50 Years of Moore’s Law

I remember reading about Moore’s Law more than 25 years ago and wondering how long it could continue. As it turns out – a very long time.

Gordon E MooreGordon E. Moore co-founded Intel and in 1965 he wrote an article predicting that the number of components (transistors, resistors, diodes or capacitors) in a dense integrated circuit would continue to grow exponentially. This observation became known as “Moore’s Law”.

I remember the comparison of the development of the first Intel integrated circuit, the 4004 and car development while studying Electronic Engineering at Uni in the 90s. Now that comparison is massively further apart.

If cars had developed at the same rate as the integrated circuit, today they would go almost 480,000Km/h, would use only 0.000117607 litres per 100km and cost around 5 cents to buy.

So the next time you are looking for some new computer hardware, just take a moment to consider just how good that technology is.

Find out more about Moore’s Law at Intel.

Step by step – a recent custom workstation build

NAR Design work with our clients to provide solutions catered for their needs including office networking and setup, choosing the best internet connection from the options available or providing email, hosting and training.

In this case a client was after performance for a large amount of image manipulation at a price. The solution is built for you below captured via a Nokia 1020 phone at various stages during the build process.

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Intel NUC – Good things come in small packages

Intel NUC dimensions - available from NAR DesignNAR Design has recently been busy developing new business solutions with Intel’s latest product – the NUC or Next Unit of Computing.

It might sound like a funny name for a type of computer but the NUC is a game changer for small desktops and there are many applications.

The NUC is just 10cm x 10 cm in size, can have powerful current generation processors from Celeron to i5, run multiple high definition displays and deliver data incredibly fast via mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) technology.

There are plenty of advantages and applications, from a desktop replacement, Home Theatre PC (HTPC), Point of Sale (POS) and kiosks, security and Digital Video Recorder (DVR), digital signage and custom all in one touch screens – you can mount it on the back of the display. Continue reading

Intel Device Selector

Are you unsure about what to choose for your next device?

With so many new products on the market it is easy to get confused. Let NAR Design and Intel help you through the maze with the following infographic:

Intel SMB Device Selector Infographic with NAR Design(Click on the infographic to open and then zoom around for your device)

NAR Design can help you choose what is right for your needs as well as supply, setup, configure and help train you on you new devices. These include Desktops, All-in-ones (AIO), small form factors such as NUCs, tablets, 2-in-1, Notebooks and Ultrabooks as well as a range of printers and networking products to compliment them.

We partner with quality brands such as Intel, HP, Microsoft and Trend Micro to ensure service, quality and the right product for your needs. Contact us today.

Custom gaming PC built to spec

gaming build componentsA while ago a client came to NAR Design with some very specific details of the gaming PC that he wanted to build.

We worked through each individual part and suggested some changes including the use of an Intel 330 SSD (Solid State Drive) and the Seasonic PSU (power supply).

The build was for both performance and aesthetics – it needed to look good and perform well so the use of the giant BitFenix Shinobi XL case with side window was chosen. This case has two 230mm fans, one in the front and one in the top as well as a 120mm fan in the back, however the choice of the Corsair H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler meant that one of the 230mm fans would be removed.

Choosing the “K” model Intel i5 processor that is unlocked for overclocking allows plenty of room for tweaking and combining this with liquid cooling provides the best opportunity for stable performance.

After discussions around GTX670 model graphics cards the EVGA GeForce GTX 670 was chosen due to its clean lines.

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NAR Design awarded Intel Gold Partner status

Intel has recognised the ongoing commitment by NAR Design to train and develop innovative technology solutions based on Intel technologies and awarded NAR Design Intel Gold Partner status.

NAR Design Intel Gold Partner 2012

NAR Design provide solutions including Intel processors, motherboards, solid state drives (SSDs) and network technology in our workstations, laptops and servers.

Intel® Solid-State Drives now available from NAR Design

Intel SSD 510 SeriesNAR Design can now supply and install Intel® Solid-State Drives for high performance upgrades.

Both the 320 Series and the 510 Series Solid State Drives are ready to install – you won’t believe the difference that a performance SSD makes!

The Intel® Solid-State Drive 510 Series, the 6.0 Gb/s SSD, delivers exceptional sequential read speeds compared to traditional hard drives for significantly better overall system responsiveness. With double storage bandwidth compared to standard hard drives for faster application launches and file loading, an Intel SSD helps take your PC to a new level of performance.

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2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor

Visibly smart performance with a boost.

Better adaptive performance and a smart visual experience built-in. The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor delivers visibly smart performance with a boost.

Intel’s most popular family member adapts and looks better than ever. The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor delivers even more performance automatically when you need it and now a better visual PC experience built-in. With Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0,1 the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor increases speed automatically for whatever you’re doing on your PC. The 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor also includes built-in visuals,3 a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual PC experience with no additional hardware required in the PC.

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