spo-comm at the ISE 2017 – Your appointment

From February 7th until 10th, 2017 ISE opens its doors in Amsterdam. Get your free e-ticket and visit us at our booth in hall 8, where you can meet your contact person.

As the largest trade fair for AV solutions and integrated systems, Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam has been a magnet for visitors of the digital signage industry for years. At our booth N335 in hall 8, we will present you new products, current systems as well as virtual reality and you will find out everything about our customizing and service offers.

Make an appointment now:

We will be pleased to prepare for your talking points and needs, and advice you face to face while having a cup of coffee. For your personal meeting, simply contact us by phone or e-mail.

E-mail: vertrieb@spo-comm.de
Phone: +49 911 23 98 37 – 0

Get your free e-ticket:

We offer you the possibility of a free e-ticket to visit the show. Get access to the e-ticket in three simple steps:

  1. Go to the following page for a free registration: https://registration.n200.com/survey/0hlzs6anfdarp
  2. Click on the “Register” button
  3. Enter the required data the site is asking for and paste the code 247056 in order to complete the registration.

You will then receive your e-ticket.

See you there: Booth 8-N335!

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Many thanks to the enormous number of prospective and regular customers who visited our exhibition stand. We made many new contacts and intensified our business relations in personal meetings. After the great success of this exhibition, we are looking forward to welcome you again at the ISE 2017. 

The winner of our spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced is Christian Blücher of BBR Verkehrstechnik GmbH. Congratulations and have fun with the Mini-PC.

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spo-comm at the ISE 2016 – a thorough success
From February 9th to 12th spo-comm GmbH has exhibited at the Integrated Systems Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. At our booth you could extensively examine current systems, novelties and studies of future models. The introduced prototypes will be taken into our product portfolio in the coming months.
19 Dec 2016 Array ( [id] => 232 [title] => In which fields Mini-PCs can be found? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => Computers in general are mostly associated with the pure office routine. But only few know that Mini-PCs are mostly used in other fields. In the following text we want to give a little insight where, amongst others, the Mini-PCs of spo-comm can be found. [description] =>

Digital Signage

Digital Signage (or just: DS) describes the playback of media content on screens, signs, steles and more. Probably one of the best examples for digital advertising is the Times Square in New York. With Digital Signage Players not only the size but also the performance is very important. The solutions are usually installed within displays. They often have to perform 4k content or have to be able to control multiple screens.

Machine control

Whether milling machines, weighbridges at the recycling center or automated storage systems. In the industry most machines are connected to Mini-PCs, either in order to receive information for further processing, or in order to deliver data for analyzing the information. Due to the often quite harsh working environments (like dust, sawdust, moist air our outdoor installations in general) passively cooled industrial PCs are a reliable and important partner.

Music-Player

No matter where you go shopping today – supermarkets, car dealerships or clothing shops – everywhere you will be able to hear appropriate and pleasant-sounding music in the background. In these cases, you might have already guessed it, Mini-PCs are the basis for playing the songs you’re listening to. The durability, energy efficiency and also the compact design of the PC systems are the main reasons to use them in this field. One textbook example for such a system is the spo-book WINDBOX II Quad (fanless).

Kiosk systems

At the airport, railway station, at the bank or at exhibitions -  everyday we encounter kiosk systems., We use them in order to get information or we work with them. Even if you rather have the feeling of working with a display than with a computer (mostly you will find kiosk systems with touch displays), you are actually working with a Mini-PC hidden under the screen. The solutions of spo-comm not only provide the appropriate software in order to please its user but also need to be able to stand the poor heat loss conditions inside the kiosk system and also to cool down to moderate operating temperatures.

Vehicle Computing

As the name already suggests, vehicle computing refers to the use of Mini-PCs in vehicles of all kind. Among other things Mini-PCs are used in ambulances, police cars, ships and also public transports. All these examples are equipped with control units which are in turn dependent on the small Vehicle-PC systems.

Retail

On the one hand we encounter Mini-PCs in supermarkets in the field of Digital Signage (as mentioned in the text above). On the other hand they can also be found at the checkouts. Scanners and monitors, just to mention a few examples, are connected to the, mostly passively cooled, Embedded-PCs to form the usual working environment.

Logistics and production

Especially in the field of warehousing and production Mini-PCs fulfill its purpose in several places. As already mentioned above, machine control and the processing of information are two of their purposes, but also diagnosis of errors, for instance, on the assembly line. Since it may happen that an assembly line is no longer running because it is jammed somewhere and prevents the line from moving. The Mini-PC can then ensure that the appropriate software can do its job, display the error and maybe also eliminate it in the same turn. You can find one possible solution for logistics in our reference hama and spo-comm - Logistics made easy.

