Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • 1U PC short depth Front USB3

    New 1U PC now available to order!

    Updated 09/11/2016

    Back in August, we announced that our long serving, 1U PC was due for a make-over. After 8 years as one of our most popular products, it has now received a well-deserved refresh, and the newest incarnation is now available for our customers to order.

    The new-look 1U PC now boasts greater capacity, ramped up performance, and an even simpler, more user-friendly design. The changes we’ve introduced are heavily informed by customer feedback, enhancing the 1U’s capabilities, but maintaining its reputation for balancing functionality with exceptional value.

    The new 1U PC now features:

    • Dual Width Graphics Card in 1U – A wider PCIe bay accommodates dual width GFX cards, allowing us to support a variety of high performance video cards.
    • Greater HDD/SSD capacity – The 1U PC now uses 4 x Hot Swap Bays which can accommodate up to 8x 5” Hot Swap SSD/HDD, or 3x 3.5” HDDs.
    • Even greater power with 300W upgrade – More demanding applications and higher power graphics cards are more readily accommodated by the new 300W power supply.
    • Quieter operation with less fans – Less fans produce less noise, and combined with our improved dynamic speed fan controller, also offer better internal cooling performance.
    • Front USB 3.0 Ports – We’ve introduced 2x ultra-fast USB 3.0 connection ports at the front as standard at no extra cost.
    • Easy to open quick fit lid – This enables easier access to internal components, making maintenance or upgrades far simpler.

    We’re really excited about the next-generation of 1U PC.  The original product marked a very important milestone for G2 in our bid to be one of the best independent rack mount PC manufacturers in the UK and we believe the latest edition continues to set our products apart.

    If you’d like to learn more about the changes to our 1U PC, or else place an order, please get in touch.

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

  • Microsoft’s upcoming Windows closures may open up some new doors…

    Updated 01/11/2016

    Over the next few months, a number of Windows OEM operating systems will face discontinuation by Microsoft – including Windows XP, 7, 8 and 8.1. The “old” operating systems will no longer be available to purchase through Microsoft OEM channel, however an alternative version is available through Microsoft’s Embedded Program for the foreseeable future.

    Most of the newer editions outlined below are the same operating system as their predecessors, the only difference tending to be the licensing terms. Unfortunately, Microsoft has levied a small price increase on the upgrade to the newer operating systems.

    Many of the newer operating systems share common features with more older editions and importantly are guaranteed to be available for at least another 5 – 10 years.  Take a look at the guide we’ve compiled to help you decide what destination O/S will best suit your needs.

    Current Operating System

    Approx. Last Buy Date New Operating System Notes
    Windows XP Pro For Embedded Systems December 2016 Windows Embedded Standard 2009
    (aka WES 2009)
    Available until 2024.
    Windows 7 Pro OEM January 2017 Windows 7 Pro For Embedded Systems Available until 2024. But there will be a price increase.
    Windows 8.1 Pro OEM October 2016 Windows 10 Pro OEM

    Without wishing to scare anyone into change, in our opinion it’s definitely an opportune time to review your O/S requirements and safeguard the applications important to your business.  Whilst there are still stocks of the old O/S available across the channel, it is only a matter of time before supplies dwindle and change will be forced upon those who are yet to switch.  It’s always better for your migration to a new operating system to occur at a pace that suits you rather than in response to something outside of your control, plus there are some valuable benefits to be enjoyed by refreshing to a newer version.

    If you would like to learn more about what these discontinuations could mean for you, or else find out more about the implications of upgrading to a new Windows operating system, get in touch today.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Uncategorized