NEW: spo-book NOVA Q170 – Our industrial allrounder 2.0

The latest extension in the spo-comm product range is the spo-book NOVA Q170. As the successor of the industrial Mini-PC NOVA CUBE Q87, the NOVA Q170 again proves its versatility. The Mini-PC, which grows out of the cooperation with MSI IPC, is standardly equipped with an Intel® Pentium® G4400. At will the CPU can be changed to a sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or an i7 of the seventh generation. Depending on the chosen CPU the power ranges from 3.3 GHz with the G4400 up to 3.9 GHz with the i7-7700T. The NOVA Q170 is, just like its predecessor, passively cooled and provides, next to a range of interfaces, a PCI, a PCI express and a Mini-PCI express slot. Also digital signage interested people come at their expense when combining the industrial PC with an extremely performant graphics card, such as the Nvidia Quadro P2000.

Industrial PC for Digital Signage with Nvidia graphics card

For everyone that needs a high graphics power but also don’t want to miss the advantages of a fanless Mini-PC, the NOVA Q170 is definitely the right choice. Thanks to the integrated PCI express slot the industrial PC can be expanded by an Nvidia Quadro P2000. This is just one of the reasons how we created completely new application possibilities with the NOVA Q170.

With its DVI port and the two DisplayPort interfaces three displays can be controlled with different content at the same time (see also “VGA; DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI – what’s the difference between these multimedia interfaces?”). Using the two DisplayPorts a maximum resolution of twice 4K – i.e. 3840 x 2160 @60Hz – is possible. With an optional dedicated graphics card even more displays can be controlled. Choosing the Nvidia Quadro P2000 as graphics card would enable six times 4K in total.

NOVA Q170 as a server PC

With its dimensions of 143 x 226 x 217 mm the latest member of the NOVA series can no longer be called a cube. This is due to the lower amount of slots as on the NOVA CUBE Q87. The NOVA Q170 is therefore a bit slimmer than its predecessor. Nevertheless the spo-book provides enough space for providing a x16 PCI express extension card. Due to such a card graphics cards or even network cards can be connected. Up to two 2,5” hard disks, no matter if it is an HDD or SSD (see also “What is the difference between HDD or SSD?”), can be installed into the industrial PC and be connected to a RAID if more security is needed. The CPU is also supported by a 32 GB high RAM.

Internal USB port with security key

The NOVA Q170 provides a lot of different interfaces. Next to the video outputs DisplayPort and DVI, there are also two LAN and five COM ports available. The front of the industrial PC offers six USB 3.0 ports and the back two USB 2.0 ports. The third USB 2.0 port is placed on the inside of the Mini-PC and has an integrated security key with which, for instance, internal backups can be created.

Technical facts:

  • CPU: Intel® Pentium® G4400, optionally Intel® Core i5-6400T or Intel® Core i7
  • GPU: Optionally Nvidia Quadro P2000 with 5GB memory
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 143 x 226 x 217 mm
  • 8x USB 3.0, 1 of them internal with security key
  • 5 x COM RS-232/422/485, 1 x DIO
  • SATA: 2.5‘‘ SATA II HDD or SSD (with RAID 1)

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The old hand: The analog VGA-interface

If we talked about an Indian tribe today the VGA interface would be our tribal leader. This interface is available on the market already since 1987 and although it’s slowly declining it’s still quite widespread.
VGA stands for Video Graphics Array and is a purely analog interface which changes analog signals into digital. Although this interface has been the standard for about 20 years it has many disadvantages. Originally the connector was designed for a maximum resolution of 640x480 px but nowadays even Full HD pictures can be played through modern calculation methods. Strong disturbance sources such as too long cables have strong negative effects on the picture quality, this is why the VGA interface was replaced by technically more complex interfaces over the years.

