Industrial grade products gain their name because they are able to work in much harsher environments than ordinary parts and that is no different when it comes to storage. AData just released a new ICFS332 industrial grade CFast card for that delivers SSD performance and reliability in a very compact form factor.
The ICFS332 CFast card utilizes the SATA3 interface to deliver speeds up to 560MB/s while reading and impressive 400MB/s when writing. The ICFS332 uses SLC NAND that also provides the best reliability, also visible in the 2 million hour mean time before failure rating.
As previously mentioned, industrial applications are run in environments that are a lot harsher, which isn’t a problem for the Adata ICFS332 CFast card that can operate in temperatures between minus 40 degrees and plus 90 degrees Celcius. The cards allow for long-term deployment in these conditions, making the optimal system drives here.
The AData ICFS332 is available in 4GB to 64GB capacities and employs a full range of technologies including ECC and S.M.A.R.T. for high-reliability data transfer and improved security, but also more advanced wear leveling technology to extend the longevity. They come with open API (application programming interface) support that allows customer implementation of intuitive interfaces to easily manage data, monitor storage health, customize features, and integrate web services.
Addonics announced a new family of SSDs that support the CFast, mSATA and M2 form factors in both Industrial or Enterprise class grades. The difference between the two types is the type of NAND used. The Industrial class modules are built with SLC NAND where the Enterprise class modules are made with MLC NAND.
These new storage modules are all rated for operation in industrial temperatures ranging from minus 45 to plus 80 degrees Celcius. They are also some of the most reliable SSDs on the market, a thing that easily can be spotted in the TBW and MTBF ratings. For example, a 64GB SLC mSATA modules comes with a TBW rating of 3448 TB and the same module with MLC NAND has a TBW of 635TB for the 256GB model. All come with an MTBF of over 3 million hours.
Which type you pick is down to the operations they need to perform. MLC is more energy-efficient, has more capacity, and it is faster, but the SLC has more durability and a longer lifetime expectancy. Addonics new Industrial and Enterprise SSDs range from 4GB to 256GB capacity and Addonics also offers a full line of converters, readers, and duplicators for the most common SSD form factors.
Suggested retail prices of the Addonics Industrial grade mSATA Flash SSD is $325 for 32GB. The Enterprise class mSATA SSD starts at $54 for 32G. You can also check out the full details on the official new landing page for Addonics Flash media and SSDs: http://addonics.com/category/fm-ssd.php
Dell has expanded its Rugged line-up with a new Latitude tablet designed to operate in the harshest of environments. This model is resistant against mud, dust, sand, spillages and other hazards. The tablet can even be dropped from over four feet and has a temperature threshold between -20 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This device is capable of withstanding war zones, high-altitude mountains and industrial workplaces. According to Dell, the unit is,
“Designed for performance and reliability in the harshest conditions.”
In terms of specifications, the tablet features a multi-touch, 11.6 inch 1366×768 panel which can be easily viewed in direct sunlight. Furthermore, it is equipped with a 5th generation Intel Core CPU, Windows 8.1 (fully upgradable to Windows 10), up to a 512GB Solid State Drive and a battery lasting upwards of 12 hours. Dell also utilized a quad cooling solution to prevent throttling in hot locations. I can see this being useful during expeditions near volcanoes or climates with a blistering heat.
Pricing and availability is still unknown, but the niche nature of this device will incur a hefty price tag. Dell’s existing Latitude 12 Rugged laptop contains an Intel Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM which retails for $3,649. I wouldn’t expect the final price to be this high but the reinforced casing will undoubtedly increase manufacturing costs.
The Latitude 12 tablet is massive overkill for 99.99% of people but provides a vital service for those who require reliable hardware in tough situations.
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MSI has just launched its MS-98G5 industrial motherboard with an embedded processing and graphics solution. The motherboard is based on the mini-ITX form factor and Intel 4th Gen QM87/HM86 architecture that comes with a BGA-type Haswell/Broadwell Mobile Core i7, i5, i3 or Celeron CPU, various displays, 1 PCIe x16, 8 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.0 ports, 5 COM ports, a SATA 3.0 connector, and 2 mini-PCIe slots.
The MS-98G5 is flexible in terms of system integrators, having the auto-switch DC 12/19V power inputs bring more possibilities of display deployment, I/O connection and extra expansion. The motherboard features HDMI, DP, DVI-I, and LVDS in terms of outputs and the HD Graphics as a graphical solution, giving it the high-performance Intel 4th Gen kernel the industrial sector needs for various industrial applications.
