Smart connected computing platform for graphics-intensive applications

November 24, 2017 – Criteria for an ideal computing platform used in graphics-intensive application should include:
(1) Sufficient Graphics Performance
Intel® Apollo Lake processors integrate Gen9 Intel® HD Graphics 500 Series, delivering great improvement in computing and graphics performance, including:
– Less latency within the connected devices and peripherals due to up to 30% enhancement in CPU as well as Intel® Time Coordinated Computing Technology integrated;
– Smoother video playback due to up to 45% enhancement in GPU performance;
– Sufficient capabilities to support 4K Ultra HD resolution; and
– Enhanced abilities to process simultaneous video streams from edge devices.

Thus it is an ideal processor for smart connected computing platform designed for multimedia and graphics-intensive applications, such as digital security and surveillance, industrial and office automation, retail and medical, and more.

(2) Numerous Serial Connection Ports
Serial ports and digital I/O ports enable instant connection with a variety of industrial equipments and devices, making automation control and data collection easier. For example, PLCs, sensors, meters, motors, barcode readers and / or operator displays may be connected to an embedded computing system in automation applications; while a computing platform may need to integrate cameras, sensors and / or card readers in surveillance applications.

(3) Fanless & Ruggedized Design
Passive cooling techniques along with a compact ruggedized aluminum chassis without ventilation slots design can provide the following advantages:
– Anti-vibration and anti-shock protection for HDD and sensitive components, especially reducing failures caused by fan;
– Great resistance against heat and cold due to the properties of aluminum alloys: good thermal conductivity and heat dissipation;
– Dramatic reduction of dust that may suck into the chassis to block heat dissipation from the sensitive components; and
– Quiet operation without noise caused by fan.

Those features not only offers a more stable and reliable embedded system for many critical and harsh environment but also enables a pleasant atmosphere for partial noise-sensitive applications.

Quanmax releases a new fanless rugged box PC, named QBOX-2090, which is power by Intel® Apollo Lake SoC processors with four prominent serial ports located on the front I/O panel as well as an isolated digital I/O port on the rear panel. It is an ideal platform that satisfies the above three criteria. For more information please visit our website.

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About the Author: Carrie Brunner

Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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