custom built computers

Ultra-Compact Form FactorUltra-compact form factor technology is starting a revolution. Humans have always loved technology that becomes more compact, yet smarter, more powerful and more flexible. This super-small technology is promising to make regular desktop computers, and even some laptops and portable devices, obsolete.

For starters, ultra-compact form factor computers are drastically decreasing the space businesses and homes need for their computing hardware.

Even better, they are tremendously powerful and configurable. Innovations like Shuttle’s NC01U and Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing) provide adequate I/O and processing power, while also able to be equipped with keyboards, LCDs, touch screens, USB, RAM and flash memory. These kinds of ultra-compact machines can stand alone as powerful processors or be chained together for controlling complex systems. Therefore, they have tremendous application opportunities in corporate activities, industry, small businesses, and homes alike.

Designed for Portable, Flexible Performance at Play and Work

Systems like the Intel NUC and similar form factor systems such as the NC01U and MSI Cubi are amazingly flexible Read the full article →

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Hands Installing Computer PartsSome of the greatest innovations of our time have occurred because of people studying and customizing computers. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs built his first personal computer from spare parts sent by William Hewlett of Hewlett & Packard. Or when creating the first Star Wars movie, the team at Industrial Light & Magic had to custom build a computer to process all the special effects that had never been created before, and spawned an empire.

The IT industry is filled with people who have followed a similar path from custom build computers in a casual environment to industry leaders.

Who knows? Your studies in IT combined with your experimenting with custom build computers could provide the kickstart to your own incredible IT career.

Innovation Begins Through Education

A formal education is an important stepping stone in custom build computing and IT development, especially given the complexity and ever-changing nature of technology today. Local universities, technical colleges and specialized schools have many programs in the Read the full article →

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building a pcThe multi-tiered process an OEM goes through when creating a new product creates a number of challenges for the engineering team.

There may be an overarching idea that guides the design, but many of the minute specifications can hold up development, not to mention the hurdles that follow, such as the acquisition of materials and building of a functional prototype.

Depending on the size of the OEM, having dedicated engineers on staff to take a product from concept to production solely on their own incurs a significant cost. Also, those employees will then have to deal with an industrial distributor in getting past the design step. Why not have that relationship between the OEM and distributor right from the start?

Concept and Design: First Steps to Building a PC with a Distributor

Many industrial electronics distributors have specific services to help in building a PC; ones that can help an OEM business acquire a custom built machine for a niche purpose or Read the full article →


One in a Million: The What, How and Why of Custom Built Computers

OEM designers work hard to figure out the specifications necessary to realize their products through months of planning. The next step is to try and create this new machine by looking for a manufacturer that offers an embedded system that fits their precise needs, a process that is sometime almost as challenging as designing the…

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