Distec launched their new ArtistaGUI human machine interface (HMI) controller. The ArtistaGUI graphic controller enables simple machine controls with a graphical user interface and touchscreen without substantial modifications to the control electronics. Programming of the GUI is carried out with a WYSIWYG Interface Designer and the QT-Quick scripting language. The communication protocol is the robust and in-field proven Modbus-RTU.
Integrated Device Technology introduced the LDS7000 and LDS7001 touch screen controller IC’s. The LDS7000 and LDS7001 are optimized for IDT’s single-layer multi-touch projected capacitive touch screen technology. They do not not require cross-over isolation points like other solutions. The new ICs are sampling now. The LDS7000 is available in a 5×5 mm, 40-pin TQFN package. It is priced at $2.50 in 10,000-unit quantities. The IDT LDS7001 is available in a 6×6 mm, 48-pin TQFN package. It is priced at $2.95 in 10,000-unit quantities.
IBASE Technology announced the iPPC-1700 Panel PC. The iPPC-1700 features the IBASE MI953AF Mini-ITX motherboard, Socket G1 (rPGA 989) for Intel Core i7 / Core i5 processors, steel construction, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, digital I/O, 17″ XGA (1280×1024) TFT touch-screen display (16.7M colors). The touch screen panel conforms to IP65 specifications to protect it against both water and dust. The IBASE iPPC-1700 Panel PC is ideal for information kiosk, point-of-sales terminal, ATM, digital signage and factory automation systems.
Microchip Technology launched the mTouch Projected Capacitive Development Kit and the PIC16F707 8-bit microcontroller (MCU). The PIC16F707 features two 16-channel Capacitive Sensing Modules (CSMs) that can run in parallel for increased sampling speed. The microcontroller is priced at $0.99 each in volume. The mTouch kit enables designers to integrate projected capacitive touch-sensing functionality into applications with a single MCU. The mTouch projected-capacitive touch-screen sensing kit and PIC16F707 MCU are available now.
The PPC3-G-6.5, from WinSystems, is a 6.5″ color flat panel PC based upon a PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC). It operates from -20° to +70°C. The PPC3-G-6.5 is a compact, ready-to-mount flat panel display subsystem, It features an integrated resistive touch screen, open frame chassis, embedded PC functionality, industrial-grade construction, small size, and wide operating temperature. The panel PC is ideal for medical, kiosks, transportation, instrumentation, industrial automation, and control applications. The PPC3-G-6.5-359-0 is priced at $795 in OEM quantities. Delivery is from stock to three weeks.
VIA Technologies introduced the 6.5 inch VIA VIPRO VP7806 and 15 inch VIA VIPRO VP7815 fanless touch screen panel PCs. The VIA VIPRO devices feature Em-ITX form factor, an integrated two megapixel autofocus IP camera, microphone, and speakers. The IP65 compliant LED backlit panels can withstand temperatures of -200 °C to 600 °C. The VIA VIPRO VP7806 and VIPRO VP7815 are based on the VIA ART 3000 embedded box system. The VIA VIPRO VP7806 and VIPRO VP7815 are ideal for hospital patient terminals, home and building automation, and multimedia security systems.
IEI Technology announced the ACT-408A access control terminal with an 8″ touch screen and EM/Mifare RFID reader. The ACT-408A system includes a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor for ultra low voltage, fanless operation. The ACT-408A can be deployed for elevator security management to control in-elevator readers to restrict access from the ground floor to other floors. The ACT-408A can also be used for access control in hospitals, office and apartment buildings.