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Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Technical Solution Design Principles
April 12, 2019

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Technical Solution Design Principles

By The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance,
This white paper is focused on helping readers understand in detail the Open Industry 4.0 solution reference architecture framework for interoperability. It provides a dive deep into key design principles of its members defined and supported end to end solutions

What is High Performance Computing?
December 04, 2018

What is High Performance Computing?

By Chassis Plans
High-performance computing is used for solving advanced mathematical calculations and performing data processing through the use of computer modeling, simulation and analysis.

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology
November 20, 2018

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology

By Venkat Atluri, Satya Rao, and Saloni Sahni, McKinsey
As data, connectivity, and processing power expand, so do opportunities for industrial companies to extract value through innovative products, services, and business models. This McKinsey study delves further into how technology delivers value to today's industry.

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices
March 14, 2018

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices

This white paper from the Industrial Internet Consortium recommends best practices for endpoint security in industrial applications under the broader scope of industrial internet security. The basis for this document is the detailed analysis in the various industrial guidance and compliance frameworks that already exist

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?
November 10, 2017

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
This whitepaper gives an overview of what customers expect from Wi-Fi, where it is heading, and how Wi-Fi fits into a larger context in the Smart Home, but also meshing networks, edge computing, FTTH and DOCSIS.

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed
September 11, 2017

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed

By Cees Links, Qorvo
Meshing has always been an intriguing concept in networking technology. It implies an alignment with the concepts of sharing and helping – values usually highly rated in the world of technology pioneers. So, it’s no surprise that meshing networking usually attracts serious attention and consideration among technologists.

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme
August 01, 2017

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme

By AAEON
In 2014, China overtook the USA and became the world’s largest ATM market, according to Retail Banking Research (RBR), a financial strategy and data consultancy headquartered in London.

Why PKI matters for the IIoT
May 23, 2017

Why PKI matters for the IIoT

By Alan Grau and Dave West, Icon Labs
Just as cyber-attacks take many forms and exploit a wide range of vulnerabilities in the target device, so too is cybersecurity multi-faceted. A fundamental, but often ignored, aspect of cybersecurity for IIoT devices is strong authentication.

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0
May 02, 2017

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0

By Jerry Leitz, KINGSTAR
One of the primary benefits of a PC-based PLC is the ability to choose a flexible and scalable network that can serve as the foundation to an open, integrated “plug-and-play” platform for future needs like motion control and machine vision. But with so many standards competing to be most viable and valuable, which protocol should you choose?

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT
January 06, 2017

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT

By Ming Fong, Schneider-Electric Software
Even though MQTT was designed prior to this age of IoT, its characteristics meet the requirements of IoT and have full advantage of being adopted into the IoT space. This paper provides an insight into the MQTT protocol.

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation
December 06, 2016

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation

By Joseph Yang, Advantech
Many other automation technologies such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are already modular, so the concept of a modular IPC is a natural fit for industry.

IOT Edge Computing Primer
September 01, 2016

IOT Edge Computing Primer

By Opto 22
Systems at the network edge are increasingly able to leverage cloudbased resources to perform edge computing, but before the benefits can be realized, three problems need to be solved: connectivity, big data, and IoT architecture.

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice
August 17, 2016

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice

By Advantech
Today's automation designers and engineers are faced with a variety of hardware platforms to choose from. This whitepaper intended to help show which platforms are ideally suited for specific roles.

AAEON publishes white paper about its products
February 17, 2016

AAEON publishes white paper about its products

White Paper details 8 of AAEON’s latest product offerings with Intel 6th Generation Intel Core processors, including their key features and most viable applications. From embedded SBCs to network appliances, these products will harness the strength of these processors to bring you the most powerful and well-rounded solutions available.

