This computer with dual NICs can be patched into any equipment with an Ethernet port without having to run a second Ethernet line, or install a switch, saving time and money
Delta, British Columbia (Vocus) January 27, 2009
Techsol is now offering a cost-effective computer with a Color, TFT LCD and Touch panel and Dual Ethernet ports targeting User Interface (HMI) applications. This standard, off-the-shelf, ARM-powered, desktop device features:
- QVGA (320x240) 3.5", Color, TFT LCD Panel in Landscape format, with 256,000 colors, adjustable LED Backlight, and Touch panel
- Powered by a standard Medallion CPU Module (an SA2410-650 is included) for flexibility, the 32-bit ARM-9 processor features 32 kB of cache, 64 MB of SDRAM, and 128 MB of NAND FLASH, plus a separate NOR FLASH for reliable boot-loader and SW update options
- Low-power, passive cooling enables fanless operation
- Low-power, Real-Time Clock (RTC) with Battery Backup included
- Hidden Memory Card Connector for SD and MMC cards (for tech-upgradeable storage expansion)
- Full-speed, USB Host port (USB Type A connector) for expansion or data transfers
- DUAL 10/100-BaseT Ethernet interfaces with RJ45 connectors connected via internal Ethernet Switch
- Buzzer for Audio alerts
- RS232 serial interface on DE9 connector with standard PC pinout
- Power options: 10 - 30 VDC or 7 - 24 VAC
- To reduce power consumption, software can turn the backlight intensity ON/OFF and control the brightness
- Ships with the proven Medallion Linux 2.6 plus drivers pre-installed
Dimensions: Width: 117.35mm, 4.62" Height: 92.71mm, 3.65" Thickness: 31.75mm, 1.25"
GUI options include:
- Linux Framebuffer (FB), operating in 16-bit, 65,536-color mode
- QtEmbedded on FB for a contemporary, appealing visual design and enhanced functionality
- X11 (KDrive) on FB for standard Linux/Unix graphics
- FLTK on X, for a full-featured, extensible, yet free GUI
- GTK+ on X, for full PC compatibility
- We've even ported over obscure GUIs, such as EZWGL, for critical control environments where C++ is not allowed (such as food processing lines)
"This computer with dual NICs can be patched into any equipment with an Ethernet port without having to run a second Ethernet line, or install a switch, saving time and money," said Brian Empey, P.Eng., CEO of Techsol. "Simply unplug your device, plug the cable into this terminal, and run a short cable from the terminal to the device. And, this design is an example of the cost-effectiveness of mating a standard CPU module to a custom I/O board. If necessary, we can quickly modify the design to meet a customer's unique needs, too!"
Not surprisingly, Techsol has developed many products that use LCDs for its clients. These products range from FDA-approved medical devices to high-volume consumer gadgets.
In fact, this product has been in trials with a number of customers needing a user verification terminal next to a piece of business equipment.
Pricing for units with all options (dual Ethernet ports) are:
Order Quantity Unit Price (standard 200 MHz speed) Discount
10 $379 base price
100 $341 10%
1,000 $322 15%
Development kits based on the TPC-43A are available from stock. Production volumes will be ready to ship in March.
Every unit is tested running Linux before it ships. Single units are available as development kits with full SW development tools and support. Call for pricing.
Embedded Engineering is the same all over the world. Engineers face the same challenges of having too much to do, and not enough time or money to do it with. Techsol's Medallion CPU modules address this issue and provide a solution that extends into the production stages of a product, not just the proof-of-concept stage like most SBCs. We want our technology to be as accessible to engineers in New Zealand as it is in California. It's a challenge, but we are doing what we can.
Techsol's Medallion system is unique in the embedded computer world. Over time, the Medallion Single-board computer product line will encompass many CPUs. However, the pin-out and form-factor will remain the same. There will be one Medallion module that is best matched to your application.
By designing with the Medallion system, you are effectively out-sourcing your CPU design and Linux porting with no up-front NRE fees. That lets your team concentrate on the hardware and software portions of your product that your customers see. The result is that you can create a higher-quality product in a fraction of the time (and cost) of designing everything yourself from scratch. Plus, the interchangeable modules extend product life-cycle times.
For more details, or to request further information, please visit our Web site.
Techsol is headquartered in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, where the mighty Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean.