New Product Release: Cedar 310 Industrial Mobile Handheld Computer System Development Platform

Mobile workers means who's workplace is not at a fixed office location, but work around and moving around in a larger area, for example: the medical staff shuttling in the sick rooms of a hospital, the maintenance engineers going around and inspecting in a factory, the exhibition services staff, the environmental supervisors, delivery persons, field personnel, police and motormen, etc. Fixed place workers have mostly used of computers to improve the efficiency and productivity of their work, but many mobile workers is not yet equipped with a computer, or by using the out-of-date mobile computer, its effectiveness is limited. With the popularity of smart mobile devices, for example: smart phones, tablet PCs, digital cameras, GPS, etc., the related components and technology of mobile devices are advancing by leaps and bounds, the cost has become less and less. These advances should also benefit mobile workers, to enable them to use the more advanced, better performance mobile computers. Different mobile workers require different mobile computers, including the different peripheral interfaces, communication interfaces, sensors, mechanism and appearance, user interfaces, application softwares, middlewares, etc., these different parts often takes quite a lot of product development resources, and because industrial mobile computers are small volume large varieties products, too much development cost is usually not justified. 

In view of this, Centrum Embedded Systems Corporation introduced Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform, to help accelerate the development of handheld industrial mobile computers, and reduce development costs. The Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform consists of three parts:

1. A PC emulator for the handheld industrial mobile computers.

2. The handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit.

3. The software package management and software distribution management cloud service of the handheld industrial mobile computers.

Customers can use this system development platform to develop and validate the prototype of the handheld industrial mobile computers. Centrum Embedded Systems Corporation provides further services to produce pilot-run samples and regular products for the customers.

1.Cedar 310 PC emulator for the handheld industrial mobile computers:

The Cedar 310 PC emulator using the standard x86 PC directly to build the kernel with 100% the same system calls as the target handheld industrial mobile computer, and then installed the same operating system, window system, desktop environment, libraries and middlewares. It makes the application softwares on the PC emulators and on the target computers are fully compatible with each other. That is the development of application softwares in the PC emulators, do not need to modify any source code to perform in the the target handheld industrial mobile computers. Application software developers can immediately develop the application softwares, test the logic, work flow and user interface on the mature and stable, high-performance PC environment (for example: 1.6GHz dual-core x86 CPU, 2GB DRAM, 320GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.) Then these application softwares can be loaded into Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit, to further test the true performance of executing on the ARM CPU. Under the kernel system call layer, the PC emulator runs on the Native Mode, which gives full play to the PC's high-performance computing power. Unlike most other emulators use the Cross Mode, which reduce performance greatly.

2.Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit:

1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB DRAM, 320GB HDD, 5” TFT LCD Display (480x800), Resistive touch panel, one USB 2.0 OTG port, three USB 2.0 Host ports, 10/100Mb Ethernet, microSD slot, UART port, 8 User LED Indicators, 8 User Buttons, DC 5V Socket, Power Button Switch. Pre-installed software: the latest stable version of Linux Kernel (3.2 or above), CeMOS GNOME/GNU Operating System, Window System, Desktop Environment. Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit is designed to be a turn-key system. When connect DC 5V power, press the power button and it works immediately, without the need to install any extra software. Cedar 310 handheld mobile computer system development Kit provides the real ARM processor environment for the application software development and testing. The application softwares which were developed in the Cedar 310 PC emulator, if they were written in an interpreted programming language (Interpreter), such as: Python, Java, Perl, Shell, can be executed in the Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit immediately; if they were written in a compiled programming language (Compiler), such as: C, C++, you can use the Cedar 310 handheld mobile computer system development kit to compile them into executable object codes, and then load these object codes into the system to execute. These C/C++ application source codes do not need any migration or porting effort, just compile them and load them, they will perform the same as in the PC emulator, because the PC emulator and the system development kit share the same System Calls, although they have different processors. 

3.Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform provided by Centrum Embedded Systems is not just the PC emulator and system development kit you have now, more important, it provides continuous services of software download and update from the cloud server. There are more than fifteen thousand system software packages and application software packages in the Cedar handheld industrial mobile computer cloud server now, and stands ready to provide the customers to download and install the software packages from the cloud server. The function of Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform can be extended when the user download and install the new software package from the cloud server. The Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform always records the version numbers of all installed software packages, it can be automatically or manually compared with the version numbers of the software packages in the cloud server, and then perform update and upgrade accordingly.

Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform is designed for the system integrators and application developers to quickly develop the target handheld industrial mobile computers, for example: the logistics industry, medical industry, manufacturing, environmental protection industry, transport, etc. But it is not suitable for ARM evaluation board dealers or end-users, because it is not an evaluation board, nor is it a final product. The list price of Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development platform is US$1,495. It includes: Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer PC emulator, Cedar 310 handheld industrial mobile computer system development kit, Cedar handheld industrial mobile computer software package management and software distribution management cloud service, one-year hardware warranty, one-year system installation and application software development consulting services. Interested parties, please contact: Centrum Embedded Systems Corporation. Address: 9F-10, No. 68, Sec.4, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei Taiwan 10091, Tel : 886-2-23623620.