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September 16, 2014   Posted by: Dr. Ace Jeangle

Maker Villa Penang

Couple weeks ago our sales Andrew participated in maker camp on Penang island, Malaysia and I asked him to tell a little bit about this event.
This was our first participation in the Maker Villa and we were one of the proud sponsor of the event held at Ren-i-Tang, a historical Chinese herb medicine shop turned hotel located at the heart of the UNESCO world heritage site in Penang. It is a great venue for such a cool event.
Ren-I-Tang MakerVilla-Catalog
We were introduced to some delicious local food like char kuey teow, mee sotong, asam laksa before heading to the museum to learn about the history of Penang which is diverse and rich in culture.
Via-Pre_Dinner MakersFilmViewing
The event kick started with the MakerFilm Viewing after a sumptuous dinner at Via Pre restaurant. This video is a compilation of the maker's story which moved our heart deeply.
The next 2 days were packed with workshop and talks given by indusry gurus that gives strong support on the Maker movements. They were held at Penang Science Cluster. Makers were busy sharing their ideas and brainstorming on issues.
I had the privilege to exchanges some ideas and explain about what we do with Maker Yoda (Mr. Yun)
I have also been very busy demonstrating our LCD touchscreen to friends that I make in this event. Everyone seems to be having fun.
There were also sharing sessions by William our organizer on the Maker movement. CurryKhoo
Curry Khoo, a starup facilitator that help future technopreneurs making their dream come true. He also shares a lot of his experience along the way.

Overall, it was a great event and I have made a lot of friends here. One more thing, there will be a Penang Mini Maker Faire on 15 Nov to bring more makers out, showcase their stuff and ideas.We would be happy to meet you there!

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September 15, 2014   Posted by: Dr. Ace Jeangle

LCD holder for RaspberryPi and Beaglebone Black

Well, today is Monday, and here is our last release - LCD holder

We design all of our new video converter boards with all components on top side only. As a result, flat bottom side allows to stick board on back side of LCD, like we did for our new 7"/10" integrated platforms, and just released dualLVDS converter. But what about main board, like RaspberryPi, Beaglebone, etc? They have components on both sides and we are forced to place them right on table or look for enclosure. That's why we made LCD holder for these boards - simple board with low profile metal standoffs and flat bottom side.

Here is Beaglebone Black mounted on LCD holder: LCD holder with Beaglebone
Board height is increased just a little bit (less than 1 mm in this case measuring from mini-USB connector on bottom side of Beaglebone), but now it has flat surface and can be fixed on bottom side of LCD with double-sided glue tape, providing fully integrated solution for your projects.

LCD holder has holes for RaspberryPi, RaspberryPi B+, and Beaglebone Black: LCD holder - 3 boards
We are going to offer this board as an accessory for our new LCD bundles, and you will be able to select holder for your mainboard.

Each board will be supplied with mounting screws LCD holder, top view

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September 5, 2014   Posted by: Dr. Ace Jeangle

New integrated 10-inch platform

Lets continue with our product releases. Here is our new 10" integrated multi-touch platform:

  • 10" black frame capacitive multi-touch LCD panel with IPS technology
  • 1366x768 native resolution, high brightness (450 cd/m2) and contrast (800 CR)
  • capacitive multi-touch panel with up to 10 fingers, standard Windows USB HID specification
  • extra-low power consumption, can be powered by the same USB cable that used for touchscreen - check photo below
  • fully integrated solution - no external boards and cables
  • slim design (<9 mm thickness including electronic and connectors)
  • easy installation – just connect and it will work
  • mini HDMI input accepts any resolution up to 1920x1080 (FullHD) and scale down to native LCD resolution
  • slim-profile power connector (OD=2.6mm, ID=0.65mm, positive central pin)
  • mini USB connector for touchscreen with support for driver-less single touch, or multi-touch with additional driver
  • audio engine provides decoding of HDMI stream audio and outputs it to standard 2.5mm connector
  • external ambient light sensor for automatic brightness control
  • internal LVDS scaler allows to get HDMI with any resolution from virtually any HDMI source, like RaspberryPi, Beagleboard/Pandaboard/, Beaglebone Black, Hackberry, Odroid, Cubox, mk802 and others Android stick clones, Gooseberry, Nitrogen/Sabre, OLinuXino-A13, normal PC/notebook, video players, etc.

New 10" integrated solution, top view New-10-front

Hole in the bottom center part of frame is for the main action button, like Home button in Android or Windows. And we are going to offer capacitance sensitive button for this hole as an option. For mass qty orders we can also make it with your custom logo in silver or gold color. Button action will be available as an USB HID event for your target platform.

New 10" integrated solution, bottom view New-10-back

As you can see on above photo, control board has similar interfaces to 7" integrated solution - mini-USB for touchscreen and optional power, mini-HDMI for video input, power jack, audio 2.5mm jack, and input for ambient light sensor. All integrated on bottom side of LCD.

New 10" in action, connected to 1920x1080 HDMI source, powered by USB, current consumption is 320mA only! New-10-in-action

One more new product announce will be on Monday. The same time we will announce prices and new product availability in stock.

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September 4, 2014   Posted by: Dr. Ace Jeangle

Full HD is here

I was buried under a pile of emails with requests about FullHD release date. Everybody wanted to try RaspberryPi with its highest possible resolution.
Well, let me answer all your emails at once.

Meet our new Full HD HDMI converter:
  • slim compact design - 6.5x3.5x0.7 cm only
  • flat bottom side - can be fixed right on bottom side of LCD panel
  • HDMI to Dual-LVDS converter for resolutions up to 1920x1200, 16M colors
  • mini HDMI input for video
  • slim-profile power connector (OD=2.6mm, ID=0.65mm, positive central pin)
  • mini USB connector for easy firmware update, and for programmable backlight control from user application (yes, we did it!)
  • integrated backlight controller can generate up to 37V/1.5A right on board for most LCDs up to 23"
  • input for external ambient light sensor for automatic brightness control
  • easy programmable EDID block (through USB)
  • new universal 40-pins LVDS connector

New dual-LVDS HDMI converter for FullHD applications FullHD-HDMI-converter

We will offer this converter as a standalone solution, and will also offer in bundle with our new FullHD+ LCD:

FullHD+ 10" LCD specifications:
  • Display: 10” full-color a-Si TFT with IPS technology
  • Native resolution: 1920x1200 pixels
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10 (widescreen)
  • Display colors: 16 millions (8-bits per color)
  • Panel dimensions: 229.5mm (H) x 149.2mm (V)
  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Power consumption: 3W (typ)
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m2 (nits)
  • Contrast ratio: 800:1
  • Viewing angle: 89 deg (all directions)
  • Works well with RaspberryPi (original and B+), actually it's the highest possible resolution supported by RasPi

New FullHD+ 10" LCD with integrated HDMI converter FullHD-LCD-back

That's not all, folks! Lets continue tomorrow with news. Stay tuned!

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