Utilizing Mini PCs in Healthcare and Medical Fields

Utilizing Mini PCs in Healthcare and Medical Fields

November 2021

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At Simply NUC, we’re proud to provide mini PCs to many companies in various industries that deliver important societal benefits. Within the medical field, we’ve seen healthcare organizations use our mini PCs to power medical equipment and analytical workstations, and enhance communication between healthcare professionals and patients. From customizable mini PCs to mini PC kits and accessories, Simply NUC is a one-stop shop for medical and healthcare computing needs. 

Due to a combination of their size, portability, and performance, mini PCs have become an essential part of many hospital and medical office operations. How do these powerful yet small PCs help drive value in healthcare, and what should medical professionals be considering when looking into utilizing mini PCs for their needs? Let’s go over everything you need to know.

Patient Information

One of the single most common and important daily needs for medical professionals is to access secure patient information. This information may include a variety of visualizations on their health status, medical reports, billing data, or other patient knowledge. A basic dashboard of information is something doctors and nurses will constantly be referencing for nearly every patient. 

Because they are so small and don’t get in the way of other medical equipment, offer security features such as encryption, and also provide surprisingly capable computing power, mini PCs are ideal for healthcare operations. Furthermore, some mini PCs come in a fanless and rugged format, meaning they won’t move dust or other debris around in areas that need to be sanitary. For instance, these fanless mini PCs will commonly be found in operating rooms or other areas where surgical site infections (SSIs) are possible, as they diminish these risks significantly.

Medical Carts and Mini PCs

Another major asset that healthcare professionals rely on throughout their daily operations is a medical cart. These carts include mobile power supplies, equipment codes, and – at least in today’s modern age – monitor displays containing patient information and other resources. However, if medical professionals depend on laptops or tablets to power their carts, they run the risk of the computer running out of battery power which would require time to charge the device or swap it out with a different one.

With mini PCs, however, this entire process is streamlined since they can be powered by hot-swappable batteries that healthcare professionals can change without powering down their medical cart. Doctors and nurses won’t need access to a single outlet to ensure proper charging – they’ll be able to work through an entire shift, even those that are 12 hours or longer, without worrying about charging needs or losing power to their devices.

Video Conferencing and Telehealth

Society has increased reliance on video conferencing since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the medical field is no exception. A large number of medical facilities have realized the need to increase their video conferencing and telehealth capabilities over the last 18 months  – and mini PCs have become a popular way of doing so without breaking the bank.

In many cases, mini PCs can be attached to existing monitors, or even to the back of TVs that are already present in patient rooms. This removes the need to purchase expensive all-encompassing systems that will also take significant time to install. By utilizing NUCs loaded with basic telehealth software, doctors and nurses can easily communicate with patients who might be contagious without risking anyone’s health or safety.

What to Prioritize in a Mini PC Vendor

If you’ve made the choice to transition your medical operations to include mini PCs, you should look to partner with an established computer hardware vendor. Below are some basic qualities we strongly recommend prioritizing when selecting a vendor:

  • All your needs in one place: Not only should your vendor be able to provide you with various mini PC options, but also all the accessories and additional services you may also require. This may include things like image management, customer service, solutions management,and more.
  • Demo capabilities: Ideally, your mini PC partner will allow you to sample units before committing to an entire order.
  • Customization: Mini PCs need to be customizable for medical professionals in several ways, from operating systems, to processors, memory, and storage, to security and port requirements, your vendor should be able to work with you on specific medical and healthcare needs that pertain to your operations.
  • Long-term support: First and foremost, you want to partner with a reputable organization you’re confident will still be around in several years. You’ll need support for your products for years into the future, including eventual upgrades and changes to technology, so a partner who might not be in business in half a decade isn’t the way to go.

In addition,  it’s vital to ensure quality support services for your devices, including technical support for up to five  years after purchase. The vendor should also have qualified staff on-hand to assist you with all your technical needs, including setup. 

  • Warranty and return policy: Your mini PCs should all come with a comprehensive warranty, usually of three years or more. There should also be a flexible, reasonable return policy in place. 
  • Wide-ranging support: Ideally, you want a partner who has offices worldwide so that they can support you—no matter where you or your deployments are located.

