WinSystems will exhibit at the Internet of Things Developers Conference, April 26-27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California. If you have plans to be at the show, be sure to drop and see us at booth number T-5 and learn how our rugged industrial embedded computer systems and data connectivity solutions can help you connect with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). // read more
WinSystems to Exhibit at IoT DevCon 2017
WinSystems will exhibit at XPONENTIAL 2017, May 8-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics, and unmanned systems.
Come meet with us at booth #3058. We are eager to hear about your latest exciting application news, discuss those challenging design hurdles or just brainstorm about what’s next on the horizon. // read more
We are excited to announce that WinSystems will again be exhibiting at embedded world 2017, the world’s largest trade show event for the embedded computing industry. The show runs from March 14-16 in Nuremberg, Germany.
We will be debuting several new single board computers and embedded computer systems featuring some of the latest generation processor technologies from Intel®, ARM®, DM+P® and NXP®.
If you are planning to be at the show, be sure to drop by and see us in Hall 3, Stand #3-501. We are eager to hear about your latest application designs and embedding computing requirements. From off-the-shelf products to fully custom OEM solutions, we are uniquely qualified to help you deliver high-performing industrial applications to meet your customers’ needs. WinSystems supplies solutions to a diverse range of customers and industries across the globe. All of these industries demand high-quality for long-lasting products engineered to perform in some of the harshest environments.
- WinSystems has particular expertise serving the following industries:
- Energy Management
- Industrial Automation
- Industrial IoT (IIoT)
- Transportation Management
- Unmanned Systems
- Aerospace and Defense
- Medical Diagnostic
- Digital Signage
Learn how you can leverage our industry-leading engineering and technology solutions for industrial embedded computer systems and let WinSystems—The Embedded Systems Authority—help you embed success in every application!
This year, WinSystems celebrates its 35th year of successful operations. Since its inception in 1982, the company has grown into an industry-leading engineering and technology solutions provider of industrial embedded computer systems serving customers all over the world. Over the years, WinSystems has earned recognition for its engineering expertise, custom solutions, reliable products and outstanding customer service.
Jerry Winfield founded WinSystems based upon his deep knowledge of embedded computers and extensive experience in oilfield electronics. This knowledge base is the genesis for a growing line of quality products and subsequent expansion into the industrial embedded computer systems market. Some of the industry’s first STD Bus products capable of operating over extended temperature ranges were developed under Jerry’s leadership. This industrial expertise remains central to the company’s full line of rugged, reliable and resilient embedded computers, I/O cards and accessories designed for fanless operation over a -40 to +85 Celsius temperature range.
Over the years, WinSystems has added fully customized solutions to its initial off-the-shelf product offerings—giving customers more options that meet their application requirements. The company employs a consultative approach when working with customers, an approach that results in a faster and more efficient design process, higher quality products to customer specifications, longer product life cycles and a shorter time to market.
Since the beginning, customer satisfaction has remained a priority. WinSystems proudly offers life-long product technical support as a hallmark of its world class customer service. Technical support has been—and always will be—provided directly by WinSystems Application Engineers located at its USA headquarters in Arlington, Texas.
WinSystems continues to add engineering resources and manufacturing capabilities to encourage, develop and support opportunities with current and future customers.
From the beginning and into 2017, the WinSystems philosophy remains focused on delivering quality products as efficiently as possible. The company continues to lead the industry in meeting and anticipating customer needs through an expanding line of cutting edge products and complete embedded computer system solutions. WinSystems has earned the reputation among its customers as The Embedded Systems Authority and as a strategic partner, helping them embed success in every application.
Many applications require embedded systems or peripherals to be mounted remotely, while maintaining an Ethernet connection to a central host. The challenge then lies with powering these remote systems as traditional supply sources may not be readily available. Adding outlets or DC wiring can be expensive or technically impractical for these installations.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) provides a solution to the above and other system challenges by passing both electrical power and data over inexpensive, readily available CAT 5 cables. The IEEE 802.3at standard can deliver 25.5W of isolated power over a distance up to 100m (330ft) with additional standards being proposed to provide even more power in the future.
Key highlights of PoE installations include time and cost savings, reliability, ability to scale and flexibility.
Time and cost savings come from the fact that only the CAT 5 cable needs to be run to the remote device, saving labor costs and the time consuming installation of additional power wiring. Additionally, there are the material savings from not having to run additional power outlets throughout the network.
Power over Ethernet reduces the amount of wiring and potential power supply failures by minimizing the components in the network. Properly implemented PoE systems also improve reliability by allowing remote power cycling and short circuit protection for remote devices.
The PoE system is easier to scale and provides flexibility from initial installation and through the addition of nodes to the network. The placement of devices, such as wireless access points and cameras can be located in the ideal location for intended use, rather than relying on placement of electrical outlets.
