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Techie Question: What is DSEK?

Posted: September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Over the past week, there has been several announcements of Intel releasing the DSEK-12. My first question was, what the heck is DSEK-12 – it sounded like something from Star Wars. So after some research, I discovered that it was an Intel terminology for Digital Signage Evaluation Kit. The number stands for the release version. So currently it is up to release 12 but after some digging around I couldn’t find anything before 10. Maybe it started with 10, ie 1.0

Basically, the DSEK is a kit or simply put a cardboard box that includes a commercial grade hardware and software (evaluation licenses) to help you kick off your digital signage evalution – the hardware will obviously have the Intel processor. Let’s have a look the list of the DSEKs that have been released:

DSEK-10Winmate Digital Signage kit 10

Player Manaufacturer: Winmate

Software Applications: Microsoft Embedded Standard 7 Operating System

Intel Processor: i5 (520M)

The Digital Signage Evaluation Kit (DSEK-10) offers device manufacturers and software developers an open media player platform that is optimized for digital signage applications. This reference platform is comprised of commercially available components, including the Intel® Core™ i5 (520M) processor running the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system (OS).

DSEK-11 – Winmate Digital Signage Evaluation Kit 11

Player Manaufacturer: Winmate

Software Applications: Microsoft Embedded Standard 7 Operating System

Intel Processor: i5 (2515E)

The Digital Signage Evaluation Kit offers device manufacturers and software developers an open media player platform that is optimized for digital signage applications. This reference platform is comprised of commercially available components, including the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 (2515E) processor running Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7.

DSEK-12 – Kontron Digital Signage Evaluation Kit DSEK-12

Player Manufacturer: Kontron KOPS800

Software Applications: Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Scala, Flypaper, Intel® Audience Impression Metrics

Intel Processor: i5-3610ME or i7-3517UE

You’ll notice that DSEK-12 has additional software packages like Scala, Flypaper and Intel Audience Impression Metrics all of which are a trial version and is also an OPS (Open Pluggable Specification).

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