Office routine

Nevertheless Mini-PCs did not leave their original purpose behind them. Even in offices more and more Mini-PCs are used. They are not only saving a lot of space but also provide a high performance and are a lot more energy efficient than usual desktop PCs. In addition: Passively cooled solutions also contribute to a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. Due to its technical specifications the spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced is a popular solution for the office.

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In which fields Mini-PCs can be found?
Computers in general are mostly associated with the pure office routine. But only few know that Mini-PCs are mostly used in other fields. In the following text we want to give a little insight where, amongst others, the Mini-PCs of spo-comm can be found.
29 Nov 2016 Array ( [id] => 224 [title] => What exactly is a CPU? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => The fact, that the CPU is the processor of a computer or Mini-PC is most probably well known. But what tasks does it actually have and what is hidden behind the terms clock frequency, bus system and multi-threading? [description] =>

CPU stands for “central processing unit“ and describes the processor of a computer. The “central” in CPU is not by chance since it can be seen as the heart of a computer. In addition to specific labels, the clock rate tells us how fast a processor is able to perform operations.

Tasks of the processor

On the whole a CPU assumes three essential tasks:

Arithmetical unit

All data on a computer consist of numbers. To be more precise: Of zeros and ones. A CPU accepts commands, calculates the appropriate amount of data and as a result gives out a new binary code. The higher the clock frequency of a CPU, the more digits can be processed simultaneously in an arithmetic operation. Clock frequency, which also can be described as a rhythm, is expressed in hertz. One Hz means one cycle per second. This means for a so-called single-core processor, that at one gigahertz (in short: GHz) approximately 1,000,000,000 digits can be processed at the same time.

Control unit

A control unit is together with the arithmetical unit a main component of a processor. In addition to the processing input and output peripherals (such as printers, scanners, mice, keyboards, …) the control unit ensures that the single components of a processor can work together appropriately and also coordinates them. The control unit and the other components of a CPU are connected over the so-called bus system.

Bus system

The bus system is a kind of bridge between the individual components of a computer and provides for the exchange of data between them.

Note: The more hertz a CPU got, the faster is the computing speed of a processor (of the same processor family). But is the clock frequency the only reason for the speed of a CPU? If today only the above mentioned single-core processors were still in use, we could answer the question quite easily with a “yes”. However, since two-core, four-core, six-core, eight-core and even ten-core processor are used in the field of desktops (as of 2016), the strength of a CPU also depends on the number of cores.

This brings us to the next subject:

Multi-core processors

As mentioned earlier CPUs have been made faster by increasing the number of clock rates. We remember: A single-core processor with one GHz is able to calculate 1,000,000,000 digits per second. Thus with two GHz it would be 2,000,000,000 digits per second.

However, the mere increase of the clock frequency implicates that enormous temperature rises will occur in the processor. This already happens at a power of 3,00 GHz. The reason behind this is that a higher clock rate can only be achieved by increasing the voltage. The resulting resistance in the thin leads produces heat. This is not only extremely inefficient but also damages the CPU without sufficient cooling. For this reason developers came up with the idea of installing several cores on one CPU. Today we are familiar with dual-core, quad-core, hexa-core, octa-core and also deca-cores processors.

A particularly great advantage of the so called multi-core processors is that the individual cores are able to assume tasks parallel to the other cores. Modern software, for instance, automatically stores operations on the individual cores of a processor in order to achieve an even utilization. If a core is fully utilized, the open tasks will automatically be transferred to a core with free capacities.

A further advantage is the low power consumption of the multi-core processors. Thus, a dual-core processor consumes only half as much energy compared to a single-core processor. The reason for this is that a dual-core processor with an equal performance as a single-core CPU requires a lower clock frequency due to a lower voltage. Ergo: Less power consumption.

Multi-Threading

Multi-threading is the ability of a single processor core to perform multiple tasks at the same time. Thus, multi-threading strongly resembles the appearance of a multi-core processor. In other words this means: If a quad-core processor is equipped with two threads per core, the system recognizes a total of eight virtual cores and no longer just four real cores. The advantage here is clearly obvious.

Conclusion

Single-core processors have lost a lot of importance in the fields of desktop computers and mobile areas and already have been banished by most sales shelves. This is also because extensive software in the user area requires at least two processor cores. This leads us to the question, what progress and how many cores the future will bring with it. Let’s wait and see!

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What exactly is a CPU?
The fact, that the CPU is the processor of a computer or Mini-PC is most probably well known. But what tasks does it actually have and what is hidden behind the terms clock frequency, bus system and multi-threading?