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IOT stands for the “Internet of Things”. The term refers to a data infrastructure in which everyday items such as vehicles, buildings, and personal accessories are connected to the internet. This has wide application in both the industrial and consumer spheres. Each “thing” that is connected has embedded computing and electronics components, allowing for them to gather and process data in a limited capacity. These devices then transmit that data to a gateway, which further routes it along. This allows for an incredible amount of analytics to be performed.

IOT Gateway

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A vital device in the realization of IOT. The IOT gateway acts as a connection point between IOT devices and the cloud via wifi or cellular networks. The gateway handles the necessary processing and connectivity to ensure that all necessary communication is passed between IOT devices and the cloud.

Micro ATX

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A motherboard form factor which specifies a size of 244 × 244 mm (9.6 inches x 9.6 inches)


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A small motherboard form factor specifying a size of 170 mm x 170 mm (6.75 inches x 6.75 inches).


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A low form factor SATA connector similar to a Mini PCIe slot. An mSATA slot allows you to install an mSATA card, which is a very small form factor solid state drive. A full size mSATA card is approximately 50mm x 30 mm, whereas a half-size card is approximately 27 mm x 30 mm.


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Stands for Next Unit of Computing. A form factor developed by intel which specifies a size of approximately 100 mm x 100 mm (4 inches x 4 inches).


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A flat screen display technology that operates without the use of a backlight. Not to be confused with an LED display (which is simply an LCD display with an LED backlight), each microscopic LED within an OLED receives an electric current through layers of organic material. Depending on which molecules in the organic material the electricity passes through, different colors will light up. Because OLED displays don’t rely on a backlight, they can achieve much more flexible designs with a higher contrast ratio than that which is available from LCD monitors.

Panel PC (Also HMI)

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Also called a “Human Machine Interface” (HMI), a panel pc is a computer and touch screen display combination housed in a single enclosure. Unlike a tablet which is considered a mobile device, a panel pc is designed to be mounted in place in a wall, on a rack or embedded in a machine.


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Auxiliary devices which connect with a computer to extend its I/O or functionality, that are not essential parts of the computer (such as the motherboard, CPU or RAM). Examples of computer peripherals are keyboards, barcode scanners, and expansion cards.


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A small, approximately credit card sized, form factor specifying a size of 100 mm x 72 mm (3.9 inches × 2.8 inches).


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