Computer System Design for Critical Applications

"Industrial computer" is a widely used term that unfortunately can be quite ambiguous, often applied to computers that have little real advantage over commercial PCs but may outwardly appear "rugged".

Before you select a vendor for your next industrial computer design, carefully consider the factors that affect system performance, reliability, and longevity:

> operating temperature
> vibration, shock, unexpected power loss
> future upgrade path

A heavy metal enclosure may look the part, but without careful attention to the details described here, a system will not live up to the description "industrial". Paying special attention to heat management, component selection, testing, and other factors described here will greatly increase the success of your next project.