For more information on how mini PCs can provide immense value in  healthcare and medical fields, or to learn about any of our mini PCs or NUC products, speak to the staff at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Choosing a PC Workstation

Choosing Your PC Workstation: RAM, Storage, Accessories

Choosing Your PC Workstation: RAM, Storage, Accessories

October 2021

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the important decision factors to consider while selecting a new PC workstation. There are several factors to consider when choosing different components in a new PC workstation and your choices will impact everything from your final cost to how the machine will perform over time for your various needs.

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of stationary and mobile business workstations that provide incredible richness, high reliability, and amazing performance for the heaviest workloads.  We’re happy to assist you with any part of your workstation purchase needs, from helping you configure a custom workstation based on your unique needs to providing you with guidance on how to maintain high performance of your PC for years to come.

What are some of the other important factors to evaluate as you look to purchase a new PC workstation?  Here are several to consider.

RAM Considerations

RAM, short for Random-Access Memory, serves as a vital source for “short-term” volatile memory in your computer.  RAM provides rapid access to information your computer is actively using.  Anytime you open a file, load a program, browse the internet, or perform other everyday tasks, the data will be loaded into RAM.  When your computer is turned off, RAM is erased and will be re-used again during your next session. 

This means that the more RAM your machine has, the more complex tasks it will be able to carry out simultaneously.  And faster RAM will have the capability to access your data in a more responsive manner.  When combined with processing power, RAM is one of the single most important factors determining the speed and performance of the PC.  RAM is typically specified in capacity (gigabytes) and speed (gigahertz).   Finally for systems where high reliability is required, ECC (error correction code) memory should be considered.  ECC memory is used in workstations that need to be resistant to data corruption and system crashes.

Storage Capabilities

RAM is your short-term memory, but it’s also important to consider your “long-term” non-volatile storage.  This is where all files, programs, applications, drivers, and operating system will reside on your PC workstation.  This information is retained whether your workstation is on or off.

PC workstations can start at 128GB of storage, but most will be upgraded to meet your needs based on the amount and type of content you require.  Typically, 250GB can hold more than 30,000 photos or songs.  If you’re planning on storing videos, complex CAD files, or high resolution images on your PC workstation, you’ll likely want to upgrade to at least 500GB of storage.  PC workstations from Simply NUC can provide up to 16TB of storage.

Accessory Enhancements

Finally, it’s important to think about accessories that will enhance how your PC workstation operates.  Here are some key accessories you’ll want to consider:

  • Graphics Card:  GPU matters as much as, or sometimes even more than the CPU.  For content creation, medical imaging, CAD work, and several more graphics intensive usages, graphics card selection becomes a critical part of selecting your PC workstation.
  • Network Connectivity: Today’s PC workstation needs at least 2.5Gbps Etherent capability with some considerations for multiple LAN ports or speeds up to 10Gbps.
  • Monitor: Desktop monitors are the screens used to display your data. They’re usually sold separately from the primary PC unit, and will be available from a wide variety of brands. When selecting a monitor ideal for your setup, consider factors like resolution, I/O ports, size, and cost.  Most modern workstation environments require the ability to connect to two to six monitors. 
  • Mouse and mousepad: It’s also important to choose a quality mouse for your desktop workstation and a mousepad that factors in responsiveness and ergonomics. 
  • Keyboard: Don’t forget about pairing your workstation setup with a quality keyboard – make your choice based on size, key press style, cost, ergonomics and any other factors that are important to you.

For more about buying a custom PC workstation, or to learn about any of our units, speak to the staff at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Choosing a PC Workstation: Customization and Performance

Choosing a PC Workstation: Customization and Performance

September 2021

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For those who utilize them for both work and personal purposes, a PC workstation is an enormously valuable and powerful computing resource. If you’re in the market for a new PC workstation, you have a lot to consider before making a purchase decision.

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of stationary and mobile business workstations that provide incredible richness and amazing performance for the heaviest workloads. We’re happy to assist you with any part of your workstation purchase needs, from helping you configure a custom workstation based on your unique needs to providing you with guidance on how to maintain high performance of your PC for years to come.

What are some of the top factors to consider when choosing a new PC workstation? This two-part blog series will go over several to ensure you end up with a high-quality PC workstation.

