Modularity in New Rugged Compact PC Enhances Functionality in Low Power Embedded Systems
A new low profile rugged compact PC (RCP) provides exceptional design flexibility in a low power, high performance computing system. Developed around a standard Type 6 COM Express module, the A172 features an industry standard pinout and the ability to support multiple processor options for easy system integration as well as cost effective technology insertion upgrades. Weighing under five pounds with dimensions of only 10.24 x 7.09 x 1.8”, the A172 maximizes SWaP (size, weight and power) for applications with limited space requirements. The RCP also features multiple I/O options that make the rugged Intel Core i7-based unit ideal for high impact, high performance military applications. These include ground and airborne environments such as manned and unmanned robotic ground vehicles (UGV) as well as manned and unmanned fixed- and rotary-wing airborne (UAV) platforms. With the addition of an optional frame grabber, applications for the new RCP include image capture and stabilization, with or without graphics overlays for ISR red/blue force tracking and threat assessment. The rugged RCP can be used in complete mission computers for unmanned vehicles, and optional solid state drives (SSDs) provide data capture and sensor logging.