Rugged compact PC for embedded computing in manned and unmanned vehicles introduced by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the A172 low-power, high performance rugged compact PC (RCP) for embedded computing in manned and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Mar 9th, 2018
By Mil & Aero staff
By Mil & Aero staff

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the A172 low-power, high performance rugged compact PC (RCP) for embedded computing in manned and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The computer has a removable storage module that meets DoD 5220.22-M for quick/secure erase. The 1 terabyte secure solid-state drive offers MLC and SLC NAND Flash as well as a sustainable read/write speed as fast as 400 megabytes per second.

The A172 measures 10.24 by 7.09 by 1.8 inches and features an Intel Core i7 or Xeon processor, several standardized modules, and customizable I/O, CPU, storage, and operating system.

In addition, the RCP offers added design flexibility with DVI and RS-170A RGBHV video output options, optional WiFi and frame grabber video inputs, as well as trusted platform management (TPM) and a 50 microsecond holdup option for increased system reliability.

Available with three Intel processor options and two standard I/O versions, the modular A172 can be configured to handle several data processing environments, especially in high-impact, space-constrained applications that need high throughput and secure storage.

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Designed using a standard Type 6 COM Express module, the flexible A172 can be customized with specific processor types for less complex system integration.

The rugged unit offers two standard I/O variants, with user-specific configurations like as many as four independent Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four USB 2.0 interfaces, eight serial ports with several RS232, RS422 or RS485 configurations. as well as two CANbus and eight single-ended, buffered LVTTL discrete digital I/O ports.

Two single-link DVI outputs and an audio line with stereo in/out round out the available I/O. An optional frame grabber provides as many as eight channels of composite PAL/NTSC inputs, capturing all channels simultaneously, for image capture and stabilization with or without graphics overlays.

The unit includes two standard mini PCI Express slots, two mSATA sites and optional internal solid-state drives for data capture and sensor logging.

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Operating systems include 64-bit Windows (7 and 10), Linux, VxWorks, custom or no OS preinstalled as ordering options. Cadmium-free units also are available. The IP65 environmental sealing and natural convection cooling contribute to the A172's ability to withstand harsh, rugged environments.

It has an integrated power input line filter and supports a power input range from 10 to 32 volts DC, and is MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275 compliant. Operating temperature is -40 to 65 degrees Celsius.

An optional developer's kit provides a universal AC/DC power supply, all terminated cables with industry-standard connectors and a CD-ROM with software drivers to facilitate immediate, out-of-the-box development.

For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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