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HMI development platform includes touchscreen display

Sep 21, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Precision Technology Inc. (PTI) announced a HMI (human machine interface) development platform that runs Windows CE on a TI OMAP3530 processor, and will soon be offered with Android. The Flash Board provides five- or seven-inch touchscreens, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash, DVI-D video output, an SD slot, serial and USB OTG ports, and Wi-Fi, the company says.

According to PTI, its Flash Board is designed for "fast time to market and cost-effective development of devices such as tablet-designed HMI panels." Courtesy of a BSP (board support package) created by Adeneo Embedded, the device runs Windows CE 6.0 R3. However, BSPs will soon be added for both Android and Windows Embedded Compact 7, says PTI.

The Flash Board is equipped with the Texas Instrument (TI) OMAP3530 Rev E, which includes both a 720MHz ARM Cortex A-8 core and a 520MHz TMS320C64x+ digital signal processor. (See our previous coverage, here, for more details of the OMAP3530's features and capabilities.)


The PTI Flash Board

The Flash Board's dimensions are not listed on PTI's website, but, as pictured above, the self-contained device appears to be just slightly bigger than the seven-inch resistive touchscreen attached to its front. The resolution of this screen was not specified, but the Flash Board is also said to be available with a five-inch screen offering 800 x 480 pixels.

According to PTI, the OMAP3530 is provided with 256MB of 166MHz LPDDR memory, 512MB of NAND flash storage, and an SD expansion slot. Other I/O is said to include a DVI-D port and a serial port (below left), plus audio I/O, a USB On-The-Go (OTG) port, and a power input (below right).


Ports on PTI's Flash Board
(Click either image to enlarge)

Wireless connectivity is via a Murata chip that provides the device with 802.11b/g/n local area networking, plus Bluetooth personal area networking, says PTI. Other components noted by the company include TI's TSC2046 touchscreen controller and its TPF410 flat panel display digital transmitter.

Vijay Raisinghani, a vice president at Adeneo Embedded, stated, "The co-development with Texas Instruments and PTI of this new solution for tablet-type devices is a new confirmation of Adeneo Embedded capabilities in helping OEMs developing production-ready robust multimedia devices with Texas Instruments Cortex A8-based processors and wireless communication solutions."

Further information

According to PTI, the Flash Board is available now for approximately $600 with a five-inch display, or $700 with a seven-inch display. Product and ordering information may be found on the company's website, here.


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