As suppliers of industrial PCs continue to embrace more powerful Intel processors, the chip maker's Core Duo dual-core products have now become fair game. One of the first models that crams the Core Duo into a panel PC form factor comes from Kontron. The company's new Kontron V Panel Express features a Core Duo processor embedded as part of a COM-Express-compliant, scaleable-ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules (COM). Thanks to its extra core, the V Panel Express can more easily run multiple control and HMI applications on single industrial PC. With a display size ranging from 12- to 17-inches, the Kontron V Panel Express has maximum RAM of 2 GB. It can be equipped with two CF Cards and up to two SATA hard drives. Interface options include two serial ports, five USB ports, DVI-I and two LAN 10/100/1000 Base-TX ports. The unit also has two free PCI slots for expansion. The Kontron V Panel Express supports Windows XP and Windows XP Embedded, as well as Linux and Embedded Linux. Introduced last November at the SPS/IPC Drives Show in Nuremberg, Germany, the Kontron V Panel Express will be available in North America by the end of March, according to product manger Cliff Moon.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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