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QM2000 board

QM32 (left) compared to smaller QM2OOO (right)The QM2000 board is the heart of the LD2000 system. The LD2000 software cannot run without this powerful computer-on-a-board being installed into the PCI bus on a host PC, or located somewhere on an Ethernet network. The host can be either a desktop computer or a notebook computer with a PCI-bus docking station. (For networked applications, see the information about the QM2000.NET.)
        Each QM2000 controls one projector head (an XY set of scanners, color control, and DMX outputs). For controlling multiple projectors, you can put up to 30 QM2000 boards in a single computer, or connect up to 30 QM2000 boards over a network, using either PCs or the new QM2000.NET hardware platform.

Award-winning capabilities

The QM2000 has its own VL-RISC/DSP microprocessor, the Motorola ColdFire, and its own on-board memory. In fact, it is so sophisticated, the host PC computer is used primarily for hard drive storage. The QM2000 can even work outside of a PC, as a standalone computer (such as in the Lasershow Player CD-ROM playback device.)
First Place, 2000 ILDA Technology Achievement Award For its advanced features, the QM2000 board was awarded the 2000 International Laser Display Association Technology Achievement Award 

Board description

On the left side of the QM2000 board, you can see the two output connectors:

  • A DB-25 female connector is the same as the ILDA standard connector for laser projectors. You can directly connect to ILDA standard projectors. An adapter cable is provided so that you can also connect to projectors compatible with Pangolin's older QM32 board. Click here for the ILDA connector pinouts.

  • A DB-15 connector is used for DMX-512 output. Pangolin supplies an adapter cable to go from the DB-15 to standard DMX-type 5-pin XLR connectors.

At the top is the memory module. You can have only one memory module at a time; this card can have a capacity of up to 1GB RAM! Note that the QM2000 uses single-sided memory modules. You could use double-sided memory, but since the QM2000 addresses only one side, you'll lose half the memory capacity. Also, we recommend only certain types (brands) of memory which have been tested by Pangolin. For these reasons, it is best if you purchase memory through Pangolin -- it is guaranteed to be fully compatible, and you'll be able to use all the RAM you pay for. Click here for more information on the memory modules.

On the right side is the Expansion connector. This allows the functions of the QM2000 to be expanded by connecting additional hardware. One example is a special network adapter board made by Pangolin, which allows the QM2000 to be connected over a network. Another example is that the QM2000 can be connected directly to a standard CD-ROM player.

In the middle is the security hologram, located on the PCI controller chip. Each hologram has the serial number of the board. This lets you develop shows and frames that can be accessed only from specified boards (i.e., you specify which serial numbers can play the shows and frames).

The board is well-protected by the long row of resistors you see between the output connectors and the rest of the board. This will make the QM2000 more robust than previous laser controller boards. Optoisolators are not needed on the QM2000.


QM2000 designed by experts

Pangolin's William R. Benner Jr., designer of the QM2000, is an expert on the Motorola ColdFire. In fact, the ColdFire Applications Team has published his 20-page application note, in order to to help other designers (including Pangolin competitors!) using ColdFire processors.
        As the application note states, "A special note of appreciation goes to William Benner, Jr. of Pangolin Laser Systems, the primary author of this application note. Mr. Benner is gracious enough to allow Motorola to share his experience and knowledge with other customers."

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