Explore the Fanless Embedded System AES-HM76Z1FL in Real-Time Business Scenarios at Computex Taipei 2014!

As acrosser Technology announces its participation in Computex Taipei 2014, we will introduce our latest embedded product, which will be shown in live demo: AES-HM76Z1FL. Featuring an Intel® Core™ i series CPU, a fanless thermal design and a super-thin frame, this model is a suitablebusiness solution for various system integrators. Let’s take a look at this device: 2 IP cameras and 2 monitor displays are attached to the AES-HM76Z1FL to demonstrate its outstanding performance. They not only highlight AES-HM76Z1FL’s applicability for surveillance technology, but also showcase its computing performance for audio entertainment. Acrosser has constructed live demos based on two different scenarios in which AES-HM76Z1FL is used as a business solution.

Scenario 1 takes place in the banking industry. Traditionally, a banking dispute is settled within 3 days. (No less than 72 hours). Therefore, for banking companies, a short file-storage time will not harm their business. However, the recorded file must be in a high-definition format, so that every detail of what occurred at the counter can be clearly seen. At the same time, a bank would also embrace the idea of having a screen displaying its corporate advertisement, not only for promoting its latest house loan plans, but also for garnering more corporate awareness. By assembling AES-HM76Z1FL under this framework, the bank owner can easily achieve his business goal without extra staffing or training.

Scenario 2 takes place in a fast food restaurant that runs 24/7. From breakfast to dinner, different menus and promotional ads are regularly replaced on a daily basis. In addition, the restaurant manager also needs to ensure that the customers are dinning in a safe environment. Through the adoption of AES-HM76Z1FL, the camera can reconstruct any moment in the restaurant, and also provides valuable information on consumer behaviors and preferences. Through thorough analysis of these video data, the manager can even begin to make his own business improvements without needing a consultant.

In conclusion, similar needs can be found in other commercial areas, such as hotel management, home/community security watch, etc. For example, a local governmental office may need a device that can monitor its work place, while also displaying its latest public announcement on population policy. The number of cameras can vary from 2 to 16 based on application. We cordially welcome you to join us for this year’s annual ICT trade fair! Visit Acrosser and its live demos of AES-HM76Z1FL at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, booth K0216.

Double Up Your Security Level With The Acrosser AMB-A55EG1 Gaming Board!

The gaming business has never been easy. Most game developers not only need time to find suitable hardware, but also to work on software programming. By time they have finished both, the best time-to-market has already vanished. acrosser’s AMB-A55EG1 All-in-One gaming board can assist you in building up more security measurements, while also remaining highly flexible for your gaming business.

Security mechanisms
Through a design integrating iButton®, PIC and FPGA, the A55EG1 ensures that your business is safer than ever. The security function allows you to define the security key with your gaming machine, preventing anyone from breaking into the gaming system and changing stored information without authorization. As for AMB-A55EG1’s exterior look, Acrosser has also prepared one intrusion detection log on the top, and one on the bottom of the board, in case you need it for security purposes in a cabinet design.

Battery back-up SRAM and protected input/output
Unlike most other Mini-ITX boards, this board is equipped with Battery back-up SRAM, allowing you to save gaming data when playing the game. Alternately, you can also save the log into the SRAM when the cabinet is opened to secure authorized entry. Currently, Acrosser’s all-in-one AMB-A55EG1 also embodies 2 ccTalk protocols, as well as 17 golden fingers for protected input and 16 for output, all of which are the main focus of the current gaming industry.

Acrosser supplies stable gaming boards to our clients. With our steady commitment to quality, casino manufacturers and arcade game manufacturers can concentrate on building the best game and win the market!