Customization & Configuration

While a pre-configured PC workstation can typically get the job done, many of our customers can’t resist the opportunity to get everything they want with a completely customized PC. Building and configuring your own workstation is the best solution for those who want full control over their build to ensure they’ll get the exact hardware they need. 

In particular, content creators, engineers, and web developers have specific PC needs, including advanced graphics cards and the ability to connect other devices through an array of ports. Whatever your line of work is, Simply NUC is available to discuss and help you build a customized computer for your needs.

Something we occasionally hear is the idea that you can build your own custom computer for less than a pre-configured PC. While this is technically possible, if you’re not a professional computer technician, the work can be extremely challenging and time consuming. If you make a mistake, or if the components you chose are not compatible, you may end up spending the money you “saved” in order to get your workstation fully functioning. Leave it to the professionals at Simply NUC to help you build your custom PC just the way you want it.

Performance Level

Another vital factor for any workstation you’re considering is overall performance. This is determined by several key components including the central processor, graphics processor, and storage and memory selection. 

If you’re looking to pair your workstation with specific applications or software systems, make sure that the hardware you choose will be able to handle it without latency or other issues. If you’re concerned about visual responsiveness, take a close look at any visually demanding software that you’ll be using and see if there are any graphic requirements associated with it.

If you’re working with a custom PC manufacturer like Simply NUC, we’ll be happy to evaluate your software needs to help you build the perfect solution.  

For more information about buying a custom PC workstation, or to learn about any of our units, speak to the staff at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Why Mini PCs Are the Standard for Digital Signage Applications

Why Mini PCs Are the Standard for Digital Signage Applications

August 2021

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In the past, businesses, municipalities, or other establishments interested in deploying digital signage needed to have large-scale computing solutions available to them. Today, however, numerous possibilities are available for digital signage deployments and mini PCs have emerged as the single most viable and efficient solution. When mini PCs are leveraged as digital signage media players, they can support applications ranging from single screens to self-serve kiosks to multi-panel video walls.

At Simply NUC, we offer a wide range of flexible mini PCs, including numerous solutions specifically designed for digital signage. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the primary reasons why mini PCs have become the standard media player across the digital signage industry.

Combination of Power, Size and Convenience

When selecting a media player for your digital signage application, you need to consider performance, cost, and ease of installation.  With a mini PC, you get the best possible combination of all three.

Mini PCs are more powerful than ever and can serve all your digital signage needs. More affordable versions work great for single displays in cafes, convenience stores, hotel lobbies, and airport gates.  And higher performing versions can drive 4K video walls in high-end retail stores, corporate advertising, and executive lounges.  Additionally, mini PCs are far more energy-efficient than other computers and have been tested for 24/7 operation, resulting in lower operational costs. 

Furthermore, installations are simplified with a number of media player mounting options including VESA mounts for monitors and DIN rails for walls, tables, or convenient surfaces.  Wireless interfaces and PoE technology can minimize the number cables required for your deployments.

Remote Service and Upgrade Capability

The communications capability of your media player is very important.  At a minimum you should require an RJ-45 LAN jack and built-in wi-fi (802.11AC or better).  Remote management technologies such as Intel vPro or DASH enable the ability to push campaigns down to the player to avoid the “truck roll” or requiring local support.

It’s All About the Hardware

From a hardware perspective you’ll need to pay attention to the display interfaces on the media player and map them to the interfaces on your screens.  For ease of installation, it’s usually most convenient when the ports on both sides of the connection are the same.  Currently HDMI tends to be most popular and HDMI-to-HDMI cables are affordably sourced in many different lengths and quality levels.  Type C (with DisplayPort) is gaining in popularity, but HDMI still is most common.

It’s (Even More) All About the Software

On the software side, it’s always better if your media player is flexible to support multiple OS’s such as Microsoft Windows, various distros of Linux, and Android.  It’s also important that your player can support multiple media formats such as FLV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, and others. And ideally the media player has been tested and validated with the CMS (Content Management System) and display that you’ll be using.  Finally, a big plus is the ability of your media player to recover the campaign on reboot power up, to avoid the embarrassment and downtime of wrong orientation or aspect ratio on the rare occasion when a local power cycle is needed.  Robust and flexible solutions save time and cost.

