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About Falcon II

The Falcon II is a rugged small form factor (SFF) computer system, specifically tailored for the avionic, military and rugged industrial market. The system offers the best utilization of Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) in the industry, and strictly adheres to Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) standards in the industry. Though its size is small, the Falcon II is mighty.

The versatile Falcon II may be configured with the latest high performance computer and graphics engines, as well as the best SWaP optimized, low power, System on Chip (SoC) processors; and every solution in between.

The Falcon II can support all I/O typically needed in the targeted applications, including MIL-STD-1553B, ARINC-429, AS-5643 MIL Firewire, Video Graphics, Video Frame Capture, Software Defined Radio, RS-232/422/485, Fibre Channel, GigE and 10GigE, Analog and Discrete signals, and FPGA / GPGPU processors. The I/O can be XMC or MiniPCIe, including Acromag’s® revolutionary “Plug and Play” AcroPack. There are additional options for Inertial Measurement and Navigation, GPS, Wi-Fi and Cellular Modem functions.



  • CPU: Multiple Gen6 and Legacy Intel® Core i7 / Xeon® Processors. NXP Power Architecture and AMD® G/R Series Available
  • Memory: RAM 4GB to 32 GB; FLASH 64GB to 2 TB with Options for RAID and Removable Storage
  • SBC Video: 1x VGA, 2x DVI/HDMI/DP Video Output
  • SBC I/O: GigE, USB 2 / 3, Serial, Audio, GPIO
  • Expansion: 4x mPCIe and 1x XMC sites, 2x SATA III Fixed / Removable SSD (Option)
  • Dimensions: 209mm x 235mm x 93mm (Baseline)
  • Weight: ~3.5 Kgs, Depending on Options
  • Connectors: High Density Circular MIL (Standard)
  • Power: 28 VDC @ 25-75 Watts (Varies per Options)
  • Operational. Temp: -40°C to +55°C (Continuous, All Versions), Up to +71°C depending on CPU type,loading and I/O
  • Storage Temp: -50°C to +85°C
  • MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-704F/1275D
  • OS: Linux®, Windows®, VxWorks®, INTEGRITY®, DEOS®


Based on Trident Infosol “Build-In” methodology, Falcon II has been designed intelligently to be flexible and satisfy a wide variety of customer requirements. The chassis has been created to utilize minimum space while optimized to carefully manage the heat dissipation. To prevent high NRE costs, the system architecture makes maximum use of standards based computer, graphics, COTS I/O modules and connectors. All available I/O is passed from the Midplane to the I/O Transition Board’s (IOTB) high density, high frequency circular MIL I/O connectors. The Falcon II may be ordered as complete turn-key system, built to a specific requirement, or as a baseline system where Customer Furnished Equipment (CFE) modules may be integrated by Alligator Designs or the customer. Because the chassis parameters are preset and flexible, delivery time is often reduced by 50% or more, when compared to a custom design or typical 3-4 slot 3U VPX system.
The Falcon II mechanical design has been engineered to meet or exceed most MIL specifications. The enclosure is made of military grade aluminum with gaskets for EMI / RFI and environmental protection, and ruggedized for optimal heat, humidity, shock and vibration protection in accordance with the most demanding commercial and military specifications. Its slightly oval top is precisely designed for optimal thermal management, allowing the system to operate at temperatures as high as +71°C. The standard enclosure is also equipped with mounting features for easy installation, and finished to prevent corrosion and erosion.

The Falcon II chassis is designed to be easily configurable without major redesign to a multitude of customer configurations. The Chassis Assembly is divided into 3 major pieces as shown.

The Chassis Mid-Section, the central chassis body, is designed to be reused without modification. In its standard configuration, it is equipped with feet to mount to a shelf or bulkhead. Along with natural convection, this surface is used to carry system heat from the conduction cooled system. For tray-mounted applications in areas with sufficient air-flow, the system may be optionally equipped with dagger pins and swing nut mating hardware.

The Chassis Mid-Section contains an automatic pressure equalization valve to keep the internal and external atmospheric pressure equalized, while ensuring that there is no moisture or particulate matter able to get into the system.
chassis mid -section
chassis mid -section

The System Front Panel is designed to bring out all available I/O in its standard configuration, but can be easily customized as required.

The standard configuration Falcon II has 1x Power Connector (J0) and 3x High Density, High Frequency capable connectors (J1, J2, J3). All standard power and I/O connectors are appropriately keyed and with appropriate gender.
chassis mid -section
The Chassis Rear Panel is designed to bring out RF and Video I/O from XMC modules with “Front Panels”, as well as the I/O from RF devices in the MiniPCIe sites (such as Wi-Fi). The panel is designed to be configured with a blank panel, a panel for “Front Panel I/O from XMC cards, or with individual RF connections for GPS, Wi-Fi and SDR applications. For custom applications, XMC or RF connections may be routed to the Chassis Front Panel.
chassis mid -section
chassis mid -section
An optional Removable Storage Bay(RSB)is available and bolts onto the standard Falcon II, providing the ability to mount dual removable and hot-swappable SSDs. The RSB may be mounted to be front or rear facing, with tray or footpad mounting features. Drives up to 8 TB each may be utilized. The RSB adds 36mm to the overall height of the chassis.
Using leading edge chassis design partitioning, Midplane and I/O Transition Board (IOTB) technology, the Falcon II has the unique ability to host all the following standards based computer and I/O modules:
chassis mid -section
chassis mid -section
The Falcon II XMC site is very versatile and can host several variants of XMC cards. Utilizing the XMC J14 connector, the site has a PCIe X8 data bus interface to the SBC, able to run at PCIe Gen2 or Gen3 speeds, depending on the SBC and XMC. The site provides for traditional “Rear I/O” on J4 (legacy), as andon J16 (traditional). The individual J4 and J16 I/O signals may be selectively routed to J2 on the IOTB. The design supports “XMC Front Panel I/O” where the I/O protrudes through the rear panel of the Falcon II chassis, or may be cabled to a customized system IOTB and front panel.




Intel i7 / Xeon COM Express Type 6 Single Board Computer.

Intel Processor Options (Gen 6 Recommended for New Designs)
Common Resources & I/O

  • Skylake (Gen6) 4-Core i7-6822EQ @ 2 GHz
  • Skylake (Gen 6) 2-Core i7-6600U @ 2.6 GHz
  • Skylake Xeon™ (Gen 6) 4-Core E3-1505L @ 2.0 GHz

  • 16GB DDR3 + ECC
  • Intel 8-Series QM87 PCH
  • 1x VGA
  • 2x HDMI/DVI/DP
  • HDA Audio In/Out
  • 2x GigE
  • 2x 10GigE (Xeon Only)
  • 1x SATA (To Internal SSD)
  • 2x SATA (To Optional Expansion Drives)
  • 4x USB 2.0 / 4x USB 3.0
  • 2x RS-232

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