NEW: NANO H310 – All-rounder with Desktop CPU

A new chipset for the NANO series: With the NANO H310, spo-comm is launching a digital signage player with a freely selectable, powerful desktop CPU. From the Intel Pentium to the eighth generation Core i7 there is a suitable processor for every solution – and it comes with a great entry-level price.

Variable desktop CPU

What makes the NANO H310 so special is the possibility to tailor the performance of the mini PC to individual needs. Desktop CPUs are available in all performance variants: starting with an Intel Pentium G5400 with 2 x 3.7 GHz, through the Intel® Core i3-8100 with 4 x 3.6 GHz, up to the six-core processors Intel ® Core i5-8400 with 2.8 GHz (max. 4.0 GHz) and - for all those who have particularly performant applications - Intel® Core i7-8700 with 3.2 GHz (max. 4.6 GHz).

Compact digital signage player

With the powerful CPU and the ability to simultaneously display a resolution of 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) on two screens, the NANO H310 is perfect for digital signage applications. But, thanks to its good price, it is also often used as an all-rounder. The hardware is cooled by a fan and is in a square metal housing with the dimensions 178 x 178 millimeters. Thanks to a height of just 34 millimeters, the industrial PC is quite flat and therefore also fits behind screens, where it can be installed in accordance with standards thanks to the VESA wall mount. And if you don't want to hang up your NANO, you can put it upright with the included stand to save space.

Connections for industrial control and digital signage

The front of the mini PC has been updated. In addition to two USB 3.1 interfaces, there are now two USB Type C. Besides, there is also the power button and the two audio connections LINE OUT and MIC OUT. A MIC IN can be found on the back panel. Furthermore there are four USB 2.0 interfaces, one COM and one LAN. An HDMI 1.2, a DisplayPort 1.2 and a VGA connection are available for the transmission of multimedia content. If you want to use your NANO H310 in public places, you can use the Kensington Lock to protect it against theft. The industrial PC can optionally be equipped with WiFi.

Technical data at a glance:

  • CPU: Intel® Pentium G5400, 2 x 3.7 GHz, Intel® Core i3-8100, 4 x 3.6 GHz, Intel® Core i5-8400 6 x 2.80 GHz (max. 4.0 GHz), Intel® Core i7-8700, 6 x 3.2 GHz (max. 4.6 GHz)
  • RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4
  • Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Up to 2 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 178 x 178 x 34 mm
  • 6x USB
  • 2x USB 3.1 Type C
  • 1x HDMI 1.2
  • 1x DP 1.2

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What is a desktop CPU?

A desktop CPU is, as the name suggests, usually built into a desktop PC. Therefore, heat development and power consumption play a minor role. On the one hand, there is enough room for fans and a cooling airflow, and on the other hand, there is no battery runtime that has to be taken into account, as desktop PCs are permanently connected to a power supply. In return, desktop processors offer good performance, a bigger cache and more turbo.

Intel desktop CPUs

The Intel Core i processors (e.g. i3/i5) comprise both mobile and desktop CPUs. These can be recognized by the one or two letters at the end of the product name. These include, for example:

  • K = can be overclocked (open at top)
  • S = energy savings through reduced performance (performance-optimized lifestyle), turbo mode is used less
  • T = power optimized lifestyle due to reduced equipment, often with fewer cores than the regular model
  • No letter = unspecified desktop CPU

An explanation of the structure of the processor names can be found at Intel.

AMD desktop CPUs

AMD uses entirely different names for its CPUs or APUs ("Accelerated Processing Unit" refers to a main processor with an integrated coprocessor – usually the GPU – which supports the main processor and can also be superior to him). The series carry certain names. Most of the desktop processor series also have a mobile variant, which then has the corresponding name. Among the current AMD desktop CPUs are:

  • AMD Ryzen = powerful processors of the so-called "zen architecture" for gaming and high end graphics, comparable to Intel Core i processors
  • AMD Athlon = multi-core processors with Radeon Vega graphics unit for the desktop as well as the mobile segment
  • AMD A series = entry-level processors with Radeon graphics unit
  • AMD FX series = multi-core processors designed for high-end applications, high overclocking is possible

What is a mobile CPU?

