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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 »

Medical Wearables and the long term benefits
Medical Wearables and the long term benefits - 21/10/2015

Medical wearables, sensor technology and mobile health (mHealth) sit in an emerging and profitable market. By 2019, the wearable device market is expected to be worth $5.8 billion. However, it is the medical industry th... more »

How are industrial computer system integrators and designers changing to adapt to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)?
How are industrial computer system integrators and designers changing to adapt to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)? - 15/09/2015 08:36:45

  What is ‘System Integration’? System Integration is the process of bringing together individual components (to form sub-systems through a combination of mechanical, electrical or software base... 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 »

Robotics on the production line ? Here are 13 benefits
Robotics on the production line ? Here are 13 benefits - 31/07/2015 11:37:55

A few weeks ago we looked at the emergence of the cobot – or connected, collaborative robot, which is one of the new technologies that have stemmed from the IOT. However, this time round we have uncovered 13 benef... more »

What are embedded processors and where are they found?
What are embedded processors and where are they found? - 22/06/2015 12:08:05

Embedded processors are often large mechanical or electrical systems that form part of a complete device.   Examples of embedded processes include: Embedded microprocessors Embedded microcontrolle... more »

What are mems and which types will be used within industrial IOT equipment and devices?
What are mems and which types will be used within industrial IOT equipment and devices? - 22/06/2015 11:57:05

    What are they? Mems or Micro Electro Mechanical Systems are sensors, which are as fine as the hairs on your skin. Made of silicon, these sensors aims are to sense mechanical information ... more »

How are Cobots making the manufacturing of products easier?
How are Cobots making the manufacturing of products easier? - 06/06/2015

    ‘Cobots’ are just one of the many new technologies that have stemmed from the IOT and are the combination of industrial robotics and automation – “collaborative robots&rdquo... more »

What is a disruptive innovation and why are they becoming valuable?
What is a disruptive innovation and why are they becoming valuable? - 02/06/2015 15:17:01

  Disruptive innovation was first described by Clayton Christensen (of Harvard University). In his book entitled: ““The Innovator’s Dilemma”‘, he stated that disruptive innovations ... more »

Transistors
Transistors - 20/05/2015

  What is a transistor? Transistor theory has been know for many years but it was in the 1950's that it became possible to replace the thermionic valve, which had been used as the electronic amplifier ... more »

Moore's three laws and there past and future benefits they have provided.
Moore's three laws and there past and future benefits they have provided. - 01/05/2015 09:37:15

Gordan Moore worked at Silicon Valley firm ‘Fairchild Semiconductor’ and had been observing the complexity of micro chips (also called an integrated circuit) for some time… Then one day Moore, (who la... more »

How 3D Printed, Electric Powered Cars are made and their benefits
How 3D Printed, Electric Powered Cars are made and their benefits - 21/04/2015 11:39:10

3D Printed cars are here and by the end of 2015 we won’t just see driverless cars (if you picked up on this from a previous article), we will be seeing 3D printed, electric powered cars too. The first ex... more »

How FlexEnable Technology is bringing multiple benefits to manufacturers
How FlexEnable Technology is bringing multiple benefits to manufacturers - 26/03/2015 10:41:23

FlexEnable is a new venture from Plastic Logic – the German manufacture who leads the way in developing and commercialising the disruptive technology of plastic electronics. FlexEnable’s mission is to l... more »

HoloLens – How is it working out to be a hot topic?
HoloLens – How is it working out to be a hot topic? - 06/03/2015 14:31:10

Hololens may be a replacement to Google Glass as augmented reality remains a hot topic. ‘In the very near future, you’ll compute in the physical world, using voice and gesture to summon data and layer it ato... more »

What is biometrics and how can it help society?
What is biometrics and how can it help society? - 18/02/2015 11:53:07

Biometrics - How can it help modern society? Let’s have a look...   Yast year Prime Minister David Cameron received a call from an unexpected imposter. This resulted in laughter and a few catchy hea... more »

Intel’s Curie Module builds wearable technology
Intel’s Curie Module builds wearable technology - 14/01/2015 09:22:44

  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week saw an array of new devices for the public. From the first mobile phone for dogs to improved 3D printers and interactive headsets. Howeve... more »

How the LED has brought new benefits - either blue or white
How the LED has brought new benefits - either blue or white - 13/01/2015 15:52:20

The LED’s (or light emitting diodes) first known effects were discovered at the turn of the last century when British engineer H J Round started to place a small wire over the surface of a small  piece of mat... 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 »

How will new batteries work to reduce the time it takes to recharge devices?
How will new batteries work to reduce the time it takes to recharge devices? - 10/11/2014

Over the last 10 years, recharging our mobile devices has become more important than ever, as we have grown to lead busier lifestyles than our predecessors. What can slow us down is a mobile device that can take up to t... 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 »

How does the iWatch work and what are its key components?
How does the iWatch work and what are its key components? - 15/09/2014

The iWatch, accessory to the iPhone and first product from Apple since the iPad held its media event on the 9th September which created much excitement: “Who will wear it? What features will it have? What will it ... 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 »

TrueNorth - The Most Power-Efficient Chip of the<br/> Seabed
TrueNorth - The Most Power-Efficient Chip of the
Seabed - 18/08/2014

TrueNorth has been created after 10 years of research and is set to be the most power-efficient chip in PC history. Surfacing from the depths of IBM’s research department, the new processor will bec... 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 »