NEW: spo-book RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti – Outdoor Digital Signage and Vehicle Computing

We’ve just released our new spo-book RUGGED Q170 for the Vehicle application and outdoor scenarios and now we already come up with another new Mini-PC that’s even from the same series. The beauty is called spo-book RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti. Experts may guess what stands behind this Mini-PC just by reading its name: A super performant, robust PC with the High-End nVidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. This already can make digital signage fans’ and customers’ hearts skip a beat. And justifiably so. The combination of the well-known RUGGED characteristics and this graphics card let this Mini-PC surpass everything we had to offer the digital signage field so far.

RUGGED and Digital Signage? GTX 1050 Ti makes 8K possible!

We don’t want to beat around the bush and directly explain you the main feature that the spo-book RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti has to offer: The namesake dedicated nVidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. One or another could already be familiar with this name, because our spo-book KUMO IV has a similar graphics card obscured.
But what’s so special about the GTX 1050 Ti? With a memory of 4GB and a video RAM that goes up to 32GB content can be played without any judder – even in a resolution of 8K. Sounds good so far. Four of the seven HDMI interfaces, which are placed on the front, make a 8K video wall possible.

High end graphics passively cooled

Our RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti stays loyal to the common theme of the RUGGED series. As well as its predecessor the Mini-PC is equipped with a sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU with a power of up to 4 x 2,3 GHz. With the passive cooling system and its massive metal housing, which we both know from the whole RUGGED series, using the Mini-PC for outdoor scenarios is absolutely no problem because dirt, dust or humidity can’t get inside the housing.  What speaks for outdoor usage also: The wide temperature range from -40° Celsius to +70° Celsius. In need of a 8K video wall in the ski area? No problem for our RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti.

NEW: RUGGED for Vehicle Computing

We already announced the compatibility of the “new” RUGGED series with the application in vehicles when we released the RUGGED Q170. The spo-book RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti can intercept voltage peaks, which usually occur when starting a motor. Special with this Mini-PC is that it doesn’t only have the wide-range input from 9-36 Volts but can also intercept 48 Volt. As well as its younger brother the new Vehicle-PC is vibration and shock tested according to American military standards.

Technical facts of the RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti

•    Intel® Core i5-6500TE Skylake 4 x 2,3 GHz, up to 3,3 GHz
•    Absolute highlight: nVidia GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB Memory
•    Measurements (W x H x D): 260 x 89 x 226,5 mm
•    2 x SIM Slot
•    7 x HDMI
•    4 x USB 3.0
•    4 x Intel Gigabit LAN (optional PoE)
•    optional:
-    W-LAN
-    Bluetooth

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13 Mar 2018 Array ( [id] => 318 [title] => NEW: spo-book RUGGED Q170 – Flexibility combined with robustness [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => Our spo-book RUGGED Q170 doesn’t only convince with its sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or its free selectable RAM (up to 32 GB), but also with a feature, that is totally new in the history of spo-comm. Besides the usual application field of the RUGGED series – which is especially the outdoor use – the newcomer also conquers new areas of application. [description] =>

RUGGED Q170 stays outdoor and goes Vehicle Computing

Just like the previous versions in the RUGGED series the spo-book RUGGED Q170 is best equipped for the outdoor field. Without any problems the Mini-PC can handle an extended temperature range from -40° Celsius up to +70° Celsius. With its passive cooling system and the robust metal housing the inner workings are perfectly protected from any environmental influences like dust and humidity. Besides the long known application under harsh conditions the spo-book RUGGED Q170 with its size of 250 x 55 x 150 mm is also made for the use in vehicles - thanks to its wide-range input (9 – 36 Volts), with which the Mini-PC can absorb surges. Furthermore the Industry PC is vibration and shock tested according to the American military standard – just like our MOVE series.

Flexibility due to the modular plug-in system

With the spo-book RUGGED Q170 it is possible to easily extend the amount of the interfaces. Due to the optional LAN module the four LAN ports can be enlarged to eight, which allows even complex network applications.

By using PoE (Power over Ethernet; see also "What is PoE?") there’s also the possibility to supply the four modularly expendable LAN ports with electricity. It is especially beneficial for the surveillance sector because with this feature it is possible to control up to four surveillance cameras – for example in the subway or at an airport – with only one Mini-PC.

Two Display Ports and a VGA connection allow independent image output on up to three monitors. Thanks to its Intel® HD Graphics 530 and the two Display Ports, even an output of 2 x 4K@60Hz is possible. In combination with its robustness the RUGGED Q170 is an interesting solution for the area of (outdoor) digital signage.

For those who don’t want to rely on just one network provider, you can also implement a multi SIM card in the spo-book RUGGED Q170. Thus, a broad network spectrum ensures that the industrial PC is always connected to a network.

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NEW: spo-book RUGGED Q170 – Flexibility combined with robustness
Our spo-book RUGGED Q170 doesn’t only convince with its sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or its free selectable RAM (up to 32 GB), but also with a feature, that is totally new in the history of spo-comm. Besides the usual application field of the RUGGED series – which is especially the outdoor use – the newcomer also conquers new areas of application.
21 Mar 2018 Array ( [id] => 320 [title] => What is PoE – Power over Ethernet? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => Power over Ethernet, or short “PoE”, stands for a standardized procedure with which networkable devices can be supplied with power. This procedure offers a comfortable method of just having to use one cable for the power and network connection. [description] =>

How does PoE work?

More and more devices – such as our spo-book RUGGED Q170 – are Power over Ethernet-ready. Not only does Ethernet occupy a leading position for local network cabling but also for security networks. By using Power over Ethernet, a separate power connection and a power adapter are no longer needed. Instead, the device gets its power over the data network. In addition to the data signals, power is also fed into the data line – usually at a central point in the network distributor.

Where is Power over Ethernet used?

PoE canis mostly be found in devices that normally have to be connected to different sockets with different connectors. Above all, Power over Ethernet is a suitable solution for applications that need high security regarding the data connection, for instance in (surveillance) cameras or servers.

Which PoE standards are there and what are the PoE classes?

Today, PoE is mostly referred to as the IEEE 802.3af-2003 standard (“DTE Power over MDI”), which was adopted in June 2003. There’s also the newer standard IEEE 802.3at-2009 that was previously known as PoE+ or PoE plus. The new one increases the maximum power output from 15.4 W to 25.5 W.
All devices powered by PoE or PoE+ are assigned a class of 0 to 4, which depends on the amount of power that the device consumes. The devices assigned to the classes 1, 2 and 3 require very little, little or an average amount of power, whereas class 4 (PoE+) requires a large amount of power and is only compatible with PoE+ PSE devices. Once a Powered Device (PD) is connected to a Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) device, it sends the class to the PSE device so it can provide the right amount of power.

What are the advantages of Poe?

The main advantage of Power over Ethernet is that a power cable is not needed. This makes it possible to install Ethernet-connected devices even in hard-to-reach places, such as server cabinets. On the one hand, this saves on installation costs, and on the other hand, the reliability of the device can be increased by implementing a central uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

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What is PoE – Power over Ethernet?
Power over Ethernet, or short “PoE”, stands for a standardized procedure with which networkable devices can be supplied with power. This procedure offers a comfortable method of just having to use one cable for the power and network connection.
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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:

- Wide spread interface

Downsides:

- 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:

- Digital picture transfer

- Compatible with VGA and HDMI

Downsides:

- 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:

- “2 in 1”: Audio and image transmission

- Space saving

- Built-in copy protection (HDCP)

- Easy to plug in and out

Downside:

- 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:

- 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:

-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.