Media Resources and spo-comm: spo-book NANO for the big screen

Media Resources has a proven, colourful history in signage. Over the years Media Resources has transformed into one of the largest companies supporting the sign industry in North America. Media Resources is an “one2source” expert in large format printing, custom 2D and 3D billboards, three2message displays, advanced digital LED panels, vehicle wraps, event signage, and window graphics. The Toronto based company with 140+ staff, knows how to build and knows how to service and source the world for best2in2class systems and technologies for its clients.

Challenge

Media Resources partnered with Look Outdoor to design, manufacture and install two spectacular digital LED displays in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The two displays, one 18’ by 18’ and the second 11’ by 40’, are most likely the largest boards in North America outside of Time Square in New York. Due to space restrictions on the backside, the control unit had to be as small-sized as possible, on top of that technically stable, failsafe and simply to install and maintain.

Solution

The displays use Media Resources’ innovative waterproof Vision iQ LED system with full diagnostics, driven by two spo-book NANO ION2 Mini PC´s integrated in the control cabinet. The spo2book´s, with small rugged housing and enhanced graphic performance, are responsible for reliable rendering of showed content.

Result

For Media Resources are the spo-book NANO´s incredibly useful in this project. The systems are the perfect size and spec, and they are easy to work with and configure for the current use. Media Resources and spo-comm look forward to continuing the successful cooperation in the future.

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spo-book OPS

First of all the spo-book OPS: As the name suggests its size complies by the OPS standard. OPS stands for Open Pluggable Specification and describes the opportunity to plug a Mini-PC into a fitting monitor. This way any Mini-PC can be turned into a smart Panel-PC. If that’s not enough: This minicomputer is equipped with the latest Intel Skylake technology and a 4K resolution. 

Key data:
•    6th generation of Intel Core i5
•    4K content via integrated JAE connector

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4K resolution & space-saving Mini-PCs – The base for our digital signage players

spo-book CORE

With a size as big as a palm of one’s hand this Mini-PC is a true digital signage genius: our spo-book CORE! Through its ultra-compact housing this industrial minicomputer surely fits behind any monitor. Fully equipped our CORE only weighs just 500 grams. 4K content can be displayed on up to two monitors with a recurrence frequency of 60 Hertz.
Need to customize the housing of your spo-book CORE? No problem. Please feel free to contact us.

Key data:
•    Volume: 0,5 liters
•    With Intel HD Graphics 520 4K content on up to 2 monitors

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spo-book EXPANDED Q170

Thanks to its triple display feature and two audio connectors the spo-book EXPANDED Q170 is an optimal solution for digital signage applications. The multi-talent’s generous housing provides enough space for your individual wishes. By installing a Multiview Graphics card up to nine monitors can be connected.

Key data:
•    Up to 2 HDDs or SSDs
•    16x PCIe-Slot

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spo-book ELIX H81

Since four generations the ELIX series combines technical innovations with extra small housings. Therefor the spo-book ELIX H81 provides an integrated graphics card that allows to play 4K content. But what’s also worth mentioning is the adjustable desktop CPU of this Industry PCs. The options reach from Intel dual Core i3 and i5 processors to Intel Core i7 processors with four cores.

Key data:
•    Adjustable desktop CPU from Intel dual Core to 4th generation i7
•    4K content through integrated graphics card

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spo-book NANO series

Since mid2017 part of our product range: The spo-book NANO H110 with a powerful desktop CPU of Intel’s 7th generation and the usual slim metal housing. This Mini-PC was built for sophisticated graphics applications. The integrated DisplayPort makes displaying 4K content possible.

Key data:
•    Intel Pentium up to the 6th generation of i7
•    Intel HD Graphics 530

A combination of the latest Intel Atom CPU and a forceful nVIDIA graphics performance make the spo-book NANO ION 4 a great digital signage solution. The powerful graphics are displayed via HDMI and a DVI-I interface.

