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Custom Design...It's What We Do

WIN Enterprises serves electronic OEMs in a variety of industry sectors including telecommunication, IT network communications, medical, industrial, military, video editing, and more. We principally serve the North American and European markets, but also welcome Asian sales inquiries.

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Flexibility and Expansion through PCIe

PCIe has proven itself to be immensely useful as an interface that supports the addition of a wide variety of peripherals to a system, including, sound cards, network cards, RAID cards, and video cards, etc. The PCIe slot often preserves valuable real estate within the system by replacing PCI, PCI-X and AGP cards, consolidating their functions.

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Intel® Architecture versus the FPGA

The continued evolution of IA (Intel® Architecture) enables electronic OEMs to consider it for applications that previously required an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array). The benefits brought by IA is increased speed of development of more scalable systems and lower execution cost enabled by the larger X86 ecosystem of developers.
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Outsourcing to WIN

Outsourcing provides a viable option to the OEM when product lines become so diverse as to raise serious resource allocation issues—i.e., the kind of issues that can preclude getting to market fast.

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Platform Design at WIN Enterprises

WIN Enterprises produces high quality x86-based designs for single board computers (SBC), 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U and desktop appliances quickly and economically by using a platform architecture approach to its motherboard design. This approach leverages:

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Choosing a Hardware Platform for Your Industry Solution

The first impulse of a software developer or start-up OEM in selecting a platform may be to go with the familiar, i.e., a commercial desktop PC on which to base their solution. This usually proves problematic as it locks them into a ‘me too’ look and feel that’s hard to differentiate or position properly in the market. In addition, commercial components (versus embedded) are short lived. This means very little version control and may lead to unexpected or premature product obsolescence or the rewriting of software to address compatibility issues. If your solution requires industry certifications any changes in the active components (i.e., processor, chipset, special processing chips) will necessitate re-certifying the product. However, you can avoid these problems...

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Managing the End-of-Life (EOL) Process

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Embedded computing components differ from commercial components because of their promise of longer life. Original Design Manufacturers (OEMs) invest considerable resources in developing their solutions. Once a product is established and successful, OEMs generally do their best to turn these into cash cows in order to leverage their sunk costs

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Green Computing

Green computing is an issue that impacts everyone, and it’s an issue shaped by nearly everyone in both developed and emerging economies. The three publics that define the challenges are consumers, regulatory agencies, and manufacturers. These three entities must all do their parts in order to solve the major problems caused by the production and use of computing devices.

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Computer-on-Module

Computer-on-module (COM) is an approach to x86 embedded computer design whose goal is reusability; and through reusability, fast time-to-market. This design approach features the use of a custom baseboard and plug-on / swappable computer card.Having a swappable computer card enables easy system upgrades and an easy way for OEMs to go to market with a full product line that can range from low-end to high-end and which reuse the same baseboard, hence, a savings in time and money.

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Integrated Services from WIN Enterprises

There are various definitions of vertical integration. The common theme, however, is the integration of the various functions required to bring a product from concept to the market place. These functions can include management and control, product design, acquisition of raw materials, manufacture, and distribution of a finished product.

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On-board Integration of Embedded Gaming Products

The casino/amusement gaming industry can be shortsighted in its approach to product design. Often OEM products are based on motherboards and embedded appliances built with commercial-grade components -- commercial-grade versus embedded grade components. Commercial-grade products have their place; they are typically lower in cost than comparable embedded components. But because they are not guaranteed for long life, they present a risky choice if one of the OEM’s goals is a reasonable long life for the product.

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Non-recurring Engineering (NRE) Projects for Embedded Platforms

Non-recurring engineering (NRE) projects cover the research, development, design, testing an customer acceptance of new products. NRE is synonymous with Research & Development (R&D) and Product Development.

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Embedded Platforms for Medical Equipment Manufacturers


 

WIN Enterprises manufactures embedded board- and appliance-level computers for use in OEM solution-level products; offering a wide range of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) designs that can be modified when ordered in OEM quantities. WIN delivers a range of services spanning board and appliance design through to drop-shipping product to end-users. This paper covers the products WIN offers to the medical equipment manufacturers industry. This spans computer-on-modules (COM), high performance boards for imaging, and networking platforms for secure medical record transmission...

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