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Qseven embedded platform boasts I/O flexibility

28 Sep 2012

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MSC Embedded Inc. has unveiled an embedded platform geared to support the latest version (1.20) of the Qseven specification, and offers system integrators a ready-to-use carrier board with added functionality and I/O flexibility for easy customisation. According to the company, the MSC Q7-MB-EP4 offers a range of the interfaces that include dual Gigabit LAN, five USB 2.0 ports (four external), an RS-232 (pin header), an AC97 audio port and SATA interfaces.

CAN signals are also available via a special pin header.�An RS-232 Debug port for a console output simplifies Linux software development, which is especially important for MSC's Qseven modules using ARM technology.�For the integration of standard displays, the embedded platform provides LVDS via a JILI30 connector and a DVI connector.�Furthermore, the platform integrates a controller for the connection of a resistive touch screen and provides the power supply for a backlight.

For added functionality of the 148 x 102mm compact motherboard, a mini PCI Express slot has been integrated, which supports a wireless LAN card.�The mSATA slot provides an easy way to add a SATA-based flash memory card.

Additionally, the�MSC Q7-MB-EP4 embedded platform�can be individually configured via the integrated MMC/SD card slot. The platform�supports the industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C.�The compact Qseven module is mounted via a proven MXM connection on the solder side of the MSC Q7-MB-EP4 baseboard, making it easy to thermally connect the Qseven heat spreader to a metal enclosure and provide fan-less heat dissipation.

The MSC Q7-MB-EP4 embedded platform�is available immediately in small to medium-sized production quantities.�Pricing for OEM quantities starts at $160.

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