AAEON's newest ISA-Bus CPU card has a north bridge integrated with an onboard VIA Mark CoreFusion 533 MHz processor. Its single SODIMM socket allows a total memory capacity of up to 512MB, and the card supports 128MB of onboard memory. It is a low-power system that doesn't need a CPU fan. A two-channel TTL LCD interface connects to an integrated AGP 4x 2D/3D video accelerator. It uses up to a maximum 32MB frame buffer using system memory, and supports 36-bit LVDS LCD/CRT. Standard LAN connections include single 10/100Mbps, dual 10/100Mbps, single 10/100/1000Mbps, or a 10/100Mbps/10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet combination, and a version without an Ethernet port is also available. It has three USB 1.1 ports, four serial ports, a parallel port, an IrDA port, and an AC-97 SoundBlaster compatible audio (daughter card optional).
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
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