Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is shipping from stock the XPand1010, a
two-slot 6U VPX (VITA 46) conduction-cooled chassis. The chassis provides
system engineers with an inexpensive 6U VPX desktop or lab bench platform to
jump-start software or hardware development when using X-ES Freescale- or
Intel-based CPU boards.
The XPand1010 allows customers to
utilize fully rugged, conduction-cooled cards in a small footprint, low-cost development
chassis. Customers can then install those same 6U VPX cards into
deployable ATR or similar chassis with no changes to the 6U modules. This
is in contrast to the traditional model of development for conduction-cooled
systems, in which early work is performed using non-rugged, air-cooled cards
that are mechanically and thermally incompatible with the final deployed
The XPand1010 hosts up to two 6U VPX
conduction-cooled cards, providing fabric interconnect between the two slots,
as well easy access to Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB, DVI and serial port I/O
from one or both of the installed 6U VPX SBCs. The XPand1010's design
eliminates card cages, rear transition modules and large noisy fans typically
found in air-cooled development chassis.
The complete XPand1010 development
system includes a backplane with integrated I/O connectors, conduction cooling
system, and power supply. Priced at $3,295, the XPand1010 is available
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.