I will use this area to post updates to the progress of the design.
Oct 14th, 2007
We've had a few rough bumps lately with a prototype board. I'm working on the bug it had, and we will need to do another prototype run before production.
Effective June 13th, we are no longer estimating the release date of this product. Please read Page #19, Post #280 for more information.
There is a first-come first-serve waiting list available on our website. It will fill up quickly! Please visit CT650 Series Double-Din Information & Waiting List to sign yourself up.
Enclosure CAD Design (Completed)
Sourcing of key components for the design (Completed)
LCD Controller Prototyping (Under Way - Almost Completed)
USB Audio Line-In Circuitry (Waiting for CT650B)
Microcontroller Programming/Interfacing (Under Way)
IR Receiver Integration (for steering wheel controls) (Canceled)
Front Panel Button Configurations (Part of the CAD)
Rotary Encoder Knob (Canceled)
AM/FM/RDS Radio Tuner (Waiting for CT650B)
(I'm sure there's more I forgot to mention...)
A LOT of R&D has been done on every single one of these areas, but some have not been implemented yet. Don't let "Pending" throw you off.
Old - Teaser Pix! (CAD Renderings) Post #61
Old - Some Updated CAD Renderings Post #102
Original Thread Starter:
We are working on developing the next generation double-din VGA touchscreen for the CarPC market. Based on feedback from the DL065A model that came out a few months back, this model should be what everyone wants - and more! It should have full USB control of the LCD and audio electronics, among many other neat/usefull features. See the link to the DL065A thread for more information on how the project in progressing.
Here's the current situation:
The SHARP 6.5" WVGA LCD panel that was used in the DL065A's are VERY expensive and hard to come by. If we were to design around this, our unit would be the standard 7"x4" DIN size. However, I am looking into using a 7" display instead for cost savings and brightness purposes. If our design incorporates the 7" LCD I'm looking at, the monitor will be 7"x4.25", which is 1/4" taller than the DIN standard.
SHARP 6.5": 250nits ( I believe! )
7.0" LCD Panel: 600nits (dual CCFL)
Here's the question:
I need to know how this will effect those who have a double-din opening in their dash. For the $100+ savings on the price tag and doubled brightness, would the extra 1/4" tall enclosure work for you/in your vehicle? This might involve trimming a 1/4" of your dash to make it fit properly. Some people will use a double-din installation kit, in which case trimming is not a problem. So please send some feedback. I'd like to know what type of modification or trimming would be necessary to install a 4.25" tall radio in your car.
Also, please include information on your vehicle. List what model/make/year your vehicle is. (Pictures of the dash are nice too! )
Original DL065A thread
Wikipedia DIN Standard Info