Enclosures are just as unique as your projects

by Jerry Townson 6. April 2016 12:28

Here at General Technics we specialize in building custom systems. Enclosures are just as unique as your projects. Every system is hand-built and every detail is double checked by our expert senior technicians for accuracy and quality before moving into the setup and testingphase.

Our team focuses on quality from start to finish. No system leaves our facility without first being fully qualified and tested.  Our expert technicians will take the time to install and update the proper drivers for your hardware configuration.  This takes the guesswork out of your computer installation, and ensures that each system arrives fully prepared for its intended service.

Upon request, any custom system or software may be pre-installed and additional setup procedures may be performed to prepare your systems for delivery and installation in the field. We will pre-install the operating system and configure it immediate deployment at the destination.  

Additionally, if there is any application specific software that needs to be installed and configured, we can fully prepare and test those as well according to your guidelines and instructions. Allowing General Technics to manage the complete integration and setup saves your team or technicians valuable time, eliminates any setup errors you may encounter, and ensures that each system meets our high standards for quality.  Your machines will arrive clean, fingerprint-free, fully tested, and ready to be powered on for service.

If you’re not certain everything involved or what you may require for your system, the experts at General Technics can help you figure it out. Utilize our experts and put their experience to work for you and see what develops!

 

Call today and see how General Technics can streamline your setup, eliminate errors, and reduce your labor costs at installation.

 

 

                                                                                                                                           

SATA Express: what is it and how will it change computing?

by Jerry Townson 1. August 2014 18:44

SATA Express is a mechanical specification for a new type of connector able to mate with SATA cables and the newer PCIe devices. These devices connect systems via the respective cables to 2.5 inch drives. Transitioning to a new interface can be rough in an industry filled with fast-paced changes. Supporting both SATA and PCIe signaling, SATA Express was designed to provide a common connector for both OEMs and system vendors.

The technology effectively enables SATA connectors to support the higher data rates of PCIe. It is also intended to reduce the labor and cost aspects of transitioning to PCIe devices. While SATA devices run at a 550 MB/s maximum, PCIe Gen2 x2 devices support up to 900 MB/s and PCIe Gen3 x2 products up to 1,800 MB/s. The alternative specification also provides a more power-efficient solution.

Benefits of SATA Express over Previous Technologies

Originally intended to manage spinning disks, SATA later evolved to support disks with an Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI). This allowed for features like multi-threading and hot-swapping. Today, solid state storage is the preferred medium and the processing power used for memory management and security requires an even more advanced technology. The newer Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol is a newer protocol designed to work with PCIe based solid state drives to unlock their full potential. SATA Express will support both technologies.

The new standard has a few benefits:

      Scalability – Connectors and drives supporting SATA Express will scale seamlessly with future upgrades as newer faster storage devices are released.

      Speed – The possibility exists for drives to run 4-5x faster than today’s high-end storage systems.

      Unified protocol – The potential for adapters connecting either SATA based SSDs or PCIe based SSD’s with SATA Express connector devices, now that both types of signaling are supported.

      More efficient use of solid state storage when newer PCIe based devices supporting the NVMe protocol are available.

The SATA Express specification addresses the performance and strict energy-saving needs of the current computing industry. It will impact end users, manufacturers, vendors, and others in the PC market.