NEC and Technovare Team Up for External PC Option

NEC Display Solutions of America announced yesterday announced three new single board computer options, designed to be seamlessly integrated into select NEC large-format displays, as well as an external PC option. Technovare Systems, Inc., a rising AV company based in California, has partnered with NEC to design and build the four new accessories, which are ideal in airports, public information, healthcare, retail, quick-service restaurants and lobbies.

The new single board computer products can be seen at InfoComm 2010 (NEC Display Solutions Booth No. N903) on June 9-11, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The NET-SBC-01, NET-SBC-02 and NET-SBC-03 are designed to be seamlessly integrated into any NEC S Series, P Series or X Series display that contains the built-in expansion slot. One of the most requested features by customers, the built-in expansion slot gives users greater flexibility for application types and offers a clean, professional look to the setup. These components are frequently added to an existing deployment, making the expansion slot in the majority of NEC’s large-format displays incredibly valuable.

The modules feature a 1.6GHz Dual Core Atom CPU with Intel® Hyper-Threading technology, 2GB DDR2 and Nvidia® 9400 graphic processing unit, which allows for processing of multiple video formats and the ability to run full high-definition content at 1080P. These three single board computers provide network access through the use of existing CAT5 network infrastructures, saving both time and money. The NET-SBC-01 and -03 models offer Windows® XP Pro Embedded operating system, while the NET-SBC-02 does not have an operating system, providing flexibility for those end-users who wish to run Linux, Windows Vista or Windows 7. The NET-SBC-02 is ideal in large digital signage deployments, such as corporate applications where each unit has identical specified requirements, and end-users can automate the settings on the entire network simultaneously, saving a large amount of backend time.

“Customers will enjoy the simple upgrade of their current digital signage systems that comes with the purchase of a single board computer, whether internal or external,” said Luke Bruschuk, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. “We base our displays on what’s needed in the end-user application and hope to increase those opportunities by adding these four modules to our extensive portfolio of accessories.”

The TNETPC-ION is an external PC option designed for those customers who have the need for more hard drive space (160GB), expanded connectivity (Gigabit Ethernet, 6 USB 2.0 ports and RS-232) and WIFI. Also operating under Windows XP Pro Embedded, the TNETPC-ION is fitting for those environments with more robust needs.

“This venture with NEC Display Solutions has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a solution truly designed for the end-user’s benefit,” said Barry Hsieh, Director of International Sales at Technovare Systems, Inc. “The ability to have network access in a seamless component, enhancing an existing project, is both cost-effective and hassle-free.”

The NET-SBC-01/02/03 single board computers and the TNETPC-ION external PC will be available for August shipment at estimated street prices of $899, $749, $899 and $799, respectively, with a 3-year warranty.

For information:
www.necdisplay.com