• Intel 7th gen NUCs

    Sampling Intel’s Kaby Lake 7th gen NUCs – ready for release soon

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Since their launch at CES 2017 in January, we’ve been looking forward to seeing Intel’s new and innovative range of 7th generation NUCs come to life. We’re thrilled to say that that time is edging ever closer. Built on Intel’s new CPU architecture, ‘Kaby Lake’ – the name currently on everyone’s lips, we can’t wait to see what the 7th gen NUCs can do.

    With this exceptional line-up of features, it’s easy to see why:

    • Intel 7th generation Core i3 and i5 vPro processors
    • Two HDMI 2.0 Outputs for full 4K support
    • Intel Optane Memory ready
    • Support for Windows 10
    • Four USB 3.0 ports
    • 3 year product lifecycle

    What’s equally promising to note is that a vPro ‘Commercial’ variant of the 7th gen will return following the disappointment faced when board-only versions of the 6th gen Skylake NUC were dropped last year.

    Very soon, we’ll be welcoming the arrival of preproduction samples of the Commercial NUC line-up from Intel. The NUC7i5DNBE will come as a board-only configuration by itself with a vPro variant specifically designed for Enterprise deployments.

    It’s expected that the Commercial 7th gen NUCs will be officially released in the final quarter of this year, most likely in December. As the first company in the world to rack-mount the NUC, we’re excited to start integrating this technology with our machines, further optimising the Intel experience for our customers.

    If you would like to find out more about the release of the 7th gen NUC, please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • meet the G2 team

    A bigger facility ready for ambitious growth plans

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re excited to have expanded our facilities at our Farnham HQ, UK.  It’s the second expansion in the last 3 years and comes in response to growing customer demand, especially overseas, our recently launched Partner Programme, and growing product line-up.

    Primarily the expanded premises offer us considerably more space for production and research and development.  Following our ISO9001 certification in 2015, the expansion also coincides with significant investment in new systems to help streamline manufacturing and operations.

    With plans to build on our current product portfolio, especially in the field of high performance graphics, the expansion will be instrumental in our response to emerging trends we see on the horizon.

    If you’d like to know more about our business, our growth plans, or our products please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • NVIDIA GTX

    Power and performance from the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We purpose-build bespoke Rack and Mini PCs for a broad range of applications on a regular basis. These are usually created in response to a customer’s unique need from their unit, and designed to help achieve a certain objective, be that to accommodate a compact design for use where space is a premium, or else realise valuable functionality.

    One of the most interesting recent trends we’re seeing amongst our customers is the demand for high-quality, advanced graphics capability. As more applications require rich graphical support, separate Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are increasingly important.  NVIDIA GPUs are at the forefront of the technological advances taking place in this arena and accordingly we’re getting regularly asked if our machines can support NVIDIA graphics cards.

    We have delivered a considerable number of project builds that meet this requirement, in our 2U Nano (short depth) and 2U PC cases harnessing NVIDIA’s GTX 10xx-series graphics cards.  Part of the GeForce range, the cards are regularly used by the gaming industry to provide a rich visual experience. With their flagship GTX 1080 Ti GPU hailed as the best graphics card on the market today, we have built many machines that take advantage of the extraordinary performance this and other NVIDIA cards offer.

    Based on the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, it means our machines can capitalise on these incredible specs:

    • Memory speed of 10 Gbps
    • 4 Boost Clock Relative
    • 1733 MHz Boost Clock Actual
    • Up to 3x faster performance
    • Advanced vapour chamber cooling technology

    We’ve already implemented the card into our 2U Nano and 2U PC for various applications, and continue to receive requests to build the capability into other models in our product line-up as our customers seek to blend small form factor devices with maximum performance.

    For more information on the NVIDIA range of GeForce GTX graphics cards, or else if you’d like to find out if a high-performing project build is right for you, get in touch.

     

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

  • 4U Nano

    We’re taking our Rack PCs to new heights with the 4U Nano

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Our Rack PC line-up is set to gain a new addition with the soon-to-arrive 4U Nano! The machine has been developed with high-end graphics in mind as the only one of our PCs able to accommodate multiple high-end Graphics (GFX) Cards like the GTX 1080 Ti or M6000. As such, you’ll now be able to fit up to four dual width GFX cards into a single unit, fully supported by up to 1500W ATX Power Supply. In preparing the machine for these demands, the 4U Nano is also ready to fit up to eight full height and full length PCIe cards, offering a host of other flexible configuration options for all sorts of requirements. Surprisingly, the machine still comes with a very economical footprint, measuring only 370mm deep.

    What’s new?

    The 4U Nano promises lots of welcomed features:

    • Up to 4x Dual Width Graphics Cards or 8x full height and full length PCle cards
    • Up to 4x 3.5” Hot Swappable Hard drives
    • Up to 8x 2.5” Hot Swappable SSDs/Hard drives
    • Optional Redundant 680W power supply unit
    • Support for 1500W ATX Power Supplies
    • DVD Drive Support
    • Short-Depth 370mm deep case design

    As with the recent upgrade to our popular 2U PC’s design, we’ve also considered the potential for power supply unit (PSU) failure by providing you with the option to add in a 680W redundant PSU. We’re really excited about what the 4U Nano will bring to our ever-expanding product range – we believe it addresses an important niche in the market for small form factor machines capable of accommodating full-size, high performance componentry.

