1. Introduction

The Panel-Card is intended to be used as a small and medium size "intelligent" display module as well as a universal Linux CPU card. It can be used where restricted energy and space requirements play a role. It comes in different sizes and variations, but the connector keeps the same, likewise the center of the LCD/TFT. Thus one baseboard can carry different Panel-Cards, easily adopting to different needs.

The Panel-Card70 is also available in a rugged aluminium housing as Desk70.

The Panel-Card has all the necessary interfaces to support a huge variety of peripheral devices. Dispensing with a parallel bus keeps the pin count small and makes it possible to use rugged, inexpensive standard connectors.

The ARM architecture as a modern and widely supported processor architecture is currently the platform of choice for medium performance embedded devices. Almost all major processor manufacturers have ARM products in their portfolio.

The availability of the widespread operating system "Linux" for the ARM platform opens access to a broad range of software, including tools, drivers, and software libraries. Programs written for ARM can easily be employed on the PC platform for testing and debugging.

Examples of actual or potential applications are: terminals, measuring and test equipment, data-logging, as well as any simple or more complex control and automation tasks.