The Correct Circuit Board for the Job
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The Correct Circuit Board for the Job

If you were to open a computer you would find the motherboard. The motherboard is the main circuit board in microcomputers. This is also referred to as the Single-board computer. You can pick up most single board computers from any computer store that sells parts. Think of the SBC as the body of the computer and everything connects to these boards. Manufacturers of these rugged boards are created for the industrial industries.

These boards can come in multiple subcategories.

• 3.5 Inch
• EBX
• Epic

Features of the Epic board include.
• Fanless operation
• Four serial ports
• Dual video with simultaneous LVDS and CRT outputs

Features of the EBX board include.

• Dual core 1.80GHz processor
• Eight USB 2.0 ports
• Onboard CompactFlash sockets

Features of the 3.5 Inch board include.

• 2GB of Soldered DDR3 RAM
• Multiple Video Interface: HDMI 1.4 and Two LVDS
• SD/SDIO and MicroSD sockets

Automation is a big factor in today’s industrial industries and should include.

• Fast Performance
• Industry Experts
• Hands Free Capability

Solutions for the Internet of Things applications

• Unparalleled Performance
• Less Downtime
• Tested in Extreme Conditions

Keep in mind a few bullet points when selecting the right manufacturer.

• Reliability
• Customer Support
• Durability

When selecting the correct boards. You want to ensure your system is going to be compatible with it. Always know what requirements you need for selecting the board. Speaking to the engineer and explaining to them your current environment, will help ensure you get the right board for the job. The boards come in all different types of specifications.

To get the most out of the board you want a manufacturer to be on the same page as you. If they know your needs, they can better understand what direction to point you in. You need to ensure that the manufacturer has reliable support and knowledgeable staff. When a manufacturer provides easy access to their support documentation, then you know that they know their products. Always be prepared to ask questions. If the manufacturer selects a board for you, ask why this specific one was selected. If they give you a detailed answer, then you know that they are looking out for your best interest. Have a good team on hand so you can understand what each board does and does not do. If the manufacturer selects a product you will be better informed of the selection.

Do your researcher and know before you buy. Selecting the wrong item or items from the start can delay your company’s goals. You don’t want to tell your boss that you purchased hundreds of the wrong boards and now the project will be delayed. Research, understand and test the product before you buy.