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What is a System on a Chip

24 October 2019

SYSTEM ON CHIP (SoC) DISPLAYS FOR DIGITAL SIGNAGE

What is SoC?

The acronym SoC refers to the term “System on a Chip”. System on a chip refers to a single electronic circuit board that combines various computer components onto a single integrated circuit or chip. These components are typically made up of a GPU, CPU and RAM among other things. Most system-on-chips today can be found inside of modern mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, though the use of SoC inside of professional grade displays has been rapidly growing over the past few years. There is also a growing sentiment in the technology sector that SoC will, in the not too distant future, replace the traditional CPU in most devices. In short, think of a system on a chip as you would a miniature computer. It has all of the components needed for modern day computing, and comes in a fraction of the size. Perhaps the most well known true SoC / “computer on a chip” on the market today is the raspberry pi.

What is an SoC display?

A “system on a chip” or SoC display means that inside of these types of displays there is an embedded ‘chip’ that acts the computer or media player. In terms of digital signage, SoC displays offer a complete ‘all-in-one’ solution because the display itself is the only component you would need in order to display digital signage content. When using an SoC display for digital signage, you will not need an external media player or to connect any other external devices or cables to the display. Simply mount the display, give it power and an internet connection (wired or wireless), install the digital signage software directly on the display, and go!
SoC displays have been rapidly gaining market share in the digital signage space over recent years, and we expect that to not only continue, but accelerate. Today, SoC displays are being used in 41% of new digital signage deployments worldwide.
All of today’s top display manufacturers offer SoC displays for sale, and you might be surprised to learn that they are often no more expensive than the same professional display without the SoC built. Navori maintains close partnerships with the best SoC display manufacturers including: Samsung, LG, Philips, Elo and more.

Why use SoC displays?

In short, cost savings and reliability.
The days of dominance of the external media player are coming to an end, and for good reason. Compared to external media players, using system on a chip will lower your overall CAPEX and OPEX by up to 48% on any digital signage deployment.  How you may ask? The equation is simple, less components = less points of failure.
In a simple deployment of 3 digital signage displays your typical legacy setup would consist of 11 total components. This includes the displays, external media players, and all of the wires and cables you would need to make this work. Conversely, if you were to approach the same deployment but elected to use system on chip displays, you would only have 3 components. This leaner architecture improves reliability by a factor of 3 and provides real-time screen monitoring information inside QL Content Manager.
If you consider the potential cost savings on hardware components, installation labor and power consumption, the argument for using system on chip displays becomes crystal clear. Consider the table below:

Navori and SoC

Navori QL Player is a professional and proprietary digital signage player software that renders content with the same features and performance across any hardware platform. This means that you will have access to the same award winning Navori features and performance when running your content on an SoC display as you would any other type of professional media player device. Furthermore, you will not have to change your content management workflows or processes in order to use SoC displays with Navori. In fact, you can even add SoC displays to your existing network of digital signage players and not have to make any changes to the way you work.
It is worth pointing out that Navori partners directly with the top SoC display manufacturers in the world, and works closely and directly with each one in order to be able to deliver the best in class digital signage experience. Not all SoC displays are created equally, and thus we develop specifically to achieve the best possible performance on each brands SoC offering.