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of the company's USB/104 form factor. In their article, "Rethinking the bus using USB" (page 18), they argue that USB 2.0 and 3.0 offer the best balance of functionality, size, and expansion via slots or stacking height. Interestingly, they demonstrate a 19" rack-mounted 1U computer built entirely of USB/104 modules interconnected by, you guessed it: USB.
Also in this issue you'll find sort-of annual reports for the PC/104 Consortium (page 7) and SFF-SIG (page 8). The Consortium has a new president – we welcome back Jim Blazer from RTD Embedded Technologies, who is joined by representatives from Advanced Micro Peripherals, DIGITAL-LOGIC, Fastwel, Kontron, Intel, LiPPERT Embedded Computers, and the ever-present Jeff Milde, the Consortium's executive director. Jim recaps the Consortium's meetings held at ESC in March and recounts their latest spec: PCI/104-Express. (Full disclosure: I recently joined the Marketing Committee for the PC/104 Consortium.)
On the SFF-SIG side, Colin McCracken has handed over the reins to Paul Rosenfeld. Colin rejoins Ampro ADLINK Technology, where he once worked alongside Paul.
Also held during ESC, the SFF-SIG's meeting revealed the ultra-tiny 90 mm x 96 mm Industry Standard Module (ISM) based on their new COMIT COM technology. Predictably, USB factors heavily in the plans of the SFF-SIG.
And last, but certainly not least, on page 10 our faithful European correspondent Hermann Strass gets all quantum physics on us by channeling Einstein while describing how European supplier dSPACE's modules power America's Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). Coincidentally, one of LIGO's two locations is near me in rural Washington state. It's located at the same facility that once processed plutonium for nuclear weapons.