For more on why mini PCs have become the industry standard for digital signage applications, or to learn about any of our mini PCs,  speak to the staff at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Understanding the Value of Mini PCs in Gaming

Understanding the Value of Mini PCs in Gaming

July 2020

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Computer gamers today have a wide range of equipment options available to them, and for those with limited space needs who are looking for high performance, the mini PC should be your top choice. Whether you want to carry your PC in your backpack to a friend’s house for a LAN party or save desk space in your gaming den at home, mini PCs are your best bet. 

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer an entire line of home gaming systems, including mini PCs and laptops. Why are mini PCs such a great choice for gamers, and how do they compare to other computer systems?

Value of Mini PCs for Gaming

Mini PCs are ideal for a variety of gaming setups, offering many of the same qualities as other gaming machines, but with improved features and aesthetics. They’re extremely versatile, with multiple connector ports and have the ability to integrate innumerable gaming titles. 

Their portability is also a huge factor, especially compared to other traditional desktop tower options. They can be easily moved around and used in different settings, ideal for communal gamers and those who don’t have a single location they play in. Mini PCs allow you to play and stream the latest and hottest video games while experiencing surprisingly powerful performance in a small package. You can also upgrade your memory, processor, storage, and graphics card as you look to improve your gaming experience.

Mini PC vs. Other Options

When compared to various consoles such as a Playstation or Xbox, mini PCs hold some major advantages. Gaming consoles are much less powerful in most cases, and don’t offer versatile uses such as a media center or workstation. 

Additionally, gaming consoles don’t offer the same easy portability as a mini PC. Sure, you could pack up your large Xbox and its related components to hop on the bus and head to a friend’s LAN party – but why would you? Mini PCs are small systems that can easily be taken anywhere.

What to Look For

Here are some important factors to look for when choosing a mini PC for your gaming needs:

  • Performance: You’ll need your mini PC to play your favorite AAA game with the frame rates you need on your preferred settings.  And you may also want to look for the mini PC that can provide you with a premium VR experience.
  • Graphics: For serious gamers, you need a dedicated graphics card that can meet your needs and transform your gaming experience.
  • Size: Form factor is a vital area to keep in mind – based on performance and portability preferences, picking a laptop or a mini PC less than 5-liters in size is important.
  • Upgradeability and Bling: As we noted above, one of the key draws of mini PCs for gaming is their ability to be upgraded and fully customized based on your preferences. Look for mini PCs with features like extra PCIe and M.2 slots, and extra room in the case that will assist with future upgrades.  And as we all know, gamers like to live on the edge – look for a mini PC that has cool logo options with customizable RGB lighting.

For more on the value of mini PCs for gaming, or to learn about any of our other units speak to the staff at Simply NUC today. 

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Intel NUC History: Moving Through the Generations

Intel NUC History: Moving Through the Generations

June 2021

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the general history behind the formation of the Intel NUC, (Next Unit of Computing). Conceptualized over a decade ago and first available on the market in 2013, the Intel NUC began as a barebone kit with a motherboard, heatsink and fan, chassis, power supply and mounting plate – but has gone through numerous iterations and evolutions since it first launched. The NUC is now a major part of the mini PC industry with usages in many market segments across the world.  

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of Intel NUC products, from NUC kits to pre-configured NUCs to mini PC solutions, and much more. There have been numerous models and upgrades of the NUC product leading to the selection that is available today. Part two of our series will cover a few of the important points in this evolution throughout the years, helping lead us to where we are today.

Ahead of its Time: Box Canyon

During the early iterations, as we mentioned in part one of the blog, the NUC models that were released were somewhat limited in ”feature density”, the number of features that can be supported in a small space. Take the ”legacy free” model called Box Canyon, for instance. It featured a Thunderbolt port which was way ahead of its time in 2013 but, as a feature density tradeoff, had no Ethernet RJ-45 jack.  The thinking was that consumers don’t use LAN jacks and access their internet via wi-fi instead. In theory, the thinking was probably right, but in reality consumers made it very clear they wanted a LAN jack, and Box Canyon sales suffered accordingly.  Fortunately for Intel, they offered another NUC called Ice Canyon which had the LAN jack and more traditional interfaces. Also, over the generations Intel has greatly improved feature density on the NUC – there are models today that offer two Thunderbolt ports and two LAN jacks among many other interfaces.

