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Starter Kits

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We offer low cost Starter Kits for our C programmable embedded single board computers (SBC) and operator interfaces. Engineers designing embedded hardware will find our products ideal for numerous embedded applications. Use them for embedded systems control, robotics, data acquisition, data logging, data analysis, and communications in instruments and automation.

All of Mosaic Starter Kits come complete with a power supply, serial communications cable, documentation, free rtos and embedded multitasking programming tools. You will get everything you need to start programming immediately. QED-Forth programming language and development software in onboard ROM are provided with all Mosaic embedded products at no additional charge.


Free embedded software

Mosaic operator interface products sport powerful embedded gui toolkits: The Graphics Converter application runs on a PC and converts your custom images into graphics that can be displayed by your embedded microcontroller. The GUI Builder program runs on the target controller board, allowing you to quickly design and place your buttons and graphics in a menu-based system, while generating the GUI source code for you! The GUI Toolkit is the runtime engine that processes user inputs (touchscreen or keypad presses) and manages the user interface.

Our comprehensive documentation packages explain every aspect of the hardware and software and provide coded examples to help you take advantage of all the features of Mosaic's powerful instrument controllers. A C compiler and many options and accessories are also available.


Expandable I/O

Need more I/O? Add Mosaic Wildcards to the Starter Kit of your choice. You can directly stack Wildcard expansion modules onto Mosaic embedded products to add functionality such as embedded Ethernet or WiFi webserver, GPS tracking, CF card mass memory, high resolution D/A and A/D and much more .


PDQ Board Starter Kit

HC12-based SBC kit for data acquisition & instrument control Get your project off to a quick and easy start with the PDQ Board - our new versatile embedded HSC12 single board computer.

This small but powerful embedded real time controller packs 1 megabyte of memory, communications, dozens of analog and digital I/O lines, and dual expansion I/O buses onto a compact 2.5" x 4" low-cost board. It is ideal for instrumentation, industrial control, automation, and data acquisition.

The Starter Kit includes:

  • The PDQ Board with a superfast Motorola hcs12 9s12 processor, 512K on-chip Flash and 512K RAM with shadowed Flash backup
  • Real time clock
  • External 8VDC power adapter
  • Docking Panel to provide a power supply and convenient connectors for the PDQ Board and for up to 8 Wildcards
  • CD with full documentation and Forth development environment

To communicate with the PDQ Board via USB, order the PDQB-SK-USB version which includes a USB to RS232 adapter cable

To order: Part # PDQB-SK or Part # PDQB-SK-USB


QCard Starter Kit

tiny SBC for embedded applicationsBring your embedded systems projects to market faster with this inexpensive package. The QCard Controller packs a programmable computer, up to 1 megabyte of memory, communications, analog and digital I/O, and an expansion I/O bus on a tiny low-cost board. The super-small single board computer kit includes:

  • The QCard - a tiny SBC measuring just 2"x2.5"
  • Real time clock
  • 512K Flash and 128K RAM
  • 4"x2.5" Docking Panel (PowerDock) to provide mechanical and electronic platform for your QCard and up to 8 expansion I/O modules also known as Wildcards (modules not included)
  • 8VDC wall-mount power supply
  • CD with full documentation and Forth development environment

To communicate with the QCard via USB, order the QCSK-USB version which includes a USB to RS232 adapter cable

To order: Part # QCSK or Part # QCSK-USB


Stepper Motor Control Kit

stepper motor control kit We offer a low cost modular solution to stepper motor control, easy on any budget and ideal for space-constrained applications.

The Stepper Motor Control Kit includes:

  • a choice of an embedded single board computer: the QCard or the PDQ Board;
  • the Power I/O Wildcard, a plug-in heavy-duty module providing eight high-current outputs and four high-voltage digital inputs. Inputs and outputs are optically isolated to ±2500 volts;
  • the Screw Terminal Wildcard for rapid connect/disconnect of stepper motors or other devices; and
  • a stepper motor control software package.

This modular design is well suited to both small and large applications, instrumentation and automation projects, and where cost and physical size are critical.

The software package provided with the kit makes it easy to manage ramping, speed and step control of the stepper motor. Pre-coded library routines enable the user to specify starting/jogging speeds, as well as acceleration and deceleration rates for the stepper motor. Simple functions can be called on to specify speed, change speed and define the number of steps to be taken. The ramp-up, steady speed and ramp-down profiles are generated for you, and a 32-bit step counter is automatically updated for use by your application program.

To order: Part # SMCK-QCC (with a QCard) or Part # SMCK-PDQ (with a PDQ Board).

A NEMA 17 four-phase, unipolar, permanent magnet stepper motor is sold separately, Part# STEPMOT-1


QScreen Controller Starter Kit

operator interface SBC with LCD and touchscreen

Everything you need to develop a prototype instrument with an advanced GUI for your real time system. The QScreen Controller combines a C-programmable single-board computer with a touchscreen-operated graphical user interface. The development kit includes:

  • The QScreen Controller
  • Real time clock
  • 512K RAM and 1 MB Flash
  • 14 VDC power supply and cables
  • CD with full documentation and Forth development environment

For a sleek look, add the black anodized bezel or see "Enclosure" section

To communicate with the QScreen via USB, order the QSSK-USB version which includes a USB to RS232 adapter cable.

To order: Part # QSSK or Part # QSSK-USB

This page is about: Single Board Computers, Instrument Controllers, Microcontroller Developer Boards – Starter kits and development boards for C language embedded single board computers (SBC), operator interfaces, 68HC11 HC12 HCS12 9S12 microcontroller development. Everything you need for hardware and software interfacing and GNU C language application development. Embedded systems development, embedded hardware and software, instrumentation and automation