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Diary of a field sales engineer
Diary of a field sales engineer - 30/01/2017 15:29:44

“It's a glamorous life being a Field Sales Engineer, a company car, mobile phone and the freedom of the open road travelling to meet customers, Actually, if you’ve been in the role, you’ll kn... more »

BVM's Four Step Design Process
BVM's Four Step Design Process - 24/11/2016 14:21:29

When customers approach BVM with their design or manufacturing requests, the question is more or less the same: ..... “Can you manufacture this system for us?” The answer is usually a qualified: ... more »

Static electricity and good manufacturing practice
Static electricity and good manufacturing practice - 09/11/2016

Visiting many different customers in a variety of unrelated industries is a fascinating experience. There are lots of different projects and equally, many different approaches to working practices and quality control. I... more »

Round and round in circles
Round and round in circles - 31/10/2016 12:24:42

It is often said that that if you keep your clothes long enough they will come back into fashion. That may be true but it also applies to computer topology. In the early days of commercial computers, the company... more »

The effect of Brexit on EU Directives and CE marking
The effect of Brexit on EU Directives and CE marking - 24/10/2016 16:43:20

Whilst travelling the other day I overheard a comment "Roll on Brexit we can get our light bulbs back".  An obvious reference to the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs and the fact that Brussels is ... more »

It's Only Bent Metal
It's Only Bent Metal - 04/10/2016

At BVM we frequently have customer requests for a "simple box" pc solution. ...."After all it's only bent metal."    All very true but the enclosure and power supply are a... more »

Save Embarrassment use Windows Embedded
Save Embarrassment use Windows Embedded - 28/09/2016 12:21:07

There is a lot of talk about windows embedded and whether the work it takes in porting it and the restrictions it imposes are really worth it. You don't need to pass through many airports or shopping malls to see ex... more »

BVM support MAP Engineering at SEAWORK International
BVM support MAP Engineering at SEAWORK International - 13/07/2016 14:25:20

    Between the 14th – 16th of June, our sales team attended SEAWORK International as both visitors and co-exhibitors, at the exhibitions new and permanent location, Mayflower Park Southa... more »

Fanless Pico - ITX Motherboard Solutions
Fanless Pico - ITX Motherboard Solutions - 14/06/2016 11:18:41

  What is a Pico-ITX Motherboard? A Pico ITX  is a motherboard form factor that possesses a 100 X 72mm (~3.9" x 1.8") footprint and is already a widely adopted form factor for embed... more »

BVM attend the Engineering Design Show
BVM attend the Engineering Design Show - 27/05/2016 08:33:44

We are excited to announce our presence at the Engineering Design Show  (EDS), from the 19th- 20th October, in the Ricoh Arena Coventry, to showcase our knowledge, skills and experience around embedded design and m... more »

Mini-PCIe verses Mini-PCI: What's the difference?
Mini-PCIe verses Mini-PCI: What's the difference? - 24/05/2016 12:13:38

  Expansion cards Expansion cards are a convenient, versatile and low cost solution for adding additional interfaces to a system.  Popularised in Laptop computers they now have a home in industrial syste... more »

BVM’s Industrial and Commercial PC Comparison
BVM’s Industrial and Commercial PC Comparison - 15/04/2016 15:00:31

We frequently get asked what makes an industrial PC stand out from a traditional desktop computer. At first glance, an industrial PC could appear fairly similar to your office computer; after all, it will... more »

BVM's Industrial and Embedded Motherboard Review
BVM's Industrial and Embedded Motherboard Review - 15/04/2016 13:51:56

  Form Factor CPU Applications Connectively 3.5" Embedded Boards 146 x 101 mm Standard small fo... more »

See how we make our customers lives easier...
See how we make our customers lives easier... - 17/03/2016 11:58:49

Some case studies A Portable Unit that functions as a radio frequency spectrum analyser Security in a flight case Deep Dive long range BVM helps with the heavy lifting Mobile Data Terminal Building contro... more »

BVM's Panel PC Review
BVM's Panel PC Review - 11/03/2016 08:58:55

  Fanless design? LCD Size CPU Touch screen Operating System Mounting Environment Panel PC           &... more »

Why could a fanless Panel PC from BVM, be your solution of choice?
Why could a fanless Panel PC from BVM, be your solution of choice? - 04/03/2016

Panel PCs offer a range of styles, sizes and performance levels for a wide variety of applications...   A range of software can be configured for a Panel PC Most Panel PC systems use the emb... more »

What is a Mini-ITX Motherboard ?
What is a Mini-ITX Motherboard ? - 16/02/2016

Mini-ITX motherboard format was specified by VIA in 2002 as a vehicle to promote their C3 CPU and chipsets. Since then many manufacturers worldwide have produced Mini-ITX form factor motherboards with almost any CPU ima... more »

BVM's Generation Core Processor Review
BVM's Generation Core Processor Review - 04/02/2016 09:16:10