    In the works…

    While the 4U Nano rackmount PC remains in development, it is just around the corner. In the meantime if you’d like to find out more, or would like to explore any of our other development projects, please get in touch.

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

  • 1U and 2U PC

    Double Feature: Both our 1U and 2U PCs are treated to design updates

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We take pride in ongoing innovation and quick responses to customer feedback about our products.  That’s why this month we’re embarking upon a project that will see two of our popular PCs receive updated designs.

    1U PC

    In light of recent requests for a greater number of Hot Swap bays within our 1U PC, we’re pleased to announce that we can now accommodate up to 8 Hot Swap drives in this machine. The revision has next-to-no effect on the unit’s physical footprint, and likewise means it still retains a dual-width PCIe bay. What’s more, we’re pretty sure this feature is completely unique in the 1U space given the 1U PC’s 350mm depth.

    As a result we’re now packing a lot into our 1U rackmount PC:

    • 8x Hot Swap drives
    • 2x Front USB 3.0 ports
    • Dual-width PCIe slot for high power Graphics Cards
    • Tool-less quick removal lid
    • DVD/Blu-ray Optical drives

    2U PC

    Thanks to a recent update to our flexible 2U PC’s design, we are now delighted to be able to offer new configuration options around low profile and full height PCIe bays. Having restructured the back panel and reengineered the unit to hold a redundant power supply, customers will now have the option to fit more low profile expansion cards than ever before. The rack-mountable 2U machine can now fit a maximum of 7 low profile cards, or else can be configured to fit up to 4 full height cards, depending on your requirements.

    We do everything we can to ensure each one of our machines is up to whatever you have planned for it.  These updates are part of our ongoing cycle of refinement and reinvention. It’s also why our products have achieved some noteworthy industry ‘firsts’.

    If you would like to learn more about what our 1U and 2U PC updates have in store, or discover what other development projects we have lined up, please speak to the team.

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

  • 2U Nano and PC redundant power supply

    Power-up! Our 2U PC gains a redundant power supply, and more

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    It’s not uncommon for power supply units (PSU) to fail – an inconvenient truth, but often the reason for PC breakdown. With this in mind we’ve decided to build our 2U PC to a more modular design in order to accommodate a redundant power supply.  You’ll never need to worry about your machine going offline again, as in the event of PSU failure the secondary PSU will take over.

    To accompany this redundant power supply, the design has also been reengineered to allow more room for additional low profile expansion cards, so customers will be able to fit more into their 2U unit than ever before! Alternatively, there will still be the option to fit up to 4 full height expansion cards as needed.

    Coupled with our range of Server or Industrial motherboards, our feature-rich 2U PC is therefore perfect for all sorts of business-critical applications because of its robust design:

    • Redundant 680W power supply, 80PLUS GOLD Rated
    • Supports the latest X99 and 7th Gen Skylake motherboards
    • Supports Intel’s 18 core Xeon E5 processors
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • Up to 8x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives
    • 6x Hot-Swap Bays
    • Slimline DVD/Blu-ray drive

    We’re always looking for new ways to innovate to be able to provide our customers with the functionality they deserve. Our machines are constantly evolving to suit new requirements and the demand of emerging trends to ensure that we deliver the best experience possible. Our 2U PC redesign is just one of many updates to come over the coming months where we have actively taken our customers’ needs into consideration. That’s why we’re known for producing some real industry ‘firsts’.

    For more information on what our updated 2U PC design will entail, or else if you’d like to learn more about our upcoming development projects, please get in touch.

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

  • Intel chip

    Intel welcomes a new future of chip design

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Every single day we are seeing innovative efforts open up new and unexplored realms of technology that redefine our perspective of the future and its untapped potential. Drones, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning – the possibilities are truly endless.

    As momentum within these different areas is beginning to really build for Intel, they have made the decision to change the way in which they approach the design of their chips. Their active involvement in AI, autonomous vehicles, and drone technology has had a large hand in their re-evaluation of the chip landscape, enabling them to realise the greater potential and value that can be gained from an alternative chip design.

    So what can we expect?

    Where once its key technologies were all integrated into a single piece of silicon in what has been referred to as a monolithic design, Intel is now adopting a more heterogeneous approach to development.  This will allow them to instead mix and match different cores into a single chip, regardless of node or architecture, meaning chip development will no longer be restrained by the hold-ups of previous manufacturing processes. The step-change has been brought about as a result of the dramatic slowing witnessed with Moore’s Law in recent years and will take system-on-chip thinking to a whole new level.

    Using what has been dubbed the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), multiple chips can then be embedded onto a single die, enabling both higher bandwidth and scope to develop chips for a wider range of devices.

    The Benefits

    The new heterogeneous design and the use of the EMIB will mean a load of new and exciting benefits from future Intel chips:

    • Production of better products and cost structures for customers
    • Faster throughput and the option for multiple throughput technologies
    • Higher bandwidth than PCIe
    • Improved communication between cores
    • Greater flexibility leading to higher performance and less power
    • EMIB allows use of cores made of different materials, which could replace silicon

    Led by this new heterogeneous design, Intel is now looking to the future to ensure that any chips produced from hereon in are able to suit the host of devices that exist today, and will exist tomorrow.

    We will, of course, be considering the implications of Intel’s chip design changes within our product range as these come into effect. If you would like to find out more about the new heterogeneous design or else how this may impact our products, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News