It’s common knowledge that computers are no longer confined to the office space. Or, more accurately, perhaps, the office is no longer confined to the prototypical cubicle or workstation.
The industrial sectors have carved out their own specific niches in the world of electronics, ones that demand specific factors.
These needs range greatly, depending on the type of electronics the company utilizes and the tasks that it’s required to carry out. Large scale industrial machinery that is dependent on repetitive motions or monitoring relies on automation, which requires a computer on the premises. Certain electronic components simply can’t cut it in an industrial setting, especially in the case of hard drives.
What modern industrial computing demands is a hard drive standard that can withstand the rigors of the warehouse floor while continuing to give the best performance. Luckily, a solid state flash disk fills this niche perfectly, utilizing flash memory over traditional disk drives and Continue Reading…
Industrial computing is a constantly growing market and one that doesn’t seem to slow down for anything, and this means that there is always a growing need for new innovations within the sector. The mantra of “small, cool running and powerful” seems to be driving some of the options behind creating new standards for embedded systems. There are tough decisions to be made on the technical specifications, but in 2004 a great breakthrough was made.
Enter the EPIC motherboard standard. A grandiose-sounding name, perhaps, for what is essentially a mid-sized embedded board. It does not have the largest board space, nor does it pump out the most processing power. It cannot match up to the larger ITX boards for I/O capabilities, but then again, it Continue Reading…
When it comes to hard drives, information is only as powerful as our ability to access it. In a sense, a stockpile of data has its uses, but it is the correlation and aggregation of statistics or files that create its true worth. Getting information quickly is only half the equation. The other side of the issue is storage space. Hard drive space is relatively economical, considering how much is being offered; a terabyte can cost a pittance when stacked against other components. Traditional SATA drives are spinning discs with mountains of information. It’s when we move into the territory of flash memory drives, however, that the discussion changes.
There are a couple of different standards for flash memory; the two discussed here are solid state drives (or SSD hard drives) and disc on module SATA drives. Both approach the issue of data storage from a similar standpoint; using flash memory to store data increases write and read speeds and provides other benefits over traditional HDDs. But there are also differences worth noting. Read on to learn more!
SSD Hard Drive and Disc On Module SATA Similarities
In the sense of pure data storage, the most defining feature of these two standards is the blistering speed at which they can read and Continue Reading…
Information gathering is one of the most important aspects of the modern military. Gaining as much data as possible before making a decision needs to be standard operating procedure for all departments. Collecting information means having eyes and ears on targets, often without detection. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have become the metaphorical name of the game for reconnaissance. Furthermore, fighter jets have sophisticated targeting systems that need to present a swath of information to the pilot quickly and clearly. Both of these use cases have two things in common: they are constant demands in modern military avionics and hinge on a supply of high quality display monitors.
Deciding what specifications are needed to ensure a high quality image is only the tip of the iceberg. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the correct display monitor for avionic deployment. Whether the display is airborne or on the ground influences not only the form factor, but the technical capabilities of the display, as well. Military undertakings can be difficult and are often associated with high risk; having the best possible equipment means that the most informed decisions can be made with greater ease and efficiency.
The Many Use Cases of Display Monitors in Aviation
As noted above, much of the challenge in choosing an aviation display monitor depends on whether said screen is going to be in the air. Modern avionics has multiple needs for display monitors, including:
- Aircraft displays, targeting systems, and cockpit gauges
- Radar stations monitoring UAV drones
- Cockpits for training simulations
The list goes on, but even these three cases require Continue Reading…