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Rugged Environments Need Rugged Computers

Did you ever wonder how electronic devices you see in use everyday are made to work in Industrial settings?  Unlike the environment in which you use your devices, the Industrial environment is harsh and damaging to these consumer devices.  Investing in the ‘ruggedization’ of devices for use in an Industrial setting ensures that the enterprise gets maximum benefit from technology with minimum downtime for repairs achieving maximum output for profitability and longevity. Read the full article →

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One Hous(ing) Many Solutions: The Industrial Chassis

A major component of a solution required in an industrial environment is the Industrial Chassis.  Companies with Industrial environments rely on unique solutions to be more competitive in their local and global environments and it is the incorporation of electronic systems into the business that drives this competitive advantage. Providing an enclosure that will satisfy the integration of computing platforms comprising boards, systems and peripherals necessary to provide a solution for a specific environment is the key function of the Industrial Chassis.

It is important to carefully analyze the specific needs and unique functions that are required to build right Industrial Chassis.  Without the proper housing, the solution will not have an opportunity to provide the lifecycle and expected outcomes for which the client is looking. Read the full article →

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Mini-ITX-Micro-ATX-NEEWhat are the pros and cons for Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX for embedded and industrial applications?

For consumer desktop and enterprise applications, it’s almost a no brainer to go for a Micro-ATX or ATX. In embedded applications, things tend to lean more to the Mini-ITX side of things. Let’s take a look at why that may be.

The Case for Mini-ITX

For industrial and embedded applications, this is pretty much the workhorse of the motherboards. They are in the highest demand and as a result there is a large selection to choose from.

Some of the benefits of the Mini-ITX:

  • Higher variety of product
  • Higher demand makes for a longer lifecycle by embedded manufacturers
  • The small form factor is very convenient for a lot of embedded applications
  • Because they are more “strictly embedded” it is easier to find Mini-ITX boards with fanless and rugged specifications.

For more info on Mini-ITX boards, check out our blog on “Selecting a Mini-ITX BoardRead the full article →

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What Makes Embedded Systems Different?

In a recent blog, we posed the question “What is the real difference between an embedded system and a regular consumer system?”. The most important difference that was highlighted in that blog was that embedded systems have long lifecycles ranging from 3-7 years. Explaining why that was necessary for many embedded applications. This isn’t the…

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Embedded Systems vs Consumer Systems: What’s the real difference?

If you’ve worked in the industrial computing industry for any length of time, there is one question that is bound to have come up at one point. “What is an embedded system?” And more importantly, “what is the difference between an embedded system and an ordinary consumer system?” It’s likely that you’ve even been in…

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Selecting a Mini-ITX board

The Typical Embedded Board When selecting an embedded board to fit a task, or when asked by a customer for an embedded board, 9 times out of 10 it is going to be a Mini-ITX board. There is plenty of reasoning as to why this is the case. First and foremost is the subject of…

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What are Pico – ITX Boards?

The Pico-ITX board is a small sized x86 embedded motherboard that is 10 cm by 7.2 cm. This board carries the processor, cache, memory, a variety of video interfaces and several different I/O. These boards were introduced by VIA Technologies in 2007. Developed by VIA to be up to 75% smaller than the previous mini-ITX…

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