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Tiny Linux SBCs gain LCD modules

Sep 5, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 6 views

Gumstix has started shipping an LCD expansion board for its tiny, Linux-oriented, PXA270-based Verdex single-board computer (SBC). Combined with the cellular networking and GPS daughter cards shipped last month, the “consoleLCD-vx” could help the Verdex board appeal to OEM, educational, and DIY mobile phone hobbyists.

(Click for larger view of the consoleLCD-vx)

The new consoleLCD-vx measures 3.1 x 1.4 inches (80 x 34mm), or about 14mm wider than the Verdex board, to which it connects via a 60-pin Hirose connector. It is said to add “plug and play” support for Samsung's 4.3-inch LTE430WQF0 LCD module, which measures 4.2 x 2.6 x 0.2 inches (105 x 67 x 4mm). The LCD module itself is the same size as the Verdex's cellular networking and GPS expansion boards, which shipped last month.

Samsung LCD
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In addition to an LCD touchscreen controller and interface, the consoleLCD-vx expansion board adds a USB mini-B connector with USB host signals, GPIO, and three RS-232 ports on miniDIN8 connectors. It can be used with 5-Volt wall adapters; power-over-USB is not provided.

Gumstix's Verdex board is based on an XScale PXA270 — probably the most popular mobile phone processor in today's crop of Linux-based mobile phones. It is available with on-board Bluetooth, and a variety of other expansion boards. It ships pre-installed with “the latest 2.6-series Linux kernel,” and U-Boot bootloader.


The consoleLCD-vx is available now, priced at $50. Gumstix also resells Samsung's 4.3-icnh LTE430WQF0, priced at $85. Verdex boards start at $130.

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