BOARDS: Qseven starter kits include Linux - Embedded.com

BOARDS: Qseven starter kits include Linux

LONDON — MSC Vertriebs GmbH (Stutensee, Germany) has produced several Qseven starter kits which are based on MSC's Qseven modules featuring a 70 x 70mm form factor and the Intel Atom processor.

The kits are designed to simplify the evaluation of and the integration of Qseven technology.

The kits are based on the 3.5-inch platform board Q7-MB-EP1 and offer a variety of interfaces. Along with the kit, the user can select a suitable Qseven module from the MSC portfolio.

The kit also features a Qseven Heatspreader, a ready-to-run Linux installation on USB flash stick and a suitable 12V power supply. Optionally, the evaluation kit is available with a TFT panel including a suitable cable kit.

The MSC Q7-MB-EP1 embedded platform board combines the most important interfaces for embedded applications on a compact 3.5 inch printed circuit board. It has a Qseven module socket, Mini-PCI-Express socket, MMC/SD Card socket, VGA/CRT and LVDS interfaces, 2 SATA interfaces and 4x USB connectors, on-board 4/5-wire touch controller for resistive touch panels, 6-channel HD audio codec, serial interface and 10V28V power converter.

For the Qseven starter kit a chosen module will be mounted on the EP1 baseboard and covered with the Qseven Heatspreader which acts as a heat sink and effects a steady distribution of the resulting heat.

In addition, an aluminium rail called Heatrail leads heat from the underside of the module down to the metallisation of the carrier board's pcb. For small housing with little air circulation, an optional heatsink may be mounted on the heatspreader.

For operation without LCD, a CRT/VGA output connector is available on the baseboard. Alternatively, an LVDS TFT panel may be connected using the JILI30 interface of the carrier board.

A starter kit with an optional TFT is also available, and in addition MSC can offer a selection of further LCD panels from its wide product portfolio encompassing very many renowned LCD manufacturers.

A 4GB USB flash stick is included which contains a ready-to-run, bootable Ubuntu 9.10 Linux installation. Manuals, drivers and additional tools can be found on a CD.

MSC Vertriebs GmbH

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