What’s new? M.2, Apollo Lake and Mini-PCs as workstation

News in October: Intel has unveiled new Atom chips, SSDs in M.2 specification are increasingly available and the German Federal Administration recommends the use of Mini-PCs as desktop computers.

Green IT: Federal Environment Agency recommends Mini-PCs

The German Federal Environment Agency has introduced a 6-point plan for the sustainable and resource-efficient use of computers in workplaces. An essential part of the recommendation is to provide stationary workstations with Mini-PCs. These are characterized by lower power consumption and thus also have fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the physical life is considerably longer compared to laptops. Long-term availability facilitates the installation and setup of the systems, since the same platform can be used over the years.

Latest Atom chips: Apollo Lake

After the news about the high-end processors of the Kaby Lake generation, Intel has now unveiled the cheaper models, which are also manufactured in the 14nm process. The Celeron and Pentium processors with two or four Goldmont CPU cores and a TDP of 10 watts are internally labeled as Apollo Lake. They are much faster than their predecessors and suitable for use in Mini-PCs. First spo-comm models with the new Atom technology are planned for 2017.

Even smaller and even faster: M.2 SSDs

Solid State Disks in M.2 format are increasingly used in embedded and industrial PCs. An advantage over the standard SSDs in 2,5” size is the much smaller form factor. Furthermore the integrated SATA 3 port provides faster transfer rates than previous card formats. From 2017 on M.2 SSDs will also be part of spo-comm PCs.

Windows 10 IoT: New license ranges

Meanwhile Microsoft published detailed information concerning the licenses of Windows IoT. The former Windows Enterprise is now divided into three licenses: Entry, Value and High-End. These depend on the built-in CPU.

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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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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.
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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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spo-book EXPANDED: flexible and multi-talented

The spo-book EXPANDED Q170 has an adaptable 330 x 70 x 290 mm case and a 16x PCIe slot. Using this to install a multi-view graphics card, for example, makes it possible to connect up to 9 screens without an additional card as HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA can each handle up to 3 displays. Thanks to the triple display feature and two audio ports, the mini PC is perfect for digital signage applications. Along with an optional optical drive for DVDs or Blu-rays, there is also space inside the mini PC for up to two HDDs or SSDs that can also be set up with a RAID configuration.

spo-book NINETEEN: the name says it all

The spo-book NINETEEN Q170 comes in a 1U rack-mount case. The standardised dimensions enable the mini PC to be fitted in 19 inch racks using optional slide rails. The generously-sized 482.6 x 378.8 x 43.9 mm case allows a 16x PCIe expansion card to be installed and also has space for an optical drive, two 3.5” and one 2.5” hard drive. Of course, up to three solid-state disks can be fitted instead. The three drives together allow for several terabytes of storage capacity. Those who value security can also configure the storage media to use RAID. 

One chipset, two solutions

The spo-book EXPANDED Q170 is the perfect solution for customers in the professional audio and video sector who need outstanding performance and want to connect multiple displays, while those looking for a powerful and robust yet slim rack-mount system should take a closer look at the spo-book NINETEEN Q170. Both mini PCs are available now and can be ordered in the desired configuration at spo-comm.de.

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A New Generation: spo-book EXPANDED Q170 and spo-book NINETEEN Q170
Not one but two spo-comm systems have received a well deserved update: the spo-book EXPANDED Q170 and the spo-book NINETEEN Q170 have been equipped with powerful Intel Skylake processors and DDR4 memory.