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Meet Acrosser at Computex Taipei 2014!

acrosser Technology, a world-leading embedded solution provider and manufacturer, announces its participation in Computex Taipei 2014, the largest ICT exhibition in Asia. Visit Acrosser at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, booth K0216. Look for the second booth from the entrance of the Embedded Products Area – our professional sales team is ready to present our outstanding products to you.
For 2014 Computex, Acrosser has upgraded our booth with even more live product demos than ever before. At least one model from each product line will be displayed vividly to showcase its excellent computing performance. All devices are thoroughly tested, and we invite you to share your comments and ideas with us!
Acrosser’s latest embedded mini PC, AES-HM76Z1FL, will be the focus of our booth during the event. Its fanless design, Intel® Core™ i series CPU, and ultra thin outlook have made the AES-HM76Z1FL a popular product during several European trade shows.
As for board-level products, Acrosser has reserved the front area of the booth for its embedded SBCand Mini-ITX products. These innovative single-board computers have several common features: cost-effectiveness, stability and amazing performance. Please stop by the booth and discover firsthand its superb computing power! Acrosser has also designated areas for its gaming platform,networking appliances and In-Vehicle PC separately, to showcase each of their unique applications.
In sum, Acrosser has prepared a wide range of IPC products for Computex 2014, and we cordially welcome you to join us for this annual ICT trade fair.
Acrosser Technology Co., Ltd.
For more information, please visit to Acrosser Technology website:www.acrosser.com

Make Acrosser’s All-in-One Gaming Board AMB-A55EG1 Your Cost-effective Gaming Solution.

Gaming Solution

Built-in AMD® low power G-Series™ T56N Dual Core CPU with A55E Fusion Control Hub Chipset, acrosser AMB-A55EG1 brings you a cost-effective All-in-One gaming solution among the industry. Take a look at Acrosser’s AMB-A55EG1 product film and see the various gaming features of AMB-A55EG1, including: Gaming I/O, Intrusion Detection, cc-Talk and Battery back-up SRAM. All of these allow game designers to customize their peripherals in order to maximize the utility of this AMD® Embedded G-Series™  gaming board.

Moreover, the integration of AMD® Radeon™ HD 6320 graphic controller guarantees satisfactory visual effects in an economic way. From 3D graphics performance to dynamic visual interactivity, AMB-A55EG1 has its own niche market both for casino gaming and arcade gaming manufacturers.

Finally, as a ready-to-go gaming solution, AMB-A55EG1’s covers all the gaming requirements that designers look for. By integrating this gaming board into the system, designers can concentrate on game development without the worries of time-to-market. And as always, it is Acrosser’s professional industry experience and expertise that makes all your embedded idea a reality!Product Information:

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AMD Brings Immersive Graphics to Embedded Applications with the New AMD Embedded Radeon? E8860 GPU

Graphics Core Next based GPU delivers double the performance of its predecessor with industry-best seven year longevity to drive a new era of visual and GPGPU embedded systems

NUREMBERG, Germany. — Embedded World2014 – Feb. 25, 2014  AMD today announced the AMD Embedded Radeon™E8860 GPU (codenamed “Adelaar”), the industry’s first discrete graphics card based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture designed specifically to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. With more than double the performance in the same power envelope as its predecessor1, the AMD E8860 GPU delivers 3D and 4K graphics to embedded gaming

“The demand for rich, vibrant graphics and enhanced parallel compute capabilities in embedded systems is greater than ever before, and is expected to continue to grow as we enter the Surround Computing era,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “Legacy graphics no longer meet the needs of embedded solutions for today and tomorrow. With unprecedented performance-per-watt, the AMD E8860 GPU addresses the need to drive multi-displays, 3D and 4K content and GPGPU compute across small form factors, harsh environments and mission critical applications.”

The AMD E8860 GPU, designed in multi-chip module packaging, comes with an industry leading seven year longevity supply guarantee3 and is available as a mobile PCI Express module (MXM) and PCI Express add-in-board. The AMD E8860 GPU drives multiple independent displays with support for AMD

Eyefinity Technology4, and supports DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL™ 1.2 with support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Linux and real-time and safety-critical operating systems supported by CoreAVI’s suite of embedded softwaredrivers. Additional features include:

“Embedded GPUs like the AMD E8860 will persevere to accommodate increasingly stringent OEM preferences as demands for HD, 3D and even 4K display capability continue to grow across a seemingly endless array of screen types and sizes,” said Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President of M2M Embedded Technology, VDC Research. “The proliferation of GPGPU computing will expand the applicability of GPUs beyond visual applications into medical, conventional military and commercial aerospace applications where massive parallel compute is a necessity.”

