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    Preparing for Broadwell

    Updated 21/07/2014

    Broadwell is the codename for Intel’s 5th generation Core processor series.  It’s based on the same microarchitecture as its predecessor (Haswell) with performance and efficiency improvements provided by the reduced chip size, which is the first in Intel’s new 14nm core manufacturing process.

    The significant reduction in size compared to Haswell (which was a 22nm architecture) looks set to deliver some compelling benefits, including massive improvements in power efficiency (Intel claim 30% over its predecessor) and better performance per watt.  The smaller processor will invariably lead to new form factor devices and is presenting some interesting opportunities for our own product line-up, which we’re actively exploring.  Interestingly, the new Broadwell chip will also plug into the existing sockets on some previous generation motherboards, which may offer upgrade opportunities to the new chipset.

    Unusually for Intel, Broadwell will also feature a fully unlocked design.  This allows overclocking past the limits of its original design, so OEM’s like G2 can push the technology harder for specific applications.  Pleasingly, Broadwell also brings Iris Pro Graphics to the chip which means greatly improved on-board graphical performance.

    Whilst the official release date for Broadwell is still unconfirmed, it is expected to start shipping later in 2014.  As a leading Intel partner we have been evaluating the technology and are poised to make its inclusion across a number of our own products.

    If you’d like to know more about Broadwell or where it may feature in G2’s products please contact us for further information.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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    The joy of hot swapping brought to our short depth 1U PC

    Updated 15/07/2014

    We’re pleased to announce that our 1U short depth rack PC is now available with hot swappable, removable hard drive bays.  This new option comes at only a small premium and enables two hard drive bays to be accessible from the front of the unit without the need to remove it from the rack.  Tool-less entry also means less fuss during replacement, which can be achieved in minutes as a result.

    The option is in response to customer deployment of the unit as host for ever more critical applications and workloads.  Configuring the unit with RAID means drives can be replaced without powering down and interrupting services, which makes it perfect for applications like CCTV recording where it is essential the machine remains in operation.

    Hot swappable drives are now shipping with our 1U PC.  If you’re interested in this option, take a closer look at the product line-up or contact us for more information.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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    NUC miniature computing has evolved

    Updated 08/07/2014

    For those unfamiliar with NUC, it’s Intel’s powerful new mini PC.  Built to deliver stunning HD graphics from a low power, high performance unit, NUC has the potential to meet a variety of demanding applications.

    When G2 launched its NUC product we broke new ground, manufacturing the world’s first rack-mounted version of the mini pc.  Whilst on the face of it this may not seem impressive, the important innovation was the incorporation of an internal AC/DC power supply, which meant the product could be professionally rack-mounted without unnecessary cable clutter behind the unit once racked.  Prior to this, achieving the same result meant mounting a traditional NUC to a tray and sliding it into a rack – a pretty inconvenient method.   This simple innovation has sparked significant interest across the world from people looking at the possibilities of racking NUC for more intensive applications.

    Three NUC’s are better than one!

    Our innovation around NUC continues however.  A single rack-mounted NUC exists in 1U, and deployed alone is an in-efficient use of that space.  However, the G2 NUC is built around a modular system that enables a further two NUC’s to be mounted into the same unit of space, so more compute can be added at any time as your needs change.  The benefits of this are many-fold, including:

    • Optimising available real estate – critical when data centre space is so expensive
    • Denser computing in the data centre – three individual mini computers can now co-exist in the same space
    • Consolidate workloads – possible through cluster computing across devices

    We believe these new efficiencies around cost and space are compelling and as a consequence have opened up a wealth of new possibilities for NUC computing.

    To learn more about our NUC products and to take a look at the system options in the range click here or call 01252 711 114.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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    Chipmunk Hippotizer bags Live Design New Projection Product of the Year!

    Updated 21/05/2014

    We’d like to congratulate Green Hippo on scooping the Live Design New Projection Product of the Year award in the Media Servers category at the prestigious awards event.

    The accolade is one in a long line of awards the company has received for their exceptional products, aimed at the Digital Media and Production industry.

    For a brief moment we’d also like to bask in the reflected glory of the achievement!  We’re proud to have worked alongside Green Hippo to develop the hardware appliance that eventually became the Chipmunk Hippotizer and plays host to their innovative software.  The Chipmunk Hippotizer is our latest commission from Green Hippo and was turned around against demanding timescales with the intention of meeting a very specific market niche.  It looks like the product has gone down a storm and we’re pleased to have played a role in such a fantastic achievement!

    If you’d like to know more about the customised solutions we have delivered for Green Hippo click here .  Alternatively, take a closer look at how easy it is to commission your own bespoke solution.

    To learn more about the Chipmunk Hippotizer and the Green Hippo product range click here.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • Release of Gigabyte’s Z87 and H87 Motherboards

    Updated 22/08/2013

    New to the market are Gigabyte’s latest H87 and Z87 chipset motherboards. These new motherboards come at a great price point with a fantastic specification with lots of ports to plug peripherals into.

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    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • Release of Intel’s Haswell desktop processors

    Updated 22/08/2013

    On the 18th June 2013, Intel launched its new Haswell processors. These latest i5 & i7 series processors utilise a new LGA1150 socket so unfortunately you cannot just upgrade your Ivy Bridge LGA1155 processor because the socket is physically different. Information on the different type of desktop CPUs available is in this blog post.

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    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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