NEW: spo-book TEGRA 2 – Next level digital signage based on SoC

With the spo-book TEGRA 2 we welcome our next newcomer. The passively cooled Mini-PC is based on SoC-chip developed by Nvidia and is equipped with everything needed as standard. Thanks to the integrated CUDA-cores and the particularly for this hardware adjusted Linux version, the TEGRA 2 is the perfect digital signage player for developers.

TEGRA 2: first SoC based spo-book

What makes the newcomer special is the way it is build. The TEGRA is not a common x86-computer but it is based on an Nvidia-SoC-chip. Such chips are mostly used in mobile devices so that every millimeter can be used. By now even PCs in the industrial field such as the TEGRA 2 count on this design. With its dimensions of 160 x 132 x 51 mm the TEGRA fits into every little corner.

Tegra SoM has integrated everything

In addition to the small dimensions it has another really important advantage. The TEGRA is a so-called "System on a module" ("SoM"). This module is already equipped with all the needed components. This includes an 8GB DDR4-RAM, a 32GB eMMC flash memory, the namesake Nvidia Tegra X2 CPU and also a LAN and WiFi module.

Linux Vibrante and CUDA

For their Tegra series Nvidia uses their self-developed Linux distribution, which is called Vibrante and is the counterpart to Ubuntu. Just more special and exclusive for this hardware. Vibrante has a much bigger GNU toolkit and also brings more Nvidia related libraries. The Tegra chip also provides a developer kit, which – in combination with the 256 integrated CUDA-cores – enables a various amount of different applications.

Next level digital signage – Deep learning, AI & automation drive

Due to the Nvidia related libraries data and images can be processed a lot faster and more efficiently. That’s why the spo-book TEGRA 2 is the perfect PC for everyone, who is searching for a passively cooled next level digital signage player. Although it is possible to play content in 4K@60hz resolution on up to two displays at once with the HDMI and DisplayPort, thanks to its special features the Mini-PC can do even more: regarding real time calculations and video editing in the automobile field the TEGRA can score. But also for camera applications with face recognition, which can be for instance found in display panels in malls, or general deep learning applications, the spo-book TEGRA is the perfect solution.

Range of interfaces for different applications

Next to the power button, an SD-card reader and two USB 2.0-ports are affixed on the front panel of the Mini-PC. The back of the TEGRA 2 also holds various interfaces: a COM-port, two USB 3.0-ports and the LAN-port find its place. Also three audio connectors and two antennas for WiFi are located here. The multimedia interfaces HDMI and DisplayPort are located on the back panel, too.

Technical facts:

  • CPU: Nvidia® Tegra X2
  • 256 CUDA-cores
  • GPU: Nvidia® Pascal
  • 32 GB eMMC Flash
  • Max. resolution: 4K@60Hz on up to 2 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 160 x 132 x 51 mm
  • 1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0
  • Integrated WiFi

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System-on-a-Chip

When the most important components, or even all the components of a system are combined on one single chip, it is called a system-on-a-chip. The most important part of such is the main processor, no matter if it’s an 8bit- or QuadCore-processor, the market serves everything you can imagine. Sometimes also other processors, for instance for graphics or for decoding and controlling audio data in smart phones, are soldered. The next piece is the RAM, which is integrated via one or more memory chips. All internal components are connected via the system bus (for transmitting data between CPU, RAM, Cache) and the peripheral bus (for USB amongst others). 

Application fields of SoC

SoCs are mostly used in the field of mobile devices and applications and in the control and automation technology (for instance in washing machines or the industrial automation).

Advantages of SoCs

Due to the special architecture, a system on a chip on one hand saves up an enormous amount of space, so that they can be used almost everywhere not matter how small a space is. On the other hand expenses can be saved. Furthermore, a system on a chip has a lower power consumption. 

Nvidia Tegra SoC has it all

As already mentioned, the TEGRA 2, which we released in 2018, is the first (and at the moment the only) system among all the spo-comm Mini-PCs that is SoC based. Or more precisely, it is based on an Nvidia SoC-chip. It integrates all that is needed for applications in the digital signage field: An 8GB RAM, a 32GB eMMC Flash, the namesake Nvidia Tegra X2 CPU, as well as a LAN- and WiFi-module. And everything fits into the housing with dimensions of only 160 x 132 x 51 mm (W x D x H). With the TEGRA 2 it is not only possible to play content in a resolution of 4K@60Hz on two display at once. Thanks to the 256 integrated CUDA cores, the TEGRA 2 is also capable of deep learning applications and for real time calculations and video processing in the automobile field.

