New advancements supply embedded module memory design

Embedded OEMs are looking to the latest memory technologies to solve their specific design needs and market demands. But which memory modules provide the most optimal solution for excessive shock and vibration or increased thermal dissipation? And what new testing and validation techniques are being used to reduce overall design risks and increase reliability? Designers must evaluate these factors and other key embedded considerations when specifying memory devices for embedded systems in rugged environments.

refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/ruggedization-memory-module-design/

Woman in embedded industry

Victoria (Vicki) Mitchell would like to share her experience in managing an embedded computer company. 2 points of view from her perspective:

MITCHELL: For women in technology fields, success requires fostering two personal attributes that nullify stereotyping and demonstrate significant advantage to the organization:

1. Leadership: It cannot be taught, but it can be mentored. As Sheryl Sandberg writes, “Female leaders are key to the solution.” It is up to today’s leaders to set an example and to inspire. There are practical aspects of leadership applicable to anyone, but women can leverage our innate abilities to nurture and build community.

2. Fearless creativity: This is hard to foster when preparing for a tech career because applied science is not fantasy science embedded computer. An active interest in literature, art, music, and dance helps inspire out-of-the-box thinking and provides a little bravado when voicing ideas.

refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/2013-influential-engineering-altera-corporation/

About in-vehicle infotainment

Infotainment is one of the key megatrends fueling the pervasiveness of microelectronics in cars. Users want to be connected and conveniently access their personal content anywhere, anytime, on all of their devices. The in-vehicle becomes just another node in the network, an extension of the user’s digital and social lifestyle (see this article’s lead-in photo). A “connected” car is also more comfortable, safer, and energy efficient, having early access to important information such as weather reports, traffic jams, or road accidents. According to a recent study, 60 percent of new cars will be connected by 2017. Given this scenario, in-vehicle electronics are dictating features in the car, and the innovation cycle time is becoming shorter and shorter. Meanwhile, a key to this automotive infotainment innovation is the system’s enabler: memory.

 

refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/automotive-industry-innovation-driven-electronics/#at_pco=cfd-1.0

Embedded computers are just alright

Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance

“Back in the 2005 timeframe, Northrop Grumman had hundreds of data centers and consolidated them down to five data centers in 2011,” says Joe Cloyd, Director of Technology, Defense Cyber Security and Enterprise Services at Northrop Grumman (www.northropgrumman.com). “In our next round of Embedded Computer consolidation we will go down to three enterprise data centers. The DoD will eventually do this as well, consolidating each respective network, and far down the road of embedded computer a totally segregated approach to having multiple networks with duplication.”

 

refer to : http://mil-embedded.com/articles/cloud-security-the-dod/

 

Brand New Rackmount 1U Networking Appliance System with 3rd generation Intel Core i processor

 

ANR-IB751N1/A/B networking appliances.

 

 

ANR-IB75N1/A/B is a rackmount platform (440x372x44mm) which can be installed in the 19” rack. It can carry a 3rd generation Intel Core i i3, i5, i7, or Pentium processors to deliver higher efficiency, increased processing throughput, and improved performance on applications. ANR-IB75N1/A/B also comes equipped with a maximum 16GB DDR3 memory and optional 2 or 4 x SFP and 8 x LAN ports. System Integrators can select different configurations for their network appliances. It offers the best P/P ratio in applications like the UTM, IDS/IPS, VPN, Firewall, Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, RSA gateway, QoS, streaming.

ANR-IB75N1/A/B uses 80 Plus PSU which reduces energy consumption and helps protect the environment. The software and hardware configurable LAN bypass feature also prevents communication breaks due to power loss or system hang-ups. In addition to Intel long life support chipsets, ANR-IB75N1/A/B is designed with a long-term support of 5 years.

 

Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance

 

 

Key features:

1. Support 3rd generation Intel Core i LGA1155 i3/i5/i7/Pentium cores processor

2. Intel B75 Chipset

3. DDRIII DIMM x 2, up to 16GB memory.

4. Intel 82576EB x 2 Fiber ports

5. Intel 82574L 10/100/1000Mbps x 8 ports

6. Two pairs LAN ports support bypass feature (LAN 1/2 + LAN 3/4)

7. LAN bypass can be controlled by BIOS and Jumper

8. CF socket, 2.5” HDD x 2, SATA III x 1, SATA II X1

9. Console, VGA (pinhead), USB 3.0 x 2 (2 x external)

10. Support boot from LAN, console redirection

11. Equipped with 80 Plus Bronze PSU to decrease CO2 dissipation and protect our environment

12. LCM module to provide user-friendly interface

13. Standard 1U rackmount size

 

 

Product information:

http://www.acrosser.com/Products/Networking-Appliance/Rackmount/ANR-IB75N1/A/B/Networking-Appliance-ANR-IB75N1/A/B.html

 

 

Ordering information:

1.ANR-IB75N1: 1U Networking Rackmount Platform with PCH B75, 8 x RJ45 GbE LAN (2 pair bypass)

 

2.ANR-IB75N1A: 1U Networking Rackmount Platform with PCH B75, 8 x RJ45 GbE LAN (2 pair bypass), and 2 x Fiber ports

 

3.ANR-IB75N1B: 1U Networking Rackmount Platform with PCH B75, 8 x RJ45 GbE LAN (2 pair bypass), and 4 x Fiber ports

Contact:

http://www.acrosser.com/inquiry.html

Building, maintaining, and evolving proprietary network systems for applications

Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance

In recent years, building, maintaining, and evolving proprietary network systems for telecom-grade applications that are highly available and “always on” have become increasingly prohibitive from the perspective of cost, risk management, time to revenue, and so on. The custom-built approach becomes even less cost effective as Communications Service Providers (CSPs) move toward offering cloud-based services, where they have to compete with non-traditional providers that offer such services on networks built using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) building blocks.