For mobile processors efficiency is more important than performance. The standing out feature is a low power consumption, since, for example, notebooks are not permanently connected to the power outlet and must therefore be able to run only with battery. In addition, they have less performance than desktop CPUs, because a lot of performance also means a lot of heat, and mobile devices offer little space for fans and heat loss. Nonetheless, thanks to modern technology, there are also mobile processors that are suitable for 4K gaming and other high-performance applications.

Intel Mobile CPUs

The Intel Mobile processors include the following series:

  • Intel Atom = range of microprocessors and system-on-chips (SoC) for low-cost and energy-efficient systems (also used in tablets, smartphones and infotainment systems in cars)
  • Intel Pentium = series of microprocessors and single-chip systems, more powerful than Atom

But even among the Celeron and Core-i CPUs there are mobile processors that are identified by the following letters, among others:

  • U = "ultra-low power", referred to CPUs with lowered voltage and TDP of about 15 W. They are mainly used in ultrabooks, where the power consumption plays a major role
  • Y = extremely low power, similar to U series, but TDP less than 13 W
  • M = mobile Dual-Core
  • QM = mobile Quad-Core
  • HQ = high performance graphics, quad core, especially for gaming laptops because of good performance, TDP around 45 W
  • HK = high performance graphics, unlocked similar to HQ, can be overclocked

AMD mobile CPUs

As mentioned earlier, most AMD product lines also have mobile variants:

  • AMD Ryzen Mobile = powerful APUs with Radeon Vega graphics unit
  • AMD Athlon = multi-core processors with Radeon graphics unit
  • AMD A-Series = for notebooks, suitable for gaming

Which CPU is suitable for what?

Typically, desktop CPUs are installed in desktop PCs, while mobile processors are used for notebooks, ultrabooks and Mini-PCs. However, as desktop CPUs are getting more and more power efficient, they are more and more being installed in laptops. In addition, the manufacturers also offer server and embedded CPUs. While the former are similar to the desktop CPUs, but offer even more power, the latter are characterized by their long-term availability.

Mini-PCs with desktop CPU

Due to their characteristics, Mini-PCs often incorporate mobile CPUs that consume much less power and generate less heat. However, many applications require good performance, so many spo-comm Mini-PCs are also equipped with desktop CPUs. These include the KUMO V and KUMO Ryzen models for high-end graphics applications, the rugged outdoor and vehicle PCs RUGGED GTX1050 Ti and RUGGED Ryzen, as well as a few models where the CPU is even freely selectable: CORE 2, NANO H310 and NOVA CUBE Q87.

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What is the difference between mobile and desktop CPUs?

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Industrial PCs: Compact and space-saving

As an industrial PC, things are not easy: they have to be robust, energy-efficient and yet powerful. But as if that was not enough, they should also be weather and temperature resistant. The whole thing then still has to be as compact as possible and therefore space-saving. What sounds like a jack of all trades device, is basically exactly that: The all-in-one device suitable for every IT purpose. Why an industrial PC (also called Embedded-PC) should be like this, can be easily explained: In the world of companies and their product solutions, it often happens that there is not much space left in their scopes of application. Examples include ATMs, interactive touch solutions, emergency vehicles such as ambulances, machines or the backside of displays. However, computers can not be renounced, as they are the heart of many product solutions. The top maxim of the hardware developers is therefore to make the powerful systems even smaller and more efficient. The further development of PC systems is intended to ensure new potential and possible applications.

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?"

Ultra-compact design combined with monstrous power: The KUMO series from spo-comm makes it possible

The Mini-PCs from the KUMO series are sly old dogs: they are capable of playing content on 4 monitors simultaneously with a resolution of 4K @ 60Hz. The KUMO IV (Currently "End Of Life", November 2019) even brought 8K @ 60Hz on the scale, which describes a resolution of fabulous 7680x4320 pixels. Even Virtual Reality content and complex computational processes commissioned by artificial intelligence (see use case "Advertima AG") aren't a challenge for a KUMO. Hard to believe that this extraordinary performance is housed in a compact housing of just 200 x 205 x 80 mm (i.e. KUMO IV).

