Expo Notes: Thunderbolt Takes Over

At Macworld 2014 we met with Jim Galbraith at the One Stop Systems booth and he had a chance to see our CUBEs. In his article for Macworld.com he discusses how Thunderbolt technologies, like the OSS CUBE Expansion Enclosures dominated the scene at the show.

To read the article, click here.

The CUBE Desktop Expansion Enclosure is the Ideal Laptop Companion for On-location Computing

What do you do when an application you need to use requires a specialized PCIe board and your laptop doesn’t a have a slot to accommodate it? Expansion enclosures provide needed slots and connect easily to either your PC or your OC or Workstation.  While several desktop expansion enclosures have been introduced in the last couple of years, no other has offered the breadth of options as ‘The CUBE’ family of expansion enclosures.

High Density Compute Acceleration for GeoInt Applications

Geospatial Intelligence (GeoInt) applications used by the military to create real time mapping of the battlefield require high compute acceleration to provide necessary data quickly. Today these calculations are performed with specialized software running on GPU cards, coprocessors, or FPGA cards.  The military gathers vast amounts of information from a variety of sources that needs to be manipulated to generate the 2D and 3D mapping required by field operations.

Desktop Expansion Reaches the Consumer Market

Slots, slots, and more slots has long been the cry of industrial and commercial users since the advent of the PC. Slots provide the ability to add specialized cards that perform application functions that the PC or Mac  Workstation don’t have. In fact, the Mac Pro Workstation only provides one PCIex16 and two PCIe x4 Gen2 slots. Laptops offer even a greater challenge if you want to add application boards because they don’t provide any extra slots.

PCIe over Cable Goes Mainstream

In 2007 the PCI-SIG approved the PCI Express External Cabling Specification that defines how PCI Express can be implemented over a standard cable. This new capability allows the full bandwidth of the PCIe bus to be utilized within multiple chassis systems and small local networks.

PCIe Outside the Box

Now that PCI Express has achieved nearly 100% acceptance in desktop and laptop PCs, designers are looking to leverage the technology into other form factors and applications.  Over 60 form factors have now been defined using PCIe as the backplane bus architecture.