Mosaic Industries Packs Interactive User Interface on Tiny SBC

4/23/2004 - Mosaic Industries has released a new operator interface for its tiny single board computer - the QCardTM. The Keypad/Display WildcardTM provides a convenient interface to a 4 x 20 character display and 4 x 5 keypad. Combined with Mosaic's QCardTM Controller, it is an ideal solution for hand-held or space-constrained applications that require a programmable embedded computer and a low cost yet smart user interface. Measuring only 2" x 2.5", the Keypad/Display Wildcard mounts directly on the QCard.

The Keypad/Display Wildcard is shipped with a 4x20 character display and 4x5 keypad, plus a simple ribbon cable interface that enables custom placement of the keypad and display in your instrument. The Wildcard has an additional field header that brings out 4 nibble-wise programmable input/output lines and 4 input lines. The QCard Controller animates the keypad/display interface. Smaller than a credit card, the QCard sports a 16 MHz Motorola 68HC11F1 microprocessor, 512K Flash and 128K RAM, 512 bytes of EEPROM, 8 lines of programmable digital I/O, 8 bit analog-to-digital conversion, and dual RS232/485 ports. The QCard is easily programmed in C, Forth, or assembly using any PC. Pre-coded device drivers make it easy to scan the keypad and write text to the display.

When combined with the QCard Controller, the Keypad/Display Wildcard makes it easy to design interactive instruments with intuitive user interfaces. The Keypad/Display Wildcard is priced at $175 for a single unit including the display and keypad. Considerable OEM discounts are available.

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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