Suppliers are gearing up to meet requirements in home and office networks.
Driven by the prevailing trend for wireless capability in electronic devices, manufacturers of servers in China are venturing into cordless models despite the continued dominance of wired types. Makers are developing 4-port network servers that are compatible with 802.11b/g. For network video kinds, product development is geared toward variants that deliver 3G or WLAN. Suppliers are likewise supporting 1080 or 720p resolution to ride the HD bandwagon.
|Winstars' WS-NU78M11 model supports LPR/LPD, DHCP, UPnP and Windows Rally.|
Intelligent network video servers boasting advanced features such as motion tracking, facial detection and vehicle identification are also on companies’ R&D agenda. Manufacturers are upgrading software to enhance selections.
Notwithstanding the ongoing shift to cable-free technology, wired versions will continue to rule both printer and network video server sectors, accounting for 90 and 80 percent of output in each category. The first is widely used in SOHO and small businesses, while the latter are part of surveillance equipment in airports, factories, schools, banks and residential areas.
Foreign makers IBM, HP, Dell, Oracle and Fujitsu make up for nearly 80 percent of global yield. Local server manufacturers, nevertheless, project better sales in coming years given the broadening adoption of cloud and mobile computing platforms. Global shipments are forecast by IDC to touch 8.2 million units by year-end, with revenue hitting $53 billion. In 1Q11, the output reached 1.9 million, while sales were valued at $11.9 billion, posting a 12 percent increase from the same period last year.
Printer and network servers are available in single or 4-port configuration. Low-end versions of the first support LPR/LPD, DHCP and UPnP protocols, and USB 2.0 and 1.1. Four-port kinds fall under the midrange category. These have 10/100Mbps or 10/100/1,000Mbps RJ-45 jacks. Variants with a wireless connectivity feature are classified as upscale.
Network video servers support one to 16 channels. Low-end types come in 1, 2 or 4-channel units enabling 2-way audio, MPEG-4/H.264 video and MP3/G.722 audio compression, and D1, half D1 and CIF resolution. They deliver 32Kbps to 4Mbps adjustable video rate and less than 0.2s delay time in LAN. RS-232 and RS-485 are incorporated. Midlevel varieties have SATA HDDs and SD card slots, and support one, two, four or eight channels. High-end servers boast 8/16 or 1/2-channel 1080 or 720p resolution. Such releases pack 3G or 802.11b/g capability.
Prices are expected to remain generally stable for the rest of the year.
ICs are key to the manufacture of servers. These are usually sourced from Elite Silicon, STMicroelectronics and TI.
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