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Quantum3D Thermite TVC2.0 TL

1.65 lbs. rugged Tactical Visual Computer for wearable applications
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Quantum3D, located in San Jose, Calif., specializes in open-architecture, realtime computing solutions for industry-specific applications. They do that by packaging industry-standard components with their own image generator technologies, software, and services. Their Thermite TVC (TVC stands for "Tactical Visual Computing") product line includes a variety of fanless, ruggedized, sealed, mil-spec COTS computers that support advanced 2D/3D, I/O, video capture capabilities, and can run either Windows XP or a variety of Linux distros.

The Thermite TL (shown above) is the smallest of the family, measuring just 6.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches and weighing about 1.65 pounds.

The TL was specifically designed for wearable deployments in the field where small size, rugged packaging and low power consumption matter. Geared towards 2D/3D graphics and video-intensive C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) as well as field-based training, mission planning, mission rehearsal, weapon system control, maintenance, and other augmented reality simulations, the Thermite TL combines embedded computing technologies, advanced thermal engineering and affordability.

Below is a matrix that shows Quantum3D's Thermite models and where they fit in in terms of size and performance.

Added/updated Added 01/2011
Form-factor Embedded rugged computing module
CPU Intel Pentium M with 2MB L2 cache
CPU Speed 1.0GHz
Graphics Intel 915GM integrated graphics chipset
OS Windows Embedded, Linux
Memory 1 GB DDR2
Storage 32GB solid state drive; optional 1.8-inch 60GB ATA-100 HD for development
Card slots NA
Display type None (LVDS output to VGA, NTSC or PAL)
Display size/res External
Digitizer/pens NA
Keyboard/keys External
Navigation External
Housing Conduction cooled sealed alloy
Operating Temp 14 - 122F (-10 to 50C)
Sealing unknown
Shock unknown
Altitude -200 to 40,000 feet operating
Humidity 5-90% non-condensing
Size (WxHxD) 4.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Power Compatible with government BA2590 rechargeable, as well as commercial Li-Ion, Li-Polymer, and Li-Cobalt
Interface 6 USB 2.0, RS232/422, audio, LAN
Wireless Optional GPS, 802.11a/b/g, video capture
List price Inquire
Contact www.quantum3d.com
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