What’s new? Intel Core i9, Smart Transportation and more accessories

It is likely that Intel will introduce a Core i9 processor for the first time, smart cities and smart transportation are the new trend for the internet of things and spo-comm reacts to Intel’s AMT problem. Also new: 4G modules and cables are now in the spo-comm product range, categorized as accessories.

High-end at its best: Intel Core i9 incoming

The fact that Intel will introduce new Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs for high-end PCs this summer is considered as safe. The exciting part about that: According to leaked information, an Intel Core i9 processor is to be introduced for the first time. Such a high-class model will be a little bit oversized for Mini-PCs, but we are nevertheless curious about what we can expect from the new super CPUs.

Intel AMT problem: spo-comm answers with new drivers

At the beginning of May a security hole in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) was announced. This is somehow embarrassing for Intel, since the error is relatively simple, but can cause great damage. The authentication hash used to encrypt or decrypt passwords, is not checked properly, which makes it very easy to hack into a PC with AMT. New drivers for all spo-comm systems with Intel Management Engine are already available on our website.

Better Internet connection: 4G modules now available

As already announced, spo-comm has upgraded and now offers 4G modules instead of 3G for various systems. The new standard, also known as LTE (Long Term Evolution), provided higher data rated and therefore offers even faster mobile Internet. From now on the models spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced, spo-book ELIX H81 as well as the vehicle PCs spo-book MOVE N3160 and spo-book MOVE QM87 are available with 4G modules.

Internet of Things 2017: Smart cities and smart transportation

The internet of things is still one of the most discussed topics in the tech world. Curious what te trends for 2017 are? Smart transportation and smart cities – at least, this was the focus of the influential Enterprise IoT Summit, held in Texas in March. Among other things, the aim of IoT is to improve safety, reduce traffic and thus increase the quality of life. Other topics are fleet management solutions for various types of vehicles and in consequence the simplification of maintenance and service.

spo-comm goes one-stop shop: Proper cables for our Mini-PCs

From now on spo-comm offers even more accessories. In the next few weeks suitable cables for spo-comm Mini-PCs will be available. For the beginning we offer power cords for Swiss and UK as well as monitor cables (2 meters and 5 meters) for various screen outputs.

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Even faster, even better: Bluetooth 5

A few weeks ago, developers of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) presented Bluetooth 5. The fifth version of the radio standard promises a faster data transmission, further distanced and thereby also saves energy in some cases. These changes mainly affect Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for small, current-saving systems. With these, the data rate can even double. Manufacturers of radio chips have already announced that the new standard will be available soon.

More security for Mini-PCs: Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

The Trusted Platform Module is a chip that is integrated into many systems and provides more security. The TPM can be used to encrypt a hard drive, identify a computer and detect changes, such as malware. More information about TPM and the spo-comm Systems possessing the chip, will soon be available on our blog.

Rising SSD prices due to high demand: Improvement is finally in sight

Due to the increased demand for NAND memories (=a type flash memory used for SSDs), the prices for SSDs have risen a lot in the recent months. This is because on the one hand SSDs are increasingly popular because of their multiple advantages. This also results in an increased demand for the more favorable so called TLC memory. On the other hand, NAND modules are also required for smartphones. While a price increase of up to 16% was expected for the first quarter, the situation should slowly ease in the second quarter.

It’s time for a change: WINDBOX II Plus goes EOL

Unfortunately everything has its end: Our very popular spo-book WINDBOX II Plus is End of Life (EOL) and is now completely replaced by the spo-book WINDBOX II Quad. Thanks to the same dimensions and also the same connections – only one USB was upgraded from 2.0 to the current 3.0 standard – the product change should not cause any problems. The WINDBOX II Quad also features a newer quad-core processor and Windows 10. Drivers for the old system are from now on available here.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Find all information on our blog now!

It is hard to believe that our Windows 10 IoT weeks are already over. Over the past five weeks we’ve introduced you to a new topic every Tuesday: from general introductions, to the benefits of the OS, customizing and security features, to Microsoft’s new licensing policy. And if you do not have enough time to read, just take a look at our overview page. We have summarized the most important information short and sweet, just for you.

