Motherboards

wide-temperature motherboardsThe industrial computing world has to react to the needs of its customers, buyers who range from high level database creators to manufacturing designers. Such varying kinds of use-cases can mean wildly different environments that must be endured by devices that need to keep operating as long and as effectively as possible. Typical commercial products may be able to live up to the less intensive tasks, but when it comes to the demands made of most industrial computers, a more rugged alternative is key.

This is where a wide-temperature motherboard can save the day. Much like its RAM counterpart, this industrial component fills a particular niche of a full featured motherboard that works in a rugged environment. Understanding this component’s capability and how to utilize its strengths is important in determining who most needs this product.

What Do Wide-Temperature Motherboards Provide?

A wide-temperature motherboard gives designers the peace of mind that no matter what load the use-case brings, it will Continue Reading…

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mini-ITX motherboardWhen delving into the computing world, trying to develop an embedded system presents companies with a unique problem when considering which direction to go in with their design. What exactly does the device need to achieve? How can they balance the need for computing power with the machine’s overall cost?

The answers to these questions usually come down to the different components that can be put into a system. Furthermore, what governs overall within the machine is the motherboard, the fulcrum point from which all of the directions and commands need to spring. Trying to decide on the best type and standard of motherboard to suit the requirements of the computer and to go with other components comes with a multitude of caveats. But there is definitely one that could be considered “the usual.”

Why a Mini-ITX Motherboard Fits the Standard

A Mini-ITX motherboard fills a “jack of all trades” role within embedded computing for a number of reasons, the first being reflected in its name. While there are smaller form factors when it comes to motherboards, such as the Nano or Continue Reading…

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Wide Temperature Motherboard New Era ElectronicsSo you’ve built a system and placed it into your finished product. It looks good, it runs well, and is generally everything that you wanted in a system. Except now it’s acting really strange. It randomly reboots, or maybe it just shuts off completely. You shake your head because you and I both know what the problem is. The board and processor is either in a tight space with not enough airflow or it’s just in a naturally hot environment. Your board is overheating.

This is a problem that plagues OEMs the world over. When OEMs come to us, angry with their old supplier, one of the number one reasons is lack of foresight by the supplier about heating issues. And the OEM has a right to be angry, especially if they paid a hefty NRE in order to get a custom system or board.

Considerations When Selecting Wide Temperature Motherboards

When it comes to selecting a wide temperature motherboard to fit your particular use, there are several things to consider. It doesn’t just come down to the motherboard when you want a truly wide temperature solution, especially if it’s fanless.

The main contributing factors are: Continue Reading…

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COM Express starter kitThe time spent designing and implementing a motherboard for a product can be painstaking at best. Troubleshooting and deciding the exact specifications that an OEM’s product will require can be the lynch pins for development, and in some cases, provide the most challenges for designers.

Many of the questions surrounding this process pertain to determining what kind of board will complement the overall design. There are always choices, depending on the product’s application. One such avenue is a COM Express module.

These small footprint modules hold a unique place within the embedded systems world. They fill a certain set of applications that necessitate a powerful and expandable motherboard that can handle the main component specifications. By taking care of this aspect, designers are free to focus on making the product do all that it possibly can via a custom designed carrier board. A COM Express module helps to simplify an OEM’s design process through great tech and the addition of a starter kit.

COM Express Starter Kits: A Box of Possibilities

COM Express starter kit contains a sample ATX carrier board with a plethora of different I/O which designers can Continue Reading…

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EPIC motherboardIndustrial 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…

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When it comes to motherboards, the industrial and commercial sectors do a pretty good job at keeping themselves separate. Even to the point where commercial manufacturers don’t sell industrial motherboards and, conversely, where industrial manufacturers don’t sell commercial motherboards.

Industrial motherboard manufacturers just aren’t set up to compete with the likes of ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte, while still keeping motherboards with lifecycles of 5 years or more on their product roadmap. And simply put, their procedures require a higher overhead and resultantly higher priced motherboard.

Commercial manufacturers on the other hand have the opposite problem of not being able to support a motherboard for 5+ years. They also can’t offer all of the different custom options and small runs of quantities like 50-100 boards, because they are set up to manufacture THOUSANDS of boards at a time. It’s just a matter of the two industries not being economically set up to overlap.

Commercial Manufacturers Making Industrial Motherboards?

However, in recent years, whether due to exponential growth in the industrial motherboard and embedded PC market, or simply because a recent analysis showed it to be a prudent move, commercial manufacturers are now getting involved Continue Reading…

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Pico-ITX Medical Industry ComputingIf there is one industry that deserves the most powerful, accurate, and efficient computer systems available, it is the medical field. The systems used by hospitals and specialist clinics vary from imaging products all the way to handheld blood analyzers. These kinds of products are essential in running medical facilities, and need to be built and maintained properly. Furthermore, the machines must keep up with the rigors of the medical field, needing to be faster and, most importantly, mobile. Form factor plays a major role in technology usage, regardless of field or discipline. Modern equipment has been chasing the “smaller is better” mentality for years, demanding a change in component manufacturing.

Pico-ITX Finds its Perfect Place

Enter the Pico-ITX: a new breed of embedded motherboards that could meet the necessary tasks of modern medical systems. Of course, this size of motherboard could not replace larger boards that run major imaging equipment or servers. But Pico-ITX systems have nevertheless carved out a sizable niche by combining powerful processing and graphical prowess in a diminutive form. Since their unveiling in 2007, these boards have only become faster and more feature rich, allowing the medical field to implement more complex and sophisticated software in the workplace.

Advantages of Pico-ITX Boards

Basically, decreasing the size of an embedded system’s motherboard means two things: Continue Reading…

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