A superior example of the beauty of modularity, the S822-D Armor starts with the basic S822 system, powered by a Core Duo® Penryn processor (up to 2.26 GH). This powerful base unit delivers 6 Mbytes of L2 Cache, up to 8 Gbytes of 1066 MHz DDR-3 memory and incorporates two removable solid state drives with up to 512 Mbytes each. Ultra-low power requirements (30W total) and a tiny footprint (8.5”x 13.25”x 2.75”) mean Armor is ideal for use in the field, or in the most confined and complex spaces.
Whether using the “S822-D” version of the Armor with the display or the “S822” standard version without the display, users are developing systems for an end function that offers application-specific customization as well as economies of scale when purchasing and depoting spares and replacements. The Armor’s flexibility promotes mission continuity by allowing system support personnel to quickly reconfigure a less critical unit into a more critically functioning one that may have been damaged.
A variety of industry standard connection options on the Armor provide its unsurpassed flexibility. These include five USB-2.0 ports; four SATA ports; four RS232/422/485 ports; eight buffered/unbuffered general I/O lines; x16XMC, x1XMC (or 100MHz/64bit PMC-X sites with PIM or dual Mini PCI sites) and three Express Mini sites. While the built-in connection features form the foundation, the customer determines what to add to the base Armor unit to match the on-board system needs of any vehicle ―from Ethernet, graphics and video to audio, WiFi, ARINC429, 1553 and GPS to name a few. These options enable Armor to be used in many applications in one vehicle.
Secure erase and data encryption on drives ― along with trusted execution technology (TXT) ― protect against software-based attacks, ensuring extreme confidentiality. Armor is the first ultra-small computer system to provide superior visibility of data and video through a boot-kickable, 1024 x 768 super-sharp display, which is sunlight legible in any environment and has modes for night vision and complete blackout for covert ops. Users get complete interface control with Armor’s ultra-rugged, watertight, eight-wire touch screen that works with gloves, cleans easily and resists scratches, breakage and inadvertent activation. Backlit keys mean operations continue even in the dark.
The screen’s high-resolution, wide-viewing display is enhanced by an LED backlight and Boot-Kick/EMI screen protection. The coated and etched glass overlay is optically bonded with patented Direct Dry Film™, which provides avionics grade quality with optical transmission of >97 percent. A Hula™ pointing device, in a completely sealed design to withstand any impacts of a harsh environment, provides mouse function and joystick flexibility. A SamVideo™ module with dual high-performance graphics endows Armor the optimum in visual clarity.
“The military is just starting to wrap its hands around the issue of common platforms serving multiple roles, and having the ability to reposition a lower requirement platform to replace a critical platform that may have sustained damage,” said Ben Sharfi, president of General Micro Systems. “Previous attempts to resolve that issue were based on ATRs and swapping buss boards ― a cumbersome option that never really worked. The S822 is a fraction of the size of the smallest ATR and is lower power and cost. Now with the built-in display, the S822-D makes a bussed ATR with separate display system look like something from the Dark Ages.”
Rugged, conduction-cooled versions of Armor containing a display operate in the -20°C to +70°C temperature range and non-display versions are designed for the -40°C to +85°C temperature range. All systems are compliant to MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-704E and MIL-STD-461F, and are supported by Windows® XP/XPE/7, Linux® and VxWorks®.