Posted By Jeff WettlauferTechnical Program Manager
Hey everyone, recently our Windows Embedded team was on a customer site visit in Europe, and we came across a fantastic example of Intelligent Systems in action. While we were touring an automobile manufacturing plant, we observed the line using electric screwdrivers like the one pictured below. They had two cables running into them. Power and Ethernet. We asked the tour director about the network cable, and they explained that the screwdriver was actually an ‘intelligent’ screwdriver.
We smiled at the thought of this basic piece of hardware actually being able to think about what it was doing. Then he explained it and we were amazed. The screwdriver was hung off a manufacturing line Windows Embedded Compact PC that was connected to a larger network in the factory. The backend provided the screwdriver engineering specs about the screw going into that location on the car, including the required torque and even the number of revolutions that Class 1 screw should take to achieve the desired torque. So, when the technician popped the screw into the chassis, all they had to do was fire the trigger, and everything was automatic. They even had some scenarios where this was done using robotic arms instead of people.
When the screw was installed in the car, a data point was generated that came back down the network cable and registered in the factory database. Basically, an ‘OK’, or ‘NOT OK’ was registered, and in the case of either the torque being missed, or that torque being achieved in an unexpected number of revolutions, a flag was popped to investigate further. In summary, the car would not get off the production line if the quality bar wasn’t met.
The November 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.
The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:
The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:
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Posted By Chris ElliottSenior Marketing Communications Manager
This month, we marked the 5th anniversary of Ford SYNC and 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road. This is a major milestone for both companies and the technology, so needless to say, we’ve been celebrating a bit!
The old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The same goes for creating an industry leading in-car technology like SYNC. At the Seattle Auto show this month, we brought in our connected car team within Windows Embedded to celebrate our partnership and milestones with Ford. More than 100 of our engineers were on hand, along with Ford's Director of Electrical and Electronics Systems Jim Buczkowski. And of course, there was cake—the only way to celebrate right.
We’ve also been enjoying SYNC’s success with Ford fans across the country! We recently held a sweepstakes on Twitter giving people an opportunity to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect by tweeting about their favorite SYNC feature. Here’s what you had to say about what you like best about SYNC:
You love the music features SYNC offers, especially the ability to stream apps like Pandora. And it doesn’t hurt that you can do it all by voice!
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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
Last week, as China marked a major political milestone, my colleague John Doyle had the great fortune of being in Beijing to celebrate a milestone of sorts for Microsoft: the announcement of the planned roll out of a new suite of Windows Embedded 8 products. John is the director of product management for Windows Embedded; here, he offers his impressions of the historic week.
Just returned from a week in Beijing. It was a really interesting time to experience the capital city as last Thursday marked the first leadership transition in a decade.
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Posted By J.T. Kimbell Program Manager
For Windows Embedded 8, we’ve done what we can to make the OS development process easier and more streamlined. I think you’ll like the changes. However in working with customers, I’ve found that it’s not always straightforward to understand which drivers are needed on a particular device. With this post, I will provide some tools and best practices that will help ensure that you end up with the correct drivers on your devices.
By installing Windows 8 onto your target hardware, you will ensure that all possible drivers are included on the system, since Windows 8 ships with all “In Box” drivers included.