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The EM-X270 is an embedded computer board, produced by [[http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-datasheet.htm  Compulab]], an Israel-based company specialising on all-in-one computer systems, also known as Single Board Computers (SBC). It has a range of components which can be specified for full phone capabilities, as detailed below:
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The EM-X270 is an embedded computer board, produced by [http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-datasheet.htm  Compulab], an Israel-based company specialising in Single Board Computers (SBC). The manufacturers provide Angstrom (a variant of Debian Linux upon which Openmoko is based) as the operating system, with full support for all listed peripherals (Wi-Fi support coming in December 2007).<br>
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The board has a range of optional components which can be specified for full mobile phone capabilities, and more (to a level similar to that of the [[Neo1973]]), as detailed below:
  
 
=Main components=
 
=Main components=
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==Onboard storage==
 
==Onboard storage==
512MB NAND flash, non-volatile
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===NOR memory===
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4MB, non-volatile (generally for uBoot or other bootloader)
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===NAND memory===
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128MB - 512MB , non-volatile (generally for majority of the OS/applications/user files)
  
 
==Operating System==
 
==Operating System==
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===WiFi===
 
===WiFi===
 
802.11b with a Philips chipset<br>
 
802.11b with a Philips chipset<br>
Not yet supported by Linux (planned for December)
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supported by closed driver http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/download/x270-em-linux-doc.pdf and http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-os-support.htm
  
 
===Bluetooth===
 
===Bluetooth===
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==Peripheral connectivity==
 
==Peripheral connectivity==
===SD socket, with SDIO capability===
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===SD socket===
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with SDIO capability, for connection of peripherals
  
 
===USB===
 
===USB===
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===GPIO===
 
===GPIO===
 
up to 16 dedicated lines, shared with keypad (if present)
 
up to 16 dedicated lines, shared with keypad (if present)
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===Camera interface===
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Support for adding a digital still (up to 2048 x 2048)/video camera (15fps, vga).
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=Dimensions (including battery and screen)=
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Size: 97 x 66 x 17mm
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Mass: 270g
  
 
=Availability=
 
=Availability=
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Compulab has a strict sales policy: only to companies, only in large quantities, only if one evaluation board is bought
 
Compulab has a strict sales policy: only to companies, only in large quantities, only if one evaluation board is bought
  
To make this device available for the open source developer community, there is an idea for a group purchase organized by the [[http://www.handheld-linux.com Handheld Linux Shop]] which would come to approx. 649 EUR (incl. VAT) / 750 US$ (excl. Tax) if 100 units are reached (20% less if 500 units). Contact: mailto:sales@handheld-linux.com
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To make this device available for the open source developer community, there is an idea for a group purchase (Features EM-X270-C520-W-H-K + LCD35+KEYPAD+BAT10) organized by the [[http://www.handheld-linux.com Handheld Linux Shop]] which would come to approx. 649 EUR (incl. VAT) / 750 US$ (excl. Tax) if 100 units are reached (20% less if 500 units). Contact: mailto:sales@handheld-linux.com
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[[http://www.handheld-linux.com Handheld Linux Shop]]  has now officially started the Group Buy. Please refer to [[http://www.handheld-linux.com/wiki.php?page=CompuLab%20PDA%20Module]] for details.
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See the [[Talk:Compulab_EM-X270|Talk]] page for more info and possible buying alternatives
  
 
== Case==
 
== Case==
The PDA module has no case. So we should find someone who can design and manufacture a robust plastic case.
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The PDA module has no case. So we should find someone who can design and manufacture a robust polymer/metal case. Alternatively, we could produce files allowing users to make their own. Schematics for the dimensions of the Compulab circuitry are provided [http://compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-developer.py here] along with various other development friendly files.
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There has been a quite similar discussion for alternate cases for the Neo 1973: [[Hardware:Neo1973:Alternate Cases]]
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The [[http://www.hbmobile.org/wiki Homebrew Mobile Phone Club]] has developed a [[http://www.hbmobile.org/wiki/index.php?title=Portrait_oriented_case Case]] for a different hardware that can be manufactured by [[http://www.techshop.ws TechShop]] at approx. US$ 40.
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=Comparison with the FIC [[Neo1973]]=
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{|border=1
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!Hardware
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!Neo1973
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!EM-X270
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|-
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|Characteristic
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|complete Phone
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|PDA Phone Module
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|-
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|Display
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|2.8in VGA 64k Colors
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|3.5in VGA 64k Colors
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|-
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|GSM
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|Triband
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|Quadband
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|-
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|GPS
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|yes (no driver for GTA01)
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|yes
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|-
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|Battery (mAh)
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|1200
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|3000
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|-
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|Dimensions
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|120.7 x 62 x 18.5mm
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|97 x 66 x 17mm + Case
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|-
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|Mass
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| 184g
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|270g + Case
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|-
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|}
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=Comparison with FIC [[Neo1973]], of driver openness=
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{|border=1
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!Hardware
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!Neo1973
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!EM-X270
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|-
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|Wi-fi
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|open
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|closed
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|-
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|GPS
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|closed
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|serial interface [[http://www.navman.com/Documents/OEM_docs/Jupiter%2032/LA000267D_Jupiter32_DataSheet.pdf NMEA]]
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|-
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|GPRS
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|
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|serial interface [[http://www.telit.co.it/data/uploads_EN/products//80000ST10025a_AT_Commands_Reference_Guide_r2(1).pdf AT Commands]]
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|-
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|graphics
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|
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|open
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|-
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|}
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[[Category:Hardware]]

