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PC/104 design contest finalists announced

Mar 24, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The PC/104 Embedded Consortium has unveiled eight finalists in its 2006 Design Contest. Finalists based on Linux include include a decontamination trailer and a distributed web-based remote sensing system. All finalists reflect the ingenuity of developers in implementing embedded computing projects using small, stackable PC/104 modules.

(Click for a view inside the soil decontamination testing trailer)

From among the eight finalists, three grand prize winners will be announced and given their awards at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, April 5th. The awards presentation will take place at 9:30am Pacific Time in the Santa Vesta room of the Hyatt St. Claire, 302 South Market St., opposite the San Jose Convention Center.

The eight finalists' projects are:

  • An automated decontamination trailer
  • An embedded computer for data acquisition and control
  • A 66-channel data collector
  • A remote industrial monitoring station
  • A magnetic test bench
  • An autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV)
  • A small mobile robot
  • a Distributed Queue Switch Architecture controller

Find out all about the eight finalists' cool PC/104-based projects, by reading the complete coverage at DeviceForge:

2006 PC/104 design contest finalists

How PC/104 modules stack

What is PC/104?

PC/104 defines a 3.6 x 3.8 inch form-factor and associated bus connectors for self-stacking modules intended for use in embedded systems. Subsequent to publication of the original PC/104 standard in 1991, the PC/104 Consortium released specifications for PC/104-Plus, EBX, PCI-104, and EPIC.

Last March, Venture Development Corp. (VDC) forecast 45 percent growth of the PC/104 market over the next four years. According to VDC, the original ISA-bus version of PC/104 represented an $87.5 million market in 2004, and will grow to $106.2 million in 2008, an increase of 21 percent in dollar volume. The form-factor will continue to see use primarily in industrial automation applications that do not require high-speed response. PCI-104 will represent the fastest growth segment between now and 2008, the analyst firm said.

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