As you see I am new to the .Net gadgeteer platform, not new to embedded environments, android or .Net. I need advice on boards.
I have a small project for a client developing a low-run product. The brief given to me by the client is the device
- must have a 7" screen with touch user interaction
- be a handheld device (tablet like)
- monitor sensor information, and be able to easy add extra sensors depending on feature level (or smarter sensors)
- quick and easy to assemble by client using on shelf components, also to repair
Basically, the client wants to manufacture the device to keep cost low, the assembly simple and have control over the product.
I have been short listed the following boards FEZ Cobra II (Eco) and G400/G400HDR.
Is the FEZ Cobra II (Eco) powerful enough to drive the CP7 TFT?
The FEZ Cobra II (Eco) has a on board SD card, can I use the Flash memory of the G400/G400HDR like a SD card, ie upload image files and the board use these like reading from a SD card? (I am assuming so).
I am planning having a library of images to use for UI, also the images will be arranged to provide a “theme” UI where the user can customize. Also be able to upload company based themes so the client can give a company branding. The UI will have a dasboard look.
Will the CP7 need the power extender to power either board options? (I am guessing so)
Is there a big difference in performance between the boards? (I am guessing so with the CP7)
I have considered the Raptor, but footprint is better with the other boards.
I do not want to give too much away at the moment about the device. Comments welcome.