What’s new? PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 und quick guides for our Mini-PCs

With PCIe 4.0 and USB 3.2 new standards will double the data rates, graphics cards are becoming more expensive and from now on, we have short instructions for most of our spo-books.

Almost done: PCI Express 4.0

The next PCIe generation is soon to be completed: The PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group) has introduced version 0.9 of the new 4.0 standard, which is expected to double the data rate compared to current PCIe 3.0. However, that PCIe 4.0 will actually be installed in systems, can take until 2019. Nevertheless, the PCI-SIG has also already promised the standard 5.0, once again with a doubling of bandwidth. We will see, when this will be found in our Mini-PCs.

Rising prices for graphics cards: spo-book KUMO IV not affected

Due to the current hype around mining the cryptocurrency Ethereum, powerful mid-range graphics cards like Geforce GTX 1060 and 1070, as well as Radeon RX 580 and 570, are sold out and can be, if at all, only purchased for high prices. Fortunately our high-end Mini-PC spo-book KUMO IV is not affected. The GTX 1060 is already integrated on the mainboard.

Even faster: USB 3.2 announced

Recently the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has introduced a new standard. USB 3.1 is now followed by 3.2, which should result in doubling the data rates to 20 Gbit/s. In order to achieve these transmission rates, of course, all devices and cables used must meet the new standard. Until the first devices will be equipped with USB 3.2 ports, however, it can take another year. But the goal of the new version is already public: The flexible USB Type C port should become standard in the PC industry and replace the widely used Type A interface. We will see, if this will be that easy.

Easy startup procedure: Quick guides for spo-comm Mini-PCs

Anyone who needs help with the startup or mounting of his spo-book, or with BIOS settings like Wake On LAN or Restore on AC Power Loss, can now get help easily. From now on, quick guides for almost all spo-comm Mini-PCs are available on our website. They can be downloaded on the product page under the tab “Product details & downloads” and can also be found on our driver sticks.

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Industrial PC for Virtual Reality and Digital Signage

Like its predecessors, the spo-book KUMO IV is attractive due to its innovative and unique combination of a robust, compact metal housing and an extremely powerful, high-end graphics card. The latter is from nVidia's current Pascal generation, goes by the name GTX 1060 and is equipped with 6 GB DDR5 video RAM. An Intel Core i5-6400T Desktop CPU (Skylake) with four cores and a frequency of 2.2 (max. 2.8) gigahertz also delivers impressive performance. Whether it is high-resolution digital signage applications or sophisticated virtual reality solutions – the spo-book KUMO IV is capable of (almost) everything.

Four-fold 4K@60Hz

Thanks to 2-fold DisplayPort 1.3 and 2-fold HDMI 2.0b, the Mini-PC is able to simultaneously display 4K content with a picture frequency of 60 hertz on four screens. And if 4K is not enough, the spo-book KUMO IV even displays 8K@60Hz, a resolution of a fabulous 7680 x 4320 pixels. It is supported by up to 32 GB DDR 4 RAM. This exceptional performance is housed in a compact case with the dimensions 200 x 205 x 80 mm. From the end of march the Mini-PC will be available in the desired configuration.

##Order a spo-book KUMO IV or request a test sample

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NEW: spo-book KUMO IV - High-End Mini-PC with nVidia GTX 1060

At the ISE 2017 in Amsterdam, spo-comm has already presented its new high-end Mini-PC, the spo-book KUMO IV, and demonstrated its VR capability live. The dedicated nVidia graphics card, the compact enclosure and the barely audible fans were immediately of interest and showed that the market is ripe for an industrial PC of the extra class.
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SSD trends of the Computex: TLC and M.2

PCIe instead of SATA – this trend was clearly visible at this year’s Computex in Taipei. As manufacturers are not making any progress on the speed of SATA SSDs, the future lies with the much faster PCIe SSDs like M.2. In addition, the IT fair has shown, that cheaper SSDs are now increasingly using TLC memory with 3 bits per cell.

More options for vehicle computing: New accessories for the MOVE series

From now on, spo-comm offers even more accessories for the two current vehicle PCs spo-book MOVE QM87 and spo-book MOVE N3160: A GPS module for navigation and geolocation as well as a CAN bus for special vehicle applications.

Turbo clocking at 15 watts TDP: Intel i-8000

Another innovation introduced at Computex is a quad-core processor of the Intel Core i-8000 generation. The special thing about it: With a TDP (thermal design power) of just 15 watts, turbo clock speeds of up to 4 GHz are to be achieved. The i7 CPU is scheduled to come onto the market in the fall of 2017, delivering up to 30 percent more speed than the competing Core i7-7500U processor of the current Kaby Lake generation.

Individual branding: Customizing package for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

In order to make the most of the benefits of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, spo-comm will soon offer a customizing package. This allows the adjustment of the operating system, so that you can appear as a manufacturer of the Mini-PC with your own logo, OEM information such as company name, website and telephone number, customized login screen and much more. The image, which has been adapted to your needs, is then safely stored with us and can be installed for future orders.

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What’s new? SSD trends, Intel i-8000 and branding for Windows 10 IoT

SSD manufacturers rely more and more on PCIe instead of SATA and Intel has introduced a new CPU of the Core i-8000 generation. In addition to these news of the Computex, we have also new stuff at spo-comm: more accessories for the MOVE series and a customizing package for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
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SSDs with the Powerguard function operate with integrated tantalum capacitors which are permanently charged with 12 volts. In case of an unexpected blackout, the SSD can act as a kind of UPS. The power in the SSD is maintained until all memory processes are completed and the data is saved. Due to this, Powerguard prevents data loss and ensures more security. This is interesting for critical applications in an industrial environment as well as networking and server technology, but also for mobile and in-vehicle solutions.

Powerguard SSD now available at spo-comm

This UPS technology was developed by the storage manufacturer Cervoz, which now offers Powerguard SSDs and mSATAs in various sizes. From now on spo-comm offers a 128 GB Powerguard SSD as a choice for all Mini-PCs in the product range. Other sizes are available upon request.

##Discover Mini-PCs with Powerguard SSD

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Security: Powerguard SSD

In an industrial environment data loss is often a critical point. If you can’t rely on a uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for reasons of cost or space, there’s a new possibility to provide more security: with so-called Powerguard SSDs.