Diamond Systems Venus

2.4/2.6GHz Dual core CPU, 4GB DDR4 Soldered (+ SODIMM), PCIe/104 and PCI-104


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 available with a choice of Intel "Skylake U" 6th generation Core i7 or i5 processors. Enabled by Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology, the Skylake 6th generation core processors provide users with faster computing power and aid in multitasking and multimedia tasks. Additionally, the larger cache (onboard memory) size available on these processors helps 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 / i5-6300U 2.4GHz, 2 cores 4 threads 
  • “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-protocol 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  


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.


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. 


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.

Model Processor /Speed Memory 

  • VNS766KL-4GD: Intel® Core™ i7 7660U/2.8GHz, 4GB DDR4
  • VNS766-4GD Intel® Core™ i7 6600U/2.6GHz, 4GB DDR4
  • VNS563-4GD Intel® Core™ i5 6300U/2.4GHz, 4GB DDR4


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.


The Venus cable kit, CK-VNS-05, includes cables for all I/O connectors.

CK-VNS-02 cable kit

CK-VNS-05 with an HDMI cable 

116980514Cable, Utility, 2x6 2mm IDC Socket
216980517Cable, GHDR-20V-S to DB-37F
316980507Cable, VGA, 1.25mm Con DE15 Female
416980508Cable, Audio, 1.25mm 2X 3.5mm
516989101Cable, SATA, 7P,1.27mm
616980513Cable, Dual Ethernet, 2x10 1.25mm
726980500Cable 1.25mm to 2x DV9M Serial
82TBCCable, Dual USB3.0, 2mm 2x10
916980503Cable, 2xUSB 2.0, 1.25 Con
1016980511Cable Battery Hdr 1.25mm
1116980512Cable Power, 2x4 0.1" Latching
1216980519Cable, HDMI, 2x10 1.25mm


CPU SpecIntel i7-7660U 2.5GHz standard, 4.0GHz turbo, 2 cores 4 threads, 4MB L2, 15W TDP
Intel i7-6600U 2.6GHz standard, 3.4GHz turbo, 2 cores 4 threads, 5MB L2, 15W TDP
Intel i5-6300U 2.4GHz standard, 3.0GHz turbo, 2 cores 4 threads, 3MB L2, 15W TDP
Cooling: Conduction cooling heat spreader on bottom
MemoryUp to 20GB: 4GB memory down + socket for 4/8/16GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM / RSODIMM
(RSODIMM: rugged SODIMM design to achieve MIL-STD-202G shock and vibration)
Graphics3 independent displays: HDMI, VGA, and LVDS, max resolution 4096 x 2304
Integrated with CPU:
• Intel i5-6300U: Intel® HD Graphics 520, 300.00 MHz base, 1.00 GHz turbo
• Intel i7-6600U: Intel® HD Graphics 520, 300.00 MHz base, 1.05 GHz turbo
• Intel i7-7660U: Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640, 300.00 MHz base, 1.1 GHz turbo
NetworkTwo Gigabit ports
• 1 from chipset with i219 PHY
• 1 from i210 on PCIe x1 lane
• On-board LEDs for status
Storage2 x SATA port
1 x mSATA Disk Module interface
USB4x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on Intel standard USB 2.0 connectors + 2x USB 2.0 on separate connector
2x USB 2.0 via PCIe/104 OneBank expansion connector
2x USB 2.0 via PCIe MiniCard sockets
Serial4x multiprotocol RS-232/422/485, all features programmable including termination
AudioHDA audio with Line-in, Line out, and Mic-in, ALC892 CODEC
OtherDigital I/O: 16 lines with bitwise programmable direction, configurable 3.3V/5V logic levels, and configurable pull-up/down resistors
Security: TPM module Infineon SLB 9670XQ2.0
Connectors: Latching, JST GH / GHD series


ExpansionMiniCard sockets:
• 1 socket supports full-size MiniCard / mSATA modules
• 1 socket supports full/half size MiniCard

OneBank Plus (PCIe/104 + PCI-104) socket with 22mm stacking height
• Supports up to 4 PCIe x1 Type 1 / Type 2 / OneBank I/O modules + up to 2 USB interface modules
• Supports up to 4 PCI-104 expansion modules
Electrical9-18VDC input range
14W typical power consumption under typical operating conditions
Mechanical"3.5 inch" form factor: 5.75" x 4.0" / 146 x 102mm
Conformal CoatingOn request
TemperatureTemperature range (operation): -40 to +85°C
Temperature range (storage): -40 to +85°C
Humidity0-90% non-condensing
Warranty2 Years



BoardVNS776KL-4GD Venus SBC, i7-7660U/2.8GHz CPU, 4GB RAM
VNS766-4GD Venus SBC, i7-6600U 2.6GHz CPU, 4GB RAM
VNS563-4GD Venus SBC, i5-6300U 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB RAM
AccessoriesCK-VNS-05 Venus SBC Cable Kit, with HDMI Cable and latching USB3.0 cable

Individual cables are available separately but with an MOQ

Venus SBC development kit, includes VNS766-4GD SBC, Windows 10 OS on SATA DOM, and cable kit

Venus SBC development kit, includes VNS766-4GD SBC, Linux OS on SATA DOM, and cable kit

Venus SBC software development kit, includes Linux OS on SATA DOM

Venus SBC software development kit, includes Windows 10 OS on SATA DOM
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