Laying the Groundwork: Horse Canyon and Forest Canyon

The third generation of NUC involved adding a key Intel technology to the NUC line-up, as well as a flexible solution for power plugs.  Introduced in 2014, the Horse Canyon NUC was the first mini PC to support Intel vPro technology which allows for out-of-band remote management of deployed systems.  Support for vPro opened up a new world of opportunity for key verticals such as digital signage and kiosk, in addition to enterprise opportunities.  In addition to Horse Canyon, Forest Canyon was released as the first NUC that could be powered by a “wall wart.”  This enabled a more efficient power connection between the NUC and the wall socket with a single power cable between the NUC and the wall.  In addition, the wall wart design allowed for different international plugs to be clipped in, enabling a single SKU with US, UK, EU, and AUS plug schemes. The wall wart methodology was very successful for Intel up until NUC power requirements exceeded 90W at which time Intel reverted back to more traditional power bricks. 

Hitting Stride: Rock Canyon and Maple Canyon

Skipping a couple generations and moving forward to 2015, the fifth generation NUCs, based on Intel’s Broadwell-U processors, came in several options, and had several releases up to 2016. These models, named Rock Canyon and Maple Canyon, included updated CPU revisions, plus other upgrades like a 1GB Ethernet port, internal support for M.2 connectors for SSD storage, multiple USB connectors, internal USB headers, a headphone and microphone jack, and the capability to support up to 7.1 surround audio.  Another really important innovation that this generation introduced was replaceable lids. Given the size of NUCs, users often expressed the need for more USB or video ports or an extra LAN jack.  Replaceable lids enabled added functionality by placing these extra ports in a functional lid that provided a cable down to the NUC motherboard.  In addition, replaceable lids allowed for custom designs on the lids to support other colors or corporate logos.  Intel began to hit stride with feature density and innovation on the fifth generation NUCs.

The Breakthrough Performance Era: Skull Canyon, Hades Canyon, and Ghost Canyon

For the first many generations, NUC was limited to 25W processors, making it great as a power-efficient PC for productivity and home entertainment, but not at the performance level needed for gaming, engineering CAD work, or content creation.  A sixth generation NUC named Skull Canyon changed all that. Intel’s engineers innovated a thermal and cooling solution that enabled a 45W Skylake processor in a sub-liter chassis for the first time. Skull Canyon opened the door for usages that had never been imagined with the standard 4×4 NUCs. Jumping forward to more current times, Intel followed up Skull Canyon with Hades Canyon which featured a unique Intel processor SKU called Kaby Lake G, featuring a Intel CPU and an AMD GPU on the same substrate. Hades Canyon was the first NUC that featured discrete graphics enabling the first NUC that could support AAA games and premium VR experiences.  Moving forward again to early 2020, the ninth generation, code named Ghost Canyon or NUC 9 Extreme, included support for 8” desktop discrete graphic cards, plus a NUC compute element for CPU upgrades. This version came with an upgraded 5.0-liter case and an internal 500W PSU, allowing for a significant performance increase over prior sub-liter cases. 

Intel has continued to roll out updated versions of the NUC since Ghost Canyon, and we hope will continue to do so into the future. Feature density and innovation improvements are the basis of and continuing trend for the NUC.  For more on the evolution of NUC technology, or to learn about any of our NUC units, speak to the staff at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Intel NUC History: Formation, Generations, Acceptance

Intel NUC History: Formation, Generations, Acceptance

May 2020

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At Simply NUC, our dedication to providing clients with the very best Intel NUC and mini-PC options is unmatched. From completely customizable mini PCs to accessories and numerous solutions, we offer powerful small form factor computers for a variety of business and home uses.

Not only are we dedicated to finding our customers the best computer solution based on their unique needs, but we also have a great appreciation for the technical advances that have allowed our company to thrive. While the Intel NUC itself was introduced to the computing world less than a decade ago, it’s gone through several major evolutions and made strides in performance improvement. This two-part blog series will go over the general history of the Intel NUC and give you a glimpse into the background of its technology. 