Benefit of VGA:

  • Wide spread interface

Downsides of VGA:

  • Maximum possible resolution 1920x1200 px
  • Just analog, no digital signal transmission
  • Sensitive to disturbing factors such as long cables
  • Only transmission of images

 

First time digital: The DVI-interface

The successor of the VGA connector is the “Digital Video Interface”, shortly DVI. Using the DVI interface makes it possible for the first time to digitally exchange higher resolutions. This is possible thanks to the TMDS (”Transition-Minimized Differential Signaling”) standard, which eliminates electromagnetic interference that was usual for analog signals. Although the name of the connector doesn’t suggest it: with help of a DVI-A plug pure analog signals can be transmitted. If the standard DVI-D plug is applied, the signal is digital and the content can be displayed with a resolution up to 2560x1600 px and a frame rate of 100 Hz. Also the combination of analog and digital signals is possible with this interface: one needs a DVI-I plug for it. The amount of pins needed is higher, however the resolution remains congruent with the resolution of the DVI-D plug.

Benefits of DVI:

  • Digital picture transfer
  • Compatible with VGA and HDMI

Downsides of DVI:

  • From todays view: “Only” up to two times 1920x1200 px transfer
  • Like VGA: Only transmission of images

 

HDMI – Digital audio and image files up to 4K and 3D

The HDMI interface is the further development of the DVI connector and is surely the most well-known interface among the mentioned ones. HDMI, which stands for “High Definition Multimedia Interface” prevails especially in the home cinema and console field.
With help of just one HDMI cable digital image and audio files can be exchanged parallel between two devices. The HDMI 2.0 standard transfers up to 2160 signals at 60Hz for 4K-UHD materials and also supports a 1080 px resolutions with 48Hz for 3D materials (see also "What is the difference between Full HD, UHD and 4K?"). In its latest version the HDMI interface has three different plugs; the standard one is the HDMI type A. For applications with little space the type C or Mini-HDMI is suitable. For ultra-mobile applications with smallest space available the type D or micro-HDMI is perfect.

Benefits of HDMI:

  • “2 in 1”: Audio and image transmission
  • Space saving
  • Built-in copy protection (HDCP)
  • Easy to plug in and out

Downside of HDMI:

  • Not as long-lasting as the DVI

 

The better HDMI? The DisplayPort

The DisplayPort interface is a license-free connector standard that’s able to transmit audio and image signals symmetrically just like the HDMI. The DisplayPort was standardized by the VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) and was created to replace the VGA and DVI.  Just like DVI and HDMI the DisplayPort is also a digital interface, which is mostly used in the field of modern PC monitors and graphic cards. The data transmission process of the DisplayPort is better protected from the interface radiation, which makes a resolution up to 5K possible, which is 5120x2880 px at an image rate of 60 pps.

Benefits of DisplayPort:

  • License-free and therefor is less expensive in the end use
  • Low susceptibility to failure due to transmission through micro bundles
  • Possible cable length up to 15 meters

Downsides of DisplayPort:

  • Not known

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VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI – what’s the difference between these multimedia interfaces?

There are so many options on how to play various content from a mini-pc on a display. Graphic cards provide a numerous amount of connection possibilities (outputs), which in turn face other inputs on the displays. Often that’s the reason for the cable chaos behind the monitors. In this article we will discuss which interfaces for transferring graphic contents are available, what the difference between them is, and which standards they meet.
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Why do I need LAN?

The acronym LAN stands for Local Area Network and describes a computer network within a limited area. If you – for instance – connect one of our Mini-PCs with a network using a LAN cable, the PC can communicate with other devices to get access to the same server, use a printer or even an internet connection. You can also connect multiple Mini-PCs with one and the same router– it just means that they are using the same computer network.

The LAN or Ethernet cable RJ-45

To connect our Mini-PCs with the network, you simply need two things: The first one is the LAN interface on the PC itself and the second is a fitting LAN cable. Good news: All of our spo-comm Mini-PCs are equipped with at least one LAN interface.

