What's new? Update for the KUMO V and customer meetings 2.0

The corona crisis dominates the news - even in the tech world. But we have some spo-comm company news for you.

Update for the KUMO V: Now available with GTX 1660

The KUMO V, our latest high-end mini-PC for high-performance graphics applications, receives a small but nice update: From now on, the digital signage player, which is usually equipped with an Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card, can also be ordered with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660. This scores with 6 GB DDR6 memory, 1408 CUDA cores and a KUMO entry price of 1,095.00 euros.

Meeting with social distancing: customer meeting 2.0 at spo-comm

At spo-comm we work as usual - of course with some adjustments to the current situation. In these times we want to be there for our customers and partners and advise you in the usual quality.

For this reason, we now want to offer virtual customer visits with our key account managers Mustafa Ergin, Martin Wiesneth and Hülya Ergin. If you are interested, simply contact us by email or phone (via vertrieb@spo-comm.de or +49 911 23 98 37 - 0) to make an appointment or use the contact form on our website.

News from MSI: Successor for BRICK and WINDBOX II

The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer MSI IPC is one of our most important partners. We are currently busy developing the successor models for the BRICK series and our bestseller WINDBOX II Quad, which are to be launched this summer. The first tests are extremely promising.

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The term ray tracing refers to an algorithm to calculate images. The aim is to represent the three-dimensional world in a two-dimensional image by simulating the physical behavior of light and light rays. The combination of reflections, light and shadow ensures a particularly realistic image in PC games or animated films.

Raytracing vs. rasterization

Before the development of ray tracing, the so-called rasterization was used. However, this only calculates light and objects that can be seen directly in the image. What’s special about ray tracing is that even invisible objects or light sources are analyzed and calculated, for example the sun in the sky, which is not visible in the image, but is reflected in a puddle. Or light rays that are reflected by a window that is outside the visible area.

How does ray tracing work?

So what happens exactly? The light rays are tracked into the virtual space by the viewer's eye and up to an object. Then the surface of this object is analyzed and depending on its nature, the light ray is reflected, diffracted or absorbed. In this way, the light rays can spread throughout the virtual space and capture all objects, whether visible or not. In the end, the viewer gets a very realistic image.

If you want to learn more about the different ray tracing methods, you can find a good explanation in this video by Nvidia.

Where is ray tracing used?

This render approach is not new and has been used in cinema films or in advertising for a long time. This is called CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) - a technique that also manages to make artificial images look real.

The RTX graphics cards from Nvidia enable real-time ray tracing and are therefore suitable for PC games. However, the rendering takes a long time, which is why the Turing graphics chips would be overwhelmed with complete game scenes. Nvidia therefore relies on hybrid rendering and mixes ray tracing with rasterization.

What hardware do I need for ray tracing?

The previously mentioned Nvidia Turing graphics cards, i.e. the RTX-2000 models, were specially developed for ray tracing (hence the “R” in “RTX”). Thanks to its own ray tracing cores, you can calculate this in real time. With the appropriate new drivers, ray tracing is also possible with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1000 graphics cards. However, good performance is not expected here. On the software side, Windows 10 with the DirectX 12 ray tracing API DXR version 1809 is required.

spo-comm industrial PC for ray tracing

If you are looking for a robust industrial PC for demanding graphics applications, our KUMO V is the right choice. It is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 - with 6GB integrated GDDR6 memory and 1920 CUDA cores. In addition to real-time ray tracing, the mini PC offers AI computing power and new shading technologies. Hence we leave nothing to be desired.

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What is ray tracing?

Since Nvidia released its Turing graphics cards, the term ray tracing has been on everyone's lips - at least in our IT bubble. We tell you what stands behind the term and what the new graphics chips can really do.
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Nvidia GeForce: Gaming cards for professional use

The series of GeForce cards by Nvidia is perfectly made for the use in the consumer field. The cards are supposed to provide ultimate PC gaming experiences. Due to the smooth replay of 4K content or even virtual reality applications, the cards can not only be used gaming but also for professional applications.

