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Italian panel PC runs Linux

Feb 19, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Bologna, Italy-based TBE has announced a Linux-based panel PC aimed at HMI (human-machine interface) applications. Available with an integrated 6.4-inch touchscreen display or as a processor module, the GNU-Linux-based Terminale Grafico ARM-Linux is based on a 200MHz Cirrus Logic EP9315 SoC.

(Click for larger view of TBE's Terminale Grafico arm-Linux)

TBE is positioning the 7.7 x 5.1 x 2.2-inch Terminale Grafico arm-Linux as a touchscreen system for automation control, a market where the company is particularly strong in the textile industry, it says. The 920T-based core and MMU (memory management unit) are supported with 64MB SDRAM and 32MB NOR flash, and the system is equipped with one fast Ethernet port, three USB ports, three UART ports and a JTAG test access port.

Terminale Grafico arm-Linux

The hardware specifications for the Terminale Grafico arm-Linux are as follows:

  • Processor — Cirrus Logic EP9315 with a 200MHz ARM920T core and an MMU
  • Memory — 64MB SDRAM, 32MB NOR flash, expandable via optional USB key
  • Display — 6.4-inch LCD TFT VGA (640×480); optional 7.4-inch TFT WVGA (800×480) display
  • Networking — 1 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB — 3 x Host 2.0 ports (full speed)
  • Other I/O — 3 x 16550-compatible UART ports; 1 x JTAG IEEE 1149.1 debug/test access port
  • Optional Communications — USB-based WiFi receiver; GPRS modem
  • Power — 24V DC; 0.5 A
  • Dimensions — 7.7 x 5.1 x 2.2 inches (196 x 130 x 56 mm)

Back view of the TBE panel PC

The following Linux-based software ships with the Terminale Grafico arm-Linux, says TBE:

  • Linux Kernel 2.4 and 2.6
  • U-Boot boot-loader
  • Jffs2 filesystem on flash
  • Busybox shell utilities
  • Python interpreter 2.4
  • Qt-Embedded 3.3.4 graphics libraries
  • HTML viewer
  • Servers — http, telnet, ftp
  • Automount key USB removable memory expansion
  • Interface connection for remote PC diagnostics, firmware update, data logging, etc.
  • Optional Debian embedded Linux distro
  • Optional Microwindows/Nano-X graphic libraries
  • Development software — Gnu tools-chain environment and utilities; Designer; PC Linux simulation environment; Framework for dedicated applications process control-interface based on Qt and Python

CPU module version of the Terminale Grafico arm-Linux
(Click to enlarge)


The Terminale Grafico ARM-Linux appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found here.

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