• Cool runnings thanks to new fan controller 

    Updated 10/12/2014

    We’ve been working on integrating a new fan controller into some of our more powerful rack and mini PC’s and soon-to-arrive additions to our server range.

    A sophisticated little device, the fan controller will be able to operate from either the 4-pin PWM motherboard CPU fan header or using a pre-programmed temperature probe. It will also be capable of driving up to 3 fans each with its own fine tuning speed adjustment.

    Whilst not revolutionary in itself, some clever componentry will enable us to use much larger fans in our machines as a result, making for greatly improved cooling efficiencies and ultra-quiet operation.  We’re excited about their arrival as they will make our units the perfect companion for working environments where noise sensitivity is important.

    Take a look at the first shots of the controller accompanying this post.

    If you’d like to know more about this innovation or our current product line-up then get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Front of Nano Mini PC

    Nano PC offers legacy OS Support  

    Updated 08/12/2014

    Despite Windows XP going end of life, there are considerable numbers of businesses who still depend on the operating system.  Whilst Windows XP embedded and POSReady 2009 will remain available for some time, demand for hardware to support these operating systems is still high albeit tricky to source.  An end of life, or a mature OS certainly doesn’t mean you’re now out of options however.

    The perfect solution

    If you count yourself amongst the organisations still with a significant interest in these operating systems then you might want to take a closer look at the C12 specification in our products,  which offers support for XP Pro and also Windows 7.

    The C12 Specification is available across the vast majority of our product range, but is particularly popular in our Nano mini PC appliance. This ultra small form factor PC is perfect for digital signage, Point of Sale and till processing units where XP compatible replacement hardware is required.

    We’ve seen a lot of demand from organisations choosing Nano to host older applications which are too complex, too time consuming or too costly to migrate to a newer operating system.

    To find out more about our Nano PC click here or contact us for further information.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Our 1U Rack Server has arrived! 

    Updated 04/12/2014

    Back in September we blogged that our first-ever 1U rack server would shortly be arriving.  We are pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for the product, which is our first-ever in a brand new server product line.

    When we set about creating the server line-up we had two objectives.  Firstly, to create great value, functionally rich appliances and secondly to build products which offered some acoustic advantages over the competition.  The server line-up will come in three variants – Workstation, Server and High Performance.  With Workstation available first, here’s a closer look at what’s included.

    The Workstation server was developed with media serving in mind.  Available in i5, i7 and Xeon variants, the big differentiator is the 2 x PCI-express 16 slots which offer the capability to fit two PCIe x16 cards or a dual width graphics card.  Unlike other 1U servers which offer something similar, few have the capacity to take full-length cards in this way.  We hope this will pique the interest of professional AV and digital media users and those involved in 3D graphics.  This is one of several expansion options thanks to the Micro-ATX motherboard at the heart of the machine.  8 x hotswappable SSD/HDDs and M.2 also offer huge scope for on-board storage.  Thankfully all of this is packed into a very small user-friendly unit.

    The appliance also has the option for a rack-rail kit which helps with access to the unit and assists when maintenance is required.

    The Server and High Performance ranges are to still to come, both of which will be built using a sophisticated new fan controller we are currently developing for ultra-quiet operation.  The Performance range will also use a LGA2011-3 CPU socket rather than LGA1150 to support the latest 6 and 8 core Intel CPU enhancements to performance.  Both will arrive shortly.

    If you’d like to know more about our server options or would like to discuss your requirements please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Green Hippo collaboration yields next-gen hardware

    Updated 10/11/2014

    Our longstanding collaboration with Digital Media and Production specialist – Green Hippo – continues with the release of their latest range of V4 media servers . The 1U variant named “Amba” is as a result of G2 continued commitment to providing innovative and up to date design and features.

    Based on our latest hardware appliance, Amba is the first in their next-generation of computer hardware playing host to their latest V4 Hippotizer software.  A powerful 1U media server for the demands of the audio visual arena, the appliance boasts:

    • Removable drive bay
    • HDMI output, with support for 4K
    • 6 x USB 3.0 ports
    • SSD storage

    We have been building bespoke solutions for Green Hippo for a number of years.  They are one of several customers whom we have purpose-built solutions for to host specific software applications or workloads.  Find out more about creating a bespoke solution by exploring the simple steps we’ll take you through to arrive at something tailor-made for you.  Alternatively, take a look at the other customers who have commissioned us to build host hardware.


    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Rack mounted 1U NUC PC

    NUC goes from strength to strength

    Updated 17/09/2014

    Since we launched the world’s first to rack-mounted NUC mini computer, we have continued to develop what has proved to be a hugely successful product in our line-up.  As such, our 1U rack-mount NUC will soon be available with a host of additional features that present new possibilities and an even richer computing experience from this ultra-small form factor appliance.

    Ready to ship at the end of September, the 2nd generation of our 1U NUC will now come complete with:

    • Option for second LAN port for even greater connectivity
    • Audio input/output for use hosting a wider choice of applications
    • Additional USB port for further interoperability with external devices
    • New internal directional cooling to support greater performance demands
    • A simple blanking plate to give a tidier appearance when racked and spare NUC slots not in use

    This evolving feature set is part of our own product roadmap and commitment to innovating around key Intel technologies.  Likewise, with design, development and production occurring in one UK location, we are proud to be able to respond quickly to customer feedback on our products, enabling us to rapidly enhance what we offer.

    If you’d like to know more about our 2nd generation 1U NUC rack PC please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • 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

  • 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