Raspberry Pi-based TFT controller for industrial use

March 03, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Distec (Germering, Germany), a specialist in TFT flat screens and system solutions for industrial and multimedia applications, has added to its Artista TFT controller family: the Artista-IoT for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

This new TFT controller is a BaseBoard with a socket for the latest generation of the Raspberry PI Compute Module (CM3). "The Artista-IoT is only a simple TFT controller, but the perfect basis for cost-efficient IoT and Industry 4.0 applications," explained Matthias Keller, Head of Sales and Marketing at Distec GmbH. "Internet of Things is the keyword and a costly PC with a lot of peripherals is now superfluous: our solution enables us to network almost every device intelligently, without any license costs." The Artista-IoT allows the direct connection of almost all common TFT types without additional hardware. Distec can provide individual solutions for: Industrial HMI, medical, aviation, digital signage, and digital whiteboard.

 

The controller can be integrated into existing Windows and Linux environments and can be adapted to suit individual needs. Distec offers a starter set consisting of BaseBoard, CM3, 10.1-inch Super Fine TFT display with PCAP Multi-Touch and all necessary cables.

 

The Artista-IoT is based on a full-fledged scaler chip and controls almost every TFT display and modern PCAP multi-touch screens directly. The controller board allows special functions such as DICOM pre-set, gamma correction and colour calibration. It supports100Mbit Ethernet and provides a real-time clock. Available interfaces include USB, GPIOs, I²C and UART. Long-term availability is at least six years. From the second quarter of 2017, Distec will provide the following solutions: the Artista-IoT series, starter kits, VideoPoster-IV and Raspbian as a basis for customer-specific software developments such as mediaplayers. From the third quarter of 2017, the WebPoster and integration into the POS-Line series will be added.

 

Distec; www.distec.de