AMD E8860 GPU-based solutions for digital signage, conventional military and commercial aerospace, medical imaging and embedded gaming machines will be available from Curtiss-Wright

Defense Solutions, Quixant, SAPPHIRE, Tech Source Inc., TUL, WOLF Industrial Systems Inc., and other leading board manufacturers and solution providers beginning in Q1 2014.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles andcloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

—30— AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1. AMD Radeon™ E8860 scored 2689 and AMD Radeon E6760 scored 1327 when running 3DMark® 11P benchmark paired with AMD R-464L APU. The E6760’s thermal design power (TDP) is 35W and the E8860’s TDP is 37W. The E8860 and AMD Radeon E6760 used an AMD DB-FS1r2 motherboard with 8GB DDR3 memory, a 64GB Crucial M4 hard disk drive, and AMD R-464L. The system ran Windows® 7 Ultimate EMB-79

2. AMD Radeon™ E8860’s single-precision floating point is 768 GFLOPS; AMD Radeon E6760’s single-precision floating point is 576 GFLOPS. EMB-80

3. Part availability is planned for seven years from date of announcement, subject to change without notice. Further support available under contract

4. AMD Eyefinity technology supports up to five DisplayPort monitors on an enabled graphics card. Supported display quantity, type and resolution vary by model and board design; confirm specifications with manufacturer before purchase. To enable more than two displays, or multiple displays from a single output, additional hardware such as DisplayPort-ready monitors or DisplayPort 1.2 MST-enabled hubs may be required. A maximum of two active adapters is recommended for consumer systems. See www.amd.com/eyefinityfaq for full detail

5. AMD Radeon™ E8860 scored 2689, AMD Radeon E6760 scored 1327, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 (Kepler) scored 1784, and NVIDIA GeForce GT640 (GDDR5) scored 2209 when running 3DMark® 11P benchmark paired with AMD R-464L. The performance-per-watt data was calculated by dividing the 3DMark 11P score by the GPU’s thermal design power. The performance delta was calculated based on the E8860’s 3DMark 11 score of 2689 and the GeForce GT640 (GDDR5)’s 3DMark 11 score of 2209. The performance-per-watt delta was calculated based on the E8860’s performance-per-watt score of 72.7 and the GeForce GT640 (GDDR5)’s performance-per-watt score of 45.1. AMD Radeon E8860, AMD Radeon E6760, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 (Kepler), and NVIDIA GeForce GT640 (GDDR5) used an AMD DB-FS1r2 motherboard with 8GB DDR3 memory, a 64GB Crucial M4 hard disk drive, and AMD R-464L. The system ran Windows® 7 Ultimate. EMB-83

6. AMD Radeon™ E8860 scored 2689, AMD Radeon E6760 scored 1327, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 (Kepler) scored 1784, and NVIDIA GeForce GT640 (GDDR5) scored 2209 when running 3DMark® 11P benchmark paired with AMD R-464L. The performance-per-watt data was calculated by dividing the 3DMark 11P score by the GPU’s thermal design power. The graphics performance delta was calculated based on the E8860’s 3DMark 11 score of 2689 and the GeForce GT640 (GDDR5)’s 3DMark 11 score of 2209. The

performance-per-watt delta was calculated based on the E8860’s performance-per-watt score of 72.7 and the GeForce GT640 (GDDR5)’s performance-per-watt score of 45.1. AMD Radeon E8860, AMD Radeon E6760, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 (Kepler), and NVIDIA GeForce GT640 (GDDR5) used an AMD DB-FS1r2 motherboard with 8GB DDR3 memory, a 64GB Crucial M4 hard disk drive, and AMD R-464L. The system ran Windows® 7 Ultimate. EMB-82

7. AMD Radeon™ E8860 scored 2689 and AMD Radeon E6760 scored 1327 when running 3DMark® 11P benchmark paired with AMD R-464L APU. The performance-per-watt data was calculated by dividing the 3DMark 11P score by the GPU’s thermal design power. The performance-per-watt delta was calculated based on the E8860’s performance-per-watt score of 72.7 and the E6760’s performance-per-watt score of 37.9. The E8860 and AMD Radeon E6760 used an AMD DB-FS1r2 motherboard with 8GB DDR3 memory, a 64GB Crucial M4 hard disk drive, and AMD R-464L. The system ran Windows® 7 Ultimate. EMB-81

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Acrosser’s Fanless 3.5 Inch Embedded SBC AMB-N280S1 is the most inquired-about embedded board of all time!


