(image courtesy of ACROFAN) Freescale approached InHand at the end of April 2015 with a new processor technology- the i.MX 6 single chip module (SCM). This SCM includes, in a single package, a fully functional i.MX 6 dual core processor (with the legacy MLB interface disabled), an associated power management IC (PMIC), 16 MB of […]
After 15 years of creating new rugged, mobile devices, InHand has become an expert in accelerating time-to-market for new device designs. Here we discuss three embedded system options for fast time-to-market. For questions or inquiries, please contacts us. To request a future vlog topic, email firstname.lastname@example.org. .
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
InHand Electronics designs and manufactures portable and handheld electronic devices, specializing in product that inherently requires low-power operation, user interaction, and high computational performance. Particularly challenging is an application area known as intrinsic safety (IS). An intrinsically safe product is designed to operate in hazardous, potentially explosive areas by limiting the energy available for ignition of […]
InHand has been blogging a lot recently about the advantages of Modified COTS, where a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) circuit board is used as a validated starting point for a customized design. We have discussed how to leverage our commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Fury-F6 single board computer (SBC) for new designs, and previous InHand modified COTS projects. […]
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 email@example.com.
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, […]