Advantech's new single-board computer uses Intel's LGA 755 socket, running off Pentium 4 and Celeron D processors at processing speeds up to 3.8/3.06 GHz and a front size bus speed of 800/533 MHz. The Pentium 4 processor has higher performance with up to 2 MB of L2 cache. The main board uses Intel's 915GV chipset with Hyper-Threading technology, and can take up to 4 GB of dual channel DDRII 400/533 SDRAM, with up to 8.5 GB/s of bandwidth. It has 128 MB of video memory in a onboard VGA controller, plus the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, and it also supports dual monitors. It also has four serial-ATA device support, eight USB 2.0 ports, two PCI-Express x1 slots for LAN chips, 14-pin general-purpose I/O interface as 8-bit programmable digital I/O, AC-97 interface audio, and CMOS automatic BIOS data backup.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.