spo-comm and MSI IPC: 10 years of cooperation

Since almost 10 years spo-comm and MSI IPC have been working together. At the very beginning of this cooperation a new Mini-PC was launched – the WINDBOX. This series is celebrating its 10 year anniversary soon and we would like to share the WINDBOX’s story at spo-comm with you.

The WINDBOX: high performing professional Mini-PC

In 2008 MSI IPC (Micro Star International) presented the first system of the WINDBOX series, which was directly added to spo-comm’s sales range. The WINDBOX was designed for professional applications and had a low power consumption thanks to its metal housing and passive cooling system.

The compact design made it possible to assemble the WINDBOX with any flat screen with VESA holes by using mountings (see also “What is VESA?”). This is one of the reasons why the WINDBOX has such a multi-purpose range of applications – whether as an Embedded PC or Industrial PC, as a digital signage player or as a workstation in the logistics. All of these characteristics form the basis for the whole WINDBOX series.

From HDMI to Dual Core CPU: Technical updates for the WINDBOX

Through the years there have been several technical updates, but also design improvements of the WINDBOX series. Today the WINDBOX is up-to-date referred to its interfaces, such as HDMI or USB 3.0, and there’s even the possibility to connect with mobile networks via UMTS or LTE.

In 2010 the first Mini-PC of the series III – the WINDBOX III Advanced – was released. Using a Dual Core CPU and the first Intel HD graphics, it was now possible to complete even more demanding operations.

The easy handling, its reliability and the attractive price make the WINDBOX a success model.

The future of the WINDBOX

Together with MSI IPC we are working on further developing the WINDBOX series. We constantly keep on searching for solutions to integrate the newest features in the same built housings. We will keep you updated regarding the potential successor models.

At the moment you can find the following systems of the WINDBOX series in our range:

•    spo-book WINDBOX II QUAD (MS-9A65)
•    spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced (MS-9A75)

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6 Dec 2016 Array ( [id] => 226 [title] => spo-comm was honored with MSI IPC Award [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => MSI IPC awarded their “Best Partner” Award of 2016 again to spo-comm GmbH. [description] =>

At a meeting between MSI IPC leadership and the management of spo-comm GmbH, the award was formally handed over. "We are very glad about the longstanding and successful partnership with MSI," said Michael Sporrer, CEO of spo-comm GmbH. "Currently we are working together on the further development of one of our bestsellers, which comes out next year."

Joint product development

spo-comm is always involved in the development of new MSI IPC products. "As we know the market and the needs of our customers, we can incorporate many aspects and develop Mini-PCs together with MSI that meet our high standards in every way," says Michael Sporrer. This is why the joint product lines WINDBOX, BRICK, TURO, NOVA and SQUARE are regularly revised and equipped with up-to-date technology. The proven features and formats of the particular series are retained, so the customers of spo-comm can update their applications without any problems.

Partners since 2008

Since 2008, spo-comm GmbH has been the exclusive Europe partner of MSI IPC, the division for industrial PCs of the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI). This cooperation is also to be continued in the future and to produce many successful products.

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spo-comm was honored with MSI IPC Award
MSI IPC awarded their “Best Partner” Award of 2016 again to spo-comm GmbH.
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High performance for demanding users

The metal housing of the WINDBOX III Advanced systems contains a Core i5 processor with a Broadwell core that operates at a maximum of 2.7 GHz and is supported by a maximum of 16 gigabytes of working memory.

DVI and DisplayPort interfaces guarantee that every configuration of the WINDBOX III Advanced series can drive up to three monitors simultaneously, with the same or different content.

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The spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced - More Performance, more Features, more WINDBOX
spo-comm is pleased to announce that the WINDBOX III Advanced series, which was developed together with MSI IPC (MS-9A75), is now available and meets the highest performance and security requirements. This versatile mini-PC boasts improved performance in an identical form factor, complete protection against dust and dirt and a fully passive cooling system.
29 Sep 2017 Array ( [id] => 286 [title] => What is VESA? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => VESA describes a standard for mountings which can be mostly found with displays. By means of these mountings Mini-PCs can be fixed to displays or displays can be fixed to walls. Which VESA standards there are and which of spo-comm's Mini-PCs are VESA compatible you will find in the following article. [description] =>

What is VESA?

The word VESA is an acronym and means “Video Electronics Standards Association”. Its name stands for an organization with the same name. This organization sets the standards for wall-, ceiling- and also display mountings.

How can I measure the VESA standard?

Which VESA standard you need can be found out very easily by measuring both horizontal and vertical distances between the screw centers at the back of the display (or PC).

Which VESA standards are there?

VESA sets three standards, because many displays and PCs have the same standardized measurements.

These are:

•    VESA MIS-D
75x75 or 100x100 mm
24-inch screen minimum

•    VESA MIS-E
200x100 and/or 200x200 mm

•    VESA MIS-F
400x200 mm; 400x400 mm; 600x200 mm; 600x400 mm; 800x400 mm
31-inch screen minimum

Which spo-books are VESA compatible?

•    spo-book ELIX H81
•    spo-book BOX N2930
•    spo-book CORE
•    spo-book MOVE N3160
•    spo-book RUGGED HM87
•    spo-book WINDBOX II Quad
•    spo-book WINDBOX III Advanced
•    spo-book NANO H110
•    spo-book BRICK J1900
•    spo-book BRICK i3
•    spo-book KUMO IV

Do you have any questions about the VESA mounting or our spo-books? Our support team will be glad to help you!

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What is VESA?
VESA describes a standard for mountings which can be mostly found with displays. By means of these mountings Mini-PCs can be fixed to displays or displays can be fixed to walls. Which VESA standards there are and which of spo-comm's Mini-PCs are VESA compatible you will find in the following article.