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Panel PCs offer ARM Cortex-A8 processor, wide choice of screens

Oct 12, 2011 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Anders Electronics announced a bevy of panel PCs that run Android, Linux 2.6, or Windows CE 6.0 on a 600MHz Texas Instruments Sitara AM3517 processor. The “Anders-DXE” devices measure from 6.5 to 15 inches diagonally, offer resolutions from VGA up to 1024 x 768 pixels, are available with wireless networking, and have 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage.

U.K.-based Anders has for years produced touchscreen displays with integral embedded computers, initially focusing on Windows CE-based devices such as the little UMR-X10 from 2007. The company's new Anders-DXE range, consisting of six devices in all, is designed to run Linux 2.6 or Android, in addition to Windows CE 6.0, according to the company.


Three out of six Anders-DXE devices

Anders says its DXE devices are available in open-frame versions, or in a variety of different bezels. They're also orderable with either capacitive or four-wire resistive touchscreens, the company adds.

The systems are billed as being useful for a wide range of applications, ranging from rapid prototyping, to integration into devices, to HMIs (human machine interfaces). Binary test images and source code are available for all three supported operating systems, according to Anders.

Regardless of screen size, all the DXEs are equipped with 256MB of RAM, 512MB of flash storage, and microSD expansion slots. They use TI's ARM Cortex A8-based Sitara AM3517 processor (block diagram here), which includes not only a PowerVR SGX graphics accelerator but also video capture capabilities (the latter not utilized on these panel PCs).

Other features that are common to all include 10/100 Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, serial ports (1 x RS232, 1 x RS232/422/485), and CAN bus connectors. Available options include 802.11b/g wireless networking and stereo speakers, according to Anders.

Available DXE models range from the DXE-0635, which has a 6.5-inch screen with VGA resolution, to the DXE-1535, featuring a 15-inch screen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. More information on the six models appears in the spec table below:

  • Processor — TI Sitara AM3517
  • Memory — 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage
  • Display:
    • DXE-0635:
      • 6.5-inch display
      • 640 x 480 resolution
      • 800-nit brightness
    • DXE-0735W:
      • 7-inch display
      • 800 x 480 resolution
      • 350-nit brightness
    • DXE-0835:
      • 8.4-inch display
      • 800 x 600 resolution
      • 450-nit brightness
    • DXE-1025:
      • 10.4-inch display
      • 800 x 600 resolution
      • 400-nit brightness
    • DXE-1235:
      • 12.1-inch display
      • 800 x 600 resolution
      • 459-nit brightness
    • DXE-1535:
      • 15-inch display
      • 1024 x 768 resolution
      • 400-nit brightness
  • Expansion — microSD slot
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet; optional wireless LAN
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x RS232
    • 1 x RS232/422/485
    • CAN bus
  • Power — 12VDC
  • Operating range — n/s
  • Dimensions:
    • DXE-0635 — 7.5 x 6.1 x 1.85 inches
    • DXE-0735W — 8.4 x 6 x 1.6 inches
    • DXE-0835 — 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.7 inches
    • DXE-1035 — 10.9 x 8.85 x 1.8 inches
    • DXE-1235 — 12 x 9.7 x 1.7 inches
    • DXE-1535 — 14.4 x 11.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Anders did not release pricing for its DX-E devices, but all appear to be available now. More information may be found on the DX-E product page.

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