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7 Steps to a Successful Analog ASIC
December 02, 2015

7 Steps to a Successful Analog ASIC

By Bob Frostholm, JVD Analog ASIC Semiconductors
Advanced planning, thoughtful and proper resource allocation, intimate understanding of your supplier’s Analog Design and production skills, a well-defined objective specification, and more will ensure the success for your project.

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'WARTUNGSFREI' INDUSTRIAL COMPUTER PLATFORMS
October 05, 2015

'WARTUNGSFREI' INDUSTRIAL COMPUTER PLATFORMS

By Maria Hansson, Product Manager, Business Unit Industrial at Kontron
'Wartungsfrei' Industrial Computer Platforms Increase Reliability and Reduce Operating Costs – Maintenance-Free Technology for Industrial Computer Platforms. By deploying 'wartungsfrei' (maintenance-free) industrial computer platforms, OEMs and operators can both reduce operating costs and increase the reliability of system installations. Maintenance-free systems are paving the way for the new age of the 'Smart Factory' (Industry 4.0) based on the technology of IoT.

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SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

What Makes a Soft PLC?
April 10, 2014

What Makes a Soft PLC?

By Dan Fenton, Phoenix Contact
Provides an overview on the differences between “soft” control systems and “real-time” control systems, including a brief description of control systems with an emphasis on PC-based control, the jargon surrounding these PC-based systems, “real time,” and examples demonstrating different use cases.

Leveraging Virtualization for Higher Business Continuity
July 11, 2012

Leveraging Virtualization for Higher Business Continuity

By Invensys

This whitepaper discusses what software virtualization is, its history, what benefits can be expected, some guidelines on how best to implement software virtualization, some actual user experiences and list of additional resources you can tap into to learn more.

How to Choose the Right Computer for Your Instrument Control System
May 31, 2012

How to Choose the Right Computer for Your Instrument Control System

By National Instruments

The computer can be the most crucial part of an instrument control system. It provides flexibility over traditional boxed systems by connecting to the instrument, running the software to control the instrument, analyzing the measurements, and saving the results. Ask these six questions to uncover the right computer for an application.

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May 13, 2012

Attack the stack: Identifying unauthorized code execution caused by buffer overflows

Embedded Computing Design, May 2012

By Rutul Dave, Coverity

Instead of policing such attacks to manage security risk, a better approach is to use the strength of quality software development and code testing with static analysis to find and fix the underlying defects that lead to security vulnerability. . Requires registration to read paper.

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May 13, 2012

Examine the Hidden Costs of Commercial PC Platforms in Embedded Applications

Embedded Computing Design, April 2012

By Kelly Gillilan, AMD

Covers the hidden costs of commercially available PC platforms when used in embedded applications and why today’s embedded platforms are a superior choice for your next high-end embedded application. Requires registration to read paper.

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March 19, 2012

Maximize the Success of Your Control System with Object-Oriented Design

Automation.com, March 2012

By Rick Slaugenhaupt, TechMinder Consulting

Object-orientation is the technique of bundling code into individual software objects. Numerous benefits result from this and, in turn, those benefits streamline the effort of creating a rock-solid control system solution.

PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options
November 03, 2011

PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options

Automation.com, November 2011

By Bosch Rexroth

When deciding whether to choose a PLC or PC, analyze and compare characteristics that could differentiate the two technologies such as operation, robustness, serviceability, hardware integration, security, safety, programming and cost.

Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership
September 28, 2011

Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership

Automation.com, October 2011
By Michael. A Stout, Falcon Electric
UPS selection is so large that consumers are often misled into buying a UPS on price alone, without fully understanding what they are buying or available options. For industrial applications, users face a costly learning experience if they buy a UPS on cost alone. Here’s what you need to know about buying a UPS.

Build Versus Buy - Understanding the Total Cost of Embedded Design
August 16, 2011

Build Versus Buy - Understanding the Total Cost of Embedded Design

National Instruments presents information and data regarding some of the cost differences between building a custom solution versus using NI off-the-shelf tools. NI's Graphical System Design ‘Build vs. Buy’ Calculator shows the financial differences.

