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The longevity and wide use of the PC/104 form factor has been largely a result of its ability to adapt to advances in technology while retaining backward compatibility to earlier modules. The advent of the OneBank® connector is an adaptation for board space and cost that fits in smoothly with existing systems.

The PC/104 Consortium™ has announced the latest revision of the PCI/104-Express & PCIe/104 Specification, Revision 3.0, that provides an additional option called “OneBank®”. The PCIe/104 OneBank® utilizes a smaller, lower-cost bus connector which is compatible to the full size PCIe/104

Whether it is a small form factor (SFF) computing product or a GPS module, a radio or a handheld display – or even an unmanned vehicle such as the Throwbot XT from Recon Robotics, which can be held and tossed one-handed – everything is getting smaller. This situation is especially true in military embedded-computing applications, where designers of radar, sonar, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment all want more signal-processing capability in the same footprint or smaller. This demand in turn puts pressure on designers of these devices to come up with new SFFs that can manage the thermal levels generated by modern processors in cramped quarters.

In this case study consideration is given to high-accuracy locomotive location detection systems with the help of GLONASS/GPS. The system can be used both in mainline railroad transport and industrial railroad transport enterprises that have their own fleets of locomotives and track infrastructure.

The embedded marketplace has seen many gyrations over the last 20 years. The ever-changing roles and scopes of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have created a diverse level of requirements. These shifts place increasing pressure on standards groups to develop and market ever-evolving and pioneering technologies that serve not only short-term needs but, in many cases, long-term viability and upgradability.

Source: Yahoo News PC/104 featured. Among the most innovative technologies the Navy is rolling out is an “autonomous” boat that can drive itself under the control of a sophisticated computer module hardly larger than a Rubik’s cube. There is absolutely

Unmanned vehicles, throughout their long history, have typically been focused around the military and national security industries. The initial use of these vehicles was simple: To remove humans from high-risk situations and go to places where humans could not. In the beginning, unmanned vehicle …

By integrating PCI Express into the tried and true PC/104 stackable format, the powerful PCIe/104 architecture was born. By enabling lane shifting of the PCI Express links, system developers gain an elegant way to blend flexibility and high performance.