What’s New? Nvidia’s Tegra, internal processes at spo-comm and the problem with electronic components

In order to get in the right mood for the release of our new Mini-PC we want to explain what stands behind Tegra by Nvidia. We are also talking about the recent shortage and price increase of components in the electronics industry and furthermore we want to give you a little insight into the processes at spo-comm, regarding the updates of Windows and special images on our Mini-PCs.

Shortage of Electronics components

For quite a few months DRAM memory chips but also passive components such as MLCC condensers are on shortage. Since the recent demand is higher than what the producers can offer, these components have increased their price level.

Also spo-comm systems are affected by this shortage. For some of our Mini-PCs, for instance our spo-book WINDBOX II Quad, we and our suppliers have a higher lead time at the moment.

What does that mean for you? If you place a short-term order it may come to a longer delivery time. If you have any projects that require a fix delivery date please consider the possible longer delivery times.

Source: heise

What stands behind Nvidia’s Tegra?

Nvidia’s Tegra stands for a system on a chip which is based on the ARM architecture. This system is mostly used for mobile devices, cars and tablet PCs. The Tegra includes a CPU, a memory and also a graphics chip with an integrated video en- and decoder.

A system such as the Tegra has its focus in the development of AI computers. Through certain developer kits that every Tegra chip has, even more special application scenarios for example Deep Learning, autonomous machines and multi-camera solutions can be done.

What stands behind our new Tegra system you will find out as soon as the Mini-PC is released.

Processes for Windows updates at spo-comm

We at spo-comm are constantly willing to install all Windows updates before we ship our Mini-PCs to our customers. It may come to delays with major Windows updates because of the time it takes to install them and also due to the case that they often contain patches right after their release. Also upgrading special customer images takes our employees a bit more time. If you want us to upgrade your image in shorter time distances, please contact us via mail or by phone. We will be happy to support you!

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AMD CPUs for max performance in Embedded-Computing

With their latest embedded CPUs, that are called Ryzen, AMD sets a new benchmark and starts the fire against its competitor Intel. These CPUs are mostly made for embedded applications where high performance is a must. This counts for example for digital signage scenarios, which have to process high resolution 4K content. But also the use in smart robotics and in the field of vehicle computing. Furthermore these new AMD CPUs contain an integrated GPU, which complies with the latest AMD Radeon Vega architecture.

Source: elektronikpraxis.vogel.de

AMDs 7nm next level GPU

This year AMD drops a bombshell on the Computex: The chip developer from the USA announces that in this year they will bring professional Radeon-Intstrinct products based on Vega-20-GPU on the market. These are made with the 7nm process and especially for the B2B market. If consumer will get a taste of these Vega-20 products is still unsure. But what is totally sure is that even gamers will get the taste of them. In addition to this AMD didn’t say anything about the technical specifications. Only so much was released that there will be a memory extension of 32 Gigabyte HBM 2, which will – because of the four HBM2 stacks – increase the memory bandwith up to 4.096.

Source: computerbase.de

No more Windows 7 support

Yet last year Microsoft and Intel announced that the latest CPUs will only be supported with a current Windows – by which they mean Windows 10. This means, upon reversion, that there will no longer be a driver support for Kabylake CPUs that work under Windows 7 and 8.1. Skylake CPUs with Windows 7 still have support until 2020. Microsoft suggests upgrading to Windows 10 if you have a CPU that was released after August 2016. By this time the yet mentioned Kabylake generation is concerned as well as the Coffeelake generation from October 2017.
Due to this also spo-comm provides only Windows 10 support for new Mini-PCs.

Source: heise.de

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What’s New? No more Windows 7 support and new AMD Ryzen CPUs

Half of the year has passed and in the IT market things are going wild. In this article we talk about Microsoft, who are shutting down Windows 7 updates for Kabylake CPUs. Also we want to mention the new AMD embedded CPUs that set new benchmarks regarding high performance.
3 Dec 2018 Array ( [id] => 362 [title] => NEW: spo-book TEGRA 2 – Next level digital signage based on SoC [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => With the spo-book TEGRA 2 we welcome our next newcomer. The passively cooled Mini-PC is based on SoC-chip developed by Nvidia and is equipped with everything needed as standard. Thanks to the integrated CUDA-cores and the particularly for this hardware adjusted Linux version, the TEGRA 2 is the perfect digital signage player for developers. [description] =>

TEGRA 2: first SoC based spo-book

What makes the newcomer special is the way it is build. The TEGRA is not a common x86-computer but it is based on an Nvidia-SoC-chip. Such chips are mostly used in mobile devices so that every millimeter can be used. By now even PCs in the industrial field such as the TEGRA 2 count on this design. With its dimensions of 160 x 132 x 51 mm the TEGRA fits into every little corner.

Tegra SoM has integrated everything

In addition to the small dimensions it has another really important advantage. The TEGRA is a so-called "System on a module" ("SoM"). This module is already equipped with all the needed components. This includes an 8GB DDR4-RAM, a 32GB eMMC flash memory, the namesake Nvidia Tegra X2 CPU and also a LAN and WiFi module.

