Form Factors for Computing Class by Clark Allen, Alexander Dirst, and Michael Owens
SForm FactorsBy: Clark Allen, Alexander Dirst, Michael OwensIntroduction to Computing Section 003Summer Semester 2013Professor Erin Reddick 06/13/2013
Introduction There are many different formsof technology used to fulfill avariety of tasks. Many different tech devicesare used, such as a desktopcomputer, server-classcomputer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, video gameconsoles, or embeddedsystems. All of the devices areavailable in various, in fact thespecs are what typically drivesa consumer to differenttechnology. Specifications- are a set ofrequirements used as a guideto buying and creatingtechnology. For example you can have oneperson who needs a system torecord music in a studio, thatperson may need forexample, a desktop that fulfillsthe size and dimensions or acomponent, to properly recorda song. These are examples of
What are Form Factors?S A Form Factor, is theconfiguration of a computer’ssystem unit; such as a systemboard or a system unit.S Another example of formfactors are personal computersin which some are small andsome are large, some aredesktop, and some are portablelike laptops.
The Input/Output DevicesList of various Input Devices Digital Cameras Keyboard Microphone Mouse, touchpad, orother pointing device MIDI Keyboard Scanner Remote Graphics Tablet Gamepad, Joystick,Controller, BarcodeReader etc CD/DVD ROMs Storage DevicesList of various OutputDevices Printer Braille reader Flat panel• GPS• Headphones• Computer Monitor• Printer• Projector• Sound Card• Speakers• TV
Desktop ComputerInput DevicesOutput DevicesProcessing Power In Terms of the RAMand CPUHow and Where ThePlatform is used. Keyboards, Mouse,Graphic Tablets, Joystick,CD/DVD ROMs,scanners, cameras, videocapture hardware, andstorage devices. Visual Display device,printer, speakers, andheadsets, print, 2-8 GB-RAM 1.33 GHz-CPUHow the Platform is used: It can be used tosurf the internet, make music or variousthings, and used to do work. It can be usedfor business or personal.Where the platform is used: It is notportable, so therefore can only be used inareas with internet connection and outlets toplug it in.ExamplesiMac, Dell, HPdesktops
LaptopInput Devices Microphones,webcams, DVD/CDROMs, MIDI Devices,Keyboard, Mouse,Storage devices.Output Devices Visual Display,printers, soundoutput,headphones,Processing Power In Terms of theRAM and CPU Typical RAM: 2 GB 2 GHz CPUHow and Where ThePlatform is used.How the Platform is used: Laptopsare used due to a desktop not beingportable, it can be used to surf theinternet and do work, business andpersonal.Where the platform is used: It can beused anywhere due to it being portable.ExamplesMacBook, DellLaptop, HPnetbooks,
TabletInput Devices Fingers, rubber-tipped Stylus, anomadbrush, KeyboardOutput Devices SoundOutput,AuxiliaryDevicesProcessing Power In Terms ofthe RAM and CPUHow and Where The Platform isused.260 MB of RAMHow the Platform is used: It can beused for multiple things such asbusiness or personal, throughfacetime/skype you can contact peoplewhether out or at home.Where the platform is used: It can beused anywhere due to it being portable.ExamplesApple iPad,Samsung GalaxyTablet, KindleFire
SmartphoneInput Devices Output DevicesRubber Tipped Stylus,Fingers, RegularKeyboard,On ScreenKeyboard, In PhoneMicrophone,Headset, auxiliarydevices, headphones,speakers.Processing Power In Terms ofthe RAM and CPU 260 MB of RAM Dual- Core ProcessorCPU.How and Where The Platform isusedHow the Platform is used: It is used as acommunication device to contact peoplewhether out or at home, for personal or forbusiness.Where the platform is used: It can beused anywhere due to it being portable.ExamplesAppleiPhone, HTCAndroid, Samsung Galaxy
Video Game ConsolesInput Devices Gamepad, Joystick, Controller,Headsets, XboxKinect/Playstation Move/Wiimotion sensorOutput DevicesSony Playstation 3D display, Speakers,Headphones, the TV you play the gameon, HDMI, Digital OutputsProcessing Power InTerms of the RAM andCPU/ Examples ofconsoles Playstation 4: 8GB GDDR5 RAM,x86-64 AMD Jaguar 8 cores in CPU. Xbox One: 8GB DDR3 RAM, 8-coreCPU, Wii U: 2 GB total, consisting of four512 MB (4 Gb) DDR3-1600 RAM,Multi-Core IBM PowerPC “Espresso”CPU.How and Where The Platform isusedHow the Platform is used: The video game console is usedto play video games through. Used during leisure time orperhaps it may be someone’s job.Where the platform is used: It depends which videogameconsole is used, if it is a portable it can be used anywhere(ex. PSP, Nintendo DS, etc.), if it is non portable then it istypically played in a building as long as long as there is anoutlet to plug it in, a TV display and for some Wi-Fi.
Embedded Systems (e.g.,thermostat or Airplane ControlSystems)Input DevicesVarious buttons/knobsand keyboards to adjust.Very complex systemsOutput DevicesWith things such as thermostats, youget adjusted temperatures and withthings like Air traffic control systemsyou get directing flights.Processing Power In Termsof the RAM and CPU.How and Where ThePlatform is used. Static RAM, DynamicRAM Microprocessor CPUHow the Platform is used: It is usedas a complex system to help thingsoperate.Where the platform is used: It is usedin most things electronic.