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Introduction to Mini OPS

Sharp has planned all its future-generation digital signage and interactive solutions around their Sharp Open Architecture Platform, which includes the Mini Open Pluggable Specification (Mini OPS) standard. The Mini OPS development offers customers a wide range of compact, energy-efficient choices to enhance the way they receive, manage and distribute their display content.

Mini OPS offers flexible integrated solutions for both interactive touch and non-touch professional displays, and enables new low-power, energy-efficient, compact display form factors to be developed.

Not only does this mean great opportunities for innovative display installations and attractive content, it also means Sharp’s range of Mini OPS based displays are so much easier to maintain and manage.

No more trailing cables, no more bulky add-on peripherals, no more unsightly and frustrating power supply issues. With Mini OPS on board, Sharp’s displays let you get on with creating the best possible visual impact without being encumbered by unnecessary technical and administration burdens.

Whichever way you choose to connect your displays to their content source, Mini OPS will support you.

Mini OPS Modules

PN-ZB03H Mini OPS HDBaseT Receiver

This receiver module has been built specifically to facilitate the transmission of HDMI video - and other signals - over long distances with Cat6 cable directly into the display.

With no power cables, no power supply, and no other external devices to get in the way, the true plug-and-play nature of the module means users can set up their display with ease.

It lets you mount a HDBaseT receiver directly within your Sharp display, supporting up to 4K ultra-high definition video, and is the ideal solution for any Sharp display mounted a long way from the video source. Note that any video source will need to be attached to a compatible HDBaseT Transmitter unit.

PN-ZB03PC Mini OPS PC

The PN-ZB03PC is a powerful single-board PC built into the Mini OPS form factor. Thanks to its powerful, compact, high quality solid state design, it is the ideal choice for demanding continuous use situations. And, being solid state, it runs quietly and reliably thanks to its fanless design.

If you need simple, tidy, cable-free PC integration with your Sharp display, the PN-ZB03PC is the perfect match. Its powerful graphics chipset supports up to 4K ultra-high definition video output at 30Hz, and further functional flexibility with 2x USB3.0 interfaces. It is Microsoft Windows 10 ready, and comes pre-installed with Sharp’s most important applications.

PN-ZB03W Mini OPS Wireless

The PN-ZB03W is the choice for anyone wanting to wirelessly connect a variety of different mobile and smart devices to their display. The PN-ZB03W houses a versatile bi-directional wireless collaboration chipset, letting you take advantage of all the collaborative benefits of user-owned BYOD equipment through wireless connectivity; Mac or PC, smartphone or tablet, all are supported. And, naturally, you get quick and easy set-up with no messy cables or power supplies.

With the instant-on functionality of the Direct Drawing capability built into the PN-ZB03W you can look forward to true white-boarding collaboration and wireless screen sharing at the drop of a hat.

Features & Benefits

The Mini OPS standard expands the range of systems and user experiences for digital and commercial displays, while bringing comprehensive advantages, including:

  • Fanless design: Increases reliability and reduces moving parts, even in the smallest of systems.
  • Small footprint: Supports new form factor solutions, at almost half the size of conventional OPS dimensions.
  • Innovation roadmap: Offers the performance and advantages of the latest low-power, cost-effective Intel® processors.
  • New pluggable connectors: Supports high-speed transmission, such as 4K displays with stunning images.
  • Energy-efficient: Reduce energy costs with low-power, green solutions.

Open Architecture

The open architecture approach of Sharp’s Mini OPS supports flexible application design: it is ideal for integration into displays, while simplifying digital signage installation, usage, maintenance, and upgrades. Because the architecture is modular, any costs associated with the display chassis upgrade or redesign are eliminated, along with the usual cables (power, display, HDMI, VGA) associated with a visual solution. Modularity also provides a competitive advantage for future proofing technology investments - media players and screens can be upgraded independently.

Cost Efficient

Solutions based on the Mini OPS provide ease of use combined with cost savings; media player integration means no cables or external power supply are needed. Low power consumption translates into low electricity bills for systems deployed with Mini OPS, reducing operational cost.

Use Cases

Many retail stores have their digital content server, or PC, in a separate, cooled room at the back of the premises. But if it’s any more than 10 metres from the display, standard video cabling simply won’t work. The Mini-OPS HDBaseT module gets around the challenge of sending video signals over long distances.

In an emergency services control rooms setting, the Mini-OPS Wireless module can streamline the flow of information at vitally important times. Data in the form of photos or video on an operator’s mobile phone can be quickly shared to a wider group with mounted display units featuring the wireless module. Decisions on the right next steps can be collectively made with minimal delay.

In a busy, high-intensity environment such as an airport or shopping mall, time and space are finite resources, but information distribution is critical. The PN-ZB03PC Mini OPS PC is robust and reliable, quiet and energy-efficient - built to work in demanding settings where the constant provision of accurate and consistent information is vital.

In a boardroom or meeting room, having easy and effective BYOD screen sharing is an essential element in nearly all modern team collaboration, training and presentation situations. The PN-ZB03W wireless collaboration board can be neatly fitted to compatible Sharp’s BIG PADs and provides a very flexible and powerful interactive display solution.