NEW: BRICK i3 7100U - The industrial allrounder

In cooperation with their technology partner MSI IPC, spo-comm has developed a follow-up model for the BRICK i3. As the name BRICK i3 7100U already suggests, the new CPU has received an update. Due to the guaranteed long-term availability, the connections and dimensions of the passively cooled housing remain unchanged.

High performance and energy saving

The namesake Intel® Core i3 7100U CPU with 2 x 2.40 GHz is supported with up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and can even display 4K resolution on two screens. This means that the BRICK i3 7100U is the more powerful model in the BRICK series and thus, is suitable for demanding applications in the industrial sector – while having an impressively low power consumption of just 15 watts.

Compact and robust

The industrial PC sits in a compact, robust metal housing with the dimensions 155 x 200 x 55 millimeters, is cooled without a fan and runs smoothly in the extended temperature range from -10°C  to +55°C. So it feels particularly comfortable in harsh environments and is the right solution for various industrial applications - whether if it’s machine control, data measurement or in a control cabinet. Thanks to the included wall and VESA mount, the BRICK i3 7100U can easily be assembled and fastened behind displays or on walls. DIN rail is also optionally available.

6x COM and 4x LAN

At the front of the embedded PC there are two USB 2.0 interfaces, two audio connections (1x MIC IN and 1x LINE OUT), a power button and incredible six COM connections, including four RS-232 and two RS-232/422/485. Two screens can be connected via the HDMI 1.4 and the DisplayPort on the back panel. There are also four USB 3.2 and two LAN interfaces, which can be expanded to four. WLAN is optionally available. If you do not want to connect the industrial PC via the included power supply, but rather directly in a control cabinet or to a machine to be controlled, you can use the 2Pin Phoenix Connector. An external power button can also be implemented this way.

Technical data at a glance

  • CPU: Intel® Core i3 7100U, 2 x 2.40 GHz
  • RAM: Up to 16GB DDR4
  • 1x SSD/HDD: up to 960 GB
  • Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Up to 2 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 155 x 200 x 55 mm
  • VESA mount included
  • 4x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x DP
  • 6x COM

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The chipset is an inherent part of a Mini-PC. The term described the chips on the mainboard that are used for the Northbridge and Southbridge.

What is the chipset responsible for?

The main task of the chipset is to control the single components of a PC and also the external periphery devices. It also regulates the data transmission between CPU, RAM and the graphics card.

Setup of a chipset with Northbridge and Southbridge

Intel has developed the bridge architecture that has established as the standard on the market. Here the chipset is divided into the Northbridge and the Southbridge. These have different functions and are responsible for different things.

The Southbridge controls the data transfer between the bus systems such as PCI and PCI express. Also the USB controller is located here. The power management and the network controller are as well taken over by the Southbridge.

The Northbridge generally has a higher speed than the Southbridge and is therefore responsible for the more important things. This includes the control of the CPU and its clocking, as well as the control of the memory chips.

System-on-a-Chip for small PCs

PCs just like our spo-comm Mini-PCs, are getting smaller and smaller. In these cases the regular setup of a chipset, as described earlier, takes up too much space. The solution for this are the so-called System-on-a-Chips in which as many functions as possible are accommodated on only one chip. In doing so, the Southbridge is a fix part of the Northbridge and its functions are integrated into the Northbridge. We already explained how that works in this article

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What does "embedded" mean?

An embedded system is a computer that is integrated in a technical environment and takes over tasks such as monitoring, control or data processing. These include, for instance, small computers in washing machines, televisions, routers, refrigerators or cars. However, we are now talking about somewhat larger systems: Embedded PCs that are equipped with a corresponding CPU.

Where are embedded CPUs used?

Embedded CPUs are mainly used in the professional environment, for example for industrial applications, in vehicles or in medical technology.

What are the advantages of an embedded CPU?

The CPUs are characterized by increased reliability, an extended temperature range and above all by a long component availability. For example, Intel guarantees long-term availability of up to 15 years for its embedded processors. The advantage of this: once an application is running, its use is secured for the next few years and the developers do not have to adapt the hardware and software again after a short time. In addition, embedded systems are often certified. If the CPUs are available for many years, there is no need for expensive re-certifications.

Another advantage is that embedded CPUs are extremely robust, since they are usually soldered processors with BGA (Ball Grid Array), which bring a high level of mechanical and thermal robustness with them. This means, that Embedded PCs can run 24/7 in harsh environments without problems. Thanks to their compact design, embedded CPUs are made for Mini-PCs and score with low power consumption.

What are the disadvantages of an embedded CPU?

With all the advantages, the question arises whether an embedded CPU has any negative properties. In fact, we can only mention the low performance here, since, as with mobile CPUs, not much can be accommodated in a small space. However, a lot has happened here in recent years. And it is always enough for the areas in which embedded CPUs are mainly used.

Intel and AMD embedded CPUs

Both major processor manufacturers have various models on offer: Intel has embedded CPUs in the Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 series. AMD offers the Ryzen Embedded and Epyc Embedded series.

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Industrial PCs: Compact and space-saving

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Shhh! Incidentally, the smallest industrial PCs, or Mini-PCs, from spo-comm, also fit in one's pocket. There is generally no reason for them to fit in there, but it's cool anyway. Just imagine the following scenario in a bar: "Is this a Mini-PC in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

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