Tablet Economics: How Custom Tablet Prices and Development Stack Up Against Standard Tablets

We are approached on a regular basis for a custom designed tablet for applications that require volumes of several hundred to several thousand units. Our Modified COTS approach leverages proven existing tablet designs to prototype and produce custom tablets that allow our customers to get to market fast and efficiently with reduced risks. In many cases, the nature of the modifications require that we re-spin the electronics, display solution, power architecture, mechanical design, connectors, and/or the look and feel of the tablet. High quality off the shelf commercial tablets are designed and certified for mass production and worldwide distribution. Successful...

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Why Custom-Made Tablets Are Superior To Commercial Tablets

Custom-made tablets are more durable, more secure, and offer superior functionality over mass-produced commercial tablets used for military, medical, or industrial purposes. Here we describe how custom-made tablets, including custom-made Android tablets, are more durable – and quite simply, better – for most trades and industries than the commercial versions. Tablets (that is, tablet computers) are flat, sleek, mobile computing devices with touchscreen display technology. Although tablets are relatively new, having first made their entry into the marketplace in or around the year 2000, the technology has been in development much longer. Tablets continue to gain increasing popularity – and the technology...

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InHand Electronics Joins Wind River Partner Program

Embedded system and mobile device design firm adds VxWorks to operating system portfolio Rockville, MD (June 6, 2017) – InHand Electronics, a leading original design manufacturer of low-power embedded systems and handheld and rugged devices, has joined the Wind River® Partner Program at the silver level. InHand combines its expertise in embedded electronics design with Wind River’s VxWorks real time operating system (RTOS) to provide novel solutions for portable, rugged electronic devices that require time-critical operations. InHand will initially develop a VxWorks board support package (BSP) for its Fury-M6 platform. The Fury-M6 embedded single board computer (SBC), measuring a tiny...

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The Red Carpet Treatment: Cannes Film Festival, Oscars, and Custom Electronic Design

I am huge movie buff! In fact, I often have conversations with my brothers using just movie quotes (and our wives are embarrassed every time). However, despite my love for movies, I’ve never enjoyed watching the Cannes Film Festival or the Oscars. I will check the day after to see who won the major awards and maybe watch the host’s opening dialogue, but I rarely watch any of it live (although this would have been the year to watch live). My wife isn’t interested in Cannes or the Oscars either, but she loves watching the stars walk the red carpet....

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Custom Designed Tablets for IoT Use

Custom designed tablets provide special features that are required for specific uses. Industrial, military, or medical tablets may require a unique external interface, network connectivity, display, operating system, enclosure, and more. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the inter-networking of electronic devices that enable communications and the exchange of data. This promises convergence of electronic infrastructure, improved efficiency and accuracy, and a lot of time and money being saved through proper exploitation of collected data. The IoT is placing new requirements on portable devices, including tablets, which deviate from commonly available features on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets. The following...

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Rugged Android Tablets vs Commercial Tablets

Tablets are now essential to many industries and work environments. While the sleek designs, availability, and apparent cost-effectiveness of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets may seem attractive, these devices are not always the best choice. When deciding on the right tablet, it is essential to know what you need from the device and how you intend to use it. Most commercial tablets available today run one of three operating systems – iOS, Android, or Windows. iOS tablets are available from a single manufacturer who keeps the operating system proprietary, making these tablets difficult to modify and deploy in many customized applications....

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Benefits of an RTOS on Portable Handheld Devices

A real time operating system (RTOS) is used in applications where time sensitive operations are required. Typically, these applications involve the collection and analysis of sensor data, or the control of critical equipment. This contrasts with the use of general purpose operating systems. A general purpose operating system (GPOS), such as Android, Linux, or Windows, is designed to manage a wide variety of system processor, GUI, and peripheral functions, with complex scheduling rules. Paramount is maintaining a reactive user interface and assuring that all system functions and are executed, often on a round-robin basis. The application use cases of an...

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Tips to Follow While Choosing an Industrial Custom Tablet or Device Manufacturer

Tablets are versatile devices with seemingly no end to their uses in both personal and workplace environments. Tablets offered on consumer markets provide a standard set of features that cover many use cases – human interaction, wireless internet connectivity, location services, and more. However, these standard features may not include interfaces and features required for specific industry uses, enable long term supply chain stability, or be sufficiently controllable in their configuration for security. Advantages of Industrial Tablets and Custom Devices Connectivity: Consumer tablets are often only fitted with the bare minimum in terms of external connectors, such as a micro...

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Design Guide for Portable Electronic Devices

The demand for portable electronic devices continues to increase with the popularity of smartphones, tablets and similar devices. These devices must be lightweight, rugged, responsive, and long battery life. The key to designing portable devices is implementing a large amount of functionality packed into a small space while minimizing power consumption and enabling sufficient performance. Circuit Optimization Portable device design starts with the selection of components, including the processor, meant for embedded circuitry. These components typically support low power operation, low power modes, and are available for many years. Engineers must know how to make the proper trade-offs to shrink...

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Security: Forethought and Planning Avoids Problems

My wife and I were watching the news the other night and a story came up about the latest telemarketing scam that is making its way around the country. With this new scam, you answer your phone and a person who sounds like a telemarketer asks, “Can you hear me OK?” Most people instinctively say “yes” because they can in fact hear them OK. This is a pretty reasonable reaction, but it is also a predictable one. The scammer records your “yes,” then hangs up the phone and uses the recording to make over-the-phone purchases with a credit card or...

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