Networking/Protocol, Management/High Availability (HA) Middleware, Operating Systems, Development and Modeling, Application
High-energy physics: Controllers for X-ray laser accelerators
DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) - one of the world's leading particle-accelerator centers, conducting top-level international research into the fundamental relationships of matter - was tasked with finding a successor technology for its control and data-acquisition systems, which were based on VME and proprietary hardware, some of which was more than 30 years old. The main requirements: better signal quality, higher bandwidth, and support for several decades of operation, allowing for a phased migration in current installations.
Leveraging COM Express for medical equipment design
Modern-day medical applications have a wide spectrum of needs, from the demanding computing requirements of optical imaging technologies - such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical coherence tomography (OCT), X-ray computed tomography (CT), computed axial tomography (CAT) scans, and 3D ultrasounds - to the compact form factor and low power consumption necessary for mobile diagnostic equipment.
MicroTCA workshop at DESY - 2018
The 7th MicroTCA Workshop for Industry and Research was held at DESY [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron] in Hamburg, Germany on December 5 and 6, 2018. The workshop was attended by 190 participants from more than 20 research facilities and more than 30 ...
Celebrating 25 years of PICMG
Welcome! PICMG is celebrating its 25th year with great momentum and many active committees. Since our founding, nine families of specifications and tens of thousands of successful collaborations have led to billions of dollars in products and solutions across a wide array of markets. We are poised to continue our efforts in solving embedded computing requirements through new and expanded open specifications.
Next-generation backplane production technology
Next-generation data rates are placing higher demands on backplane design, assembly, and test. New production techniques are required to deal with these evolving data-rate realities.
Collaboration enables innovation
"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin
Bringing IoT to the sensor domain: Sensors Expo recap
Sensors Expo was held in San Jose from June 26 to 28, 2018. It was great to see a trade show with growing attendance and enthusiasm. Regardless of the type of sensor vendor on display, the trend to connect sensor technologies was widespread. Featured were wireless innovations, an embedded system area, a university showcase, and even clever end solutions such as the sensor-laden mattress, which we all admired longingly after being on our feet all day.
Tackling the challenges of industrial IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to transform the way that we deploy industrial applications by combining the best practices from the IT space with cloud-based analytics and machine learning.
Military, aerospace, and physics applications drive new MicroTCA innovations
MicroTCA is a highly versatile backplane-based architecture that is utilized in a wide variety of applications. With a high-speed connector, compact size, hot-swappability, and 99.9999 percent achievable uptime, it's a powerful architecture. Particularly in military/aerospace and physics applications, end users are asking for solutions to make the architecture faster, handle more power, provide more I/O, and meet other demands of the environment. The MicroTCA/AMC vendors are stepping up to meet these requirements.
COM and IIoT market growth aligns with PICMG initiatives
The Computer on Module (COM) market is expected to grow significantly over the next five-plus years, according to multiple market research studies. Within the COM market, COM Express is the recognized leader, with its strongest areas of growth being IIoT [industrial Internet of Things] and adoption in rugged environments, including drones, military, and transportation.
COM Express is heading towards "server-on-module"
With the newly revised (Version 3.0) iteration of the most successful computer-on-module (COM) standard, a new pinout type is added to extend the reach of COM Express to server type applications.
Liquid cooling expands application spectrum for CompactPCI computers
In early December 2017, I had the honor of delivering one of the keynote speeches at the DESY MicroTCA Workshop in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop was well-attended, as 183 participants from 25 institutes and 23 companies gathered to share the latest developments in MicroTCA hardware, software, and applications. The pre-workshops, held December 4 and 5, included a tutorial for MTCA.4 beginners, interoperability testing opportunities, and an introduction to ChimeraTK, a popular software suite for managing MicroTCA (and other) components. The industrial exhibition was also well attended, with 14 companies present.