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Mosaic Industries Introduces The QCard Single Board Computer for Instruments and Automation

March 262004
Mosaic Industries Introduces The QCard Single Board Computer for Instruments and Automation
Tiny single board computer for instruments and automation

To meet the demand for cost-effective, compact, yet powerful and expandable embedded controllers, Mosaic Industries Inc has introduced the QCard, a tiny 2" x 2.5" single board computer that fits any
hand-held or space-constrained applications and dramatically cuts the cost of data acquisition and control for OEMs.

"When you combine an easily programmed controller with the user's choice of I/O expansion modules, the result is a customized solution that perfectly meets the needs of the instrument designer, "- remarks Michael Dorman, President of Mosaic Industries Inc.

The QCard packs a programmable computer, up to 1 megabyte of memory, communications, analog and digital I/O, and an expansion I/O bus onto a tiny low-cost board. The I/O-rich QCard hosts a 16 MHz Motorola 68HC11F1 microprocessor, 512K Flash and 128K RAM (expandable to 512K), and 320 bytes of EEPROM. On-board I/O includes 8 digital I/O lines with counter/timer capabilities, 8 analog inputs, a fast synchronous SPI serial interface, and dual RS232/485 ports. An optional real-time clock tracks the calendar and time of day and battery backs the 128K RAM.

The QCard is easily programmable in C, Forth or Assembly using any PC. Built-in programming tools include an interactive debugger, a multitasking executive, and comprehensive device-driver libraries. Convenient connectors allow for simple mechanical integration. The QCard can directly host up to 4 I/O expansion modules called Wildcards that you can mix and match depending on your application. The easy to use Wildcards stack onto the 24 pin Wildcard connector on the QCard. A convenient PowerDock module includes an efficient switching power regulator and expands the Wildcard bus to host up to 8 Wildcards.

Wildcards implement a wide variety of user interface, communications, data acquisition and control capabilities. Available Wildcards include a Keypad/Display module, octal 12-bit D/A and 16-bit A/D converters, a 24-bit resolution analog data acquisition subsystem, Compact Flash card mass memory interface, fast buffered RS232/485 dual UART, high voltage/high current isolated I/O, and AC or DC solid state relays.

Pricing starts at $149 for a single unit with considerable quantity discounts.

About Mosaic Industries Inc
Since 1985, Mosaic Industries, Inc. has been providing 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 further information call
510/790-1255 or visit www.mosaic-industries.com
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