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.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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