Hello, my name is Bryce Keeney, I’m the
Chief Technology Officer here at Teguar Computers, and today I’m going to go over five
tips for choosing the right CPU for your industrial computer. First tip: know your priorities. Do you care more about the cost of your CPU, or do you care more about having the latest and greatest processor? That’s going to affect the type of CPU that you end up buying. Something else to consider is what
application are you going to be using this CPU for? If you have a specific software
application you’re going to be running, you really need to know what the
requirements for that software are and make sure that the CPU you buy meets
those requirements. Second tip: know about CPU performance. There are two general categories of CPUs: high performance and low performance. Intel calls their high performance processors the core I series, such as core i3/i5/i7. These are great for applications where you need to make real-time decisions on complicating inputs, such as if you’re monitoring
product on a production line, you need to take pictures of it, analyze those
pictures and make decisions in real time. You’re going to need a high performance
processor. On the other end is low performance. These are often known as the Intel Celeron and Intel Atom processors. These are great if you’re running one
application that’s fairly simple, like you’re attached to a barcode scanner and
you’re scanning barcodes into a web-based ERP platform. One way that you can directly compare CPU performance is with a Passmark score. Passmark score gives you a tangible number that you can use to compare two different processors. Tip number three: consider the CPUs power consumption and temperature. Generally, power consumption and temperature correlate with performance, so if you
have a higher performance CPU, you’re going to draw more power and
you’re going to create more heat. So, if in your environment you need to watch for how much power you’re consuming or how much heat you’re producing, you may
need to go with a lower performance CPU. One metric related to power consumption
and temperature is the TDP or Thermal Design Platform. This is a number that you can find on Intel’s website that allows you to compare how much power
different processors will be drawing. My fourth tip for choosing a CPU for an
industrial computer is consider the length of support offered on the CPU. Oftentimes, commercial CPUs are only available for about two years. So what this means is if you spec in a CPU that meets your application and your needs,
you may be only able to purchase it for about two years and then Intel won’t be
making that processor anymore. This means you’ll have to find a new CPU that meets your requirements and start buying different hardware. We can address this by using Intel’s embedded roadmap, which is a list of processors that Intel
promises to produce for a longer period of time, oftentimes up to ten years. At Teguar, we try to use Intel’s embedded roadmap as much as possible, so that we can provide a consistent platform for our customers
without having to change or spec in new CPUs. My fifth tip: consider some of the
technical aspects of a CPU, such as the clock speed, the cache and the number of
cores. Clock speed correlates with how fast a processor is actually running. The cache has to do with the amount of storage that’s actually on the processor, so it’s like RAM but it’s actually built into your CPU. The number of cores is how many tasks your CPU can do at one time. These are my five tips for how
to choose a CPU that’s right for your industrial computing needs, but don’t
feel like you need to take on all these questions alone you can always call
Teguar and we can help walk you through the process of choosing the CPU that’s
right for your industrial computing needs, thanks.

How to Choose a CPU for your Industrial Computer: 5 Tips
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