For the Quadro as well as the GeForce cards the feature Nview comes as standard. Using this feature, the screen can be used and designed much more efficiently and is thus, perfectly made for everyone who is working with different windows or a huge amount of data at the same time. The work can on one hand be distributed to many screens or, on the other hand, to virtual desktops on which can be toggled between by keystroke.

The Nvidia architecture CUDA is also standard for both these graphics card series. It is made to increase the processing power when applications are running parallel, for instance when editing images or videos. In this article we summarized more about CUDA.

Also at spo-comm you can find a Mini-PC with a GeForce graphics card. The RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti is equipped with the namesake GPU. It has 768 CUDA cores and can play content on up to seven screens at once.

Nvidia Quadro for workstations with MOSAIC

The name Quadro stands for a desktop graphics cards developed by Nvidia for the use in the creative and technology field. Next to a very performant graphics processor and a high storage, they also provide 8K display outputs just to give an example. With these features they ensure that professional workflows are sped up.

Only the Nvidia Quadro cards bring along this special feature called MOSAIC. It is designated to interconnect the displays to one group, so that they build one big screen. One significant benefit of MOSAIC is that the displays can be placed not only next to each other, but also in a grid. Depending on which graphics card is being used, grids of for example 2 x 2 screens can be realized. But the most important advantage is actually another one: With MOSAIC it is possible to disconnect one display during the application without the arrangement being dissolved or changed.

In the range of spo-comm Mini-PCs there are two systems with a Quadro graphics card. Our QUADRO P1000 is standardly equipped with the namesake P1000 with 640 CUDA cores and the NOVA Q170 can optionally be equipped with the P2000 with 1024 CUDA cores.

Nvidia Turing™ for real-time ray tracing

In 2018, Nvidia introduced its “revolutionary” Turing™ architecture. Together with the GeForce RTX™ graphics platform the GPUs offer real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and new shading technologies. The razor-sharp, realistic images and special effects are perfectly made for the gaming field, but they can also be utilised in professional digital signage applications. 

Another detail of the Turing GPUs is the feature Nview which we already know from the GTX graphics cards. This feature is explained in the first section “Nvidia GeForce: Gaming cards for professional use”.

Our KUMO V, that was released in February 2020, is equipped with an Nvidia RTX 2060. This graphics card has 6GB integrated DDR6-RAM and 1920 CUDA cores. It provides an ultrahigh performance for graphics applications and also in the Virtual Reality field. Of course, on four displays at once with a resolution of 4K@60Hz.

GeForce, Quadro & Turing: Duplicated screen and extended desktop

As well as for integrated graphics cards, it is also possible with dedicated ones to duplicate the screen or extend the desktop. As we already mentioned in our last article of this series this can be set up via the screen resolution (Windows 7) or display settings (Windows 10). Where onboard cards only support a maximum of 3 displays, GeForce and Quadro can control up to 8.

Nvidia provides a website with a configurator that shows every connection possibility with a GeForce card.

To set up such specific features the graphics cards driver and the associated management tool is needed. Nvidia calls its own Nvidia Control Panel. How to set up MOSAIC with your Quadro card you can find here.

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Multi-Monitor with Nvidia GeForce and Quadro

A few weeks ago we already looked at how integrated graphics cards deal with Multi-Monitoring. Today it is all about the dedicated graphics cards GeForce and Quadro by Nvidia and what features they have.
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The good news first: We can still deliver our Mini-PCs! As of now, we continue to work without restriction. Employees who have to look after their children are now allowed to do mobile working. Customer visits and meetings were canceled. In addition, the entire workforce was comprehensively informed about hygiene measures and sufficient disinfectants were made available. Our production staff only works with gloves and keeps distance from each other.

Fortunately, our production is still well staffed and the goods are in stock, in consequence the production and delivery of our Mini-PCs is still going on. Our prices will also remain stable for the moment. If changes should arise in individual cases, we will contact the respective customer as soon as possible.

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Corona virus: delivery is still possible

The new type of corona virus is on the rise. A breaking news chases the next, necessary measures are taken and the whole thing does not leave us without a trace. What is the current situation at spo-comm?