Since 2013, there has been one embedded board that has caught global attention. It was so popular that acrosser had to make a product film just to let everyone get a closer look at it. Acrosser believes that its No. 1 embedded SBCAMB-N280S1, is worth introducing worldwide. The AMB-N280S1 single board computer comes with an Intel Atom N2800 processor 1.86GHz and NM10 PCH chipset. There are three main features that explain why AMB-N280S1 stood out among other products.

Space-saving design with uncompromising graphic performanceThe debate over power consumption versus performance has been going on for a while, but Acrosser strikes a fine balance on AMB-N280S1. The adoption of an Intel Atom Processor allows for better graphic performance without consuming more power. Secondly, the large heatsink provides great thermal conductivity in the board for the most efficient heat dissipation. In addition, AMB-N280S1’s small form factor (dimensions: 146mm x 102mm) makes it a great mini embedded solution.

Rich I/O connector for diverse application

Given limited space, AMB-N280S1 takes full advantage of its 3.5” surface. The board offers one VGA port, one LVDS header and one HDMI port each for video output, with an uncompromised 1920 x 1200 (LVDS 1366 x 768) resolution that supports dual displays. We placed one Mini PCIe on both the top and bottom sides of the board, which adds versatility to the board’s application. Not only that, but 6 COM headers and 4 USB also allow for diverse peripheral connection and use.

Variety of usage for industrial application

Thanks to its small form factor, AMB-N280S1 has triggered vast business interest in the following applications: medical deviceskiosk, and automated vending machines. AMB-N280S1’s steady thermal structure has also won the hearts of lab researchers planning to integrate the board into environmental monitoring systems for analysis use.

With Intel reassuring customers of the longevity of its CPU supply, the product life of AMB-N280S1 can last at least another 5 years, making the board an economic option for system integration. Please do not hesitate to send us inquiries if you need more information about the board. No wonder Acrosser’s AMB-N280S1 is the most inquired-about embedded board of all time!

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IVI system sandboxing: The next frontier for in-vehicle upgrades

With the rapid advancement of mobile, cloud, and embedded technologies, it may surprise most that In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems are typically developed four to five years before the vehicles are release to the market. In fact, most 2014 models are running IVI systems from 2009. By most modern industry standards, a five-year development lifecycle is unacceptable. So how is it that one of our most valued commodities – the automobile – is subjected to such a technological lag?

Primarily, the bloated IVI development lifecycle can be linked to two factors: driver safety and vehicle longevity. Although most people associate IVI systems with just navigation and entertainment, these systems also interact with many critical vehicle safety components such as driver assistance, engine control, and vehicle sensors. This means that all IVI systems must go through significant testing, evaluation, security, and certification processes. In addition, vehicle manufacturers need to ensure that an IVI system will remain operational for the duration of a vehicle’s 10-15 year lifespan.

Unfortunately, even the sleekest of vehicles on the market today are equipped with IVI systems that contain old software and unattractive user interfaces. Furthermore, consumers do not currently have the option to upgrade their IVI systems through new software rollouts or third-party applications. And while some people do trade in their vehicles every two-to-three years, for most of us purchasing a car is a long-term investment. According to automobile information analysis firm R.L. Polk & Co., the average age of automobiles in the U.S. is rising. Assuming this trend continues, many consumers will be stuck with an outdated IVI system for the next nine-to-ten years.

Customizing the car

What if IVI systems could be customized and continuously upgraded like smartphones or tablets? What if drivers could listen to music through their Pandora account, share their location via Facebook, or take a call on Skype? What if online marketplaces like iTunes and Google Play started offering IVI-specific apps? With the rising demand for consumer device customization, it’s just a matter of time before these rhetorical scenarios become the new standard.

The Android platform is especially ripe for IVI customization efforts, as it is an open source wonderland for developers. Whereas iOS remains a proprietary Apple technology, Google has opened Android up to a wide variety of uses, which is why it is currently dominating in the mobile space.

