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Achieving ultra-compact, multi-display digital signage systems with high-performance Accelerated Processing Units
Designers of digital signage systems have long been challenged to achieve high-end graphics and video performance with conventional CPU- and discrete GPU-based embedded boards that present board area and cooling challenges. With the advent of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), however, digital signage system designers are equipped to achieve new levels of multimedia performance and visual immersion while striking a balance of form and function in small form factor, power-efficient solutions.
As we continue the march into the age of intelligent systems, digital signage platforms will play a large part in the evolution of the commercial and retail markets. Noticing fragmentation in the digital signage space, Intel released the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) in 2010, defining a modular, integrated hardware architecture that could link digital signage media players and their corresponding displays to create cost-efficient intelligent signage platforms that use EPIC and smaller sized boards. In this PC/104 and Small Form Factors interview, spec author James Tan describes how the OPS is enabling intelligent and connected digital signage deployment. Edited excerpts follow.