Garz & Fricke extends product family of single board computers

Garz & Fricke extends product family of single board computers

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Garz & Fricke, supplier of hardware and software solutions for industrial IoT from Hamburg, will present its versatile product portfolio at the embedded world 2020 in Nuremberg. One of the exhibition highlights at booth 240 in hall 2 is the new TANARO Single Board Computer – a consistent further development of the existing product families.

Garz & Fricke has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of customized HMI and panel PC solutions for various industries. Many years of experience and creativity characterize the solutions of the Hanseatic company. Nearly all products are developed and manufactured at the Hamburg site itself.

With the TANARO Single Board Computer (SBC) Garz & Fricke presents the latest member of its product family of Single Board Computers at the Nuremberg trade fair embedded world, which was designed for the area of industrial image processing. The SBC model is equipped with the current processor generation NXP i.MX8M Mini. The Quad Core Cortex-A53 processor system from NXP is manufactured using the latest 14LPC FinFET process. This guarantees optimum performance with low power consumption. At the same time, no wishes remain unfulfilled, even with extremely high requirements regarding operating temperature.

Wide range of applications thanks to a multitude of interfaces

In addition to the classic interfaces such as RS485, CAN, RS232, USB and Ethernet, the TANARO Single Board Computer​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ also offers the option of retrofitting wireless modules. In addition, there is the option of retrofitting a MIPI CSI interface for connecting cameras as well as an extended audio interface, which can also be used to connect a microphone. “This AV interface, together with a corresponding software stack, makes the TANARO SBC fit for the latest applications, that are in demand in the prospering IoT environment,” says Managing Director Matthias Fricke, explaining the possible applications. “In combination with TensorFlow, for example, TANARO is thus also optimized for projects that require machine learning”.

Like almost all solutions from Garz & Fricke, the TANARO SBC is a fully integrated single board computer “Made in Germany”, which is manufactured at the new production site in Hamburg. Due to the Garz & Fricke Family Concept and Lifecycle Policy, TANARO is available as Human Machine Interface (HMI) in different designs. The new SCB is currently offered as Flush Mount, Rear Mount and Panel Mount, starting with the seven inch budget version up to currently 32 inch.

Specifications listed for the Tanaro include:

  • Processor — NXP i.MX8M Mini Quad (4x Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.8GHz); GCNanoUltra GPU for 3D, GC320 for 2D; Cortex-M4F @ 400MHz
  • Memory/storage:
    • 1GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • 4GB MLC eMMC
    • MicroSD slot
  • Networking/wireless:
    • 10/100 Ethernet port
    • 10/100/1000 (GbE) port
    • Optional wireless via mini-PCIe (see farther below)
  • Media I/O:
    • Dual-channel, 24-bit LVDS
    • PCAP (I2C) touch interface with 12V backlight interface (PWM)
    • MIPI-CSI interface
    • Mic input
    • Speaker out connector
    • Internal speaker connector
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • Micro-USB OTG port
    • 2x RS-232 interfaces
    • Isolated RS-485 interface
    • Isolated CAN interface
  • Expansion — Mini-PCIe half-size slot for optional WiFi-n/BT 4.0 or 3G/4G cards
  • Other features — RTC with battery
  • Power — 9-32V DC input (nom. 13-32V); PMIC
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C; 5 to 95% relative humidity tolerance
  • Dimensions — 159 x 80 x 18mm
  • Weight — 102 g
  • Operating system — Yocto based Linux; Android

Focus on individual customer requirements

If required, customers who decide to use the TANARO SBC have access to the entire range of services offered by the Hamburg company. This includes, in addition to the customer-specific adaptation or further development of the TANARO, individual application development and a cloud solution.

“Our specialists in development, design and sales have many years of experience and know the individual needs of the most diverse industries,” says Stephan Meyer-Loges, Product Manager Embedded Systems, summing up. “Together with our customers we therefore develop and design the perfect system for any application. Customers benefit from one-stop shopping and the ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality”.

No pricing or availability information was provided for the “coming up” Tanaro. More information may be found in Garz & Fricke’s announcement and product page.

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