For consumers, sorting through the latest set of facts of relevant data and other information when looking to make a purchase can be cumbersome. Because many people are visual learners, the task is made much easier when data is presented graphically. When considering Point-of-Sale (POS) kiosk solutions, it’s obvious that these types of solutions have to be inviting and very user-friendly. These aesthetic requirements must be considered along with the mechanical and functional system design demands. Solutions built around the AMD Embedded G-Series APU family successfully address both the aesthetic requirements as well as the mechanical and functional system design demands. The Aaeon PICO-HD01, an extremely compact PICO-ITX embedded single board computer, based on the AMD G-Series APU, is a good fit for POS kiosks that need to capture audience attention and guide their decision-making.
How is Aaeon serving the graphics needs of a user-friendly POS? Support for DirectX®11, OpenGL 4.0 and OpenCL™ 1.1, which is integrated in the AMD G-Series™ APU platform, is fully accessible with the Aaeon PICO-HD01, making improved 3D visual effects and dynamic interactivity possible. In a consumer example, selecting the best ticket package becomes easy for the POS kiosk patron. The A/V needs of Aaeon-based POS solutions that make the purchase experience more pleasant also include: supported care of an available mini-HDMI interface and onboard 18-bit single channel LVDS, one VGA, plus 2-channel High Definition Audio with Audio Buzzer. These integrated features support smooth display integration which may help lead a POS vendor to quick time to market, and may result in improved kiosks for users and potentially even increased sales for those vendors who sell through the POS kiosks.
Mechanically and functionally, POS solutions also need to be low power and fairly rugged as they go into small, dusty spaces. This is where the overall low power consumption of the AMD G-Series APU platform also has an impact. No fan that could be clogged by dust is needed. A fan-less design also keeps the noise generation of the system down, making it a pleasant audio experience for users. Finally, because POS kiosks are part of the ever more connected world of the Internet of Things, connectivity support is essential. The Aaeon PICO-HD01 has Gigabit Ethernet connectivity built in and can be programmed to support additional capabilities such as wireless connectivity via mini PCI Express modules. Together all of these features put attractive, easy-to-understand information at consumers’ fingertips, all at a low total cost of ownership for the solution designers.
Christine Van De Graaf is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Aaeon. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.