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Where does eMMC come from?

eMMC was developed for the use as an internal data storage in mobile devices and was specified by the JEDEC.

The acronym eMMC stands for “embedded multimedia card” and it is based on the Flash standard, which we already explained in this article on our blog. The fundament for eMMC is the MMC storage card, that is also the predecessor of the SD card.  

By now, eMMC is often substituted with other technologies such as the Universal Flash Storage, since it has a much higher read-write rate. 

Benefits of eMMC

An eMMC package includes, next to the Flash storage, also a controller and the contacting in one single BGA package. What BGA, PGA and LGA stand for, we have summarized in this article. Due to the subsumption of these components on one board, the eMMC storage is much more space-saving and also cheaper than regular storage. 

Usage of eMMC

eMMC is mostly used in mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Since eMMC also integrates other peripheral devices in one package, it can directly be addressed as the storage. But also in Mini-PCs that are getting smaller and smaller, for instance our TEGRA or BOX N4100, the eMMC storage finds its place.

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Nvidia Quadro P1000 with MOSAIC support

As the name suggests, the Nvidia Quadro P1000 graphics card with a 4 GB DDR5 memory builds the centerpiece of the Mini-PC. The main feature of this card is the MOSAIC support: using the four HDMI ports up to four displays can be combined to one single desktop. The highlight is: even if one cabled is pulled off the apposition of the screens stays the same.

Nvidias Nview and CUDA support

Another very interesting feature is the function Nview. With this tool, which is by the way standard with every Nvidia Geforce graphics card, desktops can be created more efficiently. Nview is made for everyone that works with a lot of different windows or a huge amount of information at the same time. On one hand the work can be spreaded on many monitors, so that the open windows are not sticked to just one display. On the other hand Nview also has a solution for the use of one display: virtual desktops can be created and toggled between by keystroke.

Furthermore the QUADRO P1000 provides a CUDA platform. Thanks to 640 cores in total, which are based on the Pascal GPU, many different visualization programs, for instance CAD, are easier to realize.

Connector diversity by 3x USB and 4x HDMI

The latest model QUADRO P1000 is equipped with a high amount of different interfaces. On the front panel of the Mini-PC the power button and two control lights for the HDD/SSD and the WiFi can be found (see also “What is the difference between HDD and SSD?” and “What is LAN?”). One of the four USB 3.0 ports, two audio connectors and an SD card reader are also located on the front.

Next to two Gigabit LAN ports the back panel provides four HDMI ports that enable the multi monitor use. With these interfaces four displays with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 @60Hz (4K) can be controlled at once (see also “What is the difference between 4K and 8K?”). Combining the multi monitor ability with the new feature Nview, the QUADRO P1000 becomes the perfect workstation solution. In addition to this, the back of the Mini-PC also holds a COM port, two Antenna ports and an SPDIF, which involves benefits mostly for the stereo field (see also “What is SPDIF?”).

Energy saving Intel® CPU and customizable configuration

The actively cooled spo-book QUADRO P1000 is equipped with an Intel® Core i5-7300U CPU, that has a performance of 2.6 GHz up to 3.5 GHz. The “U” in the CPUs name stands for “Ultralow” and an energy saving 15 W processor (read more about TDP here). The Mini-PC can be stocked with up to 32 GB DDRIV Ram and either an HDD or an SSD. It can also be chosen between the different Windows 10 versions Home, Professional and IoT. Due to the integrated M.2 slot it is also possible to equip the system with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Technical details:

  • CPU: Intel® Core i5-7300U, 2.6 GHz up to 3.5 GHz and 15W TDP
  • GPU: Nvidia Quadro P1000 with 4GB DDR5 memory
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 210 x 44.4 x 176.6 mm
  • Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @60Hz (4K)
  • Image output on up to 4 displays due to 4x HDMI
  • 3x USB 3.0 and 2x LAN

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NEW: spo-book QUADRO P1000 – Digital Signage solution with high end Nvidia graphics

The new system in the spo-comm product range has the name spo-book QUADRO P1000. The namesake graphics card and the Intel® Core i5-7300U CPU with 2.6 and up to 3.5 GHz make the Mini-PC a perfect partner for digital signage applications.