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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Russian high tech at Hannover Messe 2015.

Fastwel participates in   Hannover Messe exhibition on 12-17th April 2015, this time as a part of iMoscow booth. There the most innovative, high-tech companies of Moscow come together, to demonstrate its core competencies. The aim of such a collaboration was to let visitors see for themselves that Russian companies provide modern high-tech solutions, competitive in the global markets.

Fastwel introduced its rugged customized Tablet PC  highly resistant to shocks and vibrations as well as industrial SBCs for mission critical applications.

Overall, the iMoscow residents’ products, such as super conductors, medical equipment, rugged electronics — attracted numerous visitors.

The future of industrial communications: Fieldbus or Ethernet?

Having recently joint Fastwel as a Head of European Branch, I’ve attended the first event in a new role. It was a workshop, organized by Telerex in Breda, the Netherlands, where over 40 industrial automation experts arrived to discuss the state of art in industrial communications. The experts talked about pros and cons of Fieldbuses and Ethernet communications for industrial automation. Many technical details of “Fieldbus VS Ethernet” battle have been covered; however, here I would like to focus on the business aspects of the problem. Continue reading

Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance (ECA) — Fastwel

Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance (ECA) — Fastwel

Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance (ECA)


Intel Embedded and Communications AllianceThe Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based solutions on Intel technologies.

Fastwel is a member of the The Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance, a community of developers and solution providers utilizing Intel technology in the development and deployment of solutions. Continue reading

PICMG Open Modular Computing Standards CompactPCI Overview

PICMG Open Modular Computing Standards CompactPCI Overview

The CompactPCI® family of specifications define a low cost,
modular, and scalable approach to building systems suitable for an extremely wide range of industrial, commercial, aerospace, military, instrumentation, data acquisition, communications, telephony, machine control, and man machine interface applications.

CompactPCI, first introduced in 1999, has continued to evolve new applications – including the two main computers on the Mars Rover, Curiosity.

CompactPCI’s success is due in no small part to its adoption of the parallel PCI bus as the main data bus. PCI was the first universal, processor-independent computer bus that was adopted by all major microprocessor manufacturers. Hundreds of processors chipsets and thousands of peripheral chips utilize PCI.  By leveraging low cost silicon and software developed for PCI, CompactPCI has become the world’s most popular modular open computer architecture designed for embedded applications.

The PICMG 2.16 version of CompactPCI defined the industry’s first switched fabric Ethernet backplane architecture that allowed more than a dozen processor boards to be interconnected as a local high speed  LAN in a single chassis.

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CompactPCI — Kontron

CompactPCI — Kontron

Today’s demands on industrial PC technology require intelligent, cost-optimized products that are suitable for rugged environments and ensure longevity. These factors, along with many others, bring system designers back to the robust, modular and standardized CompactPCI / CPCI platforms. Available in both 3U and 6U form factors, this technology offers the latest and fastest Intel® Core™ processor technology for applications across all market spaces. Driven and supported by the PICMG group for more than 10 years, CompactPCI (CPCi) platforms are designed for modularity, ruggedization, Hot Swap, system management and provide densed computing performance, which is supported by optimized air or conduction cooled concepts.

To fulfill further market needs, the CompactPCI system platform provides:

  • Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware
  • Open and modular systems based on international standards
  • Robustness, high Mean Time between Failures, low Life Cycle Costs
  • Long product lifetime and short design in times
  • Support of real-time and standard operating system as well as tool chains
  • Broad range of third-party hardware and software products
  • Excellent Service & Support

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or harsh environments.