Shenzhen-based PC manufacturer Giada has announced a new fanless and energy-efficient mini PC aimed squarely at the digital signage market.
The Giada F105D uses Intel’s latest generation Apollo Lake processors and has a built-in Intel HD graphics graphics processor that allows up to 4k on two displays at the same time, the company says. It uses six watts of power.
The little unit has 2 gigs of internal memory, and maxes out at 4 gigs of RAM. It has two mini PCIe interfaces, one COM port, two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports. It also has a 2.5 inch SATA III, an mSATA and an M.2 interface that supports PCI-E mode. There are three video outputs – DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI and the unit can do 4096 x 2160 pixels at a refresh rate of 60 hertz.
Giada uses something it calls JEHE Active Hardware Control (which sounds a bit like Intel’s Active Management Technology) to enable things like:
• Auto Power On: This allows the computer to start automatically after it has been disconnected from the power supply;
• RTC Wake-Up: This function is used to start or stop the PC at a certain point in time;
• IR remote control allows remote control of the PC before the operating system is started;
• When the system crashes, the auto-start function ensures reliable 24/7 operation.
No price as yet, but I’m thinking $300ish, as this new unit coming from Seneca is going to be around $250, and uses Cherry Trail processors.
Giada is the brand name for a company more formally called SHENZHEN JEHE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO.,LTD.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.