A change in market dynamics is causing a fundamental paradigm shift in industry’s thinking: Instead of continuing to invest precious Research and Development (R&D) resources and dollars to build expensive, special-purpose proprietary systems with the hope that they will never fail, industry leaders are now assuming that there will be hardware and software failures and thus designing systems and applications that continue to provide end-user service in the presence of such failures. 

State-of-the-art software and related standards have made significant advances in recent years to support sophisticated schemes and quick implementation of highly available applications and services that can run on relatively inexpensive COTS hardware systems. Some significant industry standardization efforts are:

  • PCI Industrial computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG), an industry consortium that creates and promotes COTS hardware standards that can be used for a variety of network applications
  • The Carrier Grade Linux effort of the Linux Foundation that has helped create a version of Linux suitable for telecom gear
  • The Service Availability Forum (SAF), whose interface specifications have long been used to develop COTS middleware that ensures uninterrupted service availability of network applications. Multiple implementations of these specifications exist, including an open source version that is available from the OpenSAF

refer to : http://xtca-systems.com/articles/engineered-cots-network-systems/

Can your gaming platform last long?

Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance
Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance

The first mezzanine standard to go through the VITA/ANSI process was the IndustryPack. Developed by gaming platform Computers, it was chosen by the Motorola Computer Group as the expansion mezzanine for its MVME162 SBC. The move to make IndustryPacks a standard was joined by Acromag and the VITA 4 IP Module effort was launched. Since then, no fewer than eight mezzanine standards have gone through the VITA/ANSI process to become accredited gaming platform.

Gaming platform are an important design element to many board form factors. They grew out of a necessity to gain more board real estate or to incorporate modular flexibility to the original form factor. In the early days, few, if any, standards for mezzanines existed. However, over time, standards emerged to make it easier to incorporate mezzanines into designs

refer to: http://vita-technologies.com/articles/stacked-standardizing-mezzanine-modules/

New device available in market

Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance
Industrial computer, Panel PC, networking appliance
How can you miss the latest gaming product from Cactus???

The Longer Life Cactus Cycles is a key attribute for the Industrial Grade products since many Industrial, Military, Gaming, Medical and other markets have designs which need a form, fit and function solution for 7 – 15+ years. While the Consumer market demands the latest form factor such as microSD with >32GB storage capacity, many gaming Industrial systems only need from gaming 32MBytes to 16GBytes of storage in a PC Card, CompactFlash or full size SD Card form factor.

 

refer to : http://embedded-computing.com/news/benefits-industrial-flash-storage-devices/

IT managers are under increasing pressure ….

 IT managers are under increasing pressure to boost network capacity and performance to cope with the data deluge. Networking systems are under a similar form of stress with their performance degrading as new capabilities are added in software. The solution to both needs is next-generation System-on-Chip (SoC) communications processors that combine multiple cores with multiple hardware acceleration engines.

 

The data deluge, with its massive growth in both mobile and enterprise network traffic, is driving substantial changes in the architectures of base stations, routers, gateways, and other networking systems. To maintain high performance as traffic volume and velocity continue to grow, next-generation communications processors combine multicore processors with specialized hardware acceleration engines in SoC ICs.

The following discussion examines the role of the SoC in today’s network infrastructures, as well as how the SoC will evolve in coming years. Before doing so, it is instructive to consider some of the trends driving this need.

In-Vehicle Computer. single board computer, Industrial PC

 

 

refer:http://embedded-computing.com/articles/next-generation-architectures-tomorrows-communications-networks/

In response to growing pressure to boost the performance

Embedded PC, in vehicle PC, Industrial PC

In response to growing pressure to boost the performance and trim down the size of embedded applications, standards organizations meet regularly to optimize their portfolios in light of the latest available technology. These updated standards take advantage of new silicon architecture combining multiple processors, graphics elements, and complex I/O to deliver the next generation of preengineered, off-the-shelf modules to support many of the high-performance requirements of embedded product development.

These standardized computer platforms allow designers to trade in substantial savings in Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) and scheduling for slightly higher recurring costs. Standards-based designs also shortcut the software development effort by providing access to compatible operating systems, vendor-supplied drivers, and sample firmware.

In the Strategies section of this issue, we asked experts from several standards organizations to bring us up to date on the latest changes affecting embedded designs. Starting things off, Jim Blazer, CTO at RTD Embedded Technologies and active member of the PC/104 Consortium, presents the history and updates in work – such as the latest generation of PCI Express – that support the PC/104 stackable architecture. Citing the need for smaller and more rugged building blocks, Alexander Lockinger, President of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG) and CTO at Ascend Electronics, covers the trends and new products to expect in 2013. In addition, Jerry Gipper, Director of Marketing at VITA and Editorial Director ofVITA Technologies magazine, reports on the recent Embedded Tech Trends 2013 meeting aboard the Queen Mary and standards work in progress, plus some new technologies such as optical interconnects.