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Why onboard memory is not suitable for industrial computer

As a computing device widely used in the industrial environment, the industrial computer's performance, reliability and stability are crucial for industrial automation and control systems. Memory is an important consideration when choosing the hardware configuration of an industrial computer. However, unlike general laptops or desktops, industrial PCs often do not use onboard memory solutions.

Now, let's explore why IPCs, especially the mini-series IPCs, don't use onboard memory. But before that, let me give you some background information:

Starting in 2010, Apple has launched a super thin and light MacBook Air with excellent design aesthetics, which uses an onboard memory solution. Since 2012, all Apple products, whether it is the MacBook Pro representing productivity tools, the MacBook Air for thin and light office applications, or even the 21.5-inch iMac all-in-one and the 2014 (A1347) Mac Mini computer, have adopted more Space-saving onboard memory design. Microsoft has also entered the hardware field. Since the launch of the first Surface tablet 2-in-1 computer in 2012, it has released a variety of products, including Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet PCs from 1st to 9th generations, and high-performance Surface Laptop notebook computer 1. 1st to 3rd generation of high-performance Surface Book 2-in-1 tablet desktop computer, 1st to 3rd generation of thin and light and portable Surface Go tablet computer, and Surface Studio all-in-one desktop computer with high-performance productivity tool 1st generation to the latest Laptop Studio, all of these computer products are designed with onboard memory. Under the leadership of these two international brand giants, many well-known manufacturers such as ASUS, HP, Dell, and Lenovo have also launched a variety of notebook computers with onboard memory solutions, and even domestic rising stars such as Xiaomi and Huawei have onboard memory solutions. Notebooks account for 80% of their full-line products.

Now let's take a look at the advantages of using onboard memory for office and home laptops:

Performance and stability requirements: High-end computers need to handle complex tasks, and onboard memory provides higher stability and performance by providing better electrical performance, reducing signal transmission interference and electrical noise..

Design Optimization: High-end PCs strive for compactness, cooling performance, and aesthetics. Onboard memory enables a more compact computer design, takes up less physical space, and provides better cooling. By reducing the use of sockets and connectors, board layout is simplified, optimizing the overall design.

System Integration and Reliability: High-end PCs require a high degree of coordination and integration. The onboard memory can be tightly integrated with the motherboard, providing better electrical characteristics matching and data transmission transmission speed, and reducing signal delay. This improves the overall reliability of the system.

Energy Efficiency: Onboard memory can reduce energy consumption and power consumption by integrating memory chips directly on the circuit board. This is important for power-efficient computers, especially laptops, to extend battery life.

Price and cost: Although onboard memory may cost slightly more to design and manufacture than conventional socket memory, in mass production, onboard memory can provide better economics. In addition, the use of on-board memory can also reduce the cost of maintenance and replacement of memory modules.

Reasons for the more common use of onboard memory in IPCs and Mini-series PCs include:

Space constraints: Industrial PCs and mini-series PCs are usually designed in small sizes with limited internal space. Using onboard memory can save space and make the whole system more compact.

Anti-seismic and anti-vibration: Industrial PCs are usually used in industrial environments and may face large shocks and vibrations. The onboard memory can reduce the physical contact between the memory slot and the memory stick, and improve the system's anti-vibration and anti-vibration capabilities.

Reliability and Stability: In industrial environments, system reliability and stability are often more important than other factors. Onboard memory can provide better electrical characteristics matching and signal transmission quality, reducing the risk of failure.

It's important to note that while onboard memory has its advantages, it also has some limitations. Chief among these limitations is the inability to expand memory. Once the capacity of the onboard memory is insufficient, the user will not be able to expand the memory by simply replacing the memory stick, but needs to replace the entire motherboard or the entire computer.

All in all, industrial computers and mini-series computers with onboard memory solutions have advantages in terms of performance, design optimization, system integration, energy efficiency, and reliability. However, due to the lack of memory expansion, a computer choosing to use onboard memory needs to make trade-offs based on its own needs and budget. If the memory requirement is large or the memory needs to be flexibly expanded, traditional socket memory may be more suitable.

At present, the X86 architecture industrial computer produced by SINSMART can support the customization of large and small memory parameters. At the same time, according to your operating environment and business conditions, professional pre-sales engineers will give you a professional parameter configuration to escort the stable work in the later stage.

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