What’s new? Linux for Turing and new packages for Windows 10 IoT

The start of the new decade begins with finally saying farewell to Windows 7. If you still don't know where your software journey is leading you, you may find a new destination with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. Meanwhile, Nvidia is showing unusual frankness.

Good news for Linux fans: Free support for Nvidia Turing

Since the appearance of the Turing graphics cards in autumn 2018, Linux developers at Nouveau – a collection of free Linux drivers for Nvidia graphics cards – have been using reverse engineering to obtain suitable drivers. The problem they were facing is: The firmware is signed and can only be provided by Nvidia. However, the graphics card manufacturer was not yet ready to share its data with the Nouveau developers. This has apparently changed now and the Linux team is working intensively on drivers for hardware acceleration. Why do we care about this? Quite a few spo-comm customers who rely on the KUMO series for high-end graphics applications work with Linux. And the latest model, the KUMO V with a dedicated Nvidia Turing graphics card, is ready to be presented at ISE in February.

No support: The end of Windows 7

As previously announced, Microsoft released the last security updates for Windows 7 SP1 systems on January 14, 2020. As a result, hardware and software manufacturers will no longer support the popular operating system in the future. If you continue to work with Windows 7, you and your applications are exposed to high security risks, so switching to Windows 10 or another operating system should be considered as soon as possible. If you are in a company environment and a software change is definitely not possible at the moment, Microsoft's Extended Security Update Program (ESU)  offers an opportunity.

The interesting alternative: Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

If you are looking for the right operating system and are searching for a simple, inexpensive software solution that can be perfectly adapted to your needs, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise might be the one. spo-comm now offers this in three versions: BASIC, ON and OFF. With the BASIC package, which costs no surcharge, customers receive a raw image in the standard languages German and English. With the ON version, the display language is freely selectable and we update the update status quarterly so that the Mini-PC is ready for use immediately after delivery. If you want to make sure that your application runs smoothly and that no updates get in its way, you should choose the OFF package. Here the updates are completely deactivated. The language is also freely selectable. In addition, programs such as Cortana, OneDrive and XBOX-Network, which are not required for the majority of industrial applications, are removed in the latter two variants.

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Turing for artificial intelligence

As usual, the new model of the popular KUMO series scores with a dedicated graphics card: an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB integrated GDDR6 memory and 1920 CUDA cores. Thanks to Nvidia's Turing architecture, the Mini-PC offers real-time ray tracing, AI computing power and new shading technologies, that are made for ultra-high-performance graphics applications, virtual reality and innovative AI algorithms.

Multimonitor in 4K

Being a graphics specialist, a resolution of 4 x 4K@60Hz is easy-peasy for the KUMO V. In addition to the graphics card, performance is ensured by an Intel Core i5-9300H QuadCore processor with 2.40 GHz (max. 4.10 GHz), which is supported by up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM. In addition, two mass storage media can be installed. One HDD or SSD with up to 960 GB and an m.2 SSD. All of this is packed in compact dimensions of 206 * 203 * 60 mm and can be easily installed using the included wall mount. A VESA mount is also available as an option.

Terrific variety of connections

The front of the industrial PC is presented in the usual simple KUMO design. In addition to the power button, there are only an SD card reader, two audio connectors (line-out and mic-in) and two USB 3.1 interfaces (one of which is Type C). The back has a lot more to offer: four USB 3.0, two LAN interfaces and, for multimedia, two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4 and another DisplayPort, which is implemented via a USB Type-C connection. Two antenna connectors complement the optionally available Wi-Fi.

Technical data at a glance:

  • CPU: Intel® Core i5-9300H 4 x 2.40 GHz (max. 4.10 GHz)
  • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce RTX 2060
  • Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Up to 4 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 206 x 203 x 60 mm
  • 6x USB
  • 2x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x DP 1.4
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type C (DP)

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NEW: KUMO V - Digital Signage PC with Nvidia RTX 2060
Just in time for the ISE, spo-comm introduces a new digital signage player for high-end graphics performance: the KUMO V. The newcomer is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and – what’s even more exciting - an Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card.
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Standard temperature range versus extended temperature range

Industrial PCs are technically designed to remain operational and powerful at lower or even higher temperatures. In general, a distinction is made between two temperature ranges according to which the IPCs can be classified: on the one hand the standard temperature range and on the other hand the extended temperature range.

The standard temperature range

If the hardware of an industrial computer is designed for an ambient temperature of 0° to +50° Celsius, then we speak of the so called standard temperature range. Any computer that wants to be called an industrial PC must at least be up to this requirement.

By the way, did you know? We from spo-comm sometimes call our IPCs, due to their space-saving sizes, "Mini-PCs". However, all our systems in our product range meet the requirements of an industrial PC.

The extended temperature range

We talk about an extended temperature range, as soon as an industrial PC does not fail even at ambient temperatures of -20° C to +70° Celsius. You wonder where an industrial computer, that can handle both low and high ambient temperatures, could be used? Two application examples:

With regard to lower temperatures, the Alps could be mentioned as a possible place of deployment. Such as the scientists of the research team of PMOD/WRC, who specialize in climate modeling and use our RUGGED HM87 for cloud research. In the Alps minus degrees are reached quickly and snow should not be a rarity (as we heard). Nonetheless, the RUGGED HM87 has been reliably performing its work for several years, thanks to its outdoor suitability.

