What’s new? Kaby Lake, IoT and a new In-Vehicle-PC

September-news from the IT world and from the product development of spo-comm are coming up now. This time: software news, the latest Intel platform and an update for the MOVE-series.

New Intel Platform: Kaby Lake

With Kaby Lake Intel introduced the new and now seventh generation of processors. Like Skylake it is built on a 14nm process. With this platform the performance is to be increased by up to 12 percent. It is also possible that completely new CPU types, such as a quad-core processor with 15 Watt TDP (U-series) are going to be released. First spo-comm systems with Kaby Lake processors will be available from mid-2017.

Internet of Things for everyone: Windows IoT

With the launch of Windows IoT, the successor of Windows Embedded, Microsoft has started a new licensing model that depends on the built-in CPU. According to the hardware and applications used, Windows IoT is often the cheaper alternative to the standard operating system Windows 10.

Vehicle Computing: News from the MOVE series

An updated version of the MOVE series will go on sale, shortly. The proven features are brought up to date with the latest technology. Special current transformers and the optional battery unit are still providing smooth operation of Mini-PCs in vehicles of all kinds.

Windows 7: Now available for Skylake

spo-comm has found a solution to operate Windows 7 Professional also on industrial PCs with the latest Skylake platform. From now on new systems with processors of the sixth generation, like the spo-book CORE and the OPS player, can be ordered with the popular Microsoft operating system.

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Small, smaller, the smallest: Mini-PCs shrink from day to day

In the near future a couple of Mini-PCs will be launched, which are again considerably smaller than previous models at a comparable performance. Thanks to new production technologies not only the size of major components, such as CPUs,  are reduced, they will also consume less power. This allows smaller fans or heat sinks and consequently smaller housings. The downside: There is less room for connections.

Now even sharper: 4K@60Hz

With new systems the standards HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and higher are introduced increasingly. Thereby, many models of Mini-PCs for the digital signage market can easily display UHD movies and animations.

New storage technology: DDR4

From 2017, new PCs will be equipped with DDR4 memories. In addition to the higher clock speed, the maximum storage capacity of the RAM modules increases too. Mini-PCs from the mid- to high-performance class can therefore address up to 32 gigabytes of memory.

No more unplugged cables: Mount your digital connectors

Connectors which are exposed to mechanical influences can easily get lost without additional security. Therefore, the traditional DB9, DVI and VGA connectors are still popular because they can easily be secured with two screws. With newer standards this is slightly more difficult since in certain design guidelines a security option was rarely taken into account. With the USB port this is changing now – for the type C standard the first screw-plugs have been defined. spo-comm also tries to offer secure connections for as many systems and connectors as possible.  For Instance: Various systems are already equipped with screw-mode power supplies.

spo-book WINDBOX II Quad: Now with 4 GB RAM

The WINDBOX II Quad is the first spo-comm PC that is from now on equipped with 4 gigabytes of memory as standard. The price stays the same.

Tablet support rises: Consistent Windows licenses

Not only in the field of consumer devices (for instance Microsoft Surface Pro), but also in commercial environments tablets or handheld devices are increasingly offered with a full Microsoft operating system. The advantage is obvious: Separate apps do not need to be developed. Instead, the ERP or CRM systems used in the enterprise can be installed and used directly.

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What’s new? From 4K@60 Hz up to DDR4 memory

With this entry we launch our new column in which we introduce trends and innovations in the IT world. Here and there we also want to have a look behind the scenes of spo-comm. In August we start with even smaller Mini-PCs, 4K@60Hz resolution and DDR4 memory.
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Vehicle Computing by spo-comm

As the name suggests, the MOVE Series is a classic for use in vehicles of all kinds. Special transformers, optional batteries and numerous modules for mobile applications (3G/4G, GPS) ensure smooth operation in every imaginable vehicle. Thanks to passive heat management and particularly robust construction, usage within an extended temperature range of-40°C to 70°C is no problem.

Mini-PC with Masses of Content

The inner workings of the typically compact industrial PCs provides a few surprises, with numerous options that propel vehicle computing to a new level. In the rugged and fanless metal casing measuring 250x55x150mm, there’s space for up to two HDDs or SSDs as well as modules for mobile networking (3G/4G), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Thanks to the dual SIM slot, it’d even possible to use two completely separate mobile networks.

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spo-book MOVE QM87 – Vehicle Computing with Every Refinement

The spo-book MOVE QM87 is a vehicle solution with a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU, fanless heat management and numerous additional features.
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Active Cooling

This option is the most common type of cooling. One speaks of an active cooling of your PC if the hardware is cooled down by a stream of air from one or more ventilators. The faster the rotational speed the cooler the hardware. The air ventilation automatically adapts, thanks to “SmartFan”, to the capacity utilization of the PC and rotates, as necessary, sometimes faster and sometimes slower.

Advantages of active cooling:

  • Even if the air needs to have some room inside of the computer, in order to circulate properly, actively cooled systems are generally slimmer than fanless systems.
  • You can achieve good cooling results, even with high-performance hardware.
  • It is a cheap solution compared to passively cooled PCs.

Disadvantages of active cooling:

  • Since the fans are most likely affected by wearing, they have, depending on use, a relatively shorter life.
  • The noise level: Even at low utilization the fan will always be audible.

How do I know if active cooling is the right choice for my purpose?

Mostly active cooling for a PC is useful if the environment of the site allows the warm air to go out in order to prevent heat accumulation. For instance this can happen if an Embedded-PC is mounted in steles, tables or walls.
Also active cooling is useful when processors and graphic cards experience a temperature rise above-average, due to applications which need a lot of hardware resources.

Passive Cooling

First of all the most striking contrast to the active cooling here is that there is no fan used for a passive solution.
Due to heat sinks which are integrated in the systems, like thermally conductive metal, the produced heat is transported to the outside, via lamellar cooling fins on the housing of the computer.

Advantages of passive cooling:

  • Silent working with simultaneous use of an SSD (See: “Shall I go for an HDD or SSD?”).
  • Robustness by massive PC cases and compact constructions.
  • High durability of the systems.
  • Systems are often completely closed and not prone to dust, sawdust and the like.
  • Extended range of temperature.
  • Above mentioned advantages both count for outdoor and vehicle installations.

Disadvantages of passive cooling:

  • Performance of the systems is limited (compared with actively cooled PCs of the same size), since high performance requires a bigger heat sink.
  • The environment has, to a certain degree, to provide thermal discharge in order to prevent heat accumulation.
  • More expensive compared to actively cooled systems.

How do I know if passive cooling is the right choice for my purpose?

There are so many opportunities that we actually don’t really know where to start. Wide application areas are rough environments like factory work rooms, workshops or production facilities since the fanless computers are less prone to dust or similar. Even installations in, for instance, steles, walls or in the open air where it sometimes can be a bit colder than usual, but you nevertheless have to rely on the computer. Not to mention in open-plan offices where every little noise reduction is a boon for the staff, passively cooled systems are always welcome.

Conclusion

If you attach importance to an increased durability and robustness of your product, we recommend to invest some extra cash and to opt for a passively cooled solution. Those who don’t want to lower their sights regarding performance and size of the Mini-PC are well served with the classical actively cooled alternative.

##spo-comm PCs with active cooling

 

##spo-comm PCs with passive cooling

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Should I take an actively cooled or passively cooled Mini-PC?

It’s underestimated quite often how important it is to make the right choice regarding the cooling architecture of your Mini-PC. Especially location and operation purpose play an important role here. What you definitely should know in any case about the two different types of cooling and which advantages and disadvantages they bring along, you will learn here.