The SBC operates in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees C without needing a fan. It integrates the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM, LPT, mouse, audio and keyboard controllers onto one board that measures 3.6 x 3.8 inches. PPM-GX runs x86-compatible software for space and power-limited embedded designs. It is a Pentium-class CPU with an x86-native instruction set and 32 KB of integrated L1 cache that runs Windows CE, Windows XP embedded, Linux and other x86-compatible operating systems such as VxWorks and QNX. The PPM-GX supports up to 512 MB of SDRAM and offers support for both rotational and solid-state disks. Two floppy disk drives and two UltraDMA 66 IDE drives can be connected.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey