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andersDX delivers entry level Embedded UI

andersDX has created an entry level DX series embedded display platform with the launch of the DX1, based on the 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. The DX1a features an integrated TFT touch screen and is preloaded with Linux, Android or Windows CE. With the addition of application software, it becomes a fully working prototype system.

Commenting, Rhett Evans, embedded sales manager for Anders Electronics, said: "andersDX is leveraging process shrinks to deliver a new generation of our entry level Embedded Display platform, offering more performance and more features at a lower cost. Booting the DX is no harder than booting a new desktop PC, and developers just need to load their application to create a prototype platform for their design that can be used to prove a concept and deliver a powerful working demonstration to generate management buy-in. Having finalised the design, the same platform can be customised to create the production system with a minimum of further development."

The DX1a is an embedded single-touch display platform which integrates TFT touch display with an ARM single board computer to provide a ready to go prototyping platform that can also form the basis of the production system. It is offered with a 5.7in resistive touch screen, and is available with Embedded Linux (Debian) or Android Jelly Bean as standard. A Windows Embedded Compact 7 version is due shortly, as is an alternative touch screen: 4.3in WQVGA Projected Capacitive. The package includes all of the required drivers and is fully pre-integrated and debugged, providing a stable development platform for the system designer.

A key feature of the module is the comprehensive interface options delivered as standard, including four USB ports, Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiFi, two serial ports, up to 24 lines of GPIO, sound IO, a CAN bus interface, and four general purpose A/D converter sockets. The module is available as a development kit, with all required cables and a power supply, or as an assembled product. For orders of more than 100 units, the number of interfaces can be reduced in order to reduce the cost of the final product. andersDX will customise the system further including changing the display by negotiation.

Highly flexible, the DX1a can be tailored to suit an individual application in terms of operating system, display size, cabling, screen glass, backlighting, processor speed and interfaces. The DX can essentially be dropped into a product with negligible integration effort. Developers can, if they wish, just add a suitable enclosure and load their application software to deliver a finished product.

Neil Tyler

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