Posted by John McHale RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.,14 Aug. 2010. General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS)introduced a new rugged computer system -- Golden Eye II --based on the upgradable Intel Penryn processor. The new system, targeted for avionics and vetronics applications, uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running as fast as 2.26 GHz with 6 megabytes of L2 Cache, supported by as much as 8 gigabytes of memory (RAM) and as much as 2 terabytes of removable storage.Golden Eye II is available in several standard configurations -- S802-R with one removable solid state drive offering as much as 500 gigabytes of storage, and S802-R4, which has four removable solid state drives for a total of 2 terabytes of storage. The S802-R4 units are available with a combination of drive bays for a removable solid state drive and PCMCIA slots to accommodate Army legacy systems. The system is compact and lightweight, measuring only 5.25 by 5.25 by 2 inches, and weighing only 2.5 pounds. The unit can replace four 6U cards offering equivalent or better performance and its peak drain on the system's power bus never exceeds 25 watts, GMS officials say.GMS's cooling design enables its systems to easily operate in environments from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius.Because of its small footprint, about one-quarter the size of a standard 1/2 Air Transport Rack (ATR)-Short, Golden Eye II is a fit for embedded computing applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The device is compliant to MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-704E, and MIL-STD-461E. Golden Eye II uses GPS for time stamping every data packet within the Army requirements of less than one micro second. The GMS computer system is a sealed unit outfitted with Mil 38999 connectors, impervious to dust, dirt and salt, and is watertight down to 10 meters. Both S802-R and S802-R4 are available as fully sealed (S802-RS and S802-R4S) units that incorporate hermetically sealed connectors to ensure they stay watertight even when the cables and drives have been removed. The removable solid state drives that are integrated into these systems are also housed in a fully sealed, rugged case that remains watertight when removed from the system. Custom units are available for both versions with variants to meet specific envelope or system requirements. The Golden Eye II (S802-R) starts under $10,000 in single quantities. For more information, visit www.gms4sbc.com.