What’s new? NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series, Embedded Apollo Lake and 4G

The November news are all about the latest technologies: NVIDIA graphics cards, new Intel CPUs for embedded systems and 4G networks.

High-end graphics card: NVIDIA’s Pascal microarchitecture

Demanding graphics applications in the areas of digital signage and virtual reality require powerful hardware. NVIDIA currently sets the standard with its Pascal microarchitecture, the GeForce GTX 10 series, which has already hyped great enthusiasm among gamers. How these top performers can be integrated into professional Mini-PC solutions, we can most likely tell you in the first quarter of 2017.

Mobile networks: Spreading 4G

The availability of 4G networks in Europe is constantly increasing. The successor of the current standard 3G is characterized by significantly higher data rates. In the near future LTE modules will be available for many spo-comm systems.

Apollo Lake SOC: Now available for IoT and Embedded

After the introduction of Apollo Lake CPUs for notebooks and tablets, Intel has now presented the CPUs for embedded systems. These are listed in the table below. Which of these will be used in spo-comm systems next year has is not yet clear at the present time. However, our product development already took a closer look at these small power packages.

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The abbreviation RAID stands for “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”. In a technical context, redundancy means, that there are additional parts of a system, which are functionally identical or comparable and which are not required for a normal operation. If a failure occurs, they can jump in or, if they are already running parallel, they can henceforth operate alone.

A RAID is a combination of at least two mass storage devices (hard disks or SSDs) that work together. Size and type of the storage medium should be the same. The various RAID levels (e.g., RAID 0 or RAID 1) provide different amounts of storage and security.

Hardware or software RAID

The RAID can be created in different ways. The hardware RAID requires an extra microprocessor, a so-called RAID controller. The chip is often located near the memory and organizes the data distribution. The main processor is not stressed. Larger network environments, such as data centers, often use external RAID systems.

The software RAID is organized completely on the software side. The RAID can be implemented directly in the BIOS, to install the operating system on it. Like this, the OS can be saved. Alternatively, the RAID network can be established in the operating system. Then it does not benefit from the RAID. Since no special RAID controller is available, all calculations are carried out by the main processor. Thus, depending on the application, it is more highly loaded.

RAID 0

A RAID 0 combines two or more storage devices into one logical drive. These can operate at an increased speed. For this purpose, the disks are divided into blocks of equal size. These blocks are then arranged alternately in zipper style. This technique, where all disks can be accessed parallel, is referred to as “striping”. The advantage of RAID 0 is the accelerated data transfer. One disadvantage is the lack of security: if one hard disk fails, the data can not be fully restored. Therefore it is only recommended, if reliability is not important. Since there is no redundancy in RAID 0, it is actually not a RAID but only an “Array of Independent Disks”.

RAID 1

Thanks to the technology of mirroring RAID 1 has a high reliability. The data is simultaneously written to all (usually two) hard disks. Two identical disks provide a full-value redundancy. If one disk fails, the other can supply all data. However, a RAID 1 is not an alternative for a data backup. Errors, such as viruses or accidental deletion of files, are immediately transferred to the mirror plate. The storage capacity of a RAID 1 is as large as the smallest hard disk involved.

RAID 5

A RAID 5 requires at least three hard disks. It allows increased speed and a bit security. As with RAID 0, the data is distributed in blocks over all drives. In addition, the necessary information for restoring the data (the so-called parity information) of another drive is stored on each disk. If only one hard disk fails, the data can be restored. The possible storage capacity is calculated from the number of disks minus one, multiplied with the capacity of the smallest disk. For three disks, each with 1 terabyte storage, this would for example be 2 TB.

RAID 10

RAID 10 is a combination of 1 and 0. This way it can combine both advantages and thus offers more speed as well as a high level of security. This requires at least four drives. Two disks are linked to RAID 1. These sets are then combined to RAID 0. This variant is very safe because in each set one disk can fail. However, only half of the total storage capacity is available. 

RAID at spo-comm Mini-PCs

Since a RAID level requires at least two disks it is only available for certain spo-comm PCs. These include the spo-book EXPANDED Q170, spo-book NINETEEN Q170 and spo-book NOVA CUBE Q87. If you have any questions concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise just let us know in your order if you require either RAID 0 or 1.

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What is RAID?

PCs with several hard disks always have the possibility of a RAID level. In this article we will clarify, what it’s all about with RAID 0 and 1 and which advantages and disadvantages the different levels implicate.
19 Oct 2016 Array ( [id] => 214 [title] => A New Generation: spo-book EXPANDED Q170 and spo-book NINETEEN Q170 [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => 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. [description] =>

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.
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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.