WinSystems currently manufactures both PoE Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) and Powered Device (PD) to support our line of products. These products include the PPM-GIGE-2-PoE, which can manage up to 30W PSE power and the PCM-PS397-PoE, which can extract up to 25W. Combined, they provide a complete PoE solution capable of running powerful remote systems, all from a single Ethernet cable.
Today, WinSystems celebrates the 34th year of successful operation. Since coming into the industry in 1982, WinSystems has provided embedded solutions and technology to customers all over the world. Over the years, WinSystems has become recognizable for engineering expertise, reliable products, outstanding customer service and custom solutions.
The founder of WinSystems, Jerry Winfield, began the company with his incredible knowledge of embedded computers that has set the standard for quality products. This began the company’s specialization in industrial computers and was one of the first to offer products at extended temperature ranges, which is still represented in our systems today.
WinSystems has evolved over the years from producing off the shelf products, to developing total custom solutions, and now today offering a mixture of both to get customers to market faster. The current consultative approach that Applications Engineers use has been proven to expedite the process and get tailored products to better fit industry requirements.
Life-long technical support has always been a hallmark of WinSystems, as customer satisfaction has remained the priority since our inception. Technical support has always, and will continue to be provided directly from our USA headquarters from WinSystems Application Engineers.
In the last year, WinSystems has added extensive engineering resources to encourage, develop and support opportunities with current and future customers. These additional capabilities cover a variety of areas in engineering, including board, system and environmental level services.
The WinSystems philosophy has progressed but remains focused on delivering quality products. In recent years, WinSystems has expanded product options to full systems that are rugged and reliable that includes accessories, protective housings, touch panels and more to complete your designs as efficiently as possible. Staying focused on cutting-edge technology will continue to be a priority in 2016 and will be displayed in new products that will be offered throughout the year.
The term Internet of Things or IoT continues to build momentum in technology circles with new publications, trade shows and marketing pieces throughout numerous technology industries. However, many still have the same question, “What does it really mean?” Part of the confusion may be that so many levels of processing and communication are actually involved between the sensors collecting data and the cloud services where it can be analyzed and acted upon. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the evolution off of an older concept known as machine-to-machine or M2M communications. In M2M, there would be a connection between the machines that would allow them to communicate. Now, with IoT introduced, it has added another level in the machine-to-machine process to make the M2M information and devices available on the internet, thus the internet of things.
The Internet of Things has a limitless capability to influence and advance the way we conduct daily living, whether that is in a professional or personal sense. The main commonality between all IoT applications is that it is based on involving cloud services and complexes of sensors that gather ever increasing data. The interaction between the cloud, sensors and machines allow for huge amounts of data to gather to the cloud. Using internet cloud services gives the users the ability to access the information remotely.
Collecting data from sensors will not complete the circle that is the Internet of Things unless there is an application via the cloud to read and make use of the data. These applications can range from the simple items such as checking your thermostat from your smart phone while away to complex predictive analysis of industrial production lines to prevent downtime. Cloud based applications analyze the data and allow the development of new efficiencies, great access to information and improved reliability.
There may be multiple embedded systems in an Internet of Things solution. Starting at the sensors themselves, where the information about the environment is first collected to microcontrollers or single board computers. In industrial settings, the data is often collected from several smaller embedded computers into an industrial gateway device or embedded computer that collects the information and connects to the internet. Some IoT applications even have embedded systems to provide a local GUI and user interaction at the equipment to display feedback from the cloud based analysis so the operator can make changes locally or remotely.
Now, enter in WinSystems. The embedded systems products that WinSystems offers will assist customers in completing their circle of IoT efficiency to make smarter projects. Our Sales team will work with engineers to evaluate and evolve designs in order to improve the accessibility and reliability.
Applications of IoT can truly be applied in any area that has sensors accumulating data and a cloud-based application transmitting that information into useful analytics to machines that can carry out instant responses. The Internet of Things implemented through the exponential deployment of embedded systems will continue to change our world.
Single Board Computers
Single board computers (SBCs) are functional computers built on a single circuit board including microprocessor, memory, input/output (I/O) and other required features. Unlike desktop personal computers, sbc’s typically operate without requiring expansion slots for peripheral functions and are optimized for smaller form factors. Single board computers use a wide variety of processors with designs ranging from high performance servers in compact space-saving formats to low power modules as small as a pack of gum.
SBC’s provide advantages in a variety of applications, due to form factor, weight, cost, reliability and environmental ruggedness. SBCs are commonly used within industrial situations as rack mount computers for process control or embedded within other devices to provide control, analytical data, and user interface. Because of the very high levels of integration, reduced component counts and reduced connector counts, single board computers are often smaller, lighter, more power efficient and more reliable than comparable multi-board computers. These advantages make SBCs popular in medical instruments, transportation systems, military/aerospace, industrial controls and countless other high reliability applications.
