Mid-sized industrial platform specification debuts Product News 3/31/2004 Post a comment A group of board-level computer makers is now supporting a next-generation embedded single board computer platform. Dubbed the Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing, the mid-sized platform will be larger than a 3.6 x 3.8-in. PC/104 module. On the other hand, it will be smaller than the 5.75 x 8-in. EBX board form-factor.
Compact but powerful industrial Pentium M board bows in Product News 3/24/2004 Post a comment Need a powerful Pentium M single-board computer with virtually every PC hook and bell-and-whistle imaginable? Need one that will work in harsh industrial applications? If so, take a looksee at Arista's newest mainboard based on an Intel 82855GM and 82801DB chipset.
Copper carries 10Gbit Ethernet in demo News & Analysis 3/22/2004 Post a comment A startup's lab demo of 10-Gbit/second Ethernet over Category 5e cable is fueling a heated debate over whether copper cabling should be included in the emerging 10GBase-T standard. The demo comes as a handful of startups line up to define a next-generation physical-layer chip for ultrafast Ethernet over dominant, but aging, copper. Rick Merritt has this report.
Tiny PowerPC processor boards are credit-card-sized powerhouses Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Could these board-level products be the world's smallest single-board full-tilt computers? With a footprint smaller than that of a credit card, and dissipating as little as 4 watts, Spider boards support standalone or networked operation, are hot swappable, and run IBM PowerPC chips.
Fast buses impact backplane design Product News 3/15/2004 Post a comment The VMEbus International Trade Association and the PCI Industrial Computing Manufacturers Group are dishing up new higher-speed backplane architectures. These will handle faster applications by using switched-fabric backplane technologies, but these switched serial interconnects are shaping up to place performance demands on backplane designers.
Backplane design moves to center stage News & Analysis 3/10/2004 Post a comment Switched serial interconnects have placed substantial performance demands on backplane design. The open-specification organizations VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) and PCI Industrial Computing Manufacturers Group (PICMG) are offering new higher-speed backplane architectures; they plan to handle faster applications by using switched-fabric backplane technologies. But 3.125- and 6.25-Gbits/s signaling requires backplane designers to adopt new design methodologies and choose between n
Small single-board computer addresses Internet graphics portables Product News 3/10/2004 Post a comment Conference Preview: Board-level vendor Applied Data Systems will be showing off a graphics-oriented single-board computer at the upcoming electronicaUSA/EmbeddedSystemsConference and show. ADS's latest product, dubbed the VGX, will support multimedia and Internet graphics in power-stingy handhelds, thanks to clever power-managed video-intensive engineering.
Pentium 4 board to run Windows, Linux Product News 3/9/2004 Post a comment Board maker Kontron America is pre-announcing its Model PCI-953 product, a processing board the company says will be available in the second quarter of this year. When it's released, the PICMG 1.0 board is designed to support a range of applications requiring ISA bus support, with high-performance processing.
Thales rolls single/dual PowerPC G4 board/node Product News 3/9/2004 Post a comment Thales Computers, a vendor of PowerPC and Pentium-based VMEbus commercial off-the-shelf computing systems for OEMs and system integrators, introduces a single/dual 1-GHz PowerPC G4 high-end computing node featuring lots of connectivity and low power.
WinSystems shows fanless 1-GHz x86-compatible embedded PC Product News 3/9/2004 Post a comment Board maker WinSystems has a nifty new 1-GHz fanless x86-compatible industrial single-board computer. Designed to balance sometimes conflicting requirements in industrial designs for a high-performance processor, while operating without a fan to cool the CPU and chipset, this board may fill the bill for quite a few hardened embedded PC-compatible applications.
Mini web server embeds the web Product News 3/5/2004 Post a comment The PicoServ miniature web server module is an Internet engine designed by Compulogic to provide
a browser-based interface over the Internet or a LAN in a small space using low power.
MPEG-1 encoder encodes and compresses analog A/V Product News 3/4/2004 Post a comment The MPEG104 board is a PC/104-Plus form factor MPEG-1 encoder, capable of capturing high-quality analog video and audio streams, encoding them in compressed MPEG-1, M-JPEG, or JPEG formats, and sending them to a host computer over a 32-bit PCI bus.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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