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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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.
Have you ever thought about the factories that manufacture your holiday presents? Like Santa's workshop, these places work around the clock to make sure that the shelves in stores and online are stocked for you. In recent years, more and more factories have gone autonomous, letting robots do the heavy lifting for maximum productivity and consistent quality. This year, two key developments, the COVID-19 pandemic and 5G technology deployment, have accelerated factory automation. While the former has stressed the need for relying less on the human workforce, the latter has made it possible to use robotics instead. As the world learns to cope with COVID-19 and social distancing and work from home regulations, factory automation can help manufacturing and production meet deadlines as if nothing has changed. An automated factory, commonly known as a smart factory, requires connectivity. Whereas a traditional factory has people working in sync, a smart factory has machines doing so instead. Machines are communicating with each other at all times, so data transmission needs to be uninterrupted. This key requirement calls for a strong wireless connection that is both stable and secure. Furthermore, the processing power and subsequent machine learning and decision making must be of the top caliber in order to reap the benefits of automation. For hardware, it is unsurprising that not all component parts are suitable for the factory setting. In a factory, conditions like extreme heat, exhaust and other discharges, and constant vibration make even the most firmly-built machinery prone to breakdown. The modules and other parts needed for factory automation need to cope with the environmental challenges, and consistently and reliably perform in the transmitting and storing of information. Any lag in processing power could cause a glitch in the system that would delay the timely production and delivery of the consumer goods. Cervoz offers much-needed features, such as Powerguard (power loss protection) and conformal coating, with our products for factory automation applications. Our Flash and DRAM modules are highly reliable and stable to work 24/7. Our Mini PCIe Expansion Cards will maintain the connectivity amongst the machines. For wireless transmission, we offer the MEC-WiFi; for wired transmission, we offer the MEC-LAN. For other extensions, we have the MEC-COM solution that allows for connection to RS232/422/485 devices. Together, our products will automate your factory from network to machine. With our products, you can download the Cervoz FlashMonitor, our exclusive software monitor system that lets you know remotely how our solutions are performing and notifies you in real time if anything is wrong. Contact a Cervoz Sales Representative to learn more about our factory automation solutions!
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.