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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Industrial Computing
April 20, 2007 - Volume 2 Issue 4
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WinSystems, Inc.
Industrial -40° to +85°C CompactFlash

Industrial -40° to +85°C CompactFlash WinSystems' CompactFlash (CF) cards provide proven reliability over extended temperature operation for demanding applications. Available in densities from 128 MB to 8 GB, they fit any computer, SBC, or instrument with a CF socket. Replaces SanDisk's industrial CF, plus WinSystems offers complimentary technical phone support.

Learn more about Industrial CF Cards.

ADLINK Technology Inc.
M-946: Core 2 Duo MicroATX MB with Video Expansion Options

M-946: Core 2 Duo MicroATX MB with Video Expansion The ADLINK M-946 microATX industrial Core 2 Duo motherboard delivers high-performance in a space-saving platform for a wide array of embedded computing applications. Features include FSB speed up to 1066 MHz, dual-channel DDR2, video resolution up to 2048 x 1536, and a x16 PCI Express expansion slot for high-end graphics cards. Product Info.

Tri Map International, Inc.
The Woodcrest Server — Power, Storage, and Flexibility

The Woodcrest Server — Power, Storage, and Flexibility Tri MAP's newest unit, the RM4U24-CHS, utilizes the Intel 5000x chipset, four 250 GB removable hard drives, and a 910 W redundant power supply. This server offers powerful processing and flexible storage in 7 in. of rack space. With engineering and manufacturing services onsite, customization is available for any project.

Acromag, Inc.
New 6U VMEbus Industry Pack Carrier Card

New 6U VMEbus Industry Pack Carrier Card The carrier board provides full data access to the IP module's I/O, ID, and memory spaces. Each IP module can have up to 8 MB of memory space. With full access to the programmable registers, users can easily configure and control the operation of the IP modules from the VMEbus.

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MEMS Grow via Consumer Apps

MEMS Grow via Consumer Apps Accurately described as the ultimate SoCs (systems on chips), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) could hit $10 billion by 2010. Products using the technology are expected to grow to $95 billion. All this growth will be consumer-driven in such applications as auto airbags and tire-pressure devices, cellular microphones, GPS accelerometers/gyroscopes, light processors for projected displays, and biomedical sensors reports EE Times-Asia.

RTOSs Target Connectivity

RTOSs Target Connectivity Besides keeping everything running on time, embedded real-time operating systems (RTOSs) also need connectivity, safety, and security. Added functions — Ethernet, USB, and wireless — do consume resources, but fortunately a RTOS and applications can be pared down significantly to fit in limited space. Review the latest RTOS concepts for automation and industrial applications in Control Engineering.

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Adding USB to Embedded Designs

Adding USB to Embedded Designs USB continues to augment existing embedded designs because of its device compatibility and usability. This timeless white paper, "Designing USB into Embedded Systems: Issues and Answers" delves into the software and hardware design decisions involved. The right choices lead to quicker development and optimal system performance.

Simplifying Serial-Device Servers

Simplifying Serial-Device Servers Useful for connecting practically any serial device to an Ethernet network and the Internet, this microserver features a Web-based interface for quick and simple device configuration without the need for special software. Just type the server's name in a Web browser, then use a dynamically assigned IP address or assign a static IP address.

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L-com, Inc.
Convert USB to DB9 Serial — USB to RS232 Adapter

Convert USB to DB9 Serial — USB to RS232 Adapter

USB to DB9 Serial RS232 converter — Converts the USB ports on your laptop or computer into RS232 serial signals, allowing you to plug in serial only devices including printers, scanners, barcode scanners, GPS devices, and others.

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Industrial PC
Single Board Computers

Single Board Computers Industrial PC, Inc. offers superior Single Board Computers at an excellent value without compromise. Select from 80486 to Dual P-III's and single P4's to suit your application. They provide SBC's in three basic form factors: full length cards, half-size cards, and embedded boards (EBX, PC/104 Etc.)

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Securing Next-Gen SoCs

Securing Next-Gen SoCs More equipment than ever is adopting system-on-chip (SoC) technology, making security paramount. Overall, security should be designed into cores from the beginning and not be just an add-on. Such system-wide security design empowers backward and forward compatibility ensuring secure next-generation devices. Pros and cons of various SoC security options are detailed in Industrial Control DesignLine.

Lightning-Fast Optical Chip

Lightning-Fast Optical Chip Utilizing light pulses to deliver data at 160 Gbps, a prototype optical chip is 8× faster than any previous optical technology. Using less power and creating less heat make it suitable for data center equipment, with initial applications in routers, switches, and supercomputers reports Information Week. Up to 10-fold cost reduction is predicted since the chipset replaces 32 current components.

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Is Vista Right for Test Apps?

Is Vista Right for Test Apps? Questions about the applicability of Windows Vista for running test and measurement applications are answered in a comprehensive Evaluation Engineering article. Although both 32- and 64-bit versions are available, most apps run best on 32-bit, which does deliver better security and stability. Not surprisingly, four application types benefit from 64-bit. Find out which ones, and what the future holds.

UMPCs Gaining Ground

UMPCs Gaining Ground Mobility and wireless connectivity are why the ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC) is succeeding in diverse markets. Applications include control systems in warehouses and on production floors, rapidly updating medical records, mobile teaching techniques, government field work, and more. Ruggedized models plus bigger backlit screens, expansion slots, etc., will boost growth according to PC/104 and Small Form Factors.

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ZoneLink® 4-Zone Controller for use with DeviceNet™

ZoneLink® 4-Zone Controller for use with DeviceNet

The enhanced Holjeron ZoneLink™ 4-Zone Controller for use with DeviceNet™ has the features needed to handle up to four zones in a powered roller material handling system, or to manage merges, diverts, transfers, and zero pressure accumulation.

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Beckhoff Automation LLC
CX9000 Embedded PC Reduces Size and Energy Usage

CX9000 Embedded PC Reduces Size and Energy Usage With the new CX9000 Embedded PC, Beckhoff Automation shrinks PC-based control technology into a compact, I/O Bus Coupler-size housing. Despite the miniature size and the exceptionally affordable $500 (U.S.) price tag, the CX9000 offers ample computing capacity — even for complex automation tasks — and includes a 100MB Ethernet connection as standard.

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Leaping Microbot Sensors

Leaping Microbot Sensors Tiny robotic sensors reposition themselves by jumping like fleas up to 30x their height. Powered by a 0.08 in. (2 mm) long silicone rubber band, stretched by a solar-powered MEMS motor, the devices may find use in distributed sensor networks for chemical detection and military surveillance. Downsizing to 0.04 in. (1 mm) flea size is underway reports Technology Review.

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