Monthly Archives: December 2019

  • Redundant PSU option makes the 1U PC more reliable than ever before

    Updated 18/12/2019

    In response to high levels of customer demand over the past few months, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our latest research and development project; the installation of a redundant power supply unit (PSU) into one of our 1U PCs. So far, we’ve added redundant PSU options to our 2U Nano, 2U PC, 3U PC, and 4U Nano, but this marks the very first time a redundant PSU has appeared in one of our 1U units.

    We’ve put even more ‘wow’ into 1U

    Not only is it the first time we’ve made this option available in one of our 1U computers, it is also the most powerful redundant PSU we’ve ever fitted across our entire product range. The 800W monster will see the 1U PC’s reliability increase considerably, ensuring any high-intensity workloads or systems are able to run consistently, even in the face of a single PSU failure. That way, you have the peace of mind that should your unit fail, you’re always protected.

    An extremely versatile PC

    This compact 1U unit packs a punch with lots of exciting features and expansion opportunities:

    • Redundant 800W power supply
    • Dual-width PCI(e) slot suitable for dual-width graphics cards
    • Up to 3x 3.5″ Fixed or 8x 2.5″ Hot Swappable HDD/SSDs – or a mixture of both

    And because this highly configurable PC can also be reverse mounted, if a power failure should occur, the rear of the unit can be made easily accessible, so it’s less likely you’ll need to remove it from the rack in order to rectify the issue.

    The first sample of the new and improved 1U PC with redundant PSU will be arriving soon. If you’d like to learn more about why a redundant PSU option could benefit your 1U unit, then please get in touch.

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

  • Intel Quartz Canyon

    Quartz and Provo Canyon: the next generation of Commercial Intel NUCs

    Updated 03/12/2019

    Although Intel’s chip shortage is predicted to last slightly longer than we anticipated, there is some silver lining to take comfort in – Intel will soon be launching a new ‘commercial’ line-up of next-generation NUC PCs. While there is plenty of information already available on the upcoming Quartz Canyon NUC, the lesser-known Provo Canyon has been more tightly kept under wraps. Because so little is currently known about it, we wanted to give you a better insight into what to expect from the new NUC to ensure you’re suitably prepared for its release.

    Get reacquainted with the Quartz Canyon

    Before looking into the Provo in any detail, we thought we’d provide you with a quick overview of the Quartz Canyon and why this workstation-specific NUC could be of significant interest. It supports an 8-core Xeon or 9th Gen i7 processor, ECC Memory, and boasts a PCIe expansion slot. A 100W internal power supply is also a notably attractive feature, as is the availability of 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports. We have high hopes the NUC will be fast and furious, offering serious processing capabilities in a small form factor.

    Introducing the Provo Canyon

    The more elusive Provo Canyon also brings a lot to the table, with support for Intel’s latest 8th gen i3, i5, and i7 range of CPUs as well as its own Thunderbolt 3 connector, which could mean super-quick data transfers and a third display output. It’s not short on its sheer number of available ports either, with Dual HDMIs and the Thunderbolt port allowing up to three native connections. What’s especially exciting about this NUC, however, is the fact that it offers extended display identification data (EDID) emulation. For headless, 2nd virtual, and persistent displays, this important feature ensures extended AV signals are optimised and any EDID information is achievable regardless of the cable types involved in your installation, meaning you can more easily match the needs of the display you’re working with. This could really be a gamechanger for audio-visual production environments.

    Not long to wait!

    We’re expecting even more information on Intel’s 8th generation NUCs this month, so watch this space for more news. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the next-gen NUCs or discover how our innovation has made it possible to rack mount Intel NUC PCs, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products