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Start with the news release Low-power network platform for harsh environments from Axiomtek, which we summarised at the time by saying "Axiomtek has announced the NA-320FL, a fanless 1U compact network appliance platform with 6GB LANs that supports the low-power Intel Atom processors D510 1.66GHz with Intel ICH8M PCH chipset.". Several months prior to that, we featured the news release LCD display modules for gauges and meters from Saelig: "Saelig has announced the availability of uLCD-32PT, a 3.2in QVGA TFT with 65K LCD TFT display with integrated touch screen and smart graphics processor for industrial control and robotics.".

In December 2010, we covered the news from Kontron - take a look at Motherboard suits gaming and medical applications which says: "Kontron has announced the BGA version of its embedded Mini-ITX motherboard KT690/mITX (BGA) for applications in gaming, digital signage, POS/POI, medical technology and industrial and panel PCs.".

Take a look also at the news release from NXP Semiconductors, LPC4000 enables DSP/MCU application development, as well as Motherboard computer suited for digital signage from Avalue Technology, and BVM develops high-performance motherboard from BVM.

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Single-board computer features rugged design (October 2010)

Aitech Defense Systems has introduced a 6U VPX SBC suitable for radar system boot computers, sonar processors, video and graphics engines and single-board process and machine control applications.

Axiomtek offers desktop network appliance platform (October 2010)

The NA-320 from Axiomtek is a compact desktop network appliance platform with six Gigabit LAN ports designed for VPN, firewall, UTM, network bandwidth controller, and network management applications.

Microcontrollers suited for battery-powered units (October 2010)

NXP's LPC1100L and LPC1300L microcontrollers are suited for lighting controllers, digital power conversion and management systems, and portable battery-powered consumer products and accessories.

Embedded board can be used in medical devices (October 2010)

The 146 x 105mm PEB-2771VG2A ECX embedded system board is suited for applications such as medical devices, industrial automation and handheld gaming;

ADC suited for precision sensor applications (October 2010)

The MAX11210 single-channel, 24-bit ADC is suited for portable instrumentation, temperature sensors, and other precision sensor applications demanding low power consumption.

Controller chip provides PCIe connectivity (September 2010)

Moschip Semiconductor Technology has launched a multifunction controller chip with PCI Express (PCIe) connectivity that is ideal for docking stations in media players and point-of-sale terminals.

3.5in board endures wide temperature operation (September 2010)

Avalue Technology has released a 3.5in (8.9cm) single board computer, which is said to be ideal for in-vehicle infotainment, medical instrument, IP media phone and gateway service applications.

Intel Atom processors supported on panel PCs (September 2010)

Kontron has announced that the industrial-grade Intel Atom processor E6xx series will be supported on Computer-on-Modules and Panel PCs.

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Further reading
  • GPIO expander slashes standby drain

    Device provides simple, cost-effective low-power option for adding I/Os for functions such as LED indicators, control buttons, fans and sensors.
  • Compact I/O expanders increase GPIO resources

    As designers of portable systems develop versions of their core designs for different market, they often need to add features and functions but find that their controller has limited GPIO resources.
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