What’s New? Remaining issue with Intel CPUs, AMD’s rising market share and eMMC in the IPC-field

At the end of this year we have some important topics that will attend us in the upcoming year. On one hand we want to explain the recent problems with the Intel CPUs. On the other hand we want to introduce you to AMD Ryzen and the eMMC hard disk.

Intel’s CPU issue remains

We already mentioned the general shortage of electronic components in our last “What’s New?”-article. This affected mainly DRAM memory chips and passive components such as MLCC condensers. What complicates the whole situation now is the issue with the Intel CPUs.

In a statement Intel’s CEO announced that the company did not reckon with such a high request. As a result of this the whole electronic field is suffering from the enormous shortage of almost every sixth, seventh and eighth generation CPU. This also leads to an immense price increase.

It is still unsure how this is going to continue. We at spo-comm try to intercept the price increases in your as well as in our own self-interest. We kindly advise our customers to arrange the yet planned projects with us as soon as possible.

AMD Ryzen gains market shares

In the third quarter of 2018 AMD again gains in the field of x86-processors and therefore has more than 10 percent market share. Especially in the sector of mobile processors the company grows. Here the percentage rises for about 4.1 percentage points to almost 11%. And also considering desktop PCs AMD shows off with a market share of 13 percent.

Source: heise

eMMC: space-saving taught by smartphones

Where some time ago there was only the classic HDD, we nowadays have some alternatives to choose from. The most popular is the SSD (Solid State Disk). What exactly differs these two kinds of hard disks you can read in this article.

Meanwhile also “eMMC” is often talked about. But what exactly is this? eMMC stands for “Embedded Multi Media Card”. It is a storage medium that is constructed like the MMC standard. Thanks to its energy conservation, the space saving construction and the technical similarity to an SD card, the eMMC is mostly used in compact mobile devices.

Even though the storage capacity of eMMC is only 16 GB to 128 GB, the price is clearly under the price of SSDs. Comparing an eMMC and an HDD the eMMC really has its advantages in transferring 4K content.

Source: Wikipedia, SearchStorage

Our latest Mini-PC the spo-book BOX N4100 that will be released next week is also equipped with a 32 GB eMMC flash memory. Due to its HDMI and DisplayPort interface the embedded PC is mostly used as a digital signage player for simple 4K applications.

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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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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.
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What means HDD?

The term HDD stands for “hard disk drive”. For simplicity it is often referred to as a hard drive. An HDD is composed of many mechanical parts. In the storage process, the data is written on the surface of one or more rotating magnetic platters. Therefore a reading head is moving – similar to a record player – back and forth.

Hard drives have been around since the 50s and are until today often installed by default as a storage medium in PCs. With the emergence of the SSD this has changed. These were in the early days extremely expensive and were only used for very specific applications. Anyway they have now become much more affordable and due to their advantages are increasingly used even at home.

What is an SSD?

The term SSD stands for "Solid State Disk" or "Solid State Drive", which can also be described as a semiconductor memory. An SSD is not mechanical but an electronic memory. Unlike the rotating platters from the HDD you can imagine the SSD like an USB flash drive.

Which advantages can I expect from an SSD?

The probably biggest advantage is that an SSD boots and works much faster because it runs electronically and does not constantly have to move a reading head back and forth. Although it is faster, the SSD has much lower energy consumption than a conventional hard drive. Who wants his PC to run completely silent and therefore chooses a passive cooled system, should also decide for an SSD. Thanks to the absence of moving parts it works without a sound.

But there’s more to come: It is also much more robust, as the mechanical drives of an HDD break  a lot easier if dropped. Likewise it also stands an extended temperature range. Thanks to its ruggedness the SSD is still running, even under concussions or vibration. Hard drives often have the protection mechanism to stop working as soon as the running PC is moved. For instance this could be the case if a laptop is carried around or if a PC is installed in a vehicle, like our MOVE-series. To prevent the reading head from striking the platter, the HDD stops its operation cautionary. With an SSD this cannot happen. Since it has no moving parts, it works without problems even in rough circumstances.

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What is the difference between HDD and SSD?
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Nvidia Quadro P1000 with MOSAIC support

As the name suggests, the Nvidia Quadro P1000 graphics card with a 4 GB DDR5 memory builds the centerpiece of the Mini-PC. The main feature of this card is the MOSAIC support: using the four HDMI ports up to four displays can be combined to one single desktop. The highlight is: even if one cabled is pulled off the apposition of the screens stays the same.

Nvidias Nview and CUDA support

Another very interesting feature is the function Nview. With this tool, which is by the way standard with every Nvidia Geforce graphics card, desktops can be created more efficiently. Nview is made for everyone that works with a lot of different windows or a huge amount of information at the same time. On one hand the work can be spreaded on many monitors, so that the open windows are not sticked to just one display. On the other hand Nview also has a solution for the use of one display: virtual desktops can be created and toggled between by keystroke.

Furthermore the QUADRO P1000 provides a CUDA platform. Thanks to 640 cores in total, which are based on the Pascal GPU, many different visualization programs, for instance CAD, are easier to realize.

Connector diversity by 3x USB and 4x HDMI

The latest model QUADRO P1000 is equipped with a high amount of different interfaces. On the front panel of the Mini-PC the power button and two control lights for the HDD/SSD and the WiFi can be found (see also “What is the difference between HDD and SSD?” and “What is LAN?”). One of the four USB 3.0 ports, two audio connectors and an SD card reader are also located on the front.

Next to two Gigabit LAN ports the back panel provides four HDMI ports that enable the multi monitor use. With these interfaces four displays with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 @60Hz (4K) can be controlled at once (see also “What is the difference between 4K and 8K?”). Combining the multi monitor ability with the new feature Nview, the QUADRO P1000 becomes the perfect workstation solution. In addition to this, the back of the Mini-PC also holds a COM port, two Antenna ports and an SPDIF, which involves benefits mostly for the stereo field (see also “What is SPDIF?”).

Energy saving Intel® CPU and customizable configuration

The actively cooled spo-book QUADRO P1000 is equipped with an Intel® Core i5-7300U CPU, that has a performance of 2.6 GHz up to 3.5 GHz. The “U” in the CPUs name stands for “Ultralow” and an energy saving 15 W processor (read more about TDP here). The Mini-PC can be stocked with up to 32 GB DDRIV Ram and either an HDD or an SSD. It can also be chosen between the different Windows 10 versions Home, Professional and IoT. Due to the integrated M.2 slot it is also possible to equip the system with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Technical details:

•    CPU: Intel® Core i5-7300U, 2.6 GHz up to 3.5 GHz and 15W TDP
•    GPU: Nvidia Quadro P1000 with 4GB DDR5 memory
•    Dimensions (W x H x D): 210 x 44.4 x 176.6 mm
•    Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @60Hz (4K)
•    Image output on up to 4 displays due to 4x HDMI
•    3x USB 3.0 and 2x LAN

##Configure your spo-book QUADRO P1000 now!

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NEW: spo-book QUADRO P1000 – Digital Signage solution with high end Nvidia graphics
The new system in the spo-comm product range has the name spo-book QUADRO P1000. The namesake graphics card and the Intel® Core i5-7300U CPU with 2.6 and up to 3.5 GHz make the Mini-PC a perfect partner for digital signage applications.