Linux Vibrante and CUDA

For their Tegra series Nvidia uses their self-developed Linux distribution, which is called Vibrante and is the counterpart to Ubuntu. Just more special and exclusive for this hardware. Vibrante has a much bigger GNU toolkit and also brings more Nvidia related libraries. The Tegra chip also provides a developer kit, which – in combination with the 256 integrated CUDA-cores – enables a various amount of different applications.

Next level digital signage – Deep learning, AI & automation drive

Due to the Nvidia related libraries data and images can be processed a lot faster and more efficiently. That’s why the spo-book TEGRA 2 is the perfect PC for everyone, who is searching for a passively cooled next level digital signage player. Although it is possible to play content in 4K@60hz resolution on up to two displays at once with the HDMI and DisplayPort, thanks to its special features the Mini-PC can do even more: regarding real time calculations and video editing in the automobile field the TEGRA can score. But also for camera applications with face recognition, which can be for instance found in display panels in malls, or general deep learning applications, the spo-book TEGRA is the perfect solution.

Range of interfaces for different applications

Next to the power button, an SD-card reader and two USB 2.0-ports are affixed on the front panel of the Mini-PC. The back of the TEGRA 2 also holds various interfaces: a COM-port, two USB 3.0-ports and the LAN-port find its place. Also three audio connectors and two antennas for WiFi are located here. The multimedia interfaces HDMI and DisplayPort are located on the back panel, too.

Technical facts:

  • CPU: Nvidia® Tegra X2
  • 256 CUDA-cores
  • GPU: Nvidia® Pascal
  • 32 GB eMMC Flash
  • Max. resolution: 4K@60Hz on up to 2 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 160 x 132 x 51 mm
  • 1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0
  • Integrated WiFi

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NEW: spo-book TEGRA 2 – Next level digital signage based on SoC

With the spo-book TEGRA 2 we welcome our next newcomer. The passively cooled Mini-PC is based on SoC-chip developed by Nvidia and is equipped with everything needed as standard. Thanks to the integrated CUDA-cores and the particularly for this hardware adjusted Linux version, the TEGRA 2 is the perfect digital signage player for developers.
29 Aug 2018 Array ( [id] => 340 [title] => What does TDP stand for? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => TDP? What exactly that is, even today in many forums and blog comments is discussed. But let’s start from scratch: TDP is given as the power value of computer processors. The abbreviation TDP stands for Thermal Design Power and indicates the thermal power loss (in watts) of computer processors. Since a processor converts the absorbed electrical energy almost one-to-one into heat, the thermal power loss is a very important indicator of how much cooling and power is required. [description] =>

Definition of TDP according to Intel

Intel defines TDP in one of its white papers as follows: „The upper point of the thermal profile consists of the Thermal Design Power (TDP) and the associated Tcase¬ value.  Thermal Design Power (TDP) should be used for processor thermal solution design targets. TDP is not the maximum power that the processor can dissipate.”

Tcase describes the temperature measurement via a thermocouple embedded in the middle of the heat spreader. The original measurement is made at the factory. After production, Tcase is calibrated by the BIOS system. For this, the measurement results are read on a diode between and under the cores. (Source: Intel)

According to Intel, TDP is a guideline, among other things, for the recommended heat dissipation. At the same time the Thermal Design Power says nothing about the maximum possible power output.

ComputerBase.de adds a further definition of Intel in one of their recent articles. According to this, TDP also stands for “the average power consumption (in watts) which the processor derives at base frequency when all cores are active in a highly complex workload, defined by Intel.” We can only speculate what exactly is meant by a “highly complex workload”.
However, what is clear from this definition is that the Thermal Design Power in no way depends on the turbo clock speeds of a processor. Since the Thermal Design Power refers specifically to the base clock of a CPU, could therefore not be deduced from how much power a processor rakes up during the day.

Definition of TDP according to AMD

Intel also mentions AMD's definition of Thermal Design Power in its whitepaper. AMD’s understanding of TDP: "The Thermal Design Power is the maximum power a processor can draw for a thermally significant period while running commercial software. The constraining conditions for TDP are specified in the notes in the thermal and power tables."

ComputerBase.de also lists another definition of AMD:
"The TDP is a strict measure of the thermal power dissipation of an ASIC (= Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) that defines the minimum cooling needed to achieve the specified performance."
Consequently, this would mean that a CPU can only achieve the intended performance as long as the performance is not throttled by too high a temperature.

##Learn something about Mini-PCs from spo-comm

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What does TDP stand for?

TDP? What exactly that is, even today in many forums and blog comments is discussed. But let’s start from scratch: TDP is given as the power value of computer processors. The abbreviation TDP stands for Thermal Design Power and indicates the thermal power loss (in watts) of computer processors. Since a processor converts the absorbed electrical energy almost one-to-one into heat, the thermal power loss is a very important indicator of how much cooling and power is required.