Solutions powering DS ecosystem at ISE 2019

19th February 2019
Alex Lynn

The media player brand, Giada, displayed its high-performance media players with the latest x86 processors at booth 8-C460 during the ISE 2019 (Integrated Systems Europe) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from February 5th to 8th. These new solutions are capable of powering multiple vertical industries, including retail, education, collaboration, fintech, transportation, and especially next-generation retail.

Since 2011, Giada has been a presence at ISE, the exhibition for AV and systems integration professionals. The 2019 event attracted over 1,300 exhibitors and 80,000 attendees, making it the biggest ISE so far.

In 2018 and during its 20 years in the industry, Giada has made significant contributions to the smart retail ecosystem boom by providing new digital signage products and maintaining outstanding service to better support customers.

As digital signage prevails in various industries, especially in retail, customers’ requirements for user experience are increasing, and many of those demands need energy-efficient computer power and high-quality graphics performance. In addition, interactivity is taking the market by storm. As users get familiar with mobile devices and tablets, they want the same experience on desktop and public venue displays. Natural human interface research is showing that touch input is everywhere.

Meanwhile, digital menu boards have become a necessity for retailers to engage customers. Compared with static images, dynamic content is much more attractive to customers. To attract more customers, retailers need a dynamic digital menu board to play videos promoting their brand and products, instantly update content to account for last-minute changes, and reflect up-to-date pricing, etc.

Consumers are also seeing an increasing number of self-service kiosks deployed in indoor or outdoor environments, while visiting quick-service restaurants, movie theatres, and other busy retailers. To better support retailers and meet their requirements for higher-performance, interactive, multi-display or semi-outdoor digital signage applications, Giada has upgraded its high-performance OPS players, multi-display series, and semi-industrial products with the latest digital signage technology.

Giada recently has released several new media players with the newest 8th-generation Intel Core Processors, including the D68 powered by Whiskey Lake CPUs and the Coffee Lake OPS player, PC68. The D68, a book-sized PC, which supports three independent outputs to 4K displays and touch screen, can reportedly bring organisations all the performance and efficiency they require.

PC68 is driven by Intel’s latest 8th-Gen Core processors, bringing organisations all the computing power and efficiency of these new Coffee Lake LGA1151 socket CPUs with their fast integrated graphics. Besides, video outputs with up to 4K resolution are supported, via one DP/HDMI connection (in the slim and compact 80 Pin JAE OPS format) for display resolutions up to 4096x2304 at 60Hz, and one additional HDMI connection supporting 4k display. 

To better support customers’ varied requirements, Giada has also developed a series of AMD multi-display players, such as the G468. The G468, a video-wall signage player with AMD V1000 series processors, has four HDMI ports supporting 4K. The player, which supports dual-channel DDR4 memory (up to 32GB), is an ideal solution for small and medium-size video-wall displays widely applied in restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls and institutions. 

In 2018, Giada released several players to enrich its semi-industrial PC family, including the AE67-W1, ISC-261, an AP23 Pico-board, and the AS20. The AE67-W1 is a high-end fanless PC created to run 24/7, powered by 7th generation Intel Core processors, and it is able to deliver smooth content to any of its (4K) connected displays. The PC adopts the design and manufacturing process of industrial PCs and supports wide operating temperatures (-20 to +60°C), and has wider applications, such as semi-outdoor kiosks.

Available in two configurations, with Intel Celeron N3350 for maximum performance, or Intel Atom x5-E3930 designed for extended operating ranges, the ISC-261 excels through its high-efficiency processing and rugged design aimed at industrial use. The Celeron N3350 powered ISC-261 is optimised for performance in regulated environments along with an operator, while the Atom x5-E3930 powered version is certified for use in -20 to +60°C environments, well suited for remote locations and situations where minimal human interaction is required or possible.

Powered by Giada’s popular AP23 Pico-sized industrial control board, the ISC-261 is built on an industrial pedigree. AS20, another family of Semi-industrial PCs, adopts the Intel Bay Trail Atom E3815 processor. The machine, with six serial ports, features a wide operating temperature from -40 to +70°C.

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