And what about high plus degrees of up to +70° Celsius? Here, as well, we have an exemplary use case from the RUGGED family. Our RUGGED HM87 took off into the desert a few years ago, according to the gusto of Indiana Jones. There he is lending ATMs his power. Who thinks that finest sand dust could cost the RUGGED his life, is wrong. Thanks to the passive cooling system of the RUGGED family, the enclosures of the systems are completely closed and therefore resistant against dust and sand.

Any questions? Or are you looking for a suitable industrial PC? Our consultants will gladly assist you in the selection!

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Industrial PCs part 3: The standard and extended range of temperature
We now know, thanks to part 1 and part 2, why metal housings and energy efficiency are so important for industrial PCs. The third part of our series is about the use of Mini-PCs in the so-called extended temperature range. Get your winter jackets and sunscreen ready, it is going to be freezingly hot!
26 Sep 2019 Array ( [id] => 457 [title] => What’s new? AMD grows in market share & Ryzen prices drop, publication of USB 4 and Intel’s AI processors [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => In the last months there was no scent of a silly season in the IT field at all. Also September had plenty to offer: The market shares of AMD are growing to a top level, whereas the prices of their AMD Ryzen processors drop. The competitor Intel releases special processors for Artificial Intelligence and furthermore, the USB 4 specification was adopted. [description] =>

USB 4 and the compatibility to Thunderbolt 3

USB 4 was already announced by the USB Promoter Group in March 2019. Well over half a year later, the final specification was released on September 3rd. According to the press release of the USB-IF, the update complements the existing USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 and “delivers the next-generation USB architecture”.

Since USB 4 is based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol specification, on one hand the bandwidth is doubled up and 40 Gb/s are possible, and on the other hand multiple data and display protocols can be processed simultaneously. The USB Type C connector, which established as the external display port for host devices, also remains for USB 4.

So far, so good. Now the big disadvantage is: Manufacturers are not obligated to implement the Thunderbolt 3 functionality into their USB 4 specification. That means: USB 4 capable devices are not necessarily compatible with Thunderbolt 3. And since not every USB device can reach the promised 40 Gb/s, USB 4 devices may reduce their speed rate to fit the hardware. USB 4 will be available with 10, 20 and 40 Gb/s – which probably means that small and cheap devices will only be found with the lower rates.

More about the intelligent bandwidth of USB 4 can be found in this article.

The published specifications can already be downloaded on the website of the USB-IF. Until products with USB 4 will be released, it will probably take until the end of 2020.

Nervana NNP-T and NNP-I: Intel’s AI processors

The topic Artificial Intelligence is growing and growing, that’s no secret. To serve the demand for special chips in this sector Intel introduced their Nervana processors at the Hot Chips HC31 conference at the end of August. With these, the concern competes with Google’s Tensor processors, Nvidia’s NVDLA and Amazon’s AWL Inferentia chips.

The processor combination of the chips NNP-T and NNP-I is mostly made for Machine Learning. NNP stands for Nervana Neural Processor, but the chips are also known under their codenames “Spring Crest” and “Spring Hill”. In the use case they are coming into action complementarily: The NNP-T chip is used to train the AI model with Big Data, the NNP-I chip is responsible for the Inferencing, therefore to implement the training results into the AI workflow. The SoC are produced in Intel’s own 10-nm technique, NNP-T in the 16-nm technique.

With the introduction of Nervana, the Xeon CPUs which were responsible for AI tasks until now, are replaced. Although they still provide enough performance, they are less effective and efficient than Nervana.

Source: extremetech

AMD market share grows, Ryzen prices fall

Already in our last news we reported about the latest business numbers of AMD. In the second quarter of 2019, AMD as well as Nvidia noticed a lower turnover of graphics cards in desktop PCs, workstations and servers – Nvidia much more than AMD. That’s why AMD successfully increased their market share from 22.7 to 32.1 percent.

Looking at the whole GPU market, that includes integrated graphics cards, Intel still has the pole position with 66.9 percent market share. But AMD also scores here: In contrast to Intel and Nvidia, only AMD was able to increase the deliveries and thus, raise their market share to 17.2 percent.

Source: extremetech

One of the main reasons for AMD’s success are the thriving Ryzen APUs. The processors of the Ryzen 3000 series note drastic price cuts by now, only two months after sales launch. The models Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 5 3600X, whose value-for-money ratio was rated as bad until now, have made the biggest price cuts. The price development of the Ryzen 7 3800X can be found here.

Source: en24.news

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What’s new? AMD grows in market share & Ryzen prices drop, publication of USB 4 and Intel’s AI processors
In the last months there was no scent of a silly season in the IT field at all. Also September had plenty to offer: The market shares of AMD are growing to a top level, whereas the prices of their AMD Ryzen processors drop. The competitor Intel releases special processors for Artificial Intelligence and furthermore, the USB 4 specification was adopted.