DDR4 Server DIMMs Allow More Efficient Server Designs

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 19, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Server memory can be confused with the amount of storage space available on a device, which is a common misconception. Increasing the storage capacity of a server does not improve overall performance, but simply allows for more data to be saved. Instead, server memory allows for a server to write and read information being accessed from storage by the device. The more memory available, the more actions can be read, written, and performed by a server. 

Server or storage applications are designed to compute and store large amounts of data. It has been proven that using DRAM instead of SSD or HDD to build new generation servers provide much better performance, mostly related to the better latency and bandwidth offered by DRAM. To build these efficient systems, you just be able to aggregate large amounts of DDR4 DRAM and there are various options available, like LRDIMM, RDIMM, or 3DS architectures. At the DDR4 interface level, new equalization techniques will help support higher speeds. Larger DRAM capacities multiplied by higher bandwidth is a winning recipe for higher performance computers and storage systems. 

Advantech brings in Micron & ATP server product lines along with validation for the Intel® Purley Platform. This platform uses Intel’s new Xeon scalable processor family which was just recently released. Server premier DDR4-2666MHz registered DIMMs are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits and are focused on compatibility with the latest server architecture. This provides a significant boost in performance for today’s memory intensive server applications.

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Topics: Industrial Servers & Storage

Intelligent Factory Connectivity

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

As manufacturing companies expand and leverage their scale and manufacturing capacity, one of the major challenges they face is to improve their operational efficiency. However, most plants have numerous complex systems that are critical for managing scheduling, production, inventory and quality data - especially if the company owns several factories in different cities, which complicates management. What is needed is an easy and effective approach to supervising each factory and sharing information across multiple sites. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Industrial Communication, Remote I/O

Factory Automation Solution for Existing Machine Equipment

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 16, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Increasingly more enterprises need to transform and upgrade their production lines to intelligent manufacturing. The biggest problem for enterprise equipment monitoring is how to complete signal acquisition and establish communication between devices from different brands and different types. This customer required the status of each of their machines to be monitored, including power on/off times, production quantities and stack lights. Without the additional costs of purchasing new machines, Advantech offers an integrated solution that achieves factory automation with existing machines. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Improving the Rail Passenger Experience with Advantech's PIS & CCTV Solutions

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 12, 2018 10:15:00 AM

With decades of experience, Advantech's product offering for transportation market has evolved into a solid portfolio of solutions. Our solution for Passenger Information System (PIS) delivers real-time travel updates and infotainment, while our CCTV solution ensures the safety and security of rail travels, both of which improve the traveler experience. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Chatting with Chuck: Growth of the IoT in the U.S.

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 11, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Its time to Chat with Chuck! In this week's podcast Chuck chats Chaney Ho, Executive Board Director and co-founder of Advantech. Listen as they discuss the current state of the IoT in the United States and trade relations with China. 

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Advantech Introduces the Smallest Ethernet Switch Ever

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 10, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Advantech’s IIoT Group is pleased to announce the UL certified EKI-2525LI, a 8cm tall Ethernet switch aimed at applications where space is a critical criteria for users.

Compact devices such as PLCs typically have a height of only 10cm. Conventional Ethernet switches are usually taller than this, resulting in a waste of space. The EKI-2525LI overcomes this and can easily fit into a rack-mount cabinet to maximize space utilization, thus providing an easy and immediate upgrade for Industrial IoT applications.

The EKI-2525LI can also be fitted into any already-wired electronic box or shelve where extra connectivity and communication service are required but space is limited, thus aiding businesses with key infrastructure upgrades.

Moreover, the EKI-2525LI can serve as an embedded device in any working equipment, such as kiosk, AGV, and CNC machines, thus ensuring smooth data transmission between embedded devices and thereby promoting seamless information communication.

The EKI-2525LI supports a wide operating temperature of -40° ~ 75°C, 12 ~ 48 VDC power terminal input plus one DC power jack and P-Fail relay, supports 10/1000 Mbps auto-negotiation, and provides five fast Ethernet ports with auto MDI/MDI-X.
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Topics: Industrial Communication

An Internet Solution for PCB Equipment

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Urgent and customized orders are recurring trends in the PCB industry. To shorten production times, it is necessary for production lines to be highly flexible while still satisfying customer quality control requirements. Common to traditional PCB factories are systems for solder paste printing, sampling, reflow soldering, and so on, all of which store relevant information for each corresponding station. Low-level equipment information, such as that from PCs, PLCs, and sensors, is typically not integrated, thus limiting maintenance and management processes that require production data,leaving manufacturers unable to promptly clarify the root of any issues that arise.

Smart productions systems provide a solution to this problem,and these can be realized only by establishing equipment connectivity. The obvious advantages of such systems are that the complete production history can be recorded and yield tracing can be conducted while integrating the data in the control room.

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Topics: Data Acquisition, Remote I/O, Data Acquisition & Communication, Industrial Computer Chassis

A FOG Vision Control Solution for an LED Module Production Line

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 5, 2018 10:10:00 AM

A manufacturer of LED module bonding machines was in the process of developing large vision machines that comprised 17 industrial PCs (IPCs) in a single machine. They had been testing several IPC brands to identify the ideal one that would improve the stability of their machines. Given the number of IPCs in each machine, having compact IPCs was a major priority of their project.

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Topics: Industrial Servers & Storage, Industrial Computer Chassis

Advantech and Intel Webinar: Connect Machine Intelligence to Accelerate Asset Management Solutions

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jun 28, 2018 10:25:00 AM

 

As decentralized assets increasingly come online, this webinar guides utilities on how to ensure they can efficiently manage their own assets as well as new distributed generation. 

Join us and Intel as we discuss the scope of the asset management market and assess the problems facing asset management as well as the potential solutions. 

 

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Topics: Power & Energy

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