Portable Computing & Entertainment platform

General Description

The Portable Computing & Entertainment platform is a combination of state-of-the-art display, connectivity, storage and mediaprocessing technologies. The product serves two purposes:

1.

A development platform for cost sensitive derivatives, where time-to-market is essential

2.

An easily servicable, state-of-the-art component in professional systems.


Starting point for it’s key specifications, portability, high speed versatile connectivity, high quality display and sufficient storage capacity assure both optimal media reproduction experience and a comfortable graphical user interface for control. Careful tuning and custom hardware acceleration allows for highest possible quality at very low power dissipation. Low power, managed by a dedicated infrastructure microprocessor, is not only important in portable appliances. It also proves beneficial in stationary products featuring low noise (no-fan), power supply hazard insensitivity and the ability to operate in sealed enclosures.

Hardware Features

The extremely flexible system is built on the MiniPCI industry standard interface bus. All “volatile” elements are implemented on removable cards. This guarantees long-term state-of-the-art electronics capabilities. The implemented video hardware surpasses the usual display capabilities in portable appliances, with it’s maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) the PCE platform matches a multitude of stationary high performance applications such as promotion terminals.

Through it’s versatile industry standard busses philosophy virtually any relevant function can be made available. The PCE platform accepts MiniPCI, Cardbus, PCMCIA, ITU 656 and USB peripherals.



Motherboard with SoDIMM-144 Processor slot

3 MiniPCI extension slots

Interfaces for legacy audio & video, USB, Ethernet 10/100

Infrastructure processor for power management (battery control), touchpanel control, serial channels, RC5

Touchscreen controller, Analog audio Codec & amplifier


Slots (example)

XScale processor + 64 Mbyte Flash + 64 Mbyte SRAM + MiniPCI

Video decompression accelerator (MPEG-1,2,4 and DivX)

Display controller (up to SXGA)

Various Cardbus/MiniPCI interfaces

Wifi, Bluetooth, USB2.0, IEEE1394, DVB-T receiver, etc.

Uart based interfaces (Com, GPRS, GPS, etc. )

Software Features

The implemented operating system is Linux 2.4.18, launched by embedded ECOS. Windows CE can be made available on request. A multitude of custom peripheral drivers is available.
Further implementations include:

the Xfree graphical shell

UPnP stack including streaming media

Both extensions allow a broad audience of (hardware unaware-) application developers to create a diverse collection of complex applications.


Applications

Networked system control point

Touch Panel UI

Display resolution up to SXGA (1280 x 1024)

Connectivity (Eth 10/100, 802.11, IEEE1394, RC5, USB...)

Data encryption / security

Connected environment components

UPnP Media Server, Renderer and Controller.

UPnP remote IO controller

Standalone Media player

Point of Sale Promotion terminal

Central area controlled

Touch screen navigation

Accelerated rendering of MPEG, DivX, Flash, Jpeg, 2D/3D graphics

Wired and-or wireless network communication

Automotive workstation (detachable)

GPS terminal & navigation

Media rendering from DVD and-or HDD

DVB-T reception (including GPRS return channel)

Miscellaneous data capturing, monitoring and signal processing

And more ...

Portable interactive imaging

Medical PDA

Secure encrypted communication

Remote secure & real-time patient monitoring

Mobile diagnostic and data capture

Detachable monitors (Myra)

Video conferencing terminal

Etc...


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