Windows Embedded Compact and Windows CE related
Congratulations to the winner of the embedded Spark 2010 Challenge: Marco Bodoira. Well done Marco
The Grand Prize Winner of the embeddedSPARK 2010 Challenge is:
The Guitar Foot Switch Effect by Marco Bodoira A.K.A. marco.bodoira
The judges all agreed that the remaining 2 projects;
Uber Tag by Wally Nehls A.K.A. Waldozer
Bowman's Assistant by George Mallard A.K.A. DuckPaddle
were equally great, and so they decided that these both be Second Prize Winners
This is where native code meets .NET. Its very much a black art, lots of smoke and mirrors etc. etc… But a necessary evil with Windows CE. That is because it is the gateway from .NET applications to the hardware and to the operating system. This is the first of a series of blogs on this matter.
I must though give credit to others’ who shoulders I am standing on for this. Whilst I have had experience with PInvoke going back to the first version of .NET CF on Windows CE (I think it was about V4.2) I have referenced a number of sources in an attempt to provide a comprehensive coverage of this topic. I’ll provide a reading list and some links in a later blog.
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As previous, I purchased an 8.4” LVDS display from ICOP, the kit manufacturer. In this article I cover getting the display working working. There were some issues for which I am got great support from ICOP in resolving.
Display: LCD-AU084-U-SET with touch / LCD-AU084-SET without touch
Target System: Vortex86DX- Spark Kit .. in enclosure. This has VDX-6326-256 single board computer
The display was mounted on the top of the box using some plastic mounts. This required routing of the LVDS and the backlight signals through the lid. The backlight circuitry was mounted internally on the lid.
The LVDS cable is provided with the kit. The connects to the top left of the display and to J31 on the board.
The short backlight power cable is fixed to the bottom left of the board. This connects to the supplied backlight power supply.
The backlight part number is QF38V6.4
The backlight requires a 12V supply that is not avail ...
This is a "how-to" on using a USB touch panel with an LVDS LCD panel. In paticular it covers using the touch panel available from ICOP for the 8.4" display as supplied by ICOP and used with the embedded Spark kit.
There are plenty of example sand how-to’s on how to build a Windows CE image, download and debug it on a target:
Sam’s Jumpstart Kit:
Where the CD is the “Solution of Fault Tolerance x86 System-on-chip” as supplied with the kit
MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Platform Builder Tools
Windows CE 6 Help (Local or at MSDN) Topics:
For a CEPC .. A PC as a CE device, but applies to the Spark Kit:
How to Set Up a CEPC
The major hardware issue is the network card.
It doesn’t need a hard drive
You need a boot floppy, or create a USB boot floppy(Search for HP disk key)
Or you can set up a bootable hard drive formatte ...
2010 embeddedSPARK Challenge hardware