Advanced User Interfaces Made Easy:

Up in Days, Move Smoothly to Production




If you need a touchscreen with a high-end look in terms of animated controls and glossy indicators, the Reach Generation Two (G2) series of display modules are the answer. These modules:

  • Provide user interfaces that look like an iPad® or iPhone® (scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations). 

  • Separate GUI design and real time processing to simplify and speed development.

  • Offer good price/performance similar to Reach G1 products. See sidebar.

  • Provide full connectivity options: RS-232, RS-485, CAN bus, Ethernet, USB host, USB device, I2C, SPI.

  • Include High level Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with drag-and-drop visual design tools provided by the Qt Project, an open source collaboration used in thousands of commercial products.

  • Offer proven hardware and full software support.


Specialized hardware and software versions of G2 are available to volume customers; please contact
Reach Sales for more information. For example: G2 Lite is a lower-cost, feature-reduced version of the standard G2 module. See the G2 Lite datasheet for details.

Watch six videos about G2 products.

Get Started with Complete Development Kits

G2 Development Kits start at $449 and include all the hardware, software, and support you need to create a prototype in days, not months. When you are ready, move smoothly into production with Reach's off-the-shelf Display Modules that offer 5-7 years availability as a minimum. Get Module Specifications.

G2 modules run Embedded Linux for stability, reliability, and long term support. Unlike other off-the-shelf hardware products that require specialized Linux expertise to use, Reach offers Development Kits suited for developers' existing tool knowledge.

For Windows-based Developers

Microsoft Windows® users do not need embedded Linux experience. No kernel building, no File System work; all display module files can be accessed via a Windows file server running on the development module. A simple Windows utility program gives push-button access to the display module for configuration and programming. Learn More

For Linux Developers

Reach provides a pre-configured Virtual Machine based Linux development environment. Learn More

Order a G2 4.3" Development Kit


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52-0401-31 Projected Capacitive $US 499 Add to Cart
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Other Ways to Order: By Phone or Submit Order Form

Call sales at 510-770-1417 and we would be happy to help. Or use the G2 Development Kit Order Form.

While You Wait, Get a Jump Start on Your Project

See how to get up-and-running once your kit arrives in a 14:09 Min Video below.

Windows-based Developers

Install the supplied Qt Creator Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to your Windows machine, and use the Reach supplied library of buttons, indicators, soft keyboards, and more to develop a user interface (UI) using “drag-and-drop” visual editing. Easily place and customize animated widgets, like the ones you would find on an iPhone, such as spinners for selecting values. All UI code is written in high-level QML and JavaScript; since QML and JavaScript are both interpreted languages, there is no compile step, and the same code can run on either the PC or the target display module. QML is a markup language that is easily understood by Web designers and UI creators, and there are full video tutorials available.

The display module connects to your Windows PC via Ethernet or WiFi (or USB – contact Reach) and the supplied G2Link utility has a network setup wizard to make this easy. Design the interface, simulate it on the PC, then “Publish and Run” using G2Link to see how it looks and feels on the touch LCD. Kits include sample applications, and tutorial videos. Full technical support is available via email and phone.

To get started order a Development Kit, product number 52-0401-21 (Resistive Touch) or 52-0401-31 (Projected Capacitive Touch). Each kit includes module, cables, sample images, sample code, power supply, and technical support.

G2 Windows Development Kit Quick Start Guide

1:11 Min Hardware Setup Video

5:38 Min Coding Demo Video

Linux Developers

A preconfigured Linux Virtual Machine (VM) is provided with a cross compiler for the display module processor and pre-installed QtCreator IDE. Developers code in C, C++, using packages like Qt, GTK+, X11 and others. Even the most experienced developers do not need to build their own kernel and Root File System (RFS) - Reach maintains a full Yocto build system and can do custom builds as needed. This way, the developer can focus on developing the application, not the build and run environment.

To get started order a Development Kit, product number 52-0401-21 (Resistive Touch) or 52-0401-31 (Projected Capacitive Touch). Each kit includes module, cables, sample images, sample code, power supply, and technical support.

Production with Off-the-shelf Display Modules

Generation Two 4.3" Display Modules (Part Number 51-0401-21) are ultra compact and combine a multi-function processor board and a 4.3 inch WQVGA (480 x 272) TFT color touch LCD. WiFi is supported via a USB dongle for maximum flexibility. Each module is small enough to fit in a 2U high rack enclosure. ESD and EMC test results are provided to ease regulatory compliance testing. Like all Reach products, these modules are designed for long-term availability with a 10+ year processor life and a multi-sourced, industry standard LCD form factor.