The LAN cable, which is also called Ethernet cable, has a RJ plug connection. The RJ in this means Registered Jack and it stands for a standardized telecommunication network interface. This standard describes the construction of the sockets and plugs, as well as their contact assignment. The RJ-45 has an 8P8C assignment: This means that it has eight possible contact positions (P) and eight of them are in fact used (C). For this type there are cable in the categories 5/5e to 6e.

From LAN to Wireless LAN

For some of our spo-comm Mini-PCs you don’t necessarily need a LAN connection to connect it with other devices. A few of our PCs can be connected with devices by using the integrated or optional Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi which actually stands for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is just a connection within a computer network that doesn’t need any cables.

Wake on LAN – WOL

The short-term WOL stands for Wake on LAN and is a standard by AMD that makes it possible to start a switched-off computer with the integrated network card. The requirement the PC has to offer is that the network card is still powered even when the PC is turned off. This requirement, by the way, is fulfilled by every single one of our Mini-PCs.

LAN expansion cards

There are, as well, special LAN extension cards which are not onboard as standard. These cards are needed if you want to increase the amount of the PC’s LAN interfaces. This can be advantageous if one and the same Mini-PC has to access multiple networks or devices, such as IP based surveillance cameras, at once. For our Mini-PCs of the BRICK series and two of the RUGGED-PCs, the RUGGED Q170 and the RUGGED GTX 1050Ti, there is a special adapter plate. For our NOVA CUBE Q87 there is a PCI expansion card.

If you have any questions about LAN, WiFi or Wake on LAN on your spo-comm device, feel free to contact us by mail.

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What is LAN?

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As well as the predecessor models, the WINDBOX III EVO has the measurements 300 x 196 x 30 mm and can still be mounted behind monitors or under office desks by help of the standard VESA-mountings (see also “What is VESA?”). It also has the same weight as the older models which makes it really easy to integrate the PC into already existing systems.

Improved performance and consistent WINDBOX features

Our new spo-book WINDBOX III EVO is equipped with a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor that works with up to 3,1 Gigahertz and is supported by a RAM where you can choose up to 32GB. Thereby demanding multi monitoring is possible but also single running applications can use the CPU performance perfectly. The main feature of the WINDBOX is still the passive cooling system: Absolute silent working in places where this is totally necessary is no problem. With the wide range temperature from -10° Celsius to 50° Celsius and the completely closed metal housing, through which dust and dirt can’t reach the interior, this Mini-PC can be used for applications with difficult conditions. The high quality of the components makes sure the Embedded-PC can be used 24/7.

Interface diversity for every application field

With the large amount of video outputs the WINDBOX III EVO conquers the Digital Signage field in a new way: One DVI- and two DisplayPort-interfaces can control up to three monitors at the same time – no matter if you want to play the same or different content (see also “VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI – what’s the difference between these multimedia interfaces?”). The high claims of this application field are for sure fulfilled by this Embedded-PC: Without any delays 4K-content can be played. The standard of 1080p in the Digital-Signage field is also removed by this.

The high variety of interfaces guarantees that the WINDBOX III EVO can work together with already existing configurations. Due to two Gigabit-LAN-interfaces and an optional WiFi and Bluetooth network connections can be made, but also wireless data transfer is possible.

Equipped with 6 USB ports – four of them after the latest 3.0 standard – the Mini-PC can be connected to numerous systems and external storage media. By choosing your desired configuration the WINDBOX III EVO can be adapted to every application scenario.

No Windows 7 support

As of now, Intel and Microsoft do not longer provide a driver support for Kabylake-CPUs with Windows 7. For our customers this means that in the future we only offer support for Windows 10.

With immediate effect you can configure, test and buy our new WINDBOX III EVO on our website.

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NEW: spo-book WINDBOX III EVO – Configuration diversity for every application field

Together with the Taiwanese partner MSI IPC the spo-comm developed a new Mini-PC from the well-known WINDBOX series. We present to you: The WINDBOX III EVO. With the already existing quality of the WINDBOX series that stands for a versatile application scenario, its reliability and an unbeatable price, the new model of this line convinces us, too.