Hand touching water

How does Your Product get Touch Control and Edge Functionality?

The Standard Design Platform for Control, GUI and IoT Edge

The trend towards large displays with high resolution is also finding its way into embedded systems. Often such systems have been designed using an industrial PC for the graphical user interface and a custom real-time controller, which both have their price. Today, due to the advancing integration in microprocessors, it is possible to implement this functionality with a multi-core microprocessor on one single control board.

First, from our building blocks you select the functions which your controller should offer. This way, you simply add features like touch operation, wireless interfaces and IIoT communication to your controller. Finally, we add your domain-specific functions, which we implement according to your requirements. And your customized control system is ready, either you can manufacture it yourself or we can manufacture it for you with our partners.

Since you get the sources and schematics of the whole project, there is no dependency, no vendor lock-in.

Fields of Application

  • Machine control
  • Operator terminals
  • IIoT edge server
  • Image processing, machine learning

Realize fast and efficiently a customized control system, based on our standard hardware and software toolbox.

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Hardware

Our embedded control standard design is based on the i.MX microprocessor from NXP. The wide variability of this microprocessor family allows to build customized systems in terms of functionality, cost, size, computing power (multi-core), memory footprint and power consumption.

For a cost-optimized solution without Linux, our Real-Time/ DSP platform is a good choice, also allowing the use of a touchscreen interface.

Software

Of course you can also profit from a standard design for the software. The software kit contains ready-made solutions for recurring tasks, such as graphical user interface, device configuration, service interface (local or remote), data storage, web services and an infrastructure framework that leads to a maintainable software architecture. By using these components, it is possible to get a ready-to-run application quickly because development can focus entirely on your domain functions.

Functionality of the Standard Design

The platform offers these functions:

  • Operator interface
    • via a local operator interface
      • LCD/ OLED display up to 4'096 x 2160 pixel resolution
      • Touch
      • Camera
    • with app on smartphone, tablet or laptop
      • USB
      • WLAN/ Bluetooth
  • Maintenance
    • communication with e.g. service
      • service interface incl. service tool
    • remote maintenance
      • via any interface, e.g. with MQTT
    • communication with the internet/cloud:
      • Gigabit Ethernet
      • Wireless LAN
  • Application framework
    • infrastructure framework for modular and maintainable applications
    • automatic generation of protocol code

The non-functional requirements that the design fulfills are also important. These are often the larger limitation than the functional aspects:

  • Data security
    • built-in hardware secure element (Root of Trust)
    • secure processor/ system on chip
    • secure certificate and key store
    • encryption
    • identification
  • Secure software updates via the Internet, secure boot of the controller
  • Industrial quality
    • Temperature range -40..+85 °C
    • Long product lifetime (long-term availability)
    • EMC and radio certification
    • Developed according to Solcept processes (CMMI for Development (Maturity Level 3), ISO 9001)

Your Application

The specific application (developed in C/ C++ and C#) can include, but is not limited to:

  • Operator interface
    • local operating interface
      • classic (Qt) or web-based GUI
      • GUI development based on the platform framework
        • e.g. automatic generation of menu trees
  • Analysis and signal processing of sensors (incl. simple AI (Artificial Intelligence))
    • temperature, humidity, air quality
    • position in space, position, distance
    • vibrations, acceleration, forces, weight
    • current, voltage measurements
  • Control of actuators
    • switching of (resistive) loads
    • stepper, DC, BLDC motors
  • Any control function

Technology Base

This standard system design is based on the following technologies:

  • Applications domain
    • Microcontroller
      • Arm Cortex-A
    • Operating system
    • Docker software container
  • Real-time domain
    • Microcontroller
      • Arm Cortex-M
    • Operating system
  • Display
    • MIPI DSI, LVDS, HDMI, DP
  • Camera
  • Security
    • Unique ID
    • Cryptography unit
    • External Secure Element
  • Interfaces & protocols
    • Wired
      • USB
      • Gigabit-Ethernet, Ethernet-Switch
        • IPv4, IPv6, TCP
      • Profinet, EtherCAT, Profibus
      • CAN, LIN, IOlink
    • Wireless
    • "IoT/ IIoT"
      • MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport)
      • AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol)
      • CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol)
    • Towards sensors, actors...
      • USB, UART
      • SPI, I2C
      • ADC, DAC
      • Current/ voltage interfaces

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