News

  • First ever Rack Server arriving shortly!

    Updated 02/09/2014

    Having established an enviable reputation as one the UK’s best independent manufacturers of rack mount and mini PC’s, we have taken the decision to expand our product line-up to now include servers.

    Our first 1U Server product is in development, the prototype of which, will shortly be available for us to share with interested customers. The decision to add servers to our portfolio, like many of innovations and product developments, has been spurred on by customer request.

    The 1U Server is a small, quiet, easy to manage multi-use server appliance.  Our thinking behind the product is to make an appliance equally at home as the host for performance-critical applications that demand more resilience and headroom than is achievable from a rack mount PC, whilst offering flexibility and value for money to host less demanding workloads.

    Inside the box

    The appliance is built on industrialised componentry and shaped by our user friendly design.

    Specifically, the server will come with two PCIe slots accommodating full height and full length PCIe cards, making it capable of serving applications such as 3D graphics, video encoding or networking.

    Up to 8 x 2.5″ hot swappable drive bays makes changing failed or upgrading hard-drives a breeze, without the need to power the machine down.  Likewise, a completely new chassis design that includes a quick remove lid makes access to the appliance straightforward, further gearing the server towards ease-of-use and service simplicity.

    Similarly, as more features continue to move from the motherboard to the processor we’ve also been able to develop the server with support for Micro-ATX server motherboards.  Using these boards inside the case has the potential for a simpler, cooler running and easier to manage system.

    Anyone interested in knowing more about the 1U Server or keen to see the prototype should contact us now.

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

  • baytrail cpu from intel

    New Intel Bay Trail product line now in stock!

    Updated 01/09/2014

    Intel Atom Bay Trail processors are now available across all of our product lines.  Following our announcement earlier this month that our Nano product was now shipping with Intel’s new Atom Bay Trail CPU we have extended this option across our entire range of products.

    The Bay Trail family of chips are Intel’s Quad Core system-on-chip (SOC) processors designed for intelligent systems, delivering outstanding compute, HD graphics, and media performance.  Bay Trail is manufactured on Intel’s industry-leading tri-gate 22nm process technology.

    Our C16 model identifies the Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor family.  Take a closer look at our products to learn more or contact us to speak with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • front view of our 2u rack pc range

    New 2U Rack Mount PC tested and ready for production!

    Updated 29/08/2014

    Following our last post in July sharing the highlights of the customer-driven upgrades shaping our new 2U Rack Mount PC, we’re pleased to confirm that the product has completed our rigorous test phase and is now ready for production.

    We’re really excited about the upgrades we’ve made to our 2U Rack Mount PC platform and the benefits that they will bring to our future customers. Upgrades include, but are not limited to, increased storage capacity, use of SSDs over HDDs, USB 3.0 integration and a lower operating noise.

    If you’d like to know more about the product features, click here.  Alternatively, get in touch for more information or a quote.

     

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Front of Nano Mini PC

    Nano meets the Atom!

    Updated 11/08/2014

    We’re now shipping our Nano Mini PC with an upgraded motherboard option which will house Intel’s new Atom Bay Trail CPU.  The Bay Trail family of chips are Intel’s first system-on-chip (SOC) products designed for intelligent systems, delivering outstanding compute, HD graphics, and media performance.  Bay Trail is manufactured on Intel’s industry-leading tri-gate 22nm process technology.

    The Atom quad core processor option isn’t the only upgrade either thanks to the new motherboard. The new Nano also comes with two rear USB 3.0 ports, yet retains all other connection characteristics as our lower priced model.

    For those working to a budget all of this additional performance is delivered for only £15 more versus our original lower-spec model.

    Delivering such high performance HD graphics, the new Atom-based Nano is perfect for:

    • Digital signage solutions
    • Interactive kiosks
    • Point-of-sale (POS) terminals
    • Portable medical devices
    • Industrial control systems
    • In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems

    If you would like to know more about Nano and Atom-based product options please contact us or take a look at the wider Nano family.

     

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Enlarged premises necessary to meet customer demand

    Updated 30/07/2014

    July has seen the completion of an extension to G2’s manufacturing and production facilities at our UK base in Farnham.   The enlarged facility is an important step in enabling us to further scale our capacity.  The result is 40% more space over the original workshop and manufacturing space, giving us more room for build and testing. We have also created a dedicated annexe for design and development.

    The expanded facilities come in response to customer demand and the result of new products recently launched or close to being so.  These include:

    This is a significant investment for the business and is testament to the success we have seen over the last 12 months in particular.

    Commenting on the development, Chris Hollidge, Managing Director at G2 Digital said  “the quality of our products continue to attract market interest, especially as we deliver further product innovation and overcome highly specific customer challenges with our bespoke solutions.  The enhanced premises put us in an even greater position continue developing new and exciting products and responding to changing customer requirements”.

    As a very proud UK based manufacturer, the enlarged facility further enhances G2’s commitment to design and manufacture in the UK.

    If you would like to know more about our product roadmap or to discover more about our product line-up or bespoke solutions then please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Customer-driven upgrades shape new 2U rack mount PC

    Updated 24/07/2014

    We’ll shortly be launching our new 2U rack mount PC so wanted to give you a sneak preview into what’s coming and what’s new.  We’re really excited about it as it incorporates a number of customer-driven upgrades which help make it more versatile, whilst new innovations deliver even greater levels of performance.

    Some of the highlights include:

    • Greater capacity – we’re now using 2.5” drives so have been able to accommodate up to 12 HDD’s
    • Solid State – the 12 bays can also accommodate solid state disk which means better performance from on-board storage
    • Hot swappable drives – all of the drives are accessible from the front of the unit so maintenance can be performed or parts replaced without the need to power down the machine
    • USB 3.0 – the new appliance incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connection ports on the front of the unit
    • Enhanced accessibility – the current 2U PC is directly mounted into the rack, now with our new sliding rail kit, it will be possible to slide the new 2U PC in and out of the rack to perform maintenance without having to remove it completely
    • Support for Broadwell processors – the new 2U PC has been built with the latest Intel processor family in mind and will accommodate the latest chipset upon release
    • Full height and length expansion cards – support for up to three PCI Bus express full height and length expansion cards comes as standard offering greater expansion options
    • More Power – a new 600W power supply is more powerful than the previous model making it ready for more demanding processors, graphics card and workloads
    • Quiet running – incorporation of our new active fan controller means it is significantly quieter thanks to noise dampening technology

    The 2U product is just round the corner and will be launched imminently.  If you’re interested to know more then get in touch – we’ll be happy to share further insight.  Otherwise, keep an eye out on the site for the launch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • broadwell cpu chip

    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
    Posted in: News

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