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eCOUNT Embedded Offers Flat-Panel Controller With Integrated RFID Reader, IIoT Cloud Connectivity

eCOUNT Embedded has announced that its CRTtoLCD-91 flat-panel controller is designed for the development of customer-specific monitors, displays and control panels, and supports flat screens with up to 4K UHD resolution. The controller offers cloud connectivity and an integrated RFID reader.

The new solution platform, part of the company's CRTtoLCD product family, provides high-resolution 4K UHD graphics, RFID support for screen unlock authentication and easy management via cloud apps. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity for monitors, displays and control panels offers convenience, efficiency and reliability, enabling users to configure distributed installations remotely, monitor operating status constantly and manage access control centrally.

"Our new CRTtoLCD-91 flat-panel controllers will significantly change the way how OEMs design and deploy and how users operate their monitors, displays and control panels, as RFID and cloud connectivity open up whole new worlds of possibilities," said Dirk Finstel, eCOUNT embedded's managing partner and CTO, in a prepared statement.

"Today, the control of devices, machines and systems are carried out by touch displays and their peripherals," Finstel said in the prepared statement. "When it is possible to monitor the usage or to manage the authorization processes and user-dependent configurations of these touch displays centrally, even payment systems for pay-per-use applications can be connected. This is just one of many scenarios that can be implemented with our new CRTtoLCD-91 flat-panel controllers. We are very excited to see what new applications our customers will think up."

The new 4K UHD CRTtoLCD-91 flat-panel controller from eCOUNT embedded is based on the Himax HX6310-A scaler chip and supports flat-panel displays. It utilizes a content-dependent backlight control and new scaling algorithms. An optional HF RFID reader with Near Field Communication (NFC) support and Wi-Fi cloud connectivity can be plugged onto the controller board.

Later this year, the company reports, a UHF RFID reader with a range of up to 10 meters will be added as an option for logistics applications. The reader enables user-authorization management or the identification of RFID-tagged goods. The Wi-Fi cloud connection can be customized or expanded as needed. With on-screen display functions, as well as extended configuration and scripting options for OEM-specific designs, the LCD controller board enables OEMs to develop custom monitors, displays and control panels.

The new display controller is available with optional accessories, including a keypad with an infrared receiver and an ambient light sensor for situational brightness control, as well as RFID support and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi Internet of Things (IoT) modules for cloud connectivity. Off-the-shelf cable sets for flat panels and eCOUNT's customer-specific integration support simplify integration.

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