Key data:
•    nVIDA GT630
•    HDMI and DVI-I connector

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spo-book KUMO IV

Last but not least: our spo-book KUMO IV. Or as we call it at the spo-comm: The beast. The spo-book KUMO IV is even capable of sophisticated virtual reality solutions. But how is this possible? Thanks to its dedicated graphics card nVIDIA GTX 1060. The 2-fold DisplayPort 1.3 and 2-fold HDMI 2.0b connectors allow playing content with a resolution up to 8K@60Hz.

Key data:
•    Powerful nVIDIA GTX 1060
•    6th generation Intel Core i5
•    Resolution up to 8K@60Hz
•    Control over up to 4 independent displays

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The Mini-PC product series from spo-comm – our digital signage players

The product range from spo-comm offers a numerous amount of Mini-PCs. Searching for a suitable digital signage solutions? One or more displays should be connected? 4K@60Hz or 8K@60Hz? You are spoilt for choice!
8 Apr 2020 Array ( [id] => 512 [title] => NEW: NANO H310 – All-rounder with Desktop CPU [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => 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. [description] =>

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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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.
27 Jun 2018 Array ( [id] => 336 [title] => What is the difference between 4K and 8K? [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => While dealing with the topic of PC monitors, TVs or other devices, that show pictures or play video content, it won’t take much time until the terms UHD or 4K are mentioned. By now even the 8K-resolution is a very important thing. In the following article we want to explain what stands behind these terms and in what exactly makes them different. [description] =>

UHD, 4K and 8K – What is the connection?

Let’s talk about terminology first: UHD stands for Ultra High Definition. The “K” in 4K and 8K for the number thousand. Below in the text we explain you what this is all about.
The term UHD includes two different resolutions. One of them is UHD-1, the other UHD-2. The former one has a resolutions of 3840 × 2160 pixels and stands for what is in the common language known as 4K. In cinemas 4K has another resolution, in fact 4096 × 2160 pixels. These 4096 horizontal pixels stand for the term 4K – which means 4-thousand.

UHD-2 or 8K – Not only dreams of the future

8K has twice the amount of both horizontal and vertical pixels than 4K. That leads to the fourfold amount of pixels – overall 33 million – and corresponds to a resolution of 7680 × 4320 pixels.
But not only does the resolution increase: The color range (WCG, Wider Color Gamut) and the contrast range (HDR, Higher Dynamic Range) extend, as well as the image repeat rate that goes up to a maximum of 120fps.

HDMI 2.1 – From 4K over 8K up to a resolution of 10K

Due to the data rate of 24 Gbit/s 8K needs a special cable that suits this requirement. In January 2017 the HDMI forum released the final specifications for a fitting cable. It is the successor of HDMI 2.0, which is simply called HDMI 2.1. With the support of a 48 Gbit/s data rate this cable makes 8K@60Hz possible and even exceeds the DisplayPort-standard that allows a data rate of 32 Gbit/s in its version 1.3 (see also “VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI – what’s the difference between these multimedia interfaces?”). By compressing the HDMI 2.1 cable even a resolution of 10.328 × 7.760, that’s 10K, is possible.

8K with Mini-PCs from spo-comm

At the moment we have two Mini-PCs in our product range that are able to play 8K content. One of them is our well-known Digital Signage player: The spo-book KUMO IV. This active cooled Mini-PC can play content in an 8K resolution due to its dedicated nVidia GTX 1060 graphics card with a VRAM of 6GB DDR5. The second Mini-PC is even the latest in our product range – the spo-book RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti. The system is equipped with a dedicated graphics card, too, and has furthermore a passive cooling system. As the PCs name suggests, the graphics card is an nVidia GTX 1050 Ti with a memory of 4GB and a VRAM up to 32GB high. At the same time four out of seven HDMI connectors make an 8K videowall possible.

That sounds interesting?

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What is the difference between 4K and 8K?

While dealing with the topic of PC monitors, TVs or other devices, that show pictures or play video content, it won’t take much time until the terms UHD or 4K are mentioned. By now even the 8K-resolution is a very important thing. In the following article we want to explain what stands behind these terms and in what exactly makes them different.