The GPU has been part of computing ever since the first pixel hit a display. Still, its role has changed dramatically from its original function to embedded GPUs, lifelike 3D gaming and now general-purpose GPU computing.
This article takes a deep dive into this critical hardware component that powers AI, computer vision, and a whole slew of futuristic computer goodness. We will attempt to sum up what the GPU is, why it’s important, how they apply to industrial computers, what it’s used for, why you might need one, and the options available when picking them.
Definition: What is a GPU?
The graphics processing unit (GPU) is the hardware component that takes instructions for visual display and puts the pixels on the screen where they are meant to go.
According to Intel, GPUs are designed for parallel processing and are, “used in a wide range of applications, including graphics and video rendering. Although they’re best known for their capabilities in gaming, GPUs are becoming more popular for use in creative production and artificial intelligence (AI).”
That last part is important because the modern general-purpose GPU is no longer limited to just displaying images on the screen. It has become the powerhouse behind the processing of complex machine inputs that are possible but just too slow for the CPU. So how did this come about?
Cincoze Sunlight-Readable Industrial Panel PCs—Building More Comfortable and Convenient Smart Cities
April 28, 2021 — To realize a more convenient, beautiful, and comfortable life for all, the promotion of smart cities has long been a crucial part of construction projects actively promoted by governments across the globe. At the heart of smart cities is the integration of AIoT technologies. Combining human-machine interfaces (HMIs), sensors, embedded computers, networks, and AI data analysis, these technologies provide the tools to assess public infrastructure needs, thereby improving the quality of life and safety of all citizens.
Outdoor kiosks are the visible human-machine interface for the smart city. Cincoze’s CRYSTAL line includes industrial panel PCs with sunlight-readable displays in various sizes and with a modular design. The sunlight-readable display models feature crystal clear displays for bright daylight viewing and are strong enough to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. They are suited to outdoor kiosk use in smart cities, such as smart bus kiosks, automatic ticket vending machines, vending machines, express cabinets, public information stations, and smart mailboxes.
Mix-and-Match From Numerous Options
The Cincoze sunlight-readable panel PC series uses Cincoze’s patented Convertible Display System (CDS) modular design to combine an industrial touch display and an industrial embedded computer module to create an easy-maintenance, easy-upgrade, and future-proof panel PC.
The embedded system component offers various options including, Intel® Atom®, Pentium®, and Core™ i3/i5 CPUs, up to 64 GB of memory, and 2x 2.5″ HDD/SSD, selectable to match perfectly with system performance needs. For the display, there are options from 8″ to 21.5″ with projective capacitive (PCAP) touch displays, and high-brightness 1600 nits backlight that make them clearly visible even under outdoor sunlight.
Rich I/O for Multiple Applications
Specific I/O requirements for outdoor kiosks vary between applications and between installation environments. The Cincoze range of sunlight-readable panel PCs have the most commonly needed I/O connections right out the box, including USB 3.0, COM, and GbE LAN, to connect to devices like barcode readers, cameras, and card readers. For specialized applications, there is an M.2 E key and two full-size mini-PCIe slots for wireless connectivity modules or any of Cincoze’s exclusive mini-PCIe expansion card (MEC) modules for additional COM, USB, and LAN ports.
Withstands the Extremes
Outdoor environments are unpredictable, and exposure to dust, storms, thunderstorms, or severe temperature changes can wreak havoc with the system at any time. To ensure uninterrupted operation, the sunlight-readable panel PCs can withstand a temperature range of -20℃ to 70℃, and the front panel is waterproof and dustproof with an IP65 rating. The super-hard 7H touch surface is scratch-resistant and tough enough to withstand heavy impacts.
Cincoze’s sunlight-readable panel PCs are part of the premier CRYSTAL series lineup, combining flexible and robust design with a wealth of I/O and multiple expansion options, they can support the full spectrum of outdoor kiosk applications to help realize the dream of a better and more convenient smart city.
Cincoze is an embedded industrial computer brand providing diversified embedded system solutions tailored to market needs. Its product lines include rugged embedded systems, industrial panel PCs, industrial displays, and GPU embedded systems. Cincoze products meet various vertical markets’ application needs, especially factory automation, mechanical automation, machine vision, AIoT, robotics, in-vehicle computing, smart transportation, smart warehousing, and logistics. Over the years, Cincoze has launched many innovative products and won several patents, awards and international certifications.
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