Mosaic Industries Rolls Out Tiny SBC for Instruments and Automation

3/26/2004 - To meet the demand for cost-effective, compact, yet powerful and expandable embedded controllers, Mosaic Industries Inc has introduced the QCard, a tiny 2" x 2.5" single board computer that fits any hand-held or space-constrained applications and dramatically cuts the cost of data acquisition and control for OEMs.

"When you combine an easily programmed controller with the user's choice of I/O expansion modules, the result is a customized solution that perfectly meets the needs of the instrument designer," remarks Michael Dorman, President of Mosaic Industries Inc.

The QCard packs a programmable computer, up to 1 megabyte of memory, communications, analog and digital I/O, and an expansion I/O bus onto a tiny low-cost board. The I/O-rich QCard hosts a 16 MHz Motorola 68HC11F1 microprocessor, 512K Flash and 128K RAM (expandable to 512K), and 320 bytes of EEPROM. On-board I/O includes 8 digital I/O lines with counter/timer capabilities, 8 analog inputs, a fast synchronous SPI serial interface, and dual RS232/485 ports. An optional real-time clock tracks the calendar and time of day and battery backs the 128K RAM.

The QCard is easily programmable in C, Forth or Assembly using any PC. Built-in programming tools include an interactive debugger, a multitasking executive, and comprehensive device-driver libraries. Convenient connectors allow for simple mechanical integration. The QCard can directly host up to 4 I/O expansion modules called Wildcards that you can mix and match depending on your application. The easy to use Wildcards stack onto the 24 pin Wildcard connector on the QCard. A convenient PowerDock module includes an efficient switching power regulator and expands the Wildcard bus to host up to 8 Wildcards.

Wildcards implement a wide variety of user interface, communications, data acquisition and control capabilities. Available Wildcards include a Keypad/Display module, octal 12-bit D/A and 16-bit A/D converters, a 24-bit resolution analog data acquisition subsystem, Compact Flash card mass memory interface, fast buffered RS232/485 dual UART, high voltage/high current isolated I/O, and AC or DC solid state relays.

Pricing starts at $149 for a single unit with considerable quantity discounts.

About Mosaic Industries Inc
Since 1985, Mosaic Industries, Inc. has been providing off-the shelf customized hardware solutions, from analysis to product design, for numerous applications such as industrial control, automation of industrial processes, product development and/or product upgrades, data acquisition, and scientific instruments. For further information call 510/790-1255 or visit

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