Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • NUC M.2 Dual Gigabit Gbe Ethernet

    M.2 Dual Port Ethernet Card for Intel NUC is ready!

    Updated 28/06/2016

    Following on from our recent article discussing some of the changes afoot for the 5th and 6th Gen Intel NUC and its absence of a mini-PCIe adapter, we’re pleased to announce we have our very own M.2 Single and Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet card for 5th and 6th Gen machines.

    We’re really excited about the product as it promises all of the functionality our customers have been asking us for including:

    • Single and Dual Port options
    • Gigabit Ethernet Speed
    • Reliable Intel i210 Chipset Controller
    • Integration into our unique 1U NUC case
    • PCI express bus comms standard – not USB!

    For the first time, owners of 5th and 6th Gen machines will be able to add a second (or third) Gigabit Ethernet port to attach a NUC to multiple networks.  We believe this is potentially another world-first after we were the first company ever to rack-mount the Intel NUC in 2014. To know more, please get in touch and speak with one of the team.

    We are also able to sell the Ethernet cards as a standalone item because they are compatible with all 5/6th Gen NUCs or in fact any M.2 2280 size slot. However we do stress that the standard Intel NUC retail cases do not allow space for expansion using this module. Please contact us for a quote if you wish to use it as a standalone item.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News

  • The SSD Evolution

    Updated 15/06/2016

    10 TB 3D NAND is upon us.

    Last year we spoke in detail about the gap between traditional storage and SSD closing significantly. A lot can change in a year, a phrase which appears particularly apt to the world of SSD. Being more affordable, more powerful and with greater capacity, it’s fair to say SSD is playing a major part in ushering out traditional spinning disk storage.

    Previously, we suggested that SSD manufacturers were looking at new ways to increase capacities almost exponentially and that is now becoming a reality.  By adopting Micron’s 3D NAND flash chips and stacking them vertically, Intel has created an affordable 10TB SSD, which they recently announced will be making its way to market later this year. With each of these new advancements we are increasingly seeing a Moore’s Law for storage memory.

    Intel’s new solid state drive promises a huge jump in capacity and performance, yet retaining the same physical footprint – meaning positive impacts on both device size and data centre real estate.  The arrival of the new 3D NAND technology should also signal a lower price per/GB, whilst delivering significant advancements over standard Planar NAND. And if all goes to plan you should be able to reap these cost and productivity gains in the coming months.

    It’s more than just capacity                            

    If anything was holding people back from SSD, some might argue it was the capacity, but really that’s a non-argument now, especially with the arrival of 3D NAND.  Similarly, SSD uses an embedded controller to read and write data and in the early days of their development, write speeds were lower than read speeds leading to gripes compared to traditional disk alternatives. However, the current crop of SSDs offer massive jumps in performance too, offering a far more even performance symmetry – with read and write speeds potentially averaging 580 mps and 500 mps respectively, meaning less time required to store and pull data when you need it.

    The prospect of 3D NAND technology promises even greater read/write bandwidth, I/O speeds and power savings all within the next 12 months. Consequently, it appears 3D NAND will smash previous ceilings on both capacity and performance.  Perhaps its arrival will mark the final demise of spinning disk.

    If you’d like to know more about SSD and its inclusion in our products or believe the technology could lend itself to a potential challenge you face, please get in touch to talk further.

     

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Technical Articles