Core Processors



Intel “Kaby Lake” 7th Gen Core i7-7660U 2.8GHz
4GB DDR4 RAM soldered on board
Expansion socket for up to 16GB additional / 20GB total RAM
2x Gigabit Ethernet
2x SATA 3.0 ports + mSATA socket
VGA, HDMI & dual channel LVDS with 3 simultaneous independent display support
4x RS-232/422/485 ports
6x USB 2.0 ports
4x USB 3.0 ports
HD audio
16 GPIO lines with 3.3/ 5V logic levels
TPM module
CSI camera serial interface
2x PCIe MiniCard sockets; one socket supports mSATA
OneBank-Plus PCIe/104 + PCI-104 expansion socket
+9-18VDC input voltage
14W power consumption typical
3.5 inch form factor: 5.75″ x 4.0″ (146mm x 102mm)
-40°C to +85°C operating temperature
Bottom-mounted heat spreader cooling


Based on the “Skylake” or “Kaby Lake” 6th and 7th generation processors, Venus offers the highest available CPU performance in a small form factor rugged SBC with modest power consumption. It incorporates a full suite of rugged features such as soldered memory, latching connectors, a thicker PCB, and true -40/+85ºC operating temperature, making it suitable for the most demanding vehicle applications. High I/O density, multiple expansion sockets, rugged design, modest power consumption of 14W, and wide temperature operation combine to make Venus an extremely attractive option for applications requiring high CPU performance or ruggedness.

Venus is a rugged, single board computer featuring the Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake 6th and 7th Generation processor in an extended “3.5-inch” form factor. Venus offers a wide range of I/O plus data acquisition functionality, meeting the majority of today’s connectivity requirements.

CPU Performance

Venus is available with a choice of Intel “Skylake U” 6th generation Core i7 or i5 processors, as well as “Kaby Lake” 7th generation Core i7 processor. Enabled by Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology, The Skylake and Kaby Lake processors provide users with faster computing power and aid in multitasking, and multimedia tasks. Additionally, the larger cache (on board memory) size available on these processors help with repetitive tasks that can impact processor speed. The U series provides the full processor circuit in a single package for space savings and keeps power consumption down to a modest 14 watts for the entire board (not including attached peripherals).

“Skylake U” i7-6600U 2.6GHz, or i5-6300U 2.4GHz
“Kaby Lake” i7-7660U 2.8GHz
Up to 20GB: 4GB memory down + socket for 4/8/16GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM / RSODIMM
3 independent displays: HDMI, VGA, and LVDS, max resolution 4096x 2304
4x 2.0 USB on latching connectors
4x 3.0 USB using Intel standard pin headers
4x multi-protocal serial RS-232/422/485
3 SATA interfaces:SATA DOM; Standard SATA connector mSATA supported in one MiniCard socket
TPM Module
“3.5 inch” form factor: 5.75″ x 4.0″ / 146 x 102mm
Board expansion option over OneBank PCIe/104 and PCI-104 connector
-40° to +85C° target range

Block Diagram

Display Features

Venus supports 3 simultaneous independent displays, VGA, HDMI, and dual channel LVDS LCD. The HDMI port is capable of 4K screen resolution. Mass storage options include SATA DOM, mSATA, and a connector for an external SATA drive (all ports are SATA III capable). Diamond offers a series of MLC and SLC mSATA and SATA DOM modules with wide temperature qualification for use with Venus.

Wide Range of I/O

The 3.5 inch form factor enables Venus to include an impressive range of I/O features on a single board while retaining a small form factor profile. Connectivity includes 4 RS-232/422/485 serial ports, 6 USB ports (4 are USB 3.0 capable), dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and 16 digital I/O lines.

The 4 serial ports support RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 protocols. Protocol selection as well as all other configurations are fully software programmable and may be configured in the BIOS for convenience or controlled via an application program. For RS-422 and RS-485, line termination resistors are also provided and are programmable.

Available Models

Venus is available in three models, the higher performing models (VNS766-4GD and VNS766KL-4GD) with the Intel i7 6th Generation Core Processor, and the last with the Intel i5 6th Generation Core Processor.

ModelProcessor /SpeedMemory
VNS766KL-4GDi7-7660U/2.8GHz4GB DDR4
VNS766-4GDi7-6600U/2.6GHz4GB DDR4
VNS563-4GD6300U/2.4GHz4GB DDR4

Development Support

Venus is available in a complete development kit that includes a full set of I/O cables and a SATA Disk-on-Module SATA DOM) with your choice of operating system pre-installed. Available operating systems are Linux (Ubuntu 16.04), Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Other OS support is available by consultation. For customers who already have a Venus SBC or who have multiple boards, the programmed SATA DOM is also available for individual purchase.


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