ARM carrier board
Data Modul (Germany) has announced its eDM-CB-Colibri ARM carrier board. The board supports the pin-compatible Colibri ARM based computer-on-module product family from Toradex.
THE EDM-CB-COLIBRI CARRIER BOARD comes with panel support for TTL RGB 24 bit or Dual Channel LVDS 24 bit, an internal power controller to supply panels from 4,3 inch to 10,4 inch, and EIA-232/485/422, CAN, Micro SD-Card, SPI, I2C, and USB ports. It is available as scalable modules from ARM Cortex-A5 at 400 Mhz up to ARM Cortex-A9 Quad Core 1,4 GHz, has a power input from +9 VDC to +24 VDC, and dimensions of 115 mm x 76 mm.
The wide range power input, based on a “step down” and “step-up” converter, is unique in this segment, according to the company. This ensures that the internal +12 VDC voltage for the panel backlight is constantly available even with an input voltage of +9 VDC.
The company provides the board together with a Colibri Module from the Swiss company Toradex. The Colibri series is based on Nvidia Tegra 2/3 and Freescale Vybrid, i.MX6 processors. Toradex provides modules with a pre-installed Windows CE6/CE7 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 image, along with the respective runtime license under the Microsoft OEM ID. Linux is available as well.
The bootloaders and board support packages (BSPs) were designed to be configurable. This relieves the application-developer from creating a custom image. Instead, the necessary adaptations can be made by configuring settings and adding files to the flash file system.
Besides the regular Windows Embedded Compact functionality, BSPs for Windows Embedded Compact include optimized versions of drivers as well as support for additional peripherals. The BSPs are available for download at no cost. BSPs for Linux include driver support for the integrated peripherals. The BSPs are available for download at no cost, too.
Toradex provides free software libraries for additional features including CAN, SPI, PWM, I2C, and cloud connectivity. Furthermore, an update tool for updating the bootloader and operating system is available. The carrier board has a guaranteed long-term availability of at least 10 years. It is also available as a kit-solution with a range of TFT displays (AUO, Innolux, Powertip) along with matching cable set and adapted Power-ON/OFF timing.
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