Robot control systems have progressed from simple relay logic to highly sophisticated dedicated controllers. Current system algorithms for the more capable autonomous robots require the latest processor capability and often require custom computer system design. With the improved computational capabilities come additional robot capabilities, including completely autonomous operation in complex, dynamic environments.
Discovering how to maximize cooling at the lowest cost and highest efficiency.
Complex military and industrial applications require complex computing solutions. The end user, or committee of end users, writes a requirements list,Inside a heat pipe pretty much shooting for the moon. The specification is released to the programming group, and they define the processing platform required to execute the new code. This platform might include two, or more, 8, 10 or 12-core processors, a ton of RAM, one, or more, high performance GPUs, video processing, multiple high-performance hard drives and user I/O boards plus the power supply. The environment and physical envelope will have been defined. However, the last thing the people in this process think about is how to cool this power-hungry beast. How is the heat pulled out of the system, and where is it going to be sent? The code may be developed not on the end-use processing hardware, but instead in a large desktop enclosure sitting in a cool office setting. When deployed to the field, heat issues ultimately limit performance and reliability.
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Implementing servers for harsh field-environment applications can be a complex task. Whether the location is a Navy ship, a desert tent, or a shelter in the Arctic, users need a ruggedized server than can function in a harsh environment.
Everything from brake dust to Homeland Security to packing more storage into smaller form factors comes into play for a rugged industrial systems supplier that is successfully leveraging its military background across a wide range of industrial applications.
For this month’s Editor’s Pick section COTS Journal evaluated several rugged display systems based on three aspects: technology leadership, design innovation and market relevance.