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Drivers for PCI-bus cards use Linux 2.6
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
New data-acquisition drivers for United Electronic Industries' PCI-bus cards take advantage of real-time enhancements to the Linux kernel 2.6.
Mid-sized industrial platform specification debuts
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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.
Test modules support next-generation 4.25-Gbit/s storage area networks
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announces what it bills is an industry-first storage area network tester. This SAN tester addresses the 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel standard.
Analog front-end solution has the speed for multi-function printers
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a high-speed, high-performance analog front-end circuit for use in flatbed scanners and multi-function printers. It features a 40MSPS conversion rate, and a new flexible clocking scheme.
Measurement Computing Corp.'s price cuts take whack at National Instruments's pricing
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Measurement Computing Corp. announces reduced prices on its PCI-DAS6000 family of data acquisition boards. The price reductions are in response to National Instruments's recent price reductions.
Compact but powerful industrial Pentium M board bows in
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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.
Multi-Gbit Layer 2 through Layer 7 PCI-X network-content acceleration cards debut
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Here's a family of PCI-X-based network content acceleration cards that let you turn a standard 1U/2U rack-mount server into a multi-gigabit, multi-service networking platform.
Copper carries 10Gbit Ethernet in demo
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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
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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
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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.
Optical Disk Recording Systems Using Blue Violet Laser
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3/15/2004   Post a comment
Blue violet laser optical disk drive has 23.3GB/side for write-once and rewritable disks
All-in-one Surveillance Video Recorder Equipped with 320GB Hard Drive
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3/15/2004   Post a comment
Integrated 320 GB hard disk based recorder comes with a built-in camera control system, a motion detector, and network connectivity
EBX platform to run Pentium M
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3/10/2004   Post a comment
802.11b RF module packs NET+ARM silicon
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3/10/2004   Post a comment
Here's a look at a customizable and secure IEEE-802.11b wireless module based on 32-bit NET+ARM processor technology.
Backplane design moves to center stage
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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
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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
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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.
Hardened Pentium M blade is PICMG 2.16-compliant
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3/9/2004   Post a comment
Board-level product vendor Diversified Technology has an updated hardened processor blade developed to meet the demands of the military's harsh environment computing.
Thales rolls single/dual PowerPC G4 board/node
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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
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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.
4 x 4-in. ARM9 processor board debuts
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Applied Data Systems has another new board-level product. Measuring just 4 x 4-in., it houses a 32-bit 200-MHz ARM9 RISC processor.
Texas Instruments promotes 1284 printer interface
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
The SN74LVCE161284 is promoted as the industry's first IEC-compliant interface. It provides a high level of ESD protection, reduces board space, part cost, and bill of materials.
2.4 GHz radio SoC supports multipoint-to-point communications for industrial markets
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3/8/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced WirelessUSB LR, a low-cost 2.4 GHz radio system-on-chip solution delivering up to 50 meters or more of wireless connectivity for commercial and industrial applications.
Mini web server embeds the web
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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
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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.
A belated valentine: Texas Instruments promotes 1284 printer interface
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
SN74LVCE161284 is promoted as the industry's first IEC-compliant interface. It provides a high level of ESD protection, reduces board space, part cost, and bill of materials.
Programmable skew components offer designers migration from 3.3V to 2.5V, no board redesign
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3/3/2004   Post a comment
Exar Corporation unveiled a family of five new programmable skew clock components, including an industry first - the smallest package and the highest frequency range.
Cascaded power manager ICs manage distributed circuit board power supplies
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3/2/2004   Post a comment
Distributed power architectures are becoming increasingly complicated due to the proliferation of point-of-load (POL) supplies, writes Lattice Semiconductor's Shyam Chandra. A monitoring and control bus helps sequence multiple POLs, he suggests.


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