However, Android does have some major drawbacks that must be addressed before it can be utilized for IVI applications. For example, from an automotive perspective, Android has a slow boot time and does not meet the industry’s strict security and stability standards. The average boot time on an Android-based device is 40 seconds. While this is an acceptable length of time for a mobile device that rarely gets shut off, it becomes a bigger problem in a vehicle. Since most people immediately begin driving after turning on the car, a long IVI system boot time would result in drivers pulling up a map or a play list while the vehicle is in motion – further adding to distractions while driving.

Furthermore, drivers cannot simply restart their vehicles if the IVI system crashes. An unstable Operating System (OS) is inconvenient in a mobile device, but it’s downright dangerous in a vehicle. And if a driver downloads a third-party IVI app whose settings override those of the vehicle’s operational components, it could seriously compromise the vehicle’s security and functionality, from altering diagnostics and sensor parameters to disabling emergency services.

While slow boot times and operating speeds can generally be resolved by modifying the Android OS distribution for an “automotive-grade” platform, the real challenge lies in balancing the innovation of Android with the stringent safety and reliability requirements of the automotive industry. How can a single system be flexible and modular for consumer customization while at the same time ensuring uncompromised security and reliability?

Hypervisor sandboxing splits safety-critical from software-upgradeable

The unfortunate truth is that there is no way to combine these two conflicting demands – nor should we try. Instead of managing one complex and potentially flawed OS, the goal should be to run two completely functional and sandboxed systems. By leveraging an open source, “bare metal” Xen hypervisor, developers could simultaneously run two different OSs on a single System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide:

  1. Highly reliable automotive-grade Linux or Real-Time Operating Systems(RTOSs) like Autosar and QNX for mission-critical vehicle software
  2. Highly customizable Android for infotainment software

A hybrid architecture that is based on a Type-1 hypervisor would allow developers to create an Android-based IVI system without compromising the functionality, security, or reliability of the vehicle’s operational software. Critical components such as vehicle sensors, diagnostics, and emergency services would never be impacted by third-party apps, as they would be completely enclosed within their own respective OSs (Figure 1). Sandboxed Linux and Android operating systems give developers the freedom to create truly customizable infotainment software without negatively impacting a vehicle’s security or reliability.

 Figure 1: A hypervisor approach can effectively separate infotainment apps from critical automobile systems into a single hybrid software architecture.(Click graphic to zoom by 1.9x)

Although still a relatively untapped field, it’s only a matter of time before IVI systems become just as customizable as any other mobile device. While Android still has some issues around reliability, security, and speed to address before it can become truly “automotive grade,” it is an ideal OS for IVI customization. By modifying Android to accelerate operating and boot time speeds, and by leveraging a hybrid architecture to separate a vehicle’s mission-critical and infotainment components, developers can begin shaping a new and industry-changing market for automotive software.


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Fuel Economy Improvement Achieving to 75% from Exa’s simulation

Exa Corporation isa global innovator of fluids simulation solutions for product engineering, stated that Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Company, the first automobile computer companies to announce their SuperTruck for the Department of Energy (DOE) SuperTruck Program, credited Exa’s technology and engineering expertise as instrumental in the success of their recently announced vehicle. Exa worked with engineers from both Cummins and Peterbilt to perform vehicle pc and thermal simulations to achieve ignificant efficiency improvements throughout the tractor, trailer and engine. These simulations, done long before a physical prototype was ever created, helped this SuperTruck exceed the required 50% efficiency improvement, and deliver a 75% more efficient truck — ahead of schedule.

The remarkable improvements were made possible through the collaboration of two world-class automobile  computer companies. They evaluated the entire truck from the underhood cooling requirements and engine housing, to every part of the tractor and trailer. “It was not one aerodynamic or thermal simulation that made the difference,” stated David Koeberlein, Cummins’ Program Lead for the SuperTruck program. “Using Exa’s vehicle pc  simulations, we were able to rapidly find and address areas of thermal and aerodynamic efficiency throughout the truck — it was a critical resource for our vehicle pc team.”