NUC Definition & Formation

First of all, let’s define the Intel NUC, which is short for “Next Unit of Computing”. Invented and designed by Intel, the NUC began conceptualization in late 2011 (more on this in a moment). The barebone Intel NUC kits consist of a 4”x4” motherboard, in a plastic case with a heatsink and fan, an external power supply, and a VESA mounting plate.

The Intel NUC has been through numerous iterations since the first generation came out in the first quarter of 2013. The following sections will go over these broadly and discuss how the Intel NUC has become a viable segment of the mini PC industry.

First Generation: Ice Canyon

The first generation of Intel NUC was launched in 2013, but it’s important to note that this was actually the culmination of many years of research and observation within the computer industry. Simply put, Intel realized that the variety of portable computing devices at that point in time was not diverse enough – and performance of products like netbooks was simply not enough.  Furthermore, laptop PC technology advancements were driving scalable performance in an ultracompact and low profile footprint.  Examples include BGA processors, SO-DIMM memory, and M.2 SSDs.

Based on these factors, Intel decided to come up with something new. Its first generation NUC, Ice Canyon powered by a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, was launched in the first quarter of 2013 with a UCFF motherboard and system kit. UCFF stands for “ultra-compact form factor”, which was an idea that originated at Intel but now has been cloned by many other hardware vendors. Ice Canyon and other initial NUC versions used varying processors, from Core to Celeron and Atom. From the start it was clear that compact small form factor computers would have a future in many market segments, and over the years they’ve only grown in popularity and success. 

Becoming a Family of PCs

With time, the NUC and related mini PC products have become their own family within the computing world. They’ve been upgraded in features and performance, going through about ten different distinct stages. In part two of our series, we’ll go over a few of the specifics of NUC generations and how they’ve evolved to their current state.

For more on the history of the Intel NUC, or to learn about any of our mini PCs, speak to sales at Simply NUC today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Compact, Location, Mobility

Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Compact, Location, Mobility

April 2021

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In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we highlighted numerous benefits of the fanless mini PC. The lack of a fan is just one of several positive qualities of these modern computing devices, and they’ve grown in popularity in a number of fields and industries over recent years. 

At Simply NUC, we’re happy to offer a wide range of mini PCs, kits, accessories and solutions. With such a broad range of products, we’re able to power our clients’ computing and processing needs in numerous market segments around the world. 

What are some of the other reasons fanless mini PCs have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, and why might you consider it over a standard PC option for your business needs? Here are a few more benefits to keep in mind.

Compact Design

One of the key issues with fans in standard computers is the space they require. To operate properly, there needs to be space not only for the fan itself, but also for air circulation. With a fanless mini PC, this is not a concern thus allowing for a more compact design. The components of the fanless PC take up minimal space and the parts fit tightly together in the enclosed chassis. With this ergonomic design, fanless mini PCs can be stored easily in a wide variety of settings.

Location Flexibility 

Another major benefit of fanless mini PCs is their ability to be moved around and used in different areas. Not only are they extremely portable, but they can be easily mounted on virtually any surface or moving arm. Without concern for fragile fans or air circulation, fanless mini PCs can be utilized in even the harshest conditions.

Mobility Factors

Beyond the simple portability and flexibility of fanless mini PCs, another benefit is their versatile power input technology. When used in the medical field, some fanless mini PCs support hot-swappable batteries and related technology allowing for autonomous control over the PC and other peripherals such as a printer, keyboard, or barcode reader. Hot-swappable batteries remove dependence on electrical outlets or battery-powered carts to power medical equipment enabling 24/7 computing power from anywhere in the facility.

For more on the benefits of a fanless mini PC or to learn about any of our other mini PC offerings, speak to sales at Simply NUC today

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Sterility, Noise, Shock Resistance

Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Sterility, Noise, Shock Resistance

March 2021

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In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the primary benefits of fanless mini PCs for a variety of industries. From their compact nature to several performance qualities that separate them from conventional PC options built with fans, these fanless mini PCs are a major asset in several different types of settings.

