Author Archives: Earle Foster

VP of Sales & Marketing

Clemson University, BS in Computer Engineering. 16 years with Computer Dynamics, Inc. designing industrial computer solutions for customer applications.

Greenville, SC

Married for 23 years. Two daughters who keep us busy and feeling young!

BMWs Influence, Aluminum Trucks, and Autonomous Cars

South Carolina has become a hub for automotive technology and manufacturing, with the largest influence coming from BMW’s decision to locate their manufacturing plant in Spartanburg back in 1994. Fast forward to 2014 in the upstate: BMW manufactures all of their SUVs, Michelin operates their North American Headquarters plus three tire manufacturing plants, and CU-ICAR […]

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Sealevel Set to Exhibit at MILCOM in San Diego

MILCOM 2013 – Booth # 1036 Nov 18-20, 2013 San Diego Convention Center Last year’s MILCOM was cancelled due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, so we’re especially excited to be headed back to the MILCOM show in San Diego this month. The focus of this year’s show is “Balancing Commercial and Defense Technologies”. […]

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Sealevel Selected as Finalist for Technology Development Award

The InnoVision Awards Program, dedicated to recognizing business, individuals, and educators in South Carolina that advance technology in the state, has announced the selection of Sealevel Systems, Inc. as a finalist for their 2013 Technology Development Award. The distinction is in recognition of a custom solid-state computer Sealevel designed for a world-leader in emergency communications […]

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Serial I/O – Just as Useful Today

With many things, newer doesn’t necessarily mean better. Automobiles are a good example. Porsche remains the measuring stick in sports cars, yet the design of today’s 911 is amazingly similar to 911s from 30 years ago. Likewise, Serial I/O has evolved over time, but the basic functionality and usefulness remains the same. Recently, Martin Rowe […]

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COM Express Simplifies Custom System Development for OEM Applications

Engineers are always looking for a better way to design OEM systems. They may consider a fully custom design that can meet all their application requirements but time and cost for the development can be a major hurdle. Using COTs (commercial off-the-shelf) products remedies those problems but often requires compromising system functionality, size, product lifetime and even reliability. So what to do? At Sealevel, we believe the answer is an architecture that blends the best benefits of custom design and COTs: COM Express.

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SOFIC Gala Honors Capt. Frank Butler

This year I had the special privilege of attending the SOFIC Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation as the guest of Bill Rusher. Bill’s close friend and college roommate at Georgia Tech, Dr. Frank Butler, was honored for his lifetime of contributions to improving medicine and combat trauma casualty care for US Forces. Captain Butler is a former Navy Seal and was the command surgeon for SOCOM for a number of years. It was indeed an honor to meet and spend time talking with Captain Butler that evening.

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Sealevel Distributor in United Kingdom Launches New Site

Impulse, our authorized Sealevel distributed in the U.K., recently launched a new website featuring intelligent product searches, the latest products and technologies, market-specific products, live chat and product certification. Visit Impulse and check out the Sealevel products available on our partner page.

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COM Express: Great Taste, Less Filling

Remember the popular Miller Lite commercials that promise a great tasting beer that won’t fill you up? That message resonated with consumers because it promised “everything you always wanted in a beer”. And, of course, the ads were great. COM Express designs offer a similar choice in computer systems: the technical advantages of a custom design without the high cost and long development cycle. Pretty big claim. So, how does this work? Read on.

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New PCI Express Serial Interface Adds Eight RS-232/422/485 Ports

Sealevel Systems, Inc. introduces the new Ultra COMM+8.PCIE serial interface, which delivers the ultimate flexibility for expanding serial communications in a variety of test and measurement, process control, and point-of-sale applications. The 7804e PCI Express serial interface provides eight multifunction serial ports, each individually field-configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.

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RISC-Based HMI for Extreme Environments

A recent project for a customer who makes equipment and wiring for process heat maintenance posted an interesting challenge. The company’s application required a rugged, economical HMI that operated to -30°C. Sealevel’s engineering team overcame this challenge by designing an LCD-based HMI capable of operation below 0°C without heaters. Learn more about our custom solutions in this case study.

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