This single-board PC is made for communications and networking applications, offering flexible input/output configurations, and a versatile, rugged setup. It works with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.'s PowerQUICC III family of processors, and allows onboard configuration of application-specific I/O through a Cyclone field programmable gate array from Altera. The MPC8540 CPU is made for communication and telecommunication applications, and runs on between 7 and 8 W of power, between -40 and 85C. It has up to 4Gbytes of EEC DDR SDRAM memory and at least 1Gbyte of NAND Flash memory. It can use CompactFlash or an RS232 port, and also has two Gigabit Ethernet and one Fast Ethernet ports, an IDE peripheral connector, and another serial channel through an SA-Adapter.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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