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Industrial PCs part 4: Compact design

What's better than a powerful, durable and robust PC? Well, it's clear: A SMALLer, powerful, durable and robust PC! Why a compact design for industrial PCs is an advantage, you will learn in the fourth part of our blog series.
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The DisplayPort was standardized by the Video Electronics Standards Association (or for short: VESA). The interface is a licence-free standard for the digital transmission of digital image and sound signals. The specification includes the transmission technique and the appropriate connectors and cables, as well as a guide line for adapters to HDMI and DVI. The reason for the development of DisplayPort was to create a digital interface for higher resolutions and like this, replace the predecessors VGA and DVI. 

Applications of DisplayPort

Since the DisplayPort takes up a lot less space than VGA and DVI, it is perfect for the use in notebooks and also our Mini-PCs. In contrast to the HDMI port, which is mostly used in TV or multimedia devices, the DisplayPort finds its place in the information technology, such as PCs, tablets or monitors.

Data transmission and pin layout of DisplayPort

DisplayPort works pretty similar to PCIe: It is a serial, scalable point-to-point-connection that can adapt the features of the transmission channel. When connecting a graphics card with a monitor, they synchronize and adjust the signal level between 200 and 600 mV.  

DisplayPort has 4 channels available, however, an image signal can be transmitted on only one channel, because each pixel is transferred one after another. DisplayPort also has an additional AUX channel, which on one hand holds the Display Data Channel (DDC) for the transfer of display data, and on the other hand a band width of almost 100 Mbit/s, with which webcams or microphones can be supplied, too.  

Both cable ends of the DisplayPort have the same plug. Like this, each end fits into the graphics card, as well as into the display. A list of the pin layout can be seen here.

Advantages of DisplayPort: Up to 8K resolution

In terms of image resolution DisplayPort has a lot more to offer than its predecessors VGA and DVI, because they only provide 1K respectively 2K resolution. Depending on the version of the DisplayPort a resolution of up to 1K (DisplayPort 1.1), 4K (DisplayPort 1.2), 5K (DisplayPort 1.3) and with the latest specification DisplayPort 1.4 even 8K is possible.

But the interface has some more benefits: First, as already mentioned, DisplayPort is a license free standard. Like this, manufacturers of small series don’t have to pay charges. DisplayPort also has a smaller connector that is not screwable but has a mechanical lock. This safes space and the interface can also be used on small devices.

The progression to DisplayPort 1.4

  • DP 1.1 (2007): The first final version has a maximum transfer rate of 8.64 Gb /s, which is sufficient for HDTV and bigger displays. DP 1.1 is copy-protected with HDCP 1.3 and introduces the feature DP++.
  • DP 1.2 (2009): The most significant change is the increase of the maximum data rate to 17.28 Gb/s. Another innovation is the support of MST (Multi Stream Transport), with which many monitors can be connected using one connector via the Daisy Chain concept.
  • DP 1.3 (2014): The data rate was increased again and now amounts to 25.92 GB/s. Thanks to MST, several 4K UHD- or WQXGA-displays can be connected.
  • DP 1.4 (2016): This version doesn’t contain an augmentation of the data rate, but the introduction and updates of some features: Display Stream Compression 1.2, with which the viewer should not recognize visual differences between compressed and not compressed images, the forward error correction, that reduces transmission errors, and the extension of the audio channels to 32.

Next to the normal developments from DisplayPort 1.1 to 1.4, over the years three special DisplayPorts were developed: Mini DisplayPort, MyDisplayPort and eDP. More information about those can be found here. 

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What is DisplayPort?

Digital data transfer has been further developed: The DisplayPort is a standard for many Mini-PCs and monitors and ensures a resolution of up to 8K @ 60 Hz. What stands behind this digital multimedia interface and what benefits it has, will be explained in this article.