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May 18, 2011

Developing Software in a Multicore and Multiprocessor World

Embedded Computing Design, April 2011

By Gwyn Fisher

Software developers stand to gain increased speed and functionality from multiprocessor architectures, but the resulting complexity makes detecting software errors more challenging. Here are the challenges associated with software development on next-gen architectures and how static analysis can help. Registration required to read paper.

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Evaluate Network Video Recorder Performance
December 10, 2010

Evaluate Network Video Recorder Performance

Professionals accustomed to measuring the performance of a digital video recorder (DVR) by way of frames-per-second at a certain resolution may be challenged to find a similar snapshot comparison for network video recorder (NVR) performance.

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November 21, 2010

Cutting-edge multicore development techniques for the next wave of electronics products

Embedded Computing Design, October 2010

By Rational Software, IBM

This paper discusses cutting-edge software development methods that enable software development teams to leverage new multicore technology, including an automated way to reuse single-core software for complex multi-core systems. Registration required to read paper.

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July 12, 2010

USB Explained: An Introduction to USB and Its Future

Embedded Computing Design, July 2010

By Stephen Olsen and Colin Walls, Mentor Graphics Corporation

USB is ubiquitous on PCs and peripherals. This paper provides an overview of USB and the direction USB is currently moving for future development from the perspective of the embedded software developer. Registration required to view white paper.

March 19, 2010

The significance of Intel’s Core i7 to embedded computing

Embedded Computing Design, March 2010

Core i7 will offer either more processing performance per watt compared with earlier products (estimated at around 20%), or lower power consumption per unit of processing performance than its predecessors. This is great news for the embedded computing community. Registration required to read paper.

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March 11, 2010

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

By Stanley Liu, Moxa

This white paper explores how selecting the correct solution allows existing IT departments to easily deploy and monitor the full range of available industrial automation devices for server room monitoring, without complicated integration obstacles or additional training requirements.

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March 11, 2010

Sample Code for Embedded Applications

By Dr. CF Lin, Moxa

Software developers should always be on the lookout for ways to ensure that products are developed quickly, but at the same time are also reliable and cost-effective. A simple yet very effective way of doing this is to rely on sample code when getting started with a project.

March 11, 2010

Using Embedded Computers to Manage Your Solar Power System

By Ella Liao, Moxa

Computers play an essential role in solar power systems, particularly when it comes to maximizing energy efficiency. Here are three examples.

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February 10, 2010

White paper examines database vendors' IMDS claims

By McObject

In-memory database systems (IMDS) have changed the software landscape, enabling "smarter" real-time applications. But IMDS' popularity has sparked a flurry of products falsely claiming to be in-memory database systems.

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October 25, 2009

Economized Data Center Cooling

By Daniel Kennedy, Rittal

This paper explores the methods of economized cooling that can be used in the small-to-medium size data centers that are more prevalent in the industry today than their larger counterparts. A brief overview of system implementation is also included.

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September 27, 2009

The Web of Things

By Tridium

Whitepaper discusses the state of device networks and how IP and Web technologies can become enablers to tap the huge potential of smart devices.

August 27, 2009

Transferring Data in Non-Networked Applications

By Paul Plitzuweit, Datakey Electronics

This paper presents the factors OEMs should consider when choosing between a network interface and removable memory for the purpose of delivering firmware updates, enabling features, uploading/backing-up setup parameters or data logging on an embedded device.

August 27, 2009

SimTest Simulation: A Powerful Tool for Embedded Software Development

Embedded Computing, August 2009

By Ville-Veikko Helppi, Mentor Graphics

Two different simulation methodologies are used with embedded ssystems: the traditional hardware-related simulation that consists of a target-based development; and host-based simulation which is quickly becoming the preferred method within the embedded community. This paper discusses host-based simulation and introduces two new tools that utilize this type of technology. Registration required.