The in-vehicle computer project started with Cummins’ engineers digitally packaging their new, energy efficient automobile computer, designed with a waste heat recovery system, into the Peterbilt tractor CAD geometry. They then added heat exchangers, and simulated the thermal performance of the complete system. “Exa’s technology was able to quickly demonstrate, through simulation alone, optimal cooling package design,” remarked Jon Dickson, Cummins Engineering Manager of Advanced In-Vehicle Computer Integration. “To package the new waste heat recovery condenser, we had to redesign the vehicle heat exchanger system and use a non-traditional layout. We were able to use Exa’s PowerCOOL and PowerTHERM to identify areas to improve thermal performance while maximizing aerodynamic efficiency — years before any vehicle was built.”

At the same time, Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, and Rick Mihelic, Peterbilt Manager of Vehicle Performance and Engineering Analysis, were evaluating their vehicle pc and trailer combinations for aerodynamic/thermal performance. “Over the course of three years, we ran hundreds of simulations to test and analyze every part of this in-vehicle computer using Exa PowerFLOW,” stated Mihelic. “We designed a complete new SuperTruck aerodynamic package which included visible devices such as trailer skirts and wheel well covers as well as unseen, but critical, underbody shields that optimize airflow and thermal efficiency.” Sproull added, “Using visualization of the simulation results, our team analyzed each area looking for opportunities for improvement. Our designers and engineers could easily review and discuss results and optimization options — something simply not possible in a wind tunnel. It was this comprehensive in-vehicle computer analysis that helped us to achieve our extreme efficiency savings that exceeded even the aggressive goals set by the DOE.”

“Each day our customers seek efficiency improvements using our aerodynamic, thermal and acoustic solutions,” remarked Stephen Remondi, Exa’s President and CEO. “We have been working with Peterbilt for many years and were pleased to see them use Exa’s solutions so effectively as part of this important initiative that will benefit us all in the end.”

About Exa Corporation

Exa Corporation develops, sells and supports simulation software and services to enhance automobile computer product performance, reduce product development costs and improve the efficiency of design and engineering processes. Exa’s simulation solutions enable our customers to gain crucial insights about design performance early in the design cycle, thus reducing the likelihood of expensive redesigns and late-stage engineering automobile computer changes. As a result, Exa’s customers realize significant cost savings and fundamental improvements in their engineering development process. Exa’sproducts include, PowerFLOW, PowerDELTA with PowerCLAY, PowerVIZ, PowerSPECTRUM along with professional engineering consulting services. A partial automobile computer customer list includes: AGCO, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kenworth, MAN, Nissan, Peterbilt, Renault, Scania, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo Trucks.

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Acrosser’s Embedded Products on Media Coverage

In February, acrosser Technology was interviewed by Elektronik Praxis and Digitimes, two news sources which share a great reputation in the embedded technology industry in Germany and Taiwan. Here we share with you a summary of the two interviews.

There are many Industrial computer manufacturers in Taiwan, and in this competitive environment, it pays to be smart. For over two decades, Acrosser Technology’s claim to fame has been its staffing structure: one third of the staff belongs to the Research and Development Department. For IPC manufacturers, a larger number of people engaging in research stands for a greater effort in design, communication, verification and validation behind each industrial product. For instance, all car PCsfrom Acrosser have undergone a series of anti-shock/vibration tests before final production. Both of Acrosser’s in-vehicle computers, AR-V6100FL and AR-V6005FL, were awarded the Taiwan Excellence Award, and Acrosser is still supplying these car computers to our system integrators globally. The fanless car computers feature an Intel serial processor (i7, i5, Celeron), and have rich I/O interfaces and an integrated graphics processor, allowing each customer to find the best in-vehicle solution to fit their industry.

As for the embedded computer market, Acrosser has chosen its Fanless Embedded System, AES-HM76Z1FL, to reach its target audience. With a fanless design, Core i series processor, and an ultra slim body as its 3 main features, the so-called “F.I.T. Technology” that makes up the AES-HM76Z1FLhas garnered numerous business inquiries since its release last year. The standard I/O ports (HDMI, VGA, USB, audio and GPIO) and small form factor make AES-HM76Z1FL an appealing solution for the following applications: security control, banking systems, ATM, kiosk, digital signage, e-commerce via cloud applications, network terminal, and more. With its optional Mini PCIe socket for a 3.5G or WiFi module, the capability of wireless communication allows AES-HM76Z1FL to be a feasible addition to any transportation management control system.