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What’s new? Bluetooth 5, TPM and high demand for SSDs

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. This month we have some news about the new Bluetooth standard, the Trusted Platform Module and we explain the rising prices for SSDs. In addition: Product change in the spo-comm range and everything about Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
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Sounds exciting, right? Indeed, it is. We also found some time and visited two events: eCommerce-Day and "VR in Nuremberg". On Tuesday the eCommerce-Day offered interesting lectures about the latest state of eCommerce. In addition to trends and forecasts regarding commerce in the digital age, we also learned a lot about payment methods, growth opportunities for online shops and what we can expect from Google in the near future regarding SEO and SEA. Also the important topics eCommerce law and data protection weren’t missed out. As you can imagine, we took a lot of useful input with us, which we can use for our daily business.

Virtual reality in Nuremberg

On Thursday we visited "VR in Nuremberg" (#vrnue) at the Südwestpark Forum. Local companies and start-ups presented their impressive virtual reality applications. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors for their projects was infectious and so we held interesting discussions about the possibilities offered by augmented and virtual reality for the industry 4.0. In addition to the VR exhibition, the sessions of the barcamp were also an ideal opportunity to network and exchange visions.

Many thanks to the organizers and to all those who made this event so unique. This just leaves us one question: Where can we register for the next Web Week?

##Nuremberg Web Week

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On the roads of the Nuremberg Web Week #NUEWW

For the fifth time, the Nuremberg Web Week offered digital natives the opportunity to network. The main focuses of the Web Week from the 15th to 22nd of May were events and lectures on digital topics such as online marketing, eCommerce, web development and virtual reality.
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The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a chip that is integrated into many systems and offers more security. It is used primarily in PCs, notebooks, mobile phones, but also in entertainment electronics. A device with TPM, adapted operating system and suitable software is called trusted computing platform (abbr.: TC platform).

What are the advantages of TPM?

The advantages of TPM are security and encryption as well as the identification of devices. For example, each chip contains a unique cryptographic key by which the computer can be identified – only if the owner allows reading it out.
In addition, cryptographic keys can be stored in the TPM in order to save encrypted data outside of the TPM. The keys are generated, used and securely stored within the TPM, so they are protected against software attacks. Other benefits include better licensing and data protection. The owner of the system can sign data to prove his origin. In addition, changes to the system can be detected using the TPM that have been made for example by malicious programs or by users.

What keys are used in the TPM?

The Endorsement Key (EK) is an RSA key pair (the abbreviation RSA stands for the three mathematicians Rivest, Shamier and Adleman, who developed this cryptographic method) and is specifically assigned to each TPM. The key length is 2048 bits. The RSA key pair consists of a private key that never leaves the TPM and decrypts or signs data, as well as a public key used to encrypt and check signatures. The key can be created outside of the TPM and can also be deleted and re-created.

The Storage Root Key (SRK) is created when an admin or user takes over the systems, that means, that the owner of the computer changes. The SRK is also an RSA key with a length of 2048 bits. As the name implies, the SRK is the root of the TPM key tree as it encrypts other keys used.

The Attestation Identity Keys (AIKs) are RSA keys with a length of 2048 bits. They are created using the Endorsement Keys and protect the privacy of the user. The AIKs can somehow be seen as a pseudonym for the EK, so that is can remain anonymous.

How can TPM be used?

The TPM chip, which is integrated into the hardware, is of course crucial for the use of TPM. This is partly inherently on the motherboard; alternatively the module can often be optionally installed, if a TPM header is present. However, the right software is required in order to use TPM. To protect the software from easy manipulation, a secure operating system such as Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is recommended.

Which spo-comm Mini-PCs offer TPM?

In the spo-comm systems spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced, spo-book NOVA CUBE Q87 and spo-book BOX N2930, a TPM chip is actually integrated (TPM 1.2). The successor of the spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced will be released in the third quarter of 2017 and will include the new TPM 2.0, which was published in 2014. In addition, TPM can be optionally installed in the systems spo-book TURO Q87, spo-book EXPANDED Q170 and spo-book NINETEEN Q170.

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Security: What is TPM?

Whoever works with sensitive data every day, tries to secure them as good as possible. One way to encrypt data is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). In the first article of our new series about security, we will explain what this is all about.