In recent years, with the development of high-performance x86 low-power processors, there have been more appealing miniaturized personal computers from NUC to compute stick (Stick PC), which has become a trend and has also attracted the attention of everyone. What’s more, there is no shortage of applications that introduce it into the field of industrial control, such as facial recognition systems. However, in addition to the limited size of such products and the inability to provide a complete I/O interfaces, if the product line is discontinued, customers will also face the risk of being out of stock.
Overseas customers use Intel Compute Stick personal computers to connect to video cameras via USB to build a facial recognition system. The last generation of its products has been the product of the first quarter of 2016, and even it became EOL (End Of Life) in June 2020. Therefore, this overseas customer had to look for Single Board Computer (SBC) as an alternative, but faced the following problems:
- Due to existing mechanical limitations, the size cannot exceed 2.5 inches, and low power consumption is also required.
- Must support the I/O interfaces used in the previous solution, such as HDMI, USB 3.0, and TPM 2.0.
- Almost all the similar products that can be found on the market use relatively low-end Intel Atom processors, but their performance cannot meet the needs of existing facial recognition software, and the memory capacity is also insufficient.
- Strict budget restrictions due to the need to purchase additional Microsoft Windows 10 licenses.
Finally, this overseas customer chose DFI’s GHF51 as a solution to replace Intel Compute Stick.