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ACT POWER unveils its Project-X A1 production ready development board at Computex 2017

2017-06-12

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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.

 

Specifications

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 

 

Applications

Product development

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.

Automation

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. 

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