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Transcend Showcases Embedded Solutions At Embedded World 2017

Written by Mark Johnston. Posted in Business News Global

Transcend embedded world2017 webTranscend Information participated at the recent Embedded World, held at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from March 14 to 16, 2017. In Hall 3A at booth 3A-211, visitors found a broad portfolio of embedded storage solutions, but also some new products. This year’s highlights included the company’s complete SuperMLC product series, which combines the performance advantages of SLC with the cost advantage of MLC flash memory, as well as an M.2 SSD with PCIe interface and 3D MLC NAND Flash.

The company’s product portfolio includes Solid State Drives, DRAM memory modules, SD cards, USB flash drives and DOMs in a variety of form factors and variants for use in embedded applications. To ensure enhanced durability and prolonged endurance, all products undergo reliability testing and are available with an extended temperature range. This to ensure stable operation even under demanding environmental conditions. Their long life and high compatibility and reliability ensure the company’s products are suitable for use in the following applications: POS / POI terminals, onboard entertainment systems, game machines, barcode scanners, medical technology, set-top boxes, monitoring systems, and others.

In order to better meet the needs of different industries, the company also offers a wide range of customised services. These range from solutions with optimised firmware, preloading of content and OEM / ODM services, as well as AES hardware encryption, conformal coating, underfilling, tailor-made stickers, logos and packaging. In addition, the company showed two other customisation options as live demos. Remote monitoring allows the user to monitor the S.M.A.R.T. values from SSDs of a client computer that is used somewhere in the world. This enables the system administrator to keep an eye on the health of the SSD and to take appropriate action if necessary. Hardware purge allows users to permanently erase their data on the SSD. The process is safer than software-based erasure methods and returns the SSD to its original state of manufacture.

HIMA Signs Global Framework Agreement With Pepperl+Fuchs

Written by Mark Johnston. Posted in Business News Global

HI000938 HIMA Pepperl Fuchs webBruehl, Germany: HIMA Paul Hildebrandt has signed a global framework agreement with Mannheim-based automation equipment manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs. It comprises the jointly developed H-system termination boards and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, which are connected through pre-assembled system cables to the connector boards of the HIMax family. The agreement also governs uniform formal and legal aspects for all companies in the HIMA group, including warranty, liability, obsolescence management and uniform commercial conditions.

With safety-oriented controllers, an additional isolation level is necessary for channel-wise galvanic isolation or isolation from explosion hazardous zones. This level can be implemented with the pre-assembled system cables and H-system isolated barriers from Pepperl+Fuchs mounted on termination boards. For each signal type, termination boards and HIMax connector boards can be connected easily, using tested standard system cables. This eliminates wiring errors and ensures the shortest possible commissioning times. Board design and layout are conceived for cabinet installation in accordance with HIMA specifications.

The H-system isolated barriers can be mounted on the termination board without tools and are hot swappable. This creates the ideal plug & play solution for using HIMax controllers to process signals from explosion hazardous areas. It is also the most compact solution of its sort commercially available.

Pertamina Using Honeywell UOP Technology To Boost Production Of Clean Fuels In Indonesia

Written by Mark Johnston. Posted in Business News Global

Illinois, US: Honeywell has announced that PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technology to produce high-octane gasoline blending components and jet fuel at its Balikpapan refinery in Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.

The agreement includes licensing and engineering for a CCR Platforming unit with a capacity of 33,000 barrels per day to produce cleaner-burning high-octane motor fuels and a Unionfining hydrotreating unit with a capacity of 47,000 barrels per day to produce kerosene jet fuel.

According to government sources, Indonesia's gross domestic product is growing by 5.2 percent per year, while its population of 260 million people is growing by 1.2 percent annually. As a result, gasoline demand in Indonesia currently is rising by four to five percent per year, straining its ability to meet domestic demand for refined products.

The technologies provided by Honeywell UOP will help Indonesia meet that growing domestic demand while upgrading to Euro IV clean fuel specifications and phasing out production of 88 RONC gasoline.

As part of the same project, Pertamina awarded Honeywell UOP with a contract to expand capacity of its existing Unicracking units at Balikpapan to 60,000 barrels per day. These units provide eastern Indonesia's domestic supply high-quality diesel fuel.

Electric Vehicle Charging Interface Initiative Welcomes STMicroelectronics

Written by Mark Johnston. Posted in Business News Global

Berlin, Germany: The Charging Interface Initiative e. V., CharIN, an open association founded to develop and establish the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging all kinds of battery-powered electric vehicles, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a pioneer in making vehicles safer, greener, and more connected, have announced that ST has become a member of the initiative.

With a portfolio of automotive and secure microcontrollers, sensing and power technologies — including advanced silicon carbide (SiC), and top-tier secure connectivity expertise, ST brings to CharIN its ability to address and industrialise sophisticated, secure, yet easy-to-use interfaces for hybrid and electric-vehicle (HEV/EV) charging.

Honeywell Files Lawsuit Against Code Corporation Claiming Widespread Patent Infringement

Written by Mark Johnston. Posted in Business News Global

South Carolina, US: Honeywell has filed a lawsuit against Code Corp., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company that manufactures barcode readers, in US District Court for the District of South Carolina, accusing the company of widespread patent infringement.

The lawsuit alleges infringement of multiple patents related to Honeywell’s barcode scanning technology. The patents involved in the lawsuit are for Honeywell innovations that make barcode readers easier to use and operate faster and more accurately.

"Honeywell has and continues to invest millions of dollars in developing new, innovative products and offerings,” said Lisa London, president of Honeywell’s Productivity Products business. “We welcome competition, but we have zero tolerance for those who infringe our intellectual property. Protecting patents is critical to ensuring a level playing field for all market players."

The lawsuit seeks to prevent Code from using Honeywell's patented technology in its barcode readers, including the CR2600, and to recover damages caused by the infringement. The specific Honeywell patents involved are:

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,039,258: ‘Hand-held portable data collection terminal system’
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,249,008: ‘Code reader having replaceable optics assemblies supporting multiple illuminators’
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,491,223: ‘Autodiscriminating Optical Reader’
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,538,413: ‘Battery pack with capacity and pre-removal indicators’
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,607,128: ‘Optical assembly for barcode scanner’
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,096,472: ‘Image sensor assembly for optical reader’

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