Removing embedded computer legacy I/O and tracking advances in mobile technology have positioned Qseven to provide the long lifecycle support that telehealth systems demand. In an SFF market full of options, this will be critical to the platform’s success.
“Due to the fact that medical is looking for long-term support because of very long embedded computer lifecycles, the Q7 form factor has found a good niche in the industry,” says Fabio Lanini, USUK Area Manager at SECO srl out of Arezzo, Italy (www.seco.com). “It provides long-term support and flexibility so that customers can move forward with different solutions or processor architectures based on their long-term needs. With the Qseven form factor we have a lot of potential.”
refer to: http://smallformfactors.com/articles/qseven-coms-healthcare-mobile/
High-end signal processing board and system suppliers also use a large number of FPGAs in their products. Besides the previously mentioned advantages, signal processing applications benefit from the programmability of the FPGAs. We can expect FPGA technology to continue moving onto single board computers as price levels decline.
Even system-level embedded products are embracing the trend. VPX is broadly defined to accommodate an array of fabric interconnects that are often implemented with either FPGAs or programmable silicon switches. This enables embedded system architects to define and design systems that can be modified to meet changing application needs.
The primary advantage to the user is that an embedded computer's multimedia card’s memory is fully managed and independent from the NAND technology inside. As NAND flash geometries shrink, the technology becomes more complex to manage in terms of dealing with increased Error Correction Code (ECC) requirements, wear leveling, and bad block management. NAND flash is also variable in terms of road-map changes that require updates to software and perhaps even at the controller level. Embedded multimedia card memory is backward compatible and has a standard interface so that changes to the NAND are transparent to the application. This means that embedded computer don’t have to bother with dedicated software to manage the complexity of NAND flash. Embedded multimedia card memory uses standard interfaces, and functions are geared to match JEDEC specifications.
refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/automotive-industry-innovation-driven-electronics/#at_pco=cfd-1.0