To further promote the advantages of our book-sized mini PC, Acrosser has launched a free Product Testing Event starting in January 2014. Acrosser received a great deal of positive feedback from the security, financial, and entertainment industries. If you are looking for embedded products with great computing performance, do not miss the final chance to submit your application now!

Aside from its traditional industrial PCs, in-vehicle computers and Embedded Systems, Acrosser has a wide array of other product lines, including all-in-one gaming systems, single-board computers, panel PCs, industrial touch displays, rackmount servers and network appliance devices, waiting for you to make your embedded idea a reality.

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Connected but private: Transporter aims to be your off-cloud Dropbox

Can the gap between personal and cloud storage be easily bridged? Connected data’s rackmount aims to create remote storage data that’s not actually stored in the cloud.

The cloud may be the future of all things storage, but the present is more complicated: it can be expensive, potentially insecure, and you’re left trusting a third party with all your data.

That’s what inspired The Transporter, a Kickstarter project started by former employees of Drobo. Transporter aims for something more secure and distributed, while still being sharable. The concept largely works like Dropbox, with a Transporter folder that lives on your desktop and syncs with files stored on the physical Transporter drive (which resides someplace you designate). You can easily give others network security access to specific folders, although they will need to register for a free Transporter account.

The physical Transporter is the big difference; all your data lives on your own rackmount, rather than a third party’s cloud servers (which could be located in data centers anywhere in the world). In addition to giving you the peace of mind of having the drive under your personal control, having the Transporter on your local home or business network appliance will make for faster transfer speeds while you’re on-site. (When accessing the Transporter remotely, of course, you’ll be subject to the host location’s upstream and downstream data speeds.)

The rackmount itself includes housing for a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, with an Ethernet and USB port on the back. It can work with Wi-Fi, but you need to buy an adapter that connects via USB. It sounds a lot like other hard-drive housings, but the Transporter’s meant to be used in tandem with other Transporters. Plug one in somewhere, and it can share its drive with other rackmount, syncing and copying all data between them, depending on how you configure your folders. Even better, if any drive were to fail, the information can redundantly stored on every other Transporter connected to the network, in addition to PCs that have the shared Transporter folder.

For Network security, the strongest part of The Transporter’s pitch comes down to pricing. Yes, Dropbox offers a lot of the same functionality without the need for hardware, but it gets pricey quickly: 100GB is $100 per year and 500GB is $500 per year. For large storage amounts, the Transporter’s no-subscription-fee model is much more affordable: 1TB Transporter for $300, 2TB Transporter for $400, plus you can buy the hardware without storage for $200 and add your own hard drive later. It might make a lot of network security sense for professionals that need to offer access to large files and don’t want to deal with antiquated FTP transfers.

What’s the difference between this and any other networked hard drive? Theoretically, ease of use and a setup process that may be able to easily bypass firewalls and port settings, like the Pogoplug. In our meeting with Connected Data, no demo of the software was shown; all we saw was the Transporter box itself. It’s reasonably attractive, but ultimately the success of the network server hardware is going to come down to the quality of the software and overall experience.

The Transporter’s laser-focus on data storage and backup means it’s not quite as flexible as a more traditional network attached storage (NAS) drive. Sure, you can store your personal photos, music, and videos on a Transporter, but it lacks a built-in media server (such as DLNA or AirPlay) that makes it easy to access those on say, an Apple TV or PS3, without leaving a separate computer on. While the Transporter team says it’s looking into those types of features in the future, at the moment it’s really more of a personal rackmount, rather than a full-fledged NAS (networked attached storage) replacement.

We’ve felt network server hardware by dealing with our network server hardware data, like videos and photos, that take up too much space for cloud storage yet still need to be shared as well as secured and backed up. Transporter sounds like it fills some of those needs (storage, shareability), but not all of them. The question is, are there enough people out there who need a service like network security for it to be successful? It’s hard to say, but The network server hardware raised more than double its $100,000 goal, plus the company announced today that it has secured $6 million in additional financing.

The Transporter is available to order today, directly from Connected Data. We’re expecting to get a review unit soon, so we can see if its software and services deliver on their promise.

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