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.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...