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The Development of Mini PC Market

[Date] 2017-10-23 13:59:27   [Author]   [Come From]   REALAN   Font Size:Small Medium Large

Since the advent of PC, Moore's Law has proven the progress of the semiconductor process, the CPU chip manufacturing process has gone through 10 microns, 6 microns, 3 microns... until the current 32 nm, 22 nm evolution, and the current mainstream of 14 nm, compared to the level of chip-level CPU evolution, the development of the hardware is not so obvious, PCB board shape is still not too much change, from ATX to Micro ATX, then Mini itx, motherboard size of the geometry did not happen a big change, but this can’t explain that the major motherboard manufacturers do not try to change, perhaps there has been developed to a bottleneck stage. In recent years, the development of PC is facing the problem of market saturation, due to technological progress, the quality of the product has a considerable guarantee, the variance of the change can not attract the user enough. Global equipment shipments in 2017 will drop by 3% ,and down 0.75% from last year's report, as forecasted by Gartner company. Even so, the 2017 PC market still has some bright spots, such as February, Huawei brought Matebook cross-border into the PC industry, the other is the July XiaoMi company launched notebook Air, these manufacturers enter the computer market with a deeper consideration.




From the market point of view, there are many users still using very old PC, which means that the market for PC still has a potential demand for replacement, after all, users still need to use it to complete the office , Learning, games, calculations and other tasks. For the new market demand, such as wearable products, embedded PC applications are still in the early stages. The IoT, the“smart city”are all in the bud, the potential demand for the PC is limitless, of course, how to meet the needs on the PC in the intelligent, interactive, lightweight and other requirements , it is precisely the future challenges of PC products, but also an opportunity. Perhaps seeing the potential needs of the PC markets, Intel, as the PC core CPU providers, promoted the concept of NUC, integrated the CPU into the motherboard,launched barebone to the markets, NUC means the next generation of computers, English name: Next Unit Computing, from the name you can see the future positioning of desktop computers, with Intel's strong guide, Gigabyte also launched its own Brix series, the size of the same line, because they are using Intel's motherboard is just a small box only.




Even so, the mini PC also won the attention of the market, with the model of chip manufacturers and motherboard leader, the mini PC industries slowly come into the public eye. With more than the years of experiences in the field of Mini ITX, Realan computer company aware of the vast space of the mini pc in the future development. By the case design advantages, Realan cooperated with Intel and launched Mr.NUC series of mini computers, the series used All-aluminum forming process, the roof using the piano paint technology, using the optimal duct design, aluminum material is the excellent thermal conductivity material, using passive cooling mode, so that make the cooling effect to the max. As a result of fanless design, mute effect is very good, and apply for a patent of case’s appearance.


In recent years, with the concept of mini-computer became increasingly popular, there are a variety of manufacturers, non-manufacturers have introduced a wide range of mini-computer products. Many users are ready to choosing a mini pc, but don’t know where to start. As a practitioner, it is necessary to provide the user with some necessary reference standards. Here are some common considerations for reference.


1.The market positioning of mini PC


Mini pc is essentially a mini desktop PC, but it is power saving, the power of the mini pc is about 30W, small size, small footprint, suitable for enterprise office, home entertainment, industrial control, electronic signage, etc.


2.The cooling problem of mini PC


Our company mini PC CPU is using the mainstream CPU Haswell-U, Baytrail-D and AMD APU, the CPU is Low package, low power consumption, coupled with a reasonable duct design, aluminum material, using the passive cooling mode, perfectly solute the air cooling problem, but if you found a product made of acrylic material from other companies, please choose to ignore.




3.The performance problem of Mini PC


At present, our company's mini PC are built-in Intel® Core ™ series processor, integrated Intel® Core Graphics HD4400 and other audio, network and other chips, while supporting VGA, HDMI and other interfaces, compatible with the vast majority of the current display device. If choose a large capacity of memory and solid-state hard drive, comprehensive performance is good enough.


4.Energy saving and noise problems


In terms of energy saving, the mini-host uses a low-power processor, thermal design power TDP is generally in the 10W-17W. while the traditional large desktop power consumption is in the average 100W ~ 150W. At this point the mini-host can be described as superior. Compared to the traditional host, the mini-host is a fanless cooling design, the mini PC can run as zero noise, quietly and environmentally friendly, more easily accepted by the market.