Latest revision as of 20:51, 12 September 2008

The EM-X270 is an embedded computer board, produced by Compulab, an Israel-based company specialising in Single Board Computers (SBC). The manufacturers provide Angstrom (a variant of Debian Linux upon which Openmoko is based) as the operating system, with full support for all listed peripherals (Wi-Fi support coming in December 2007).
The board has a range of optional components which can be specified for full mobile phone capabilities, and more (to a level similar to that of the Neo1973), as detailed below:

Contents

[edit] Main components

[edit] Touchscreen

3.5" VGA (640x480)

[edit] Processor

Intel Xscale PXA270, 312/520MHz

[edit] System memory

128MB SDRAM, 100MHz, 32bit

[edit] Onboard storage

[edit] NOR memory

4MB, non-volatile (generally for uBoot or other bootloader)

[edit] NAND memory

128MB - 512MB , non-volatile (generally for majority of the OS/applications/user files)

[edit] Operating System

[edit] uBoot

[edit] Angstrom Linux

[more info]

[edit] Connectivity

[edit] GSM/GPRS

Quad-band Telit GE864 module [AT Command Set]

[edit] WiFi

802.11b with a Philips chipset
supported by closed driver http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/download/x270-em-linux-doc.pdf and http://www.compulab.co.il/x270em/html/x270-em-os-support.htm

[edit] Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR

[edit] GPS

Navman Jupiter 32 [Data Sheet], with NMEA output

[edit] Battery

Li-Ion, charged over USB

[edit] Peripheral connectivity

[edit] SD socket

with SDIO capability, for connection of peripherals

[edit] USB

USB 1.1, with host and slave capabilities

[edit] Serial port

RS232, 16550 compatible

[edit] GPIO

up to 16 dedicated lines, shared with keypad (if present)

[edit] Camera interface

Support for adding a digital still (up to 2048 x 2048)/video camera (15fps, vga).

[edit] Dimensions (including battery and screen)

Size: 97 x 66 x 17mm

Mass: 270g

[edit] Availability

[edit] Modules

Compulab has a strict sales policy: only to companies, only in large quantities, only if one evaluation board is bought

To make this device available for the open source developer community, there is an idea for a group purchase (Features EM-X270-C520-W-H-K + LCD35+KEYPAD+BAT10) organized by the [Handheld Linux Shop] which would come to approx. 649 EUR (incl. VAT) / 750 US$ (excl. Tax) if 100 units are reached (20% less if 500 units). Contact: mailto:sales@handheld-linux.com

[Handheld Linux Shop] has now officially started the Group Buy. Please refer to [[1]] for details.

See the Talk page for more info and possible buying alternatives

[edit] Case

The PDA module has no case. So we should find someone who can design and manufacture a robust polymer/metal case. Alternatively, we could produce files allowing users to make their own. Schematics for the dimensions of the Compulab circuitry are provided here along with various other development friendly files.

There has been a quite similar discussion for alternate cases for the Neo 1973: Hardware:Neo1973:Alternate Cases

The [Homebrew Mobile Phone Club] has developed a [Case] for a different hardware that can be manufactured by [TechShop] at approx. US$ 40.

[edit] Comparison with the FIC Neo1973

Hardware Neo1973 EM-X270
Characteristic complete Phone PDA Phone Module
Display 2.8in VGA 64k Colors 3.5in VGA 64k Colors
GSM Triband Quadband
GPS yes (no driver for GTA01) yes
Battery (mAh) 1200 3000
Dimensions 120.7 x 62 x 18.5mm 97 x 66 x 17mm + Case
Mass 184g 270g + Case

[edit] Comparison with FIC Neo1973, of driver openness

Hardware Neo1973 EM-X270
Wi-fi open closed
GPS closed serial interface [NMEA]
GPRS serial interface [AT Commands]
graphics open
Personal tools

The EM-X270 is an embedded computer board, produced by [Compulab], an Israel-based company specialising on all-in-one computer systems, also known as Single Board Computers (SBC). It has a range of components which can be specified for full phone capabilities, as detailed below:

Main components

Touchscreen

3.5" VGA (640x480)

Processor

Intel Xscale PXA270, 312/520MHz

System memory

128MB SDRAM, 100MHz, 32bit

Onboard storage

512MB NAND flash, non-volatile

Operating System

uBoot

Angstrom Linux

[more info]

Connectivity

GSM/GPRS

Quad-band Telit GE864 module [AT Command Set]

WiFi

802.11b with a Philips chipset
Not yet supported by Linux (planned for December)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR

GPS

Navman Jupiter 32 [Data Sheet], with NMEA output

Battery

Li-Ion, charged over USB

Peripheral connectivity

SD socket, with SDIO capability

USB

USB 1.1, with host and slave capabilities

Serial port

RS232, 16550 compatible

GPIO

up to 16 dedicated lines, shared with keypad (if present)

Availability

Modules

Compulab has a strict sales policy: only to companies, only in large quantities, only if one evaluation board is bought

To make this device available for the open source developer community, there is an idea for a group purchase organized by the [Handheld Linux Shop] which would come to approx. 649 EUR (incl. VAT) / 750 US$ (excl. Tax) if 100 units are reached (20% less if 500 units). Contact: mailto:sales@handheld-linux.com

Case

The PDA module has no case. So we should find someone who can design and manufacture a robust plastic case.