In recent years, building, maintaining, and evolving proprietary network systems for telecom-grade applications that are highly available and “always on” have become increasingly prohibitive from the perspective of cost, risk management, time to revenue, and so on. The custom-built approach becomes even less cost effective as Communications Service Providers (CSPs) move toward offering cloud-based services, where they have to compete with non-traditional providers that offer such services on networks built using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) building blocks.
A change in market dynamics is causing a fundamental paradigm shift in industry’s thinking: Instead of continuing to invest precious Research and Development (R&D) resources and dollars to build expensive, special-purpose proprietary systems with the hope that they will never fail, industry leaders are now assuming that there will be hardware and software failures and thus designing systems and applications that continue to provide end-user service in the presence of such failures.
refer to : http://xtca-systems.com/articles/engineered-cots-network-systems/
in vehicle computer, Industrial PC, single board computer
The Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) was used to gather, keep, and manage the data brought in by industry contributors. RIAC is a DoD information analysis center sponsored by the Defense gaming platform Technical Information Center. As an active member of the working group and an unbiased, third-party DoD agency, the RIAC is serving as the repository for any data that is contributed in support of this effort. In this capacity, the RIAC can provide Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs) to protect any data that a potential contributor wishes to remain gaming platform. The RIAC ensures that all submitted data is properly sanitized, such that no proprietary information is provided to the at-large MIL-HDBK-217 working group.
refer to: http://vita-technologies.com/articles/vita-and-reliability-reliability-prediction-challenges/
3D audio assistance blades
HARTING Mitronics AG, Switzerland, a company of the HARTING Group, Germany, is noted for its expertise in Molded Interconnect Device (MID) technology, a 3D contour-following electromechanical embedded technology. A hearing aid (Figure 2) currently in production at Siemens Audiological (Medical), Germany, using MID technology was runner-up for the Hermes Award for product innovation at the Hannover Messe Fair, and won the MID Industrial Prize at Productronica in Munich. With MID technology, Siemens Medical can use three directional stereoscopic microphones and ear-to-ear wireless communication to enable simultaneous 3D hearing with optimized adaptive noise cancellation in a device smaller than traditional hearing aids, so it is practically embedded in the human ear. HARTING Mitronics used a laser system from LPKF, Germany, in a laser direct structuring process to produce the MID devices.
refer to: http://embedded-computing.com/articles/embedded-medical-biological-applications/#at_pco=cfd-1.0