Here is a brief spec of the MSI MS-98G5:
Haswell/Broadwell Mobile Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron Processor
3 independent displays (HDMI/DP/DVI-I/LVDS)
Dual GbE LAN with iAMT (EIA+QM87)
2 x DDR3L 1333/1600 MHz up to 16GB memory
1 x PCIe(x16) w/ riser card to x8+x8 or x8+x4+x4
8 x USB 2.0; 4 x USB 3.0; 5 x COM; SATA 3.0
2 x mini-PCIe slots
Auto-switch DC power 12/19V
MSI has yet to give out a release date for the product at hand or a recommended retail price, but customers can go to its web page here for more information on the product.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that the next version of Google Glass will use Intel Processors.
The Journal says that Google has formed a deal with the chip maker, meaning Google’s yet-to-be widely released wearable will be powered by Intel. It’s not yet clear exactly how Glass will use Intel’s hardware, but it seems almost certain that the Texas Instruments chip currently used will be replaced with an Intel one.
The report says that the deal is part of Intel’s push to become more widely involved in wearables, a rapidly developing market that the once dominant Intel has yet to have a significant impact upon.
The report also suggests that Intel will help move Glass into industry and medical markets, an area increasingly seen as the place Google Glass will have a chance of being successful as a finished product.
We reported recently on the news that Glass is losing the interest of a number of parties, including Google itself. The Reuters article behind that report suggested too that Glass is seemingly being aimed at industrial uses now, instead of its original intended position as a consumer wearable.
American mobile operator AT&T has just announced a new product under the ‘anti-smartphone’ category – the Sonim XP6. Said to be extremely rugged in design, this new smartphone incorporates a physical keyboard and button support into its architecture. This announced device has been marketed as a phone that can support most common features as seen in regular smartphones, but provides the user with a rugged alternative useable in all scenarios and situations.
The Sonim XP6 can be used with AT&T’s EPTT press-to-talk service, giving consumers another way to manage their clients, management and staff easier whilst on the work site. They’ve also been given IP68 and IP69 certifications, meaning it is resistant against splashes of water, mud or any other liquid you may come into contact with while on the grind.
Marketed as drop-resistant, said to be able to be comfortably dropped onto a concrete floor, the Sonim XP6’s screen can also be seen in direct sunlight. AT&T have further included an extremely loud 103 db phone ringer capability, said to help identify when calls are coming over the sound of heavy machinery.
There hasn’t been an announced release date or price for this phone yet, but given it’s ‘industrial’ nature – you can exepct it to be quite pricey. This is a common trend amongst companies who cater products towards a commercial audience, why should they lower the price when it’s a company paying for the goods?
Japan has high hopes of bringing a new type of Olympics in 2020, alongside the actual summer games. Shimzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that he hopes to bring the world’s first Robot Olympics, having discussed the creation of ‘robotic revolution’. He apparently wants to gather all robots around the world and place them in an event where they could compete based on their technological skills. Abe states that this event could increase the value seen in the robotics industry, while also boosting the nation’s economy and encourage people to sign up for the robot factory workforce.
It is not currently clear on what to expect from the event just yet. The Prime Minister is said to be keen on showing off technical talents for robots, focusing on care and industrial use. It is said that there are more and more reports about robots taking over human jobs, with 47% of the US labor (702 humans) being threatened by the change. One example of a technologically advanced robot is Baxter, made by Rethink Robotics, who can already learn from human factory supervisors. Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are also said to be working on a robot that can think like a person, with many more examples being out there. Therefore, it’s everybody’s guess on what to expect from the 2020 Robot Olympics.
The recent news reveals that the US authorities have charged a Chinese business man with hacking into the Boeing computer systems and other firms with large defense contacts, stealing their data and then selling it to China.
Mr. Su Bin has been arrested last month in Canada after being accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects amongst other similar data. The prosecutors have stated that Mr Su was mostly targeting information regarding fighter jets, military cargo aircraft and weapons. The information does not come as a big surprise, given that the 2013 reports have revealed that industrial spying from China is continuously becoming a threat. Though no specific proof has been found that the Chinese government is involved in Mr Su’s case, the US still accuses China of systematically stealing American high-tech data.
“We have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber-security and confront cyber-crime,” spokesman Marc Raimondi said.
It is reported that Mr. Su runs a Chinese aviation technology company, having its office in Canada. On June 28, he apparently was detained while attempting to gain Canadian citizenship, being accused of attempting to sell the stolen data to state-owned firms in China. While the US justice department remains “deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information”, Boeing has apparently released a statement in which the company admits it was co-operating with the US authorities to uncover industrial espionage hacking attempts against the US companies.
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MSI always seem to be expanding their portfolio of products, having just dipped their toes into gaming keyboards recently, and today they’ve unveiled a mini fanless industrial PC for the embedded system market. The MS-9A29 is an Intel Atom based mini PC designed for industrial applications. The system features wall mounting options and is ideal for space critical applications. The MS-9A29 is bundled full of connectivity to give it a wide range of uses. It features dual Gigabit LAN, serial connectors, WiFi and 3G. In terms of storage there is mSATA, SATA and Mini-PCIe. Dual displays are provided by HDMI and VGA outs.