More Product Views G2 Data Sheet G2 Product Overview G2 Lite Data Sheet G2 Hardware Manual EMC Testing Details ESD Testing Details Sample Production Pricing
 

G2 4.3" Resistive Touchscreen

Mechanical Specifications 3D Mechanical View 2D DXF Mechanical Drawing 3D STEP-File Panel Specification
 

G2 4.3" Capacitive Touchscreen

Mechanical Specifications 3D Mechanical View 2D DXF Mechanical Drawing 3D STEP-File Panel Specification

 

Don't see a match to your needs? We feature our most popular products online, however other modules exist. Contact sales for more information.

 

Learn More about G2 Products

Why shouldn't I run GUI and core processes on a single system?

Using one processor for both real-time and GUI functions seems less costly and conceptually simpler, but it doesn’t work out in practice. Embedded programmers are comfortable designing and implementing core functionality in application-specific microcontrollers, not in complex multi-tasking GUI hosts. In our experience, it makes sense to keep real-time and GUI code on separate processors. GUI design needs to be flexible, so you can do change screen sizes, display and touch technology, and so forth without impacting proven critical-to-function embedded code. Best of all, it is far more testable!

G2 Architecture Overview

The G2 architecture assumes that the G2 display module runs the high level Graphic User Interface (GUI) and interfaces (over serial, Ethernet, CAN, etc) to other intelligent agents that performs the embedded product's Core Functions (such as running a skin laser, process control, sorting vegetables by color). Reach provides the software components needed to connect the GUI to an external microcontroller via a serial port. This includes a translate layer that insulates the Core Function microcontroller from GUI changes. This separation allows GUI design to be flexible, as useful and intuitive interfaces have to be designed interactively among marketing, design, and user stakeholders without requiring the embedded microcontroller code to be changed.

G2 Architecture Diagram

 

Does graphic design really matter?

Apple has proven that intuitive, attractive GUI design can command higher prices. The G2 products allow the GUI to be designed and prototyped using a PC. This allows faster GUI changes and improves your ability to produce a GUI design for your project that will delight the user.

What is the difference between G1 and G2 Products?

The G1 products are designed to be super-easy to use, have low complexity, and not require the developer to learn any new tools. They are ideal for simpler projects with tight deadlines and limited development resources. One programmer can write all the code to perform embedded functionality and drive the display. The G2 products have far greater capability at the cost of higher complexity. They are better suited for multi-person development teams and more complex interfaces.

How do Reach G2 products compare with other solutions?

Most of our competitors focus on price and leave support to user forums. The hidden cost of low price is a lack of support and greater risk that the product will not be available when you need it. Reach products are moderately priced, and as such we are able to provide engineer-level support and long term availability.

Is your project a fit for G2 products?

Most of our competitors focus on providing a low price. The hidden cost of this low price is reduced support and greater risk that the product will not be available when you need it. Reach products are moderately priced, and as such we are able to provide engineer-level support and long term availability.

What sizes will be available?

Initially we are offering a 4.3" module. We have 7" and 10.4" prototypes being evaluated by customers; if you would like to evaluate these sizes please contact Reach.

Is the 4.3" module a proven product?

The G2 4.3" Display Module was developed for the gaming industry - a very demanding application. The module can tolerate 27kV air-discharge ESD (Electro Static Discharge) and has EMI emissions under FCC Class B levels without any enclosure. The module uses an 8-layer board with border ground stitching and buried traces for all high-speed signals. The processor has a 15-year guaranteed availability from the vendor. The module is shipping in volume and has proven reliability and ruggedness in the field.


                                                  


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“The G2 product was instrumental to the success of our newest card shuffler. The support provided by Reach is world class.”

See G2 Product Demo

See how you can quickly build smart phone-like interfaces.
1:47 Min Video  

Compare G1 vs. G2

With G2 you get more sizzle, but you have to do a little more work.

  • G1: Easy to use, low complexity, ideal for simple projects with limited development resources. One programmer can write all the code to perform embedded functionality and drive the display. Go to G1 Products.

  • G2: Higher complexity, more capability, and are better suited for multi-person development teams and more complex interfaces. Get Started with a G2 Development Kit.

 




 

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This year, Reach celebrates 25 years   in business. Generation One (G1) products have been in production 8+ years with more than 400 active companies. 


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