How does a mini computer work

Mini PCs in vehicles: how does it work?

What distinguishes a vehicle PC?

A mini PC that is suitable for use in vehicles is characterized by various factors. On the one hand, vehicle PCs should have no moving parts so that they can withstand shock and vibrations without any problems. Therefore, they are cooled passively, i.e. fanless, and ideally an SSD is installed instead of an HDD. The robust design and a completely closed housing also protect against dust and moisture. In order for the in-vehicle PC to withstand the voltage peaks when starting the engine, it needs a wide range current input of 9-36 volts, sometimes even up to 48 volts. Furthermore, a compact design is advantageous since the space available in vehicles is limited. Mini PCs are therefore always the first choice. An extended temperature range is also important, since vehicle PCs are used more or less outdoors and should withstand freezing temperatures and heat.

Depending on the area of ​​application, vehicle PCs can also be equipped with extensions. This includes GPS as well as 3G or 4G modules. Sometimes there are even two SIM card slots, which significantly improves accessibility in the cellular network. If you want to prevent the PC from suddenly switching off, for example due to the engine stalling, you can get a battery pack that supplies the PC with power for another 10 minutes, thus preventing data loss.

Where are vehicle PCs used?

The areas of application for vehicle PCs are diverse. An example are emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police cars or customs vehicles. In addition, mobile control centers and mobile monitoring platforms can be equipped with mini-PCs that are suitable for vehicles. Vehicle PCs are also in demand in vehicle development. These can, for example, monitor, measure and check the processes while driving in prototypes. The sub-area of ​​autonomous driving requires vehicle PCs with enormous computing power. Images from several cameras and measurement results from various sensors must be evaluated and processed using artificial intelligence and deep learning. Another area of ​​application is digital signage or infotainment. In buses, trains, subways and even taxis, screens with news, weather forecasts and advertisements are no longer uncommon.

Which vehicle PCs does spo-comm offer?

In the spo-comm range, everyone will find the right product for their specific vehicle application. The vehicle PCs include the models of the MOVE series: The MOVE N3160 and, for those who need a little more power, the MOVE QM87. The newer models of the RUGGED series are also suitable for use in vehicles: the RUGGED Q170, the RUGGED Ryzen based on AMD and our graphics wonder RUGGED GTX1060 Ti, which is equipped with an NVIDIA Geforce graphics card and also enables multi-monitor applications.

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