Modified COTS, Customizing OTS Rugged Tablets to Meet System Requirements

At InHand, we take the concept of modified COTS to a new level. While many companies offer “custom” configurations of their standard products, they are still offering certain specific configurations that may or may not meet your needs. (Remember Gateway computers circa 2000?) InHand, on the other hand, offers full flexibility in the customization of our […]

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Using CPLD’s to Tackle Unforeseen Design Problems: Adding Debouncing and Hysteresis to Power Path Control Circuits

Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs) are becoming a staple for modern digital design. Although CPLD’s have their limitations (primarily for digital and low-power architectures), they are hard to beat from a total package perspective of low power consumption, on-the-fly design flexibility, and robust operation. InHand engineers have used CPLD’s and FPGA’s for purposes ranging from […]

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Designing for Long Life Cycle, Minimizing Cost of New Product Development

Unlike consumer devices, medical, military, and industrial products typically have very long product life cycles of five to 10+ years. Long life cycles are important because device manufacturers  in these markets are slow to migrate to next generation product, new devices, and/or technology. The slow migration arises from a number of factors: High design and […]

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Mechanical Engineer Review: Functional Rapid Prototype Enclosures

On a current project, we designed a modified COTS 7″ ruggedized tablet based on our Hydra-F6. The project required expanded battery life and customized sealed connectors. In order to meet the requirements, we had to build a completely new enclosure. Prototype parts in this size and quantity ( We considered various prototype processes including stereolithography […]

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Designing an Intrinsically Safe Handheld Device: A Multi-Disciplined Approach

InHand Electronics is a designer and manufacturer of portable and handheld electronic devices, designed for inherently low-power operation and high computational performance. A particular area of design that fits well with InHand’s normal practices is an area known as intrinsic safety (IS). An intrinsically safe product is a product that is designed to operate in […]

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Video Overview: Modified COTS

Today we have a video overview of InHand’s modified COTS products and services. What are modified COTS? What are the advantages? And some examples of our own board and tablets modified products and services. Have a video suggestion? Email it to info@inhand.com.    

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Modified COTS Device Design, Reducing Risk & Optimizing Cost

Current market trends pressure industrial and defense companies to innovate product features while simultaneously reducing cost, schedule, and risk. As a result, a market for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer modules has developed. These modules, often called computers-on-module (COMs) or systems-on-modules (SOMs), deliver COTS computing functions and save development time and cost for computing platforms. However, […]

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Case Study: Electronic Warfare and the Wolfhound Cooperative Radio Direction Finding System

InHand case studies exemplify our breadth and expertise in semi-custom and full custom product engineering design services. Our clients’ projects are ground breaking and important; we can help expedite schedules and with reduced risk in ever-advancing technologies. For more information on our engineering services click here or fill out an info request. “The electromagnetic spectrum […]

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