Using CPLDs to Tackle Unforeseen Design Requirements/Enhancements Late in the Electronic Design Cycle


Complex programmable logic devices, commonly known as CPLDs, have become a staple for modern digital electronic design. Although CPLDs have their limitations (they are primarily used for relatively small amounts of digital logic and low-power architectures), they are hard to beat their combination of low power consumption, on-the-fly design flexibility, and robust operation within a […]

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Key Differences That Make Medical Grade Tablets Different From Consumer Tablets


Medical grade tablets have a number of unique features and use cases as compared with consumer grade tablets. This often requires a custom tablet design that tightly integrates these features and assures high reliability, security, and privacy. Consumer grade tablets usually cannot meet FDA, HIPAA, and other regulatory requirements simply through software changes and a […]

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Custom mobile devices for industrial vertical markets


In the construction, oil and gas, transportation, military, medical, farming, or manufacturing fields – or many others – you perform very unique tasks for your job. You often use a generic commercial phone or tablet, and find the device is inadequate. Commercial off the shelf devices with an app might seem less expensive, but are […]

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The Biggest Challenges Faced In Planning Handheld Device Design


Portable handheld electronic devices such as computer tablets and smartphones continue to offer amazing features incorporated from mass-produced electronic technology. Sometimes, these commercial off the shelf (COTS) devices do not quite meet user needs. Perhaps they do not withstand tough environmental conditions, require a custom interface, or don’t meet regulatory requirements driven by specific application […]

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Considerations for Planning a Custom Electronic Device Design


At this time of the year, many companies assess product roadmaps, define projects and schedules, allocate resources, and assign budgets for the upcoming year. Since managers and project teams will be held accountable to working within these constraints, it is important to fully understand the many factors of developing an electronic product and account for […]

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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, […]

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Modified COTS and the Super Bowl


I came on board to InHand Electronics just over a week ago and have spent a lot of my time familiarizing myself with the products and services we offer. Maybe it’s because the Super Bowl is this weekend or football is just always on my mind, but as I learned about InHand’s custom products I […]

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A Commercial Tablet Just Won’t Cut It for Your Medical Application


It is tempting to want to purchase inexpensive, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets for use in medical facilities or to interface with medical equipment. Unfortunately, there are several technical, regulatory and security issues that could prevent you from doing that.  Technical issues, FDA, and HIPAA security rules are just three potential pot holes for COTS tablets. […]

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