ACT POWER unveils its Project-X A1 production ready development board at Computex 20172017-06-12
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Project-X A1 is the first of a new breed of development boards that will help your company bring products to market quicker. Thanks to a standardized mezzanine board header for the Project-X family of development boards, you can quickly shift between products using the same processor platform. Alternatively you can change to a new processor platform if the computational needs change over time, all without having to start from scratch.
The Project-X boards was developed to be “production ready”, with both cooling and EMI/EMC taken into consideration during the board design process. Based on a standard Pico-ITX form factor with all ports on a single side of the board, it’s also easy to make housings for the Project-X series of boards. This is unlike most development boards in the market today which often features a custom form factor and have connectors on two or more sides. This makes them poorly suited as a production ready platform, whereas the Project-X boards are ready to be deployed into mass production, as is.
To help speed up product development, there will be several different types of mezzanine boards available to get you started. The first model is XTA1-Dev and it offers a Raspberry Pi compatible pin-header, as well as separate connectivity for interfaces such as USB and serial ports, GPIOs, I2C, I2S, SPI etc. This allows you to experiment and test ideas easily, without the need to solder components to the board.
The second mezzanine board is the XTA-IoT which offers easy IoT connectivity, be it via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, LoRA or any other protocol thanks to swappable modules. This allows you to test various wireless technologies to see which fits best with your project, without having to spend time setting up complicated development kits.
The Project-X A1 features a quad core ARM Cortex-A7 SoC, paired with 1GB DDR3 SDRAM and 8GB eMMC flash. The standard port configuration consists of a 1Gbps LAN port, an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot and a 12V DC input jack. In addition to the standard set of ports, a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and a serial port can be added via a secondary pin-header on the board. An optional PoE module can also be fitted to the Project-X A1, without limiting the use of mezzanine boards. With wide OS support ranging from Andriod to Debian and Ubuntu Linux, as well as optional support for other Linux distributions, it’s also easy to develop for.
Item Project-X A1 hardware specification
CPU Allwinner H3 Quad Core Cortex-A7
GPU Mali 400MP2 GPU, supports OpenGL ES2.0
Memory 1GB DDR3
Storage 8GB eMMC Flash and a micro SD card slot (Max 64GB)
Network 10/100/1000M Ethernet RJ45, optional 10/100Mbps
Video out HDMI 1.4 with HDCP, 4K/30P
Audio out HDMI, I2S
Power 12V DC input via barrel plug or internal 2-pin header,
optional 802.3af PoE 12V.
USB 2x USB 2.0 ports
Buttons Reset (externally accessible), Power, Uboot
Pinout UART( for debug), power S/W, power LED
Connector 40-pin header for Mezzanine Board upgrades
20-pin header for optional features
OS Android, Ubuntu, Debian
Form factor Pico-ITX 100 x 72mm
Weight Estimate 60g
Mezzanine Boards Planned Product List
Part Number Description
XTA1-Dev Raspberry Pi pin to pin compatible connector board
XTA-IoT Development board with support for various IoT modules
XTA1-COM Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, mini PCIe (USB only for A1)
XTA1-LoraT LORA TX gateway board
XTA-LoraR LORA RX device board
XTA-4G 4G gateway
XTA-8IO 8 x RS232, 8 x IR, 8 x GPIO, 8 x Relay ports
XTA-4IO 4 x RS232, 4 x IR, 4 x GPIO, 4 x Relay ports
XTA-Camera Camera input module
To give you a helping hand with your project development, the Project-X A1 combined with the XTA1-Dev board gives you not only a host of clearly labelled and broken out connectors, but also a Raspberry Pi compatible header. This not only allows you to easily connect various sensors and devices to the Project-X A1 board, but you can also use already existing solutions for the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, with only some minor software changes to GPIO addresses.
IoT Smart City
Combining the Project-X A1 with the XTA1-LoraT and XTA1-LoraR modules allows for up to 15km of wireless freedom, for modern smart city applications.
Using Project-X A1 and the XTA-4G combination gives you built in 3G/4G support (data module dependant) and allows you to place your solution in locations without any other kind of data connectivity.
Using Project-X A1 in combination with the XTA-8IO or XTA-4IO modules enables multi-space automation in factory, home, building, petrol station, transportation and more applications, as a power tool to communicate with sensors and devices of all types.