Cervoz develops, produces and markets industrial storage and memory products for the professional, critical, and diverse industrial applications. Established in 2006, Cervoz specializes in embedded components for the demanding Industrial PC market and has built up our industry experience for over a decade. We deeply understand this industry, and thus are able to offer our high quality embedded products with legacy and mainstream technology, long-term availability, BOM (bill of material) control, high reliability and top compatibility.
5G, Edge Computing & the Way of the Future : How to Get Ready with Cervoz
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Something as mundane as grocery shopping has become a rare occurrence for many of us in recent months. In countries that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping for food may be the only time a week people venture outside their homes. Once inside the grocery store, shoppers race against the clock to grab what they need and get out. The fewer the human interactions the better. Nowadays, no one really wants to be outside, if they don’t have to. Already during this pandemic, many at-risk groups of people who cannot travel outside are getting their groceries from driverless cars where available. Even once shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, people may still enjoy the in-store shopping experience, but they may demand a faster check-out process. Post-COVID, it is likely that retail shopping will never be the same. This is a change that demands a lot from us in the industrial PC market. A failed attempt in 2017 Unmanned stores, to some extent, have been in existent since as early as 2017 in China. The problem back then was that there were glitches, and the unsatisfactory customer experience deterred businesses from further investing in them. The overall consensus was that the technology was not there to make these stores a real “just-walk-out” experience. Since 2017, however, more R&D and experimentation have gone into these stores, and it is safe to say that the technology for these stores has significantly evolved. Now, as the global situation highlights the importance of automated stores, they are once again popping up—this time all around the world. To ensure that these stores avoid a second failure to launch, our industry has a lot of work to do. The storage and memory solutions for off-the-shelf sensors and computer vision camera are typical solutions for identifying customers and their purchases. What may be an improvement this time is a number of services such as a live bot connected to a remote customer-service team to make the experience more human and thus familiar. Implications for the IPC market Regardless of how automated and unmanned these stores end up being, they need to operate in a way that delivers on the promise of convenience—or there’s no point in switching from the traditional ones. To do so, the network connections, information transmission and data analysis capabilities all need to be present to make the store of the future a reality. Research on these new stores in China seems promising: the autonomous retail business in China is forecast to have a CAGR of 110% between 2017 and 2022. Nonetheless, only time will tell if autonomous stores will trend globally and become a mainstay. As an industry, what we can do is continue to invest in R&D that makes the in-store experience smoother. Advancements like 3D NAND technology can store more data and speed up transmission. Mini PCIe expansion cards can strengthen the networks needed for any in-store communication amongst robots and any external, remote communication with staff. A variety of form factors and interfaces will also be helpful in making machines more compact and the store not overcrowded by machinery. We may not be the businesses rolling out these stores (the Amazons and Alibabas of the world), but as the component manufacturers, our contribution will determine whether this time autonomous stores are successful or not.
The future will be fast-paced, thanks to 5G technology and edge computing. Delays in data transmission will be virtually nonexistent, and network operations will be near instantaneous. While edge computing has existed before 5G networks' rollout, the dawn of the 5G era means that the two can work hand-in-hand to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than ever before in computing and processing. With the speed of 5G and the convenience of edge computing, so many smart applications, for factories, traffic, AR/VR, etc., can and are becoming realities. The interconnected ecosystem formed by network technology, edge computing and applications is commonly referred to as the Internet of Things. The interconnectivity underlying the network is what allows machines to communicate with each other and intelligently operate. As technological advancements continue to take place, we are in the early stages of multi-access edge computing (MEC), which further decentralizes running applications and performing related processes so that it is closer to the end users. While we are still a way off from this capability, it is time to think about the architecture of it all. Cervoz has been preparing for the future by designing and developing storage and memory solutions that work for the network. Our M.2 2280 NVMe SSD uses TLC technology for a high IOPS, as well as End-to-End Data Protection so data integrity is always maintained. Even while operating at such intensity, the SSDs can keep from overheating because of our dynamic thermal throttling feature and heatsink kit. The former is a software mechanism that automatically slows down performance if the device gets too hot, while the latter is a hardware that assists in the cooling down process. For volatile memory, Cerovz offers the DDR4 32GB 3200MHz DRAM Module, which boasts high capacity and high performance, all the while consuming less power than previous models.
November is the month of sales in the calendar year. Consumers get their pick of promotional events and discounted goods with Singles’ Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. The latest numbers from Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales just last week showed a 26% y-o-y increase, something that is very much in line with the observed trend of an increase in online shopping during the pandemic. During what has been a difficult time for most businesses, it certainly appears e-commerce giants have been prepared for the virus and are reaping the profits as a result. How did they do it? It is probably impossible to credit one strategic decision as the only reason that e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Alibaba have turned the pandemic from a challenge into an opportunity. Logistically, however, the use of AGVs (automated guided vehicles) definitely played an important part. AGVs are portable robots used in warehouses and logistics centers to move inventory and other materials around. They have been around since the 1950s, and for good reason: AGVs cut labor costs and increase efficiency. Advancements in AGVs, which we have witnessed in conjunction with the rise of e-commerce, have made them more intelligent and therefore more productive. Alibaba, for instance, has reportedly been able to increase production rate by 300 percent since incorporating AGVs into its workflow. The bots can haul up to 500 kgs in shelves and packages, and travel about 5 feet per second. What’s more relevant in the time of social distancing is that operators can communicate remotely with the AGVs via a wireless network and give them instructions without stepping foot into the warehouse. During the pandemic, this technology allows warehouses to implement social distancing policies while still operating normally and meeting delivery schedules. How AGVs have evolved As previously mentioned, AGVs are not a new addition to warehouses. However, they used to be a costly investment with rigid limitations that smaller operations couldn’t really afford or justify. Such is no longer the case. The technology that AGVs now feature have made them a “must-have” in the logistics industry. These include better sensors, longer-lasting batteries, and more powerful software for machine-to-machine communication and navigation. One example we like to use at Cervoz is that of the solid-state drive (SSD). Previously, AGVs used hard disk drives (HDD) for storage. As operational needs have grown to include more tasks and better performance, SSDs soon replaced HDDs as the storage of choice. SSDs have a number of features, including higher IOPS and shock and vibration resistance, that have allowed AGVs to communicate faster within their networks and work better. This is very much just the beginning of the increasing sophistication of AGV technology. The future of AGV technology Research from Gartner points to the power of 5G technology to further revolutionize AGVs and improve their capabilities. 5G promises more connectivity and data processing prowess, both of which are crucial components that keep an AGV network running. In fact, industry experts are predicting that strengthening the AGV network will be amongst the prioritized first wave of 5G technology applications. In a recent interview with CNBC, Alvin Liu, president of Tmall Import and Export (a part of the Alibaba Group) underscored the importance of its logistic infrastructure in facilitating the company’s growth and penetration into previously untapped markets. Liu’s comments reflect a common understanding amongst those in e-commerce that logistic capabilities could be the deciding factor in this increasingly competitive market. As warehouse automation continues to grow, the AGV market will undoubtedly grow with it. To stay competitive, e-commerce companies, big and small, need to consider how to further implement AGV technology into their logistic infrastructure and which suppliers to partner with.
3D NAND is the latest in flash memory technology that has significantly increased performance and capacity for each unit of cell. While 2D NAND builds a flat, one-story cell structure, 3D NAND takes advantage of the space above, building a vertical structure that can therefore accomplish more. With 3D NAND flash, the SSD performs faster and better while consuming less power and costing less per GB. 3D NAND is developed and designed to overcome the limitations of current planar technology, accomplishing the aforementioned advantages without sacrificing product reliability.