The industry benefits from the combination of performance and flexibility +++ Particularly favorable price-performance ratio
Munich, November 23, 2023 – Munich-based value-added distributor Concept International has a new strong horse in its stable with the DF612 from Giada. Fanless, therefore in a closed aluminum housing and dust-resistant, the robust player cuts a fine figure, especially in industrial applications where things can get rough and dirty. Equipped with a 12th generation Intel processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics unit, it can play up to three displays with up to 8K resolution. A version with vPro technology is available on request in the i5 and i7 versions of the CPU. This not only offers improved security technology, but is also equipped with a remote maintenance function at BIOS level: practical for permanently installed or hard-to-reach players.
An Intel processor of the current i-Core variant i3, i5 or i7 (“Alder Lake”) provides more than sufficient power. These achieve the performance of the next higher variant of the previous generation. The current i3 variant can therefore be compared with an i5 processor from the predecessor. High performance at low cost is guaranteed, especially in the production industry and in automation. This is particularly the case when increased demands are placed on the player, e.g. by motion sensors, cameras or other applications that provide essential data, especially in the industrial sector. The increase in performance compared to the predecessor with the same power consumption is noticeable here.
On request, the CPU is available with vPro technology: this provides a significant performance boost compared to the standard version and offers increased system security against cyberattacks by shielding the BIOS from external attacks. The integrated remote maintenance function at BIOS level is particularly important for the industrial sector – i.e. the operating system does not even need to be running. This is particularly advantageous in locations where human maintenance is difficult or impossible – for example, because the player is permanently installed as part of a larger installation in a laboratory or is located at great heights when used in industry. The PC can still start analyses, identify errors and report them independently – and at a safe distance from possible sources of damage, such as heat, shocks or chemicals. As it is also insensitive to dust without a fan, this makes it a perfect workhorse for industry. And thanks to the slim booksize format of 200 x 150 x 40 mm in a sturdy aluminium housing, it can also be perfectly integrated into digital signage installations of all kinds.
Graphically, the player comes with Iris Xe graphics for the i5 and i7 variants and Intel UHD graphics for i3 and is therefore able to play an 8K display via the DP1.4 port and 4K displays via the two HDMI ports, each at a flicker-free 60 Hz.
In addition to the connections for three monitors, there are four USB 3.2 Gen2, two USB 2.0, one USB Type-C 3.2 Gen2 as well as two COM ports and an RS232 interface. There is also an audio input and output for the microphone. LAN, WLAN and two Ethernet connections are integrated. It can therefore function as a gateway PC or as a data filter between two networks. Increased CPU power requirements for more complex control apps are also no longer a problem thanks to the dual LAN connection. A 4G/LTE module slot and SIM card slot are also on board. This means that the device can also access cloud content via mobile communications if it is no longer accessible via LAN.
Up to 64 GB of RAM is used, which is distributed across two slots (dual-channel access). The memory can be expanded with an SSD hard drive of any size via an m.2 interface.
Giada’s JAHC technology ensures 24/7 availability. This hardware component integrated in the BIOS automatically reboots the media player in the event of a software problem. This extended “watchdog” also boots and shuts down the PC at fixed times of day and night if required. Additional manual switching on and off is no longer necessary. The switching times can also be set via a software interface.
List prices and project-specific configurations
The Giada DF612 is now available from Concept International and stands out in the market due to its particularly low acquisition costs. The recommended retail price is 645 euros net incl. Windows 11 – alternatively also with Linux Ubuntu. Resellers and system houses receive special conditions. On request, Concept International supports the roll-out of projects with the Total Preparation Service: project-specific, fully configured and endurance-tested Mini PCs, even in large quantities. Plug-and-play also facilitates on-site deployment and a stock in Germany enables fast response times if required.
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