Techsol New Product Announcement: TPC-43B Medallion Touch Panel Computer with POE

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Techsol is proud to announce the TPC-43B Medallion Touch Panel Computer. This new wall-mount computer with color LCD display comes with Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) support. Thus, it can receive power and communicate all over a single Ethernet cable, saving money on installation costs, while simplifying wiring and reducing clutter.

TPC-43B with standard SW install: Open Embedded, Linux 2.6.30 on a 200 MHz ARM-9

The cost-savings from using POE (Power Over Ethernet) are substantial, particularly in industrial environments and metal buildings.

Techsol is now offering an extremely cost-effective computer with a Color TFT LCD and Touch panel plus Power-Over-Ethernet, targeting Building Automation and factory HMI (Human-Machine Interface) applications. This standard, off-the-shelf, ARM-powered, wall-mount, product features:

  • WqVGA (480x272) 4.3", Color, TFT LCD Panel in Landscape format, with 65,000 colors, adjustable LED Backlight, and Touch panel
  • Powered by a standard Medallion CPU Module (an SA2410-650 is included) for flexibility, the 32-bit ARM9 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
  • Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) dramatically reduces installation costs.
  • Replace power cables with a single CAT 5 cable for both power and Ethernet!
  • Power options: 10 - 30 VDC or 7 - 24 VAC or POE
  • Low-power, passive cooling enables fanless operation
  • Typical power consumption with 12 V in, with LCD & Backlight ON is < 200 mA @ 200 MHz (full-speed)
  • To reduce power consumption, software can turn the backlight ON/OFF and control the brightness
  • Low-power, Real-Time Clock (RTC) with Battery Backup included
  • Hidden Memory Card Connector for SD and MMC cards (for user-upgradeable storage expansion)
  • Full-speed, USB Host port (USB Type A connector) supports Hidden Wireless Expansion, such as 802.11 or Bluetooth
  • 10/100-BaseT Ethernet interface with RJ45 connector featuring integrated LED status indicators
  • SW-controlled beeper with frequency/tone control
  • RS232 serial interface on optional DE9 adapter to accelerate SW development
  • Ships with the proven Medallion Linux 2.6 plus drivers pre-installed!

Dimensions: Width: 129 mm, 5.1" Height: 111 mm, 4.4" Thickness: 28 mm, 1.1"

Mounting: Even though the unit covers a 2-gang electrical box, the power and Ethernet are on one side, so it can be mounted to a 1-gang electrical box.

GUI options include:

  • Linux Framebuffer (FB), operating in 16-bit, 65,536-color mode
  • 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
  • Ask about Web Browser Support

TPC-43B Product Page

"The cost-savings from using POE (Power Over Ethernet) are substantial, particularly in industrial environments and metal buildings." said Brian Empey, P.Eng., CEO of Techsol. "Compared to getting an electrical contractor to run power and communications lines to the location of each HMI unit, with POE you just run a single CAT 5 cable and you're done. And since it’s 'low-voltage' per the NEC, you usually don't need a certified electrician. In fact, your IT person can normally take care of this for you. This has the potential to save hundreds of dollars per unit installed."

Not surprisingly, Techsol has already developed some products that use POE for its clients, so this technology is field-proven, and the rest of the design is derived from the popular TPC-43A.

Pricing for units with all options except wireless:
Order Quantity     TPC-43B Unit Price (standard 200 MHz speed)
10... $439
100... $399
1,000... $369
10,000... Please contact us for pricing!

Every unit is tested running Linux before it ships! Single units of the TPC-43B are available as development kits with full SW development tools and support. Call for pricing. Development kits are available from stock. Production volumes are typically 6 to 8 weeks.

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.

Techsol's Medallion system is unique in the embedded computer world. Over time, the Medallion Single-Board Computer (SBC) product line will encompass more and more CPUs. However, the pin-out and form-factor remains 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 at http://www.medallionsystem.com/ or call 888 TECHSOL (888 832 4765) or 604 946 8324, or e-mail.

Techsol is headquartered in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, where the mighty Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean.

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