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of Intel® NUC and other mini computer systems, from mini PC kits to fully customized mini PC systems and much more. We’ve assisted a variety of clients with different small form factor compute needs, including fanless selections for those who require more rugged and industrial solutions. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few additional benefits that come with fanless mini PC options, plus some reasons why they’re required in certain specific industries.

Shock and Vibration Resistance

As we noted in part one of this series, the removal of the fan has several major impacts on the performance of fanless mini PCs compared to conventional types of computers. One significant impact: highly improved shock and vibration resistance.

Across a number of settings, including industrial usage, this quality is extremely important. There are many situations where you’ll see fanless mini PCs combined with military grade components to reach a high level of performance – situations where traditional fanned computing options will create too much vibration or will not resist shock well enough, leading to potential damage to the interior of the device.

Sterile Environment Safety

Whether we’re talking about food processing, a hospital emergency room or even pharmaceutical manufacturing, there are numerous settings where environments must be kept sterile. And for these types of settings, the fanless mini computer is an excellent option.

This is because you can easily combine these mini computers with an antimicrobial casing, in addition to the lack of dust circulation due to no fan-induced air flow. When properly enforced and sealed, this type of computer can even be cleaned and disinfected with liquid chemical solutions per CDC guidelines – again, another benefit you won’t get from most other traditional computing options. Finally, the simple lack of dust in these environments is a major plus on its own, as dust getting into the computer could  limit performance or even risk short-circuiting the computer.

Noise Limitations

Another major benefit of fanless computers is their virtually silent operation. There are certain settings where quiet is vital, such as operating rooms, intensive care units or even sound recording studios – and many of these environments require computers running. For these scenarios, the fanless mini PC is a great choice.

For more on the benefits of the fanless mini PC, or to learn about any of our other systems, solutions, or services, contact us today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Efficiency, Durability, Risk Blockage

Benefits of Fanless Mini PCs: Efficiency, Durability, Risk Blockage

February 2021

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Technology is improving rapidly around us, and the world of computing is a perfect example. There are numerous older technology concepts that are being either phased out or replaced by newer ones, and one of these is known as the fanless PC design. 

At Simply NUC, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of Intel® NUC and other mini computer solutions, from mini PC kits to build-your-own mini-PC services and much more. We’ve helped numerous clients power their businesses with our mini PCs to save space and improve efficiency, including those who are looking for fanless options. 

What are some of the versatile benefits of fanless mini PCs, and what are some of the industries they’re commonly found in? This multi-part blog series will go over several areas to look at.

Energy Efficiency

For many, the primary benefit of a fanless mini PC is their great energy efficiency. These computers come with processors that create far less heat than conventional computers – this is why more conventional types of computers tend to require fans.

Fanless computers generate less heat and consume less power while still providing fantastic processing performance to the device. This is one of the key reasons why fanless computers are often found in important industries like the medical world or various areas of industrial manufacturing: Better processing and energy efficiency means both improved speed of computing and lower costs. 

Durability

Another major benefit of fanless computers is their durability and reliability, even in fairly harsh conditions that might otherwise cause computers to wear down quickly. The simple lack of a fan is one of the biggest components at play here – fans tend to build up dust and other debris over time, and may seize up as a result, plus often lead to vibration risks. 

Fanless computers, however, come with no such risks. Not only are there no fans, there are no moving parts whatsoever that experience these kinds of failures. The system removes heat from processors and other components passively, rather than requiring a fan for this. This means there’s no need for maintenance cooling either, which increases the long-term lifespan of the computer. 

Blockage of Internal Risks

In addition, fanless computers contain no risk of debris or other items being blown into sensitive components. With fanned computers, this can be a risk – some fans blow inward, sometimes bringing in dust and dirt particles that will build up over time. 

On top of eliminating moving components, the fanless computer simply removes the chances of any such debris entering in this manner. There is no fan opening for debris and dust to blow into, no matter which way air flows.

For more on the benefits of fanless mini PCs, or to learn about any of our computers or solutions, contact us today.

Simply NUC, Inc. is a systems integrator specializing in mini computers. Simply NUC provides fully configured, warranted, and supported mini PC systems to businesses and consumers, as well as end-to-end NUC project development, custom operating system installations, and NUC accessories. For more information visit Intel Partner Alliance.

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