The x86 system-on-module features a 1 GHz DM&P Vortex86DX3 processor


DM&P Vortex86DX3 is an x86 embedded processor launched in 2015 that we’ve found in single board computers and mini PCs before, but I just noticed that ICOP offered the SOM304D3 system-on-module based on single and dual-core versions of the SoC Vortex86DX3.

The SOM304D3 is available with 1 or 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, operates over a wide temperature range (down to -40°C to +85°C), and is designed for space-constrained industrial applications, especially those requiring legacy interfaces like ISA, IDE, and/or a parallel port (aka printer port).

SOM304D3 specifications:

  • SoC – 1GHz DM&P Vortex86DX3 single or dual-core x86 processor, 2D GPU
  • System memory – 1 GB or 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – Optional 4GB eMMC flash; SPI Flash for AMI BIOS
  • 4x 76-pin board-to-board connectors:
    • Storage – SATA 1.0, IDE, SD
    • Display
      • VGA up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
      • TFT LCD display up to 1024 x 768 @ 60Hz
    • Audio – 1x HD audio
    • Networking – 2x Ethernet 10/100M
    • USB – 4x USB 2.0
    • Up to 80 GPIO or up to 9 UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, LTP (parallel port), up to 3 PWM
    • Up to 8x ADCs
    • Expansion – 2x PCIe 1.1, 1x 16-bit ISA
    • Miscellaneous – PS/2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, plus “4S/4U”, but I have no idea what that is…
  • Power – +5 VDC @ 1300 mA (typical)
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 x 10.5mm (without cover)
  • Weight – 25 grams
  • Temperature range – -20°C to +70°C or -40°C to +85°C (optional)

As an x86 platform, the module supports many, usually older, operating systems: FreeDOS, DOS 6.22, PCDOS 7.1, DR-DOS, x-DOS, OS/2, Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard /Compact 7, Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows XP Professional/Embedded, POS Ready (WePOS), Embedded Linux, QNX, VxWorks, FreeBSD.

Carrier Boards SOM304D3ICOP also offers at least two carrier boards for evaluation: the SBC VDX3-6726 board and the VDC3-6724 board with an ISA interface.

I discovered the board in a January 2022 press release, but the module is a bit older than that since the product page provides docs and drivers dated 2018. The SOM304D3 system-on-module sells for $260 with 1 GB of RAM on ICOP online store, while the complete kit with VDX3-6726 and cables costs $372.

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