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Integrating Custom Hardware

25 Aug 2010

Juniper Systems rugged handheld computers can have custom hardware integrated within and/or outside of certain specific areas (referred to as modules) of the rugged, water-tight case housing. Also, additional case housing (referred to as expansion pods, packs, or extended caps) can be added to the handheld to provide more room (and possibly a water-tight seal and ruggedization) for larger dimension hardware. Integrated electronic hardware can be powered by the handheld computer as discussed in our Powering devices through bottom ports knowledge base article. Please contact sales@junipersys.com for additional and more detailed information (some information is proprietary and requires a signed mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)).

 

Note: Custom hardware integration that penetrates the standard water-tight case housing of the Field PC (potentially exposing the normal internal electronics of the handheld computer to environmental elements) or that exceeds our electronic specifications needs to be reviewed by our engineers and our support team to resolve questions regarding possible immediate voiding of the handheld computer's product warranty. It is highly recommended to consult with our engineers throughout the design of hardware to be integrated.

 

Listed in the table below are the current modules and additional case housing provided for each of our rugged handheld computers, what electronic interfaces are available within these areas, and some previously developed integrated electronic hardware that is now generally available.

 

 

 

Rugged  Handheld Computer  Model

 

Module Name

 

Water-tight Seal

Electronic Interfaces

 

Existing Developments

Allegro 2

-Small expansion pack

-Large expansion pack

- Door with external connector and rails for insertion of custom module(s)

Sealed

Samtec 30-pin Board-to-Pads connector with two side M2 solder nut fasteners providing:

- 16 GPIO lines - 3 open, 13 shared (such as with some of the following)

- USB Host

- Two UART (serial COM)

- I2C signa

l- Direct connect to 3.7V battery for up to 2 amps unregulated power supply

- 5V regulated power supply

-3.3V regulated power supply

- Audio In/Out

-2D / Linear Barcode reader

-GNSS External Antenna Connector door

-Accessory rings expansion pack door

- Integrated DMM (Digital Mult-Meter)

- Custom radio data modem

Archer 2

Custom case housing and/or top cap

Sealed

 

Samtec 30-pin Board-to-Pads connector with two side M2 solder nut fasteners providing:

- 16 GPIO lines - 3 open, 13 shared (such as with some of the following)

- USB Host

- Two UART (serial COM)

- I2C signa

l- Direct connect to 3.7V battery for up to 2 amps unregulated power supply

- 5V regulated power supply

-3.3V regulated power supply

- Audio In/Out

- 2D / Barcode reader

Mesa Rugged Notepad

Geo 3G Antenna Cap

Sealed

 

- GPS and GSM HSDPA antennas

Connector (I/O) Module

Not sealed

 

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed), currently with a field replaceable I/O board providing:

- 9-pin RS-232

- USB Client Mini B

- USB Host Full A

- Custom 12V DC Jack charging port

- 3.5mm Headset jack

- Standard Ports

Expansion Pack

Sealed

 

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed), currently providing:- USB Host- 3.3V UART- I2C- SPI- Audio I/O- Digital I/O (GPIO) (8)- GPS PPS signal- IO Module Connections (5)- Power/Ctrl

-UHF RFID reader pack

-2D / Linear Barcode Pack

-Product Development Kit (PDK)

Battery pack slot 2

Sealed

- SDIO card slot- SIM card slot

- RFID reader*

 

TK6000 (Carlson Surveyor)

 

Small Expansion Pack

 

Can be sealed separately

 

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed), currently providing:

- 3.3V UART

- 16-bit Data Bus

- 10-bit Address Bus

- 4-bit GPIO

- USB Host*(*upon request only)

 

-GSM EDGE Modem-Developer base or reference PCBA

 

Large Expansion Pack

 

Can be sealed separately

 

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed), currently providing:

- 3.3V UART

- 16-bit Data Bus

- 10-bit Address Bus

- 4-bit GPIO

- USB Host*(*upon request only)

Developer base or reference PCBA

 

Communication (I/O) Module

 

Not sealed

 

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed), currently with a field replaceable I/O board providing:

- Two 9-pin RS-232

- USB Client Mini B

- USB Host Full A

- Custom 12V DC Jack charging port

 

- Standard Ports

 

Archer Field PC

 

Universal Extended Cap (with transparent back window, optional external cable channels and sensor mounting strap)

 

Sealed (unless using external cable(s) and/or sensor(s))

 

- CFIO card slot

- SDIO card slot

 

- Linear barcode scanner (with a red CR39 lense integrated into the top of the cap)

- RFID reader

- National Instruments CF-6004 DAQ (with a 15-pin sealed external connector integrated into the top of the cap)

- GPS receiver

 

Communication Extended Cap

 

Sealed

 

- CFIO card slot

- SDIO card slot

 

- WiFi 802.11b/g

 

Standard Cap

 

Sealed

 

- CFIO card slot

- SDIO card slot

 

 

Communication (I/O) Module

 

Not sealed

 

20 pogo pins (sealed), currently with a field replaceable I/O board providing:

- 9-pin RS-232

- USB Client Mini B

- USB Host Mini A

- Custom 12V DC Jack charging port

 

- Standard Ports

 

Other

   

 

- Hemisphere XF101 DGPS receiver

- Surveylab Longbow GPS, laser range finder, digital compass, digital camera

 

Allegro Field PC

 

Expansion Pod

 

Sealed

 

- PCMCIA slot, Type I or Type II 16-bit- 50-pin ribbon cable connector, currently providing:

- 3.3V UART

- 8-bit Data Bus

- 3-bit Address Bus

- 10-bit GPIO

- USB Host*(*upon request only, MX only)

 

- Various National Instruments DAQ PCMCIA cards (with an additional board providing power for sensors, and a 50-pin sealed external connector integrated into the top of the cap)- Linear barcode scanner (with a red CR39 lense integrated into the top of the pod)

- GPS receiver (with external antenna connector and mount)

- Custom radio data modem (with small pod extension for internal antenna)

- Wifi 802.11b (with external antenna)

 

Standard PC Card Door

 

Sealed

 

- PCMCIA slot, Type I or Type II 16-bit- MicroSDHC memory slot (MX only)

- Standard card slot(s)

Communication (I/O) Module (MX only)

Not sealed

60-pin board-to-board connector (sealed) currently with an I/O board providing:

- 9-pin RS-232

- USB Client Mini B

- USB Host Full A

- Custom 12V DC Jack charging port

- Standard ports

 

 

* Integrating SDIO devices in the battery slot 2 of the Mesa Rugged Notepad is not recommended, mainly because it has not been thoroughly tested for stability. Third party solutions that use this integration method do so at their own risk.

 

For reference on how custom electronic hardware was integrated into our legacy product models, please refer to the following web page.

 

 

http://www.junipersys.com/Juniper-Systems-Rugged-Handheld-Computers/support/Developers/Archer-Field-PC/Archer-Field-PC/Integrating-Custom-Hardware-Legacy-products