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Quantum3D Thermite TVC2.0 3500/3520

2.5 lbs. rugged Tactical Visual Computer for vehicle 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 TVC2 (shown above) measures a very compact 6.8 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches and weighs about 2.5 pounds. It's designed for vehicle applications and runs on 28 Volt vehicle power (10.5 to 30 Volts works).

The TVC2 was designed as a tactical visual computer that allows rapid migration of PC-based applications from desktop environments to field-ready deployments in tanks, HMMWVs, Bradley fighting Vehicles, aircraft, maritime and other vehicles. Emphasis is on 2D/3D graphics, accelerated video capture for sensor or camera input, 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 primary difference between the 3500 and 3520 models is that the 3520 has a Mil-STD-1553 A/B dual redundant port and RS422 port that replaces the 3500's Firewire port and one of its USBs.

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 1.0 to 1.6GHz
Graphics ATI Mobile Graphics or Intel Integrated Graphics
OS Windows XP, Windows Embedded, Linux
Memory 1 GB DDR2
Storage 30GB shock-resistant, extended temperature 2.5-inch ATA-100 HDD; optional 80GB SSD
Card slots unknown
Display type Single or dual analog RGB outputs; simultaneous video outputs in S-Video, RS-170/A, 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 unknown
Humidity 5-90% non-condensing
Size (WxHxD) 4.5 x 6.8 x 2.5 inches
Weight 2.5 lbs.
Power Designed for vehicle power 28VDC (10.5 to 20V)
Interface 2-6 USB 2.0, RS232/422, audio, LAN, IEEE 1394 Firewire, MIL-STD 1553 data base (Model 3520)
Wireless Optional GPS, 802.11a/b/g
List price Inquire
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