Following the signing of a comprehensive technical and distribution partnership with German manufacturer Garz & Fricke, andersDX is bringing a new range of ARM based single-board-computers (SBC) and human machine interfaces (HMI) to the UK market, aimed specifically at retail, kiosk and industrial HMI applications. Garz & Fricke currently does not have a presence in the UK market.
Under the agreement, andersDX is offering Garz & Fricke SBCs with semi customised TFT displays to the customer’s specifications. Garz & Fricke boards and drivers are specified with standard TFT modules and andersDX can quickly and easily optimise the base design to the requirements of each project, by adding toughened glass, thick glass, decorated cover lens, extended cover lenses, buttons and other features. andersDX can also offer Garz and Fricke standard products, including full turnkey HMI’s as well as custom HMI’s. Garz & Fricke is particularly strong in the retail, kiosk and hospitality markets.
Viru Patel, Embedded Solutions group manager at andersDX, said: “Garz & Fricke has a great heritage in developing high quality SBC’s and HMI’s based on the ARM architecture, backed by outstanding engineering support and software. This partnership means that Anders will support customers by holding stock and offering technical support. Garz & Fricke products gives us a new range of go to market products that perfectly complement the DX portfolio and our Embedded Display Kits.”
Sascha Ullrich, head of sales and Garz & Fricke, added: “andersDX has an outstanding presence in the UK market, as well as an exceptionally strong engineering and support capability. We believe that they are the right partner to build a strong presence for us in the UK market. This partnership gives Garz & Fricke a footprint in the UK, both commercially and technically. We are looking forward to working in partnership with them, and combining our engineering teams to create solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations.”
Under the agreement, andersDX will sell and support Garz & Fricke embedded computing platforms in Computer-on-Module and SBC form. andersDX will also offer Garz & Fricke open frame or cased HMI solutions, where the selected SBC is pre-integrated with a compatible 4.3” – 10.4” P-CAP touch display. The agreement expands the range of processor architectures that andersDX can offer its customers.
Garz & Fricke platforms are based on ARM9, ARM11 and ARM Cortex-A8 architectures. Support is a key strength for the company, and each of its products is supplied with a comprehensive BSP to simplify integration and speed the customer’s time to market. Garz & Fricke can supply pre-integrated communications modules for its SBC and HMI platforms, based on pre-approved Bluetooth, WLAN or GSM modules.
Photo caption: Viru Patel, Embedded Solutions group manager at andersDX (2nd from left) with the team from Garz & Fricke after signing their new agreement