The bottom of the MS-9A29 features a removable cover to easily access the mainboard and swap out any RAM, connectivity modules, hard drives and other components that need maintenance. MSI claims they are pioneers in offering both 3G support and an integrated SIM card holder.
Slim and compact size that is perfect for space-critical applications
Ready-to-attach to LCD monitors with simply one screwdriver and optional bracket
Intel Atom processor with ultra low power and fanless design, a perfect cool solution for automation
Support DDR3 SO-DIMM memory up to 4GB
Dual independent displays with VGA and HDMI outputs
Dual Gigabit LAN for high-bandwidth communications
Dual Mini-PCIe for expansion (one with SIM holder), offering more application possibilities
Versatile options for networking: Gigabit LAN and optional WiFi/3G by Mini-PCIe
Removable bottom cover design for internal Mini-PCIe (WiFi/3G?), SATA, memory, and serial connection
Designed with 3G SIM-card holder onboard ready for 3G Mini-PCIe application
Support mSATA for solid state disk option, offering faster data access and reliable storage
Two openings on rear panel reserved for 3G/WiFi antennas
AMD have just announced some brand new APU additions to their G-Series of SOCs. AMD’s new GX-210JA APU features a wattage of just 6W with an average power consumption of 3W. With such a low TDP AMD expects to be able to power a variety of fanless and passive systems for applications such as industrial controls and automation, digital gaming, communications infrastructure and visual embedded products including thin client, digital signage and medical imaging.
The AMD G-Series APUs, including the newly announced GX-210JA, are capable of supporting industrial ECC (Error Correction Code) memory and temperature ranges of -40 degrees to +85 degrees. They also come packed with two to four fully fledged CPU cores, discrete-class Radeon graphics and an integrated I/O controller.
AMD’s current G-Series APU line up contains the following:
GX-420CA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Graphics, Quad-core, 25 W TDP, CPU freq. 2.0 GHz, GPU freq. 600 MHz
GX-415GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8330E Graphics, Quad-core, 15 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.50 GHz, GPU freq. 500 MHz
GX-217GA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8280E Graphics, Dual-core, 15 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.65 GHz, GPU freq. 450 MHz
GX-210HA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics, Dual-core, 9 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.0 GHz, GPU freq. 300 MHz
GX-416RA SOC, Quad-Core, 15 W, CPU Freq. 1.6 GHz, No GPU
GX-210JA SOC with AMD Radeon HD 8180 Graphics, Dual-core, 6 W TDP, CPU freq. 1.0 GHz, GPU freq. 225 MHz
The team over at TechPowerUp have been doing some digging around and discovered some new Intel Xeon processors based on the Ivy Bridge (EP) design. On the ASRock motherboard CPU support list they uncovered some new socket LGA 2011 CPUs based on the next generation Xeon E5 parts. These use the “Ivy Bridge-EP” silicon and are expected to arrive in Q3 to Q4 of this year.
From the graph we can derive that there are 8, 10 and 12 core parts based on the 20MB, 25MB and 30MB caches respectively (there is 2.5MB of cache per core). TDPs range from 70W to 150W. The lowest TDP part is the E5-2650L v2 10 core processor at 1.7GHz while the highest TDP part is the E5-2687W v2 running at 3.4GHz across 10 cores. The highest clock speed 12 core processor is the E5-2697 v2 with a clock speed of 2.7GHz and a 130W TDP.
There’s no information yet on exact chipset information but we expect the Ivy Bridge-EP platform will retain backwards compatibility with the Sandy Bridge-EP platform and use similar C600 series chipsets.
If the 1600GB ADATA SSD we covered at Computex 2013 was your thing then this new Scorpion Deluxe SSD from Mushkin will definitely interest you too. Unlike the ADATA SSD which used a 2.5″ form factor but a PCI Express 4X cable to a PCI Express add-in-card, the Mushkin Scorpion deluxe skips that and goes straight in with a PCI Express interface that us 8X in terms of length. This allows for transfer speeds of up to a staggering 2100MB/s or 2.1GB/s and up to 100K random write IOPS.
Mushkin will be making the Scorpion Deluxe PCI Express SSDs available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1920GB capacities. Mushkin are using a Sandforce driven SSD controller (SF-2281) and are offering a 3 year warranty. If you’ve got a lot of cash to spend then Mushkin claim these PCI Express SSDs are scalable in up to 4 way configurations.
While these devices certainly aren’t for everyone, the wide variety of sizes does mean the lower capacity drives will be accessible at a consumer level, much like OCZ’s Revo drives. You can get more information here. Mushkin expect these drives to become available from mid-June onwards and pricing has yet to be disclosed but you can expect them to be significantly more expensive than equivalent capacity SATA III SSDs as they are mainly aimed at the content professionals market.
