January 31, 2012

Brackets to suit

Sometimes the card you need is right in every regard, but one: it doesn’t fit! In fact, that was the impulse behind low-profile PCI in the first place — someone realized that full-height computer cases had a lot of empty space inside, and decided to make them slimmer. In doing so, adapter cards needed to become slimmer to match, and the Low-Profile PCI specification was developed to define a standard size for these new, smaller cards. In becoming smaller, some […]
January 30, 2012

New RS-422 Ether-Serial Link

ESL 1-422-RJ45 module The new LAVA Ether-Serial Link 1-422-RJ45 provides one RS-422 enabled serial port, accessible over Ethernet. It has configurable RS-422 termination and bias settings, as well as being able to supply 5 VDC or 12 VDC to attached peripherals that are designed to receive power on their serial ports. The diagram to the right shows the internal module and its jumper settings. The ESL 1-422-RJ45, like all LAVA Ether-Serial Links, has a wide range of serial port modes, […]
January 19, 2012

Sensor and POS integration

In March 2006 Pier 1 imports, a top American home furnishings retailer, sold its England-based business “The Pier” to Lagerinn ehf., an Icelandic group. Lagerinn went on to own, operate, and grow the group to 32 stores and 17 concessions in the UK, sourcing and selling distinctive furniture and household accessories. It had a small IT department: one head of IT and a staff of nine people. Lean was the word! The British operation used an older but cost-effective POS […]