DATA MODUL, a specialist supplier of display technology, has recently unveiled eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info, a mini-ITX Baseboard for ARM & x86 Qseven modules optimized to drive large panels for digital signage applications. In theory, the board should support any Qseven modules, but for now only Data Modul’s Freescale i.MX6, and Congatec conga-QA3 Intel Atom E3800 series modules have been optimized and officially certified to work with the motherboard.
Precisely, the board is optimized and certified for the following modules:
- DATA MODUL ARM Qseven SoMs:
- eDM-QMX6 (i.MX6Quad)
- eDM-DMX6 (i.MX6Dual)
- eDM-DLMX6 (i.MX6Dual lite)
- Congatec x86 Qseven SoMs:
- Conga-QA3 with Atom E3845 (Quad core)
- Conga-QA3 with Atom E382x (Dual core). Three models: Atom E3827, E3826 or E3825.
- Conga-QA3 with Atom E3815 (Single core)
You may have heard about EDM, a competing module standard, previously, but the eDM prefix in the ARM modules or the mini-ITX board names has nothing to do with this standard, as all is based on Qseven standard.
DATA MODUL eDM-mITX-CB-Q7-Info give access to the following external interfaces (depending on the used module) :
- 1 x RS232
- Up to 2x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x USB 2.0/3.0, 1 x USB OTG
- 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
- 1 x Audio Line Out
You can also connect a monitor via the 2x 24 Bit LVDS interface, and access more I/Os via connectors on the board including more USB Ports, CAN, SPI, GPIOs, I²C, and SD Card. Optical isolated RS485/422 Interface modules, IR-remote control interface, light sensors, external LEDs, temperature sensors and up to 6 PWM system fans are also available as an option. The company also mention a 2.5″ SATA slot to connect SSD or HDD without cables. It can be seen on the picture, so I’m not sure if it’s another option, or the slot is just at the back of the board. The baseboard can be powered by +12VDC or +24VDC and optionally +5VDC can be supported for standby voltage.
DATA MODUL can provide its own Monitoring Software for Linux (QT) and Windows operating systems.
Availability and pricing information has not been disclosed, and there’s very little information about this ARM/x86 Qseven mini-ITX board except the actual announcement. There are however more details about the company eDM-QMX6 module. Refer to my post about conga-QA3 for more details about the Bay Trail-I Qseven modules.