“GPUs were perhaps always destined for shortage, but one area now being seen are the unprecedented shortages in the world of audio,” according to UK-based Impulse Embedded, which stocks Advantech-based industrial PCs. “As innocuous as it may sound, the shortage of audio chips has caused damaging delays across the industrial and embedded computing supply chain globally. Difficult to anticipate, this issue has left some manufacturers with little to no supply option, but some major manufacturers such as Advantech have reacted quickly to the event and side-stepped this immovable object.”
Advantech is behind Impulse’s ‘Vela’ range of rack PCs, available with up to 9th Gen motherboards.
These are custom-built to order, with ordering through an on-line configuration tool. Parts are stocked, and computers built and tested, in a 35,000ft2 Staffordshire facility.
“For customers with a requirement for audio, Impulse is able to install and configure audio expansion cards as part of the build process, meaning supply can remain uninterrupted, despite this shortage,” said Impulse.