andersDX and its subsidiary TinyGreenPC have extended their digital signage media player portfolio, introducing a low cost, high end, professional based unit, hosted on a low cost Raspberry Pi computer. The new player complements the andersDX portfolio of x86 and ARM based players, and offers a hardware platform supporting Signagelive, INSM and Open Splash content management systems for below £300.

Commenting, Paul Mullen, sales director, Anders Electronics, said, “The Raspberry Pi has a powerful graphics processor on board, which is fully capable of matching a high end dual or quad core x86 PC in terms of quality of graphics and video output. Recognising this, we have partnered with Silver Curve and created a graphics engine that harnesses the full power of this processor to display complex digital signage content quickly and smoothly. Features like multiple zones, multiple layers, smooth animation and cinematic effects such as depth of field are all integral to the player. We have already integrated three leading digital signage content management systems onto the Raspberry Pi, giving users a fully professional platform.”

He continued, “andersDX strength is our ability to integrate leadership display technologies with computing platforms to create exciting customer interactive display experiences. Increasingly, our customers across many segments expect to find multi-touch, multimedia and interactive displays that satisfy their information needs quickly, easily and enjoyably. Meeting these expectations with the best possible digital signage solutions requires a successful mix of the right key components; the LCD display, the touch interface, the embedded computer, the network and software. From 7” Android retail tablets to 85” multitouch monitors, andersDX understands each and every one of these components, and can integrate them to create powerful and easily configurable digital signage solutions. The new Raspberry Pi Media player is the latest example of andersDX creativity in integrating computing platforms and displays.”

andersDX and TinyGreenPC are offering the Raspberry Pi based player fully cased as a Stand Alone Media Player or an OPS Media Player. Both can receive content via Ethernet or (optional) WiFi and render it to an attached screen of up to 1920 x 1080p (Full HD) resolution. The Stand Alone player is equipped with HDMI, RS-232, Ethernet, GPIO and USB 2.0 Interfaces. The OPS player is based on Intel’s specification and comes with the appropriate 80-pin connector. The players draw just 7W and a UPS mode maintains the power supply from a battery for seven minutes in the event of temporary disconnection.

The capabilities of the andersDX Pi-based digital signage player can be seen in this video.