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PC/104 consortium announces design contest judges

Nov 19, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

The PC/104 Embedded Consortium announced the judges for its 2004 Design Awards. “The line up includes Rick Lehrbaum, executive editor of and acclaimed father of PC/104, and five other notables well known to embedded designers worldwide,” the Consortium said.

Here's the full list of the 2004 PC/104 Design Awards Judges . . .

  • Rick Lehrbaum, Executive editor of and father of PC/104
  • Bill Wong, Electronic Design, Technology Editor, Embedded/Systems/ Software
  • Brian Klien, OpenSystems Publishing, Senior Technical Editor
  • Chris Ciufo, COTS Journal, Editor in Chief
  • Steve Ciarcia, Circuit Cellar INK, Editorial Director and Publisher
  • Roger Arrick, PC/, Editor

The panel will collectively select the best PC/104 embedded technology designs introduced over the past year from among submissions to the Consortium.

The contest will recognize embedded engineers who are designing innovative products based on the group's PC/104 and PC/104-Plus standards for small form-factor modular embedded computers. Finalists will be featured in the spring issue of PC/104 Embedded Solutions Magazine. Winners of each category will receive a paid trip to San Francisco where they will receive their award and recognition at an event sponsored by the PC/104 Embedded Consortium at ESC San Francisco 2004. Entry requirements must be received by January 23, 2004 at 5:00pm Pacific Time to be eligible. Once all entries are submitted, judges will select two finalists from each category.

Full details on how to participate are available here.

What's PC/104?

Here is the PC/104 Consortium's brief description of its standards . . .

The PC/104 Consortium and standard were established in 1992. PC/104, in use since 1987, is a small form-factor, embedded PC physical and electrical interface standard. It provides embedded system designers with an architecture that is dense, cost-effective, and based on proven, practical technology. PC/104-Plus, an extension that was added to the standard in 1995, incorporates PCI technology.

Longevity is one of the hallmarks of the PC/104 technology. Because customers require stable, long-term supply, PC/104 module vendors typically offer products that do not change specifications as fast as commercial PC vendors. The proven reliability of PC/104 is valued by thousands of OEMs in application areas such as industrial control and instrumentation, military and aerospace, and medical.

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