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The Past, Present, and Future of PC104 for Small Form Factor Designs

June 30, 2020

PC104, or what used to be PC/104, has been around in some form for over 30 years. That’s a long time, even for embedded systems. Despite that age, it remains a viable and important architecture for embedded systems. Read More>>>

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How to Deal with the End of Extended Support for Windows Embedded Standard 7

June 24, 2020

Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) has been a fixture in the embedded computing industry for nearly a decade. While the operating system (OS) isn’t going away, Extended Support is coming to a halt on October 13, 2020. WES7 originally debuted in 2010. It differed from the more commonplace Windows 7 OS in that it offered… Read More »

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ECC RAM in Embedded Systems

June 12, 2020

Error correction code (ECC) memory is a must-have for every embedded computer platform, right? Not exactly. There are places where it absolutely makes sense. But there are probably even more where it’s not required. First, let’s define the memory type. ECC RAM is found in servers where data loss would be catastrophic. Its differentiating factor… Read More »

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COVID-19 Is Impacting the Embedded Computing Industry and its Supply Chain

May 29, 2020

We are now living in the craziest of times, certainly the craziest of my lifetime, and likely yours. Obviously, I’m referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the issues that it brings with it. In the embedded computing space, it’s having an impact on the global supply chain, and not a good impact, especially in… Read More »

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Benchmarking: Myth vs. Reality

May 18, 2020

Benchmarking is important. It’s one of the most important things a developer should do when evaluating different platforms, either from different vendors or from one vendor. However, for useful results to be realized, the proper questions must be asked. And that starts with which benchmarks are being run, as many are available. I’m not suggesting… Read More »

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Industrial Flash Options Impact Embedded Computing Designs

April 30, 2020

Here’s something you may not have been aware of: industrial flash options can have a huge impact on your embedded computing design. Far too many developers take the flash memory in their systems for granted, either leaving the decision until too late in the design or not choosing an option that’s right for their system…. Read More »

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Innovations Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

Looking into the future, can we define any technologies that will be accelerated by the global crisis? Artificial intelligent (AI) is sure to be one. For example, temperature scanning and alerts are already available, but I expect these technologies to be improved and more prevalent at mass gatherings. When you add AI and some of… Read More »

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Embedded Computers Enable Essential Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 24, 2020

Oh what a strange time it is. None of us can say that we’ve ever lived through something like this before, because nothing like this has ever happened before, certainly not to this magnitude. Obviously, I’m referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before I get into the technology that supports our essential business, I’d like to… Read More »

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