Boundary Devices Announces Nitrogen Platforms Based on Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX51 Processor

Apr 21, 2010, 12:00 ET from Boundary Devices

CHANDLER, Ariz., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Arizona-based Boundary Devices announces the availability of two new single board computers based on Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX51 processor: the "Nitrogen-P" hand-held design and the "Nitrogen-E" Power-over-Ethernet design.

Each of these feature a 5 megapixel camera interface, microphone, resistive touch screen controller, along with two USB ports (1 Host/1 OTG). Each will run Android, Ubuntu™ Linux or Windows® Embedded CE.

The Nitrogen-P is a portable design, optimized to fit behind a 4.3" touch display. It includes battery management, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a three-axis accelerometer. The smartphone form factor allows easy integration into pocket-sized packages for data collection and data acquisition applications. The Android operating system makes it attractive as a general-purpose PDA and gaming device, with support for both voice and video search.

The Nitrogen-E adds 10/100 Ethernet and a Power-over-Ethernet option for easy installation in access control, signage, industrial control, and point-of-purchase applications. The HDMI output port allows easy connection to off-the-shelf monitors and televisions. Additional expansion and connectivity is provided through I2C and serial ports along with GPIOs including two dry-contacts.

"The i.MX51 delivers a high level of performance, flexibility and multimedia capabilities which makes it a perfect fit for the Nitrogen-family of solutions," said Ken Obuszewski, director of i.MX product management, Freescale. "We are proud to be working with innovators like Boundary Devices who continue to meet their customers' evolving requirements in the embedded and consumer space."

Each board is capable of sending and receiving streaming 720P video, enabling high-def audio and video playback and recording from anywhere from small, low-power devices. The camera resolution allows it to double as a bar-code scanner, powering applications like Google Goggles and document scanning. The robust networking allows seamless data flow to and from internet servers. Custom versions of each platform will be available, and four fully enclosed versions are available or planned.

The Nitrogen-E is available now in three packages:

  • A VESA-75 compliant plastic enclosure with a 7" (800x480) touch screen
  • An in-wall anodized aluminum enclosure with a 7" (800x480) touch screen
  • A stainless steel enclosure for use with HDMI-compliant monitors or televisions

The Nitrogen-P will be available with a 1800 mAH battery in PDA form-factor in early Q3.

Boundary Devices will also be showcasing these platforms at Embedded Systems Conference West, in San Jose April 26-29. Stop by Freescale Booth #1801 to view these demos and learn more details.

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About Boundary Devices

Boundary Devices is a complete hardware and software solutions provider specializing in network connected, fanless, low-power multimedia devices.

With decades of experience, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to get your product to market on time and on budget. Our business is based on delivery of custom hardware platforms tailored to your form factor and peripheral set. Our portfolio of standard products allows you to kick the tires before committing to a custom design. Our experience and supply-chain contacts can make sure you're building the right product at the right price.

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