SilverStone are pretty well know for their high quality power supplies and at their Computex booth they took the time to show us their new high quality Industrial Zeus 1200W digital power supply. This power supply is rated for 80 Plus Platinum and has a very high quality design. You can even see a magnetic dust filter comes attached to the fan intake meaning you don’t even required one on your case.
What is so special about this power supply is that it uses a digital design and as far as I am aware the digital outputs of the PSU are carried into the system via these USB dongles. This power supply is an updated version of the old Zeus ZM1200 power supply SilverStone released many years ago.
The digital output can be read by your operating system using the provided SilverStone software and as you can see it gives you the options to monitor all your settings as well as pick between single or quad 12 volt rails.
At Computex ADATA revealed an SSD that’d make most PC enthusiasts pretty darn jealous. Their new SX2000 SSD series revealed an absolute gem with a 1600GB model – yes that is 1600GB of SSD storage. This device is certainly no slouch on speeds either as ADATA have opted for a PCI Express Generation 2 4X interface that supports a mammoth 1800-2000 MB per second, meaning you can essentially read or write your entire capacity in 800 seconds – not bad at all. The controller that supports this is the Sandforce SFF-8639 and that is capable of 200,000 random read IOPS.
ADATA also showed off the rest of the series which included 800, 400, 200 and 100GB capacities. These all use the same specifications and have TRIM support, DEVSLP support and SMART support. The PCI express interface works by running a cable to a PCI Express riser card from the SSD drive itself. ADATA didn’t announce pricing or availability but expect these to cost a small fortune, though being aimed at the enterprise market this is hardly unexpected.
ADATA also displayed the SX1000 series alongside the SX2000 series but these are slightly more “normal” with a SATA III 6Gbps interface, a Sandforce SF-2500 or SF-2600 controller and read/write speeds of 550/500MB/s. 75,000 random read IOPS are delivered and the drive is available in 100, 200 and 400GB capacities. ADATA didn’t specify the NAND used in either drives but high-endurance MLC is likely give then 5 year warranties.
Sapphire doesn’t just cater for the DIY or enthusiast market and at Computex today they took the time to show us some of their more enterprise/industrial products. The Sapphire IPC-FS1r2A75 motherboard is a CPU format motherboard based on the rev 2.0 FS1 AMD socket. This motherboard supports an AMD R-Series APU with Radeon E6000 dedicated GDDR5 memory and the AMD A75 chipset, which is found on more consumer orientated motherboards. This motherboard provides two DDR3 SODIMM slots, four mPCIe slots, five SATA III 6Gbps ports, and a PCI Express Gen 2.0 X4 slot.
Over on the rear we’ve got two gigabit ethernet ports, HD 6 channel audio, four USB 2.0, four HDMI display outputs and six mini display port outputs. This is certainly a motherboard aimed at powering commercial signage systems and other uses to a similar effect. Its amazing to see how far technology has now come and that we can power 10 displays of such a small motherboard with such a low power APU solution.
Digital signage isn’t exactly the most exciting subject area to be covering at Computex but Sapphire have spiced it up a bit with their PowerCastX exhibit showing a huge number of screens being run off some AMD FirePro graphics cards using Sapphire’s digital signage software.
The displays can all work indepedently of each other and you can stretch joint images across as many or as few screens as you want, it really does look like some great innovative software from Sapphire.
While this isn’t really for the average user it is still pretty fun to just marvel over how many displays you can power off these AMD FirePro cards using Sapphires new PowerCastX software, the back of this system is an absolute spaghetti junction of display cables – thank god for the genius who labelled them all.
The AMD FirePro card of choice to power all these displays is the FirePro W9000, AMD’s flagship model.
At Computex Noctua have been showing off something quite different, that is Noctua Industrial fans. Typically we’ve seen Noctua cater for both the enthusiast market and the enterprise market. On the enthusiast side we have a whole selection of fans and CPU coolers like the NF-A15 PWM and NH-D14 and then on the enterprise side we have products like the NH-U12DO A3and theNH-U9DX i4. Yet these enterprise products from Noctua look very much like the consumer products but with some marginal tweaks. Now Noctua are taking another step forward with their Industrial fans which are purpose built industrial products.
Noctua’s new industrial fans will come in 120mm and 140mm sizes and feature 2000+ RPM designed for heavy duty industrial applications and professional uses. They are constructed from rugged fibre-glass reinforced polyamid and have IP52 class water and dust protection. Noctua are also offering up to IP66 and UL certification on request. Noctua have told us these fans will be available in Q1 of 2014. I myself find this design looks pretty awesome, maybe on the consumer side this is the start of black fans from Noctua? Who knows.