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Mosaic Industries Announces New Controller With Touchscreen Operated Graphical User Interface

June 022003
Mosaic Industries Announces New Controller With Touchscreen Operated Graphical User Interface
June 1st, 2003, NEWARK, CA Mosaic Industries, Inc. announced today the release of a new embedded instrument controller featuring a powerful touchscreen-controlled ¼ VGA graphical user interface (GUI). The QVGA Controller comes complete with a high-contrast 320x240 pixel electroluminescent (EL) or LCD graphics display, a high-resolution analog touchscreen, and a built-in GUI software toolkit. The prime benefit of this new C-programmable three-in-one unit is that it provides Original Equipment Manufacturers with a low cost solution and faster product development.

“A key trend in embedded design”, said Paul Clifford, Mosaic’s VP Engineering “is the integration of highly intuitive touchscreen/graphics user interfaces with data acquisition, control and communications all in one compact package. Our new controller enables the designer to implement all instrument control functions in the context of an easy-to-use front panel interface,” he noted. “Our goal is to endow even highly complex instruments with appliance-style ease of use. Designers of medical, scientific or industrial products can use this compact, I/O rich integrated device as the core hardware, software and user interface in their new instruments.”

The built-in GUI Toolkit provides an easy way to design and implement a complete graphical interface to monitor and control an instrument. On-board software responds to screen menus, buttons and controls by executing programmer-defined functions. The GUI Toolkit also provides functions for displaying system status graphically or via text-based messages.

Ideally suited for data acquisition and control, a real-time multitasking operating system provides a simple solution when several activities must operate simultaneously, each with time-critical precision. Pre-coded I/O drivers facilitate data acquisition, pulse width modulation, motor control, frequency measurement, data analysis, analog control, PID control, and communications.

The QVGA Controller contains plenty of I/O for most applications: it commands eight 12-bit analog input channels, eight 8-bit analog inputs, eight 8-bit D/A lines, 24 digital I/O, 4 high current drivers, and two RS232/485 ports. For projects requiring a unique combination of specialized I/O, the QVGA Controller can host up to eight stackable I/O modules to add dozens more digital and high-resolution analog signals, extra serial ports, and compact flash mass memory.

The QVGA Controller is available now, the price starts at $799 with substantial volume discounts.

About Mosaic Industries, Inc.
In business since 1985, Mosaic Industries, Inc. provides off-the shelf customized hardware solutions, from analysis to product design, for numerous applications such as industrial control, automation of industrial processes, product development and/or product upgrades, data acquisition, and scientific instruments. For more information about Mosaic’s QVGA Controller and other products call 510/790-1255 or visit www.mosaic-industries.com
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