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.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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