HMI rugged railway Panel PC featuring 10.4″ display

More and more manufacturers of rugged embedded electronics are focusing on railway solutions. The panel PCs for railways should meet strict industry requirements: they have to be compact, light weighted ,resistant to multiple shocks and vibrations, compliant to EN50155 and other standards. Rugged railway Panel PC  BS04 stands out from a bunch of similar products due to its smart design and customization options. This is why I prepared a short overview of the product, mentioning the main technical characteristics and distinctive design elements:

HMI rugged railway Panel PC BS04 , brief description

Rugged Panel PC for railway transport BS04 features 10.4″ display, dual core 32bit/64bit Intel PineviewD (D510) х86 CPU,  1 GB soldered DDR2 SDRAM is designed to withstand electromagnetic and mechanical shocks, as well as wide temperature ranges.

Harsh environment conditions

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3.5″ embedded SBC Intel Atom Bay Trail E3825/E3845

 3.5″ Embedded single board computer, Intel Atom E3825/E3845 (Bay Trail):

Fastwel introduces 3.5” Embedded SBC Micro Module with the 4th generation Intel® Atom™ Bay Trail E3800 processor family onboard system-on-chip (SoC), low power consumption, fanless operation and extended operating temperature range -40C-85C. Processor options include dual-core E3825 and quad-core E3845.

Stack PC Expansion connector:

StackPC connector of 3.5″ SBC CPB909 combines main requirements of Stack modules in PC/104-Express format and complements their functionality with up-to-date widespread high-speed interfaces such as: Continue reading

Smart parking systems, CCTV, and traffic safety at Intertraffic Amsterdam.

Past week Fastwel visited a famous international trade fair “Intertraffic” in Amsterdam. The focus of this post is to highlight some of the presented solutions, including: CCTV and smart parking systems, traffic management and safety applications. The show, however, was devoted not only to the above mentioned solutions.The industry leading system integrators and technology suppliers demonstrated the latest achievements in the following segments: Continue reading

Space CompactPCI Serial — a new working group to extend specification.

Dear readers, I’d like to share some industry news with you. This autumn, a new working group, «Space CompactPCI Serial» was launched in order to adjust the current CompactPCI Serial specification to the particular requirements for space applications by creating a sub-standard. The sub-committee was initiated by PICMG member companies and well-known industry leaders, such as Airbus Defense & Space, Thales Alenia Space, and STI Spacetech and assembled by Manfred Schmitz, CEO of MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH.

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NAND flash storage solutions overview

Dear readers, here’s a brief overview* of the most recent, innovative and curious NAND flash storage solutions, including iSLC technology, data erasing solutions and the latest development by Micron&Intel — 3D NAND Flash solution. The overview is based on a presentation by Noud Bertens, Innodisk, during the Telerex event (Breda, the Netherlands, 14/10/2015) where Fastwel has been invited as as special guest.

*Fastwel and Innodisk are system partners in the field of embedded flash storage. A range of rugged CPU modules in CPCI, PC104, StackPC form-factors, manufactured by Fastwel, comes with Innodisk memory products.

iSLC — a new approach to Single Level Cell technology.

iSLC is a new, cost efficient, but at the same time effective solution. iSLC provides high performance with 30000 Program Erase Cycles and the Initial data retention period of 10 years. This is 10 times more effective than the  Continue reading

Rugged embedded systems for aerospace at MAKS2015

Organizers of global trade shows, competing each other for the audience, every year arrange even more remarkable and impressive shows. For that matter the International Aviation and Space Expo has no match. Therefore,  I’d like not only to share the engineering information and tell our readers about the new products presented by Fastwel at the exhibition and forum, but also to share our impressions of the amazing International Pilot Team Show.

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Rugged embedded modules by Fastwel at the “Hightech at the Olympia tower” event in Munich

Past week Fastwel presented its rugged embedded modules to German clients and partners during the Olympia Tower event.

Together with our distributor in Germany, Plug-in,  and 30 other high-tech companies, Fastwel participated in a beautifully organized exposition which took place at the Olympia Tower in Munich, Germany. The products, introduced by Fastwel, included embedded modules in cPCI (PICMG 2,0; PICMG 2.16; PICMG 2.30, CPCI Serial) , PC/104 (PC/104 Plus, PCI/104 Express) form-factors as well as COM modules for industrial applications.

The event program included not only the exposition, but also several presentations, thus, the participants could share their knowledge on the latest technological developments.

We’d like to thank Plug-in and Meilhaus, who kindly invited Fastwel team to join them in Munich for the high level of the event organization. We’re looking forward to bring the newest embedded modules to the event next year.


Updates for Stackable PC/104 specification from PC104 Consortium

Hot news for PC104 designers and users! Here is a recent article on a fresh, effective and cost-efficient solution for PC/104 boards, called «OneBank». This additional option allows designers to free additional space on the PCI/104 boards, while remaining compatible with the various form-factors. Read more of the article, originally published by Jeff Milde, Executive Director of the PC/104 Consortium.

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Success factors for embedded hardware development — Faster, Higher, Stronger

«Citius, Altius, Fortius» — states the Olympic games motto, which means Faster, Higher, Stronger. Those words are not just a beautiful slogan, known by everyone! For Fastwel those are the key success factors for the development of embedded hardware for mission-critical applications.

  • Faster adjustment to the constantly changing circumstances. In a highly competitive rugged electronics market environment, the one who adjusts better — wins. Offering not only the standard products and form-factors, but those new (StackPC) which combine the innovative approach to industrial electronics development and the proven reliability of “wheelhorses” (PC/104), is important.
  • Higher quality standards. To stand out in the field of mission critical applications, one needs to have the highest quality standards. Fastwel products perform the extreme resistance to Shocks\Vibrations\Humidity and an extended temperature range (from -40 to -85 degrees).
  • Stronger links with clients and partners. In a highly competitive environment only strong relationships, based on trust, can lead to success. Fastwel closely works with our long-term partners to provide the best quality products and the most customized support to clients.

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Distribution agreement with PLUG-IN at Hannover Messe 2015

Fastwel is constantly striving to provide the best products and customized service to our clients globally. The best way to do so — is to establish long-term business relationships with reliable partners, operating on local markets. This goal has been reached for German-speaking countries by the recent signing of alliance agreement with PLUG-IN  at Hannover Messe 2015. The distributor of Fastwel products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, PLUG-IN is one of the most innovative companies for industrial systems solutions in Germany. Together, Fastwel and PLUG-IN will cover the needs of continuously growing European Market for ruggedized embedded electronics.