SPS Show: Kontron, Intel team up on single board computing
Product expected to offer OEMs more design flexibility
At the SPS Show in Nuremburg, Kontron introduced the world’s first embedded single board computer based on the Intel Atom E600C processor series with industrial temperature range. It pairs the Intel processor with an Altera Field Programmable Gate Array in a single package. With the new Intel processor series, along with IP definable applications, Kontron officials said the MICROSPACE MSMST will provide OEMs a simplified application design, reduced development efforts, faster time to market and lower total cost of ownership.
“The launch of the Intel Atom E600C processor series with integrated Altera FPGA marks a new era in embedded computing,” said Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron AG. “This paves the way for even more cost-efficient dedicated applications, which obtain their new range of functions simply via FPGA programming. Customers profit from faster upgrades, more flexibility and, on top of that, long-term guaranteed IP availability over lifecycles of dedicated components. For customers who require a high-level of individualization, there is the option of realizing these differentiations on multi-functional COTS platforms only via software and by this ensuring the use of this IP in the long term.”
"Intel’s configurable Atom processor series provides additional flexibility for customers who want the choice to customize embedded solutions with proprietary I/O or acceleration,” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager, Embedded and Communications Group, Intel. “With the latest Intel Atom processors powering the Kontron single board computer, developers may differentiate their designs by reacting quickly to changing market segment requirements and meet the varied needs of embedded devices.”
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.