Woodhead Industries to explore development of mobile industrial gateway devices

Deerfield, IL - Woodhead Industries announced January 23 that it had signed a license agreement with Nimble Microsystems that will enable Woodhead to investigate the market opportunities for mobile industrial gateway devices.


Deerfield, IL - Woodhead Industries announced January 23 that it had signed a license agreement with Nimble Microsystems that will enable Woodhead to investigate the market opportunities for mobile industrial gateway devices.

This agreement gives Woodhead the rights to an advanced single board computer engine that could have potential as the platform for industrial or harsh commercial handheld devices used to gather remote information or to perform diagnostic functions. Philippe Lemaitre, Woodhead Industries' president and ceo, commented, ''We are pleased to have obtained the rights to this unique engine for potential development of products for rugged handheld applications. We see this as an opportunity to target harsh commercial communications and information devices, industrial human machine interface tablets and light industrial data collection and diagnostic devices. If successful in a test market, we will make this a global product for sale through our existing channels and develop further application for the technology.''

''We are pleased to join forces with Woodhead to penetrate the market of light industrial mobile communication and computing devices,'' said Dr. Jeng-Feng Lee, chairman and ceo of Nimble Microsystems. ''These devices connect to the network through wireline or wireless channels, such as GPRS and Wi-Fi, and bridge data gathered by sensors in remote sites to servers. With the combination of Woodhead's connectivity solutions and global reach to industrial consumers, and Nimble's high-performance embedded engines, we can better equip customers with the right connectivity tools they need to run their operations cost-effectively.''

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

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