We spent some time awhile ago looking into a possible 'off the shelf' application of an Intel Mini-ITX solution for aftermarket integration into an Australian local automotive colour display system with touch-screen overlay. The colour display in question has an RGB input requiring NTSC signalling - 15.7kHz vertical refresh rate, roughly 640x400 resolution, horizontally interlaced - you can almost call it CGA signalling if you like.
Using an Intel 945GC mainboard at the time we trialled IEGD and found that IEGD did not support the 945GC chipset completely - probably because the 945GC was not targetted as an embedded chipset - something we didn't understand at the time. We were able to verify the creation of an IEGD driver that produced the correct output so it was enough to develop a working prototype, and we were positively encouraged to continue. But further into R&D we found that the 945GC did not support dual concurrent video outputs (Main custom CGA-style display was for the vehicle integrated display, 2nd display was for headrest LCD panels), and at that point the solution failed the initial critera, and since we'd hit too many issues, further R&D stopped.
With this new Embedded Development Kit with dual independent display capability, we've been asked to take a second stab at this. But we can see already that neither IEGD or EGMD support the N2000/D2000 systems.
So a few questions:
(1) We're new to a lot of this, so we don't quite know if we should be asking this question - but will IEGD or EGMD be targetted to support the N2000/D2000 systems in the future? If so is there a roadmap timeline? Or do we need to look elsewhere for customizations of this nature?
(2) If we look into the D2700/N2800 Development Kit, would it be a system fully supported by IEGD/EGMD - or will we be caught out as before with the 945GC not being supported?
(3) What is the mainboard used in the Embedded Development kit? If our R&D outcome is positive, is this board available from standard resellers? The D2700 board in the development kit manual is clearly not the D2700DC or D2700MUD that I can see easily available at places like mini-itx.com.
(4) One of the items that we wanted to test was setting the Bios startup mode to the right resolution with the IEGD utilities so that we had the right modes during boot as well - something we just could not do due to the 945GC. Is this something we might be likely to do with IEGD/EMGD if it released with N2000/D2000 support? Or do we need to move to the BIOS Development systems I see promoted elsewhere in the Embedded Community site?
I know that the Development Kit is shipped with Linux support, but we'll be prototyping on either Windows 7 embedded, with a view to moving to Windows 8, so research using the Win8 Customer Preview build would also be an objective.