Thanks guys these were the answers i was kinda hoping for.
Are there any components on the board that you could identfiy being not
quite at industral level just so that we are aware of them?
Thanks for the idea about conformal coating. we may attemp it in-house with
a spray on product.
On 4/19/06, J.P. Norair <jnorair@...> wrote:
> Hi Lance,
> We've had some connex 400xm's with Etherstix in the field for about a
> month now. They are packaged in black, plastic boxes and I'm not sure
> the ambient temp has gotten to 55C, but they are sitting in the Orlando
> sun, so it's likely that they are getting reasonably hot.
> Our boards are all conformally coated, in that's of concern to you.
> They work fine, but you need to make sure the people who do the coating
> take care in masking the Hirose connectors. The Hirose connectors are
> Gold-coated so I'd hope that their corrosion resistance is pretty good.
> The only real problems we've had so far are software problems, and most
> of them have been fixed by us or by gumstix at our behest. We have had
> an issue with the Etherstix, though, in which one out of every
> ten-to-fifteen Etherstix we've tried has been flaky. I don't have
> enough data to confirm if the problem is that the Etherstix is simply
> buggy or if there's some sort of issue that crops up in the
> conformal-coating process, but the current [small] data suggests it is
> not the conformal coating.
> JP Norair
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gumstix-users-admin@...
> [mailto:gumstix-users-admin@...] On Behalf Of Don
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 02:53
> To: gumstix-users@...
> Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] Industrial Application and Expected Uptime
> Hi Lance
> I'll let the community respond to your question and will provide our
> feedback as well.
> my answers are interleaved below.
> On 4/17/06, Mr Lance Frater <lance.frater@...> wrote:
> > Hi Gumstix
> > We are considering using the basix gumstix with breakout board in an
> > industrial application because it suits our requirements perfectly
> > (just about, we will require an external 16bit ADC). Has any test been
> > performed in industrial environments and conditions? i.e temperature
> > -5 to 55 degrees C, EMC testing, etc?
> - we sell commercial grade boards, that being said, most of the
> components on each gumstix board have industrial ratings. some of our
> customers have tested gumstix in extreme conditions with favorable
> results. we have not tested them to extremes, ourselves.
> > The other consideration is the expected uptime, we require the unit
> > to have an uptime of about 1 year in a remote location. Is this
> > expectation possible and what are the stable operational times that
> other users have experienced?
> - again, we have not done formal testing or recorded durations.
> however, some customers have had gumstix running for months and maybe
> longer now.
> - let me know if you have other questions.
> > Regards
> > Lance Frater
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