congatec Announces Qseven Mobility Starter Kit

congatec AG presents the Qseven Mobility Starter Kit, a complete rapid prototyping package for battery-powered, embedded systems. The compact size and low power consumption of Qseven embedded computer modules makes them ideally suited for almost all ultra-mobile, embedded PC applications. In order to minimize the development effort required for such systems, congatec has bundled all the necessary components in a comprehensive starter kit.

congatec Qseven Mobility Starter KitIn addition to a compact Qseven carrier board and a 5.7″ LVDS touch display with an LED backlight, the starter kit includes a battery manager module with a smart battery. A cable set is also supplied, which makes it possible to build a compact, mobile demo system in a matter of minutes.

With dimensions of just 95×140 mm and a range of interfaces, the Qseven carrier board is easy to integrate. It includes 6 USB interfaces, an Ethernet port as well as LVDS and DVI display interfaces. The power supply is 19 V DC (as used by most notebook computers) which provides the option of using low-cost power. The carrier board also has other standard interfaces, such as a Mini PCI Express slot for WLAN expansions and a high-definition audio interface. Mass storage is provided by a solid state disk integrated with the Qseven CPU module and the SATA and SD card interfaces on the carrier board.

Due to the 5 V power supply of the Qseven module, it is possible to implement the battery system using small, dual-cell smart batteries. The entire charging circuit is a separate, additional module, meaning that it can be integrated flexibly in housing designs. Communication with the battery system is implemented as standard if the user’s operating system is ACPI-capable.

As an option, the Qseven Mobility Starter Kit’s battery system can be integrated directly with a customer-specific carrier board. For this, congatec can supply an integration kit that includes all connection schemes, the source files for the microcontroller program and complete development documentation.

The congatec Qseven Mobility Starter Kit will be available in April 2009 with prices starting at US $1,000.

About congatec AG
Based in Deggendorf Germany, congatec AG is an innovative and experienced manufacturer of Qseven, COM Express, XTX and ETX embedded computer boards, with more than 200-manpower years of experience in the fast growing embedded computer industry. The company’s objective is to engineer and market industrial computer modules based on standard form factors, including an embedded BIOS, excellent driver support as well as full-featured board support packages. Customers receive complete product lifecycle support starting early during the design-in stage. All congatec products are manufactured by specialised contract manufacturers who fulfil the latest quality standards.