  Graphics Performance CPU Speed   All Processors     ... more »

How are embedded systems designed and programmed to work better than standalone computers ?
How are embedded systems designed and programmed to work better than standalone computers ? - 29/01/2016 12:14:03

  What is an embedded system? Embedded systems are small computerized parts (or systems) that have been embedded into larger, computer devices, for example: Industrial machines Automotive Medical e... more »

Intel’s 6th generation Skylake platform: Will this solution provide the benefits you’ll be looking for in 2016 ?
Intel’s 6th generation Skylake platform: Will this solution provide the benefits you’ll be looking for in 2016 ? - 15/01/2016

  What is Skylake ? Skylake is an Intel chip design, which is made using the 14-nanometer process. Part of the core M processor series after Broadwell, Skylake has an architecture upgrade known as &ldq... more »

Industrial Motherboards and their key features
Industrial Motherboards and their key features - 25/11/2015

 PC SBCs, or “motherboards“ as they are more commonly known, are widely used in environments other than the desktop or laptop personal computer (PC) markets for which they were originally designed. ... more »

Configuring Windows Panel PCs
Configuring Windows Panel PCs - 23/11/2015 12:07:49

  Panel PCs are combine an LCD panel display with a touch screen and an embedded computer        Panel P... more »

How to port and configure Windows Embedded Operating Systems
How to port and configure Windows Embedded Operating Systems - 16/11/2015

Most of our customers specify Windows Operating Systems for their embedded applications due to its widespread support and familiarity. However, there can be a downside to using standard desktop or laptop versions of the... more »

Independent Remote System Monitor and Control with iRIS
Independent Remote System Monitor and Control with iRIS - 28/10/2015

  What is iRIS? iRIS is a Remote Intelligent System which centralises computer information, to enable operators to respond quickly to problems within a variety of environments. It is IPMI (Intelligent Pl... more »

Custom Design - Whole or Part ?
Custom Design - Whole or Part ? - 24/08/2015

In an age where we strive for greater and greater efficiency and maximum productivity, engineering design is under ever greater scrutiny. When designing an intelligent product, whether a marine navigation system, aircra... more »

Custom Motherboard Designs using Computer on <br/> Modules
Custom Motherboard Designs using Computer on
Modules - 11/11/2014

Computer On Modules  or mezzanine modules have existed in different guises almost as long as board level products have been in existence - PMC modules, IndustryPacks, PC/104, ETX, ComExpress, Qseven to name but a f... more »

Lifecycle and support schedule
Lifecycle and support schedule - 29/09/2014

The Lifecycle and support schedule for Microsoft Windows products outlines the end-of-license dates, upon which all license rights to a product expire (for use, installation or distribution, by Microsoft or our Embedded... more »

10 Benefits of the 8 Core Desktop Processor
10 Benefits of the 8 Core Desktop Processor - 22/09/2014

  Part of the “Core i7-5960X family, the 8 Core Desktop Processor is the one to get your hands on. Aimed at gamers, content creators and PC enthusiasts alike, who demand that extra bit of punch for their... more »

Why Computer On Modules are a valuable asset when used with caution
Why Computer On Modules are a valuable asset when used with caution - 08/09/2014

Computer On Modules - or Mezzanine modules, have existed in different guises almost as long as board level products have been in existence. PMC modules, IndustryPacks, PC/104, ETX, Com Express, QSeven to name but a... more »

IoT and its impact on the electronics industry
IoT and its impact on the electronics industry - 06/08/2014

IoT items are devices which can communicate with other devices or the internet that connects us to something, for example a photo or piece of information.  On balance, it does not seem to matter about the contrasti... more »

25 Years of products from BVM
25 Years of products from BVM - 16/06/2014

Embedded PC Products created by BVM over the last 25 years:   BVME363  A state of the art VMEbus SBC featuring Motorola's 68010 CPU (1989)   BVME120  An advance 3U... more »

Meet the Broadwell CPU from Intel
Meet the Broadwell CPU from Intel - 16/06/2014

Broadwell is the codename for Intel’s new 14 nanometer (nm), processor (a refresher to the Haswell) . If you were at Computex last month, you would have seen that Intel announced a ‘new’ line of i... more »

A10-7800 APU
A10-7800 APU - 09/06/2014

A10-7800 was not the first processor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). After launching the first chip to support the heterogeneous system architecture (HSA), code named ‘Kaveri’, at the beginning of the yea... more »

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Reflections
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Reflections

On the morning of Tuesday 10th February, we made our way up the M3 to the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition. We went with an open mind, after not exhibiting at an event for some time but remained enthusi... more »

The Gadget Show 2015 - 11 Things we learnt
The Gadget Show 2015 - 11 Things we learnt

On the 10th April we shot up the M6 to the NEC, Birmingham. Being the best day of the Easter holidays so far it was a shame to leave the sun on the door step but an exhibition that show cased a brim of the be... more »