Driven by the increasing density of integrated circuits and system on chip (SOC) processors, sbc’s are incorporating more processing power and/or more input/output (I/O) capability into smaller and smaller form factors. There are several industry standard form factors for SBCs as well as proprietary and custom form factors for specific applications. Some form factors are completely standalone; some include stackable or modular expansion, and others offer expansion through backplanes or mezzanine boards.
One common variety of sbc uses standardized form factors intended for use in a backplane enclosure. Some of these types are STD Bus, CompactPCI, PXI, VMEbus, VXI, and PICMG. The intelligence and interface/control circuitry is often placed on a plug-in single board computer that is then inserted into a passive (or active) backplane. Backplanes are available with a mix of slots (STD Bus, ISA, PCI, PCIX, PCI-Express, etc.) and can range from small 2 slot varieties with many options available for to fit in a 19″ rackmount enclosures.
Another popular format for single board computers are the ITX platforms. Originally defined by VIA Technologies with the Mini-ITX (Information Technology eXtended) reference design, these industry standard form factors have been heavily adopted by embedded computer manufacturers. As true sbc’s, they are fully functional as stand-alone SBCs, though they can offer expansion options. Currently there are four ITX standard form factors, including Mini-ITX (170mm x 170mm), Nano-ITX (120mm x 120mm), Pico-ITX (100mm x 72mm), and Mobile-ITX (75mm x 45mm).
Some rugged sbc form factors have connectors which allow expansion hardware and power supplies to be added. These industrial SBCs often feature locking connectors, thicker PCBs and designs for extended temperature operation. The PC/104 Consortium is one organization that publishes specifications for these industrial single board computers. Their single board computer standards include PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCI-104, PCIe/104, PCI/104-Express, EPIC, EPIC-Express, EBX, and EBX-Express.
With the variety of I/O available, processors and board form factors, single board computer design engineers have a tremendous number of tools at their disposal to design a system that meets customer’s very stringent and specific specifications. The usage of single board computers will continue to explode as the need to collect, analyze and share data increases in environments where multi-board computing simply cannot affordably survive.
An embedded system is a computer solution dedicated to providing specific functionality as part of a larger functioning system. Embedded refers to the tendency for the technology to be an internal component to the overall system. Embedded systems are everywhere and installations are expanding exponentially.
Since the early 1960s when embedded systems were first defined and used in the space program, the complexities and applications of these computers have changed greatly. Embedded systems are now integral to the cars we drive, consumer electronics, medical equipment, transportation systems, telecommunications, industrial controls, aerospace, and military applications. The applications are endless as technology and innovation uncover new opportunities and demands for programmable and self regulating/reporting solutions. While many of these applications use multiple embedded processors working in unison, each is considered an embedded system that works independently to provide a specific function in the total solution.
The operating environments for embedded systems generally extend well beyond the operating conditions of personal computers. Driven by the industrial equipment where they reside, embedded systems often require rugged, fanless computer hardware designed to withstand extreme conditions. Whether the system operates outdoors, is subjected to routine shock, or requires 10 plus years of product life, fanless embedded systems are often a requirement for increasing reliability.
Now known as the Internet of Things (IoT), a large movement began in 2005 to connect embedded systems directly to the internet, expanding the ability to collect and analyze data in a way never before possible. The concept allows information to be communicated through Ethernet, wireless, cellular technologies and other schemes so it can be analyzed on cloud-based systems allowing proactive predictive analysis.
The fundamental concept remains and many off-the-shelf solutions are available to simplify the development and integration of embedded systems. The system hardware selection is driven by the scope of the system interfaces (I/O) including sensors, controls, connectivity and operator interface. Many embedded systems have no operator interface and rely on simple push buttons, LEDs or a communication channel for device interaction. Once the basic system requirements are defined, a microprocessor or microcontroller can be selected to provide the necessary performance for the task.
Though many embedded systems require custom designed solutions, many industry standard form factors are also available. Single board computers based on industry standards such as PC/104, EBX, EPIC, Nano-ITX and 3.5-inch, and STD Bus are popular choices for industrial environments.
In parallel with the hardware selection, it is also necessary to consider the software side of the embedded system. Many different solutions are available for operating systems and application software tools. Proper selection may have a dramatic impact on the embedded system development cycle.
Considered by our clients to be The Embedded Systems Authority, WinSystems has focused on embedded technology and single board computers for over 30 years. The company provides a consultative approach to embedded computing design with a combination of standard and customized solutions.