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ACME Seahawk 100

Portable computer with three 17-inch displays
(by Conrad Blickenstorfer)

ACME Portable Machines specializes in unique field computing solutions that address needs not covered by standard commercial or industrial laptops. This includes providing boxes with extreme computing performance, more than any battery-powered system can deliver; machines that bring desktop-style expansion capabilities to the field; machines that do all this and still run on batteries; and now also a machine that brings not one, but three full 17-inch displays to remote computing projects.

Why would anyone need three displays in the field? There can be any number of reasons. Today's complex mapping and decision support systems frequently require more than one display, and many other computing applications benefit from extra screen real estate and multiple displays as well. The picture below shows some scenarios where multiple displays come in handy. As is, the Seahawk 100 has three bright (300 nits) 17-inch screen, each with SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixel) resolution. The two additional displays fold open and can be put at whatever angle works best. And ACME offers a touch screen option as well.

The punch required to drive such a graphics-intensive setup comes from a 2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S processor and the Intel X48 Express chipset. Massive storage is provided via three 3.5-inch 1-terabyte SATA disk. An additional attraction is the desktop-style complement of PCI expansion slots. You get two PCI-x, two PCI, and a PCI-e X16 slot.

A machine with three full LCD displays as well as three desktop-style disks and a whole battery of PCI expansion slots is not something you casually tote around. The ACME Seahawk measures about 14 x 14 inches and is 11.5 inches deep. It also weighs a hefty 65 pounds, so the emphasis is on portable rather than mobile in the common sense of the word. No batteries here either; a machine in this class needs AC power.

For connectivity there are six USB 2.0 ports and two RJ45 LAN ports, a couple of PS/2-style connectors and pretty much whatever else you need. Whatever additional connectivity or functionality is needed can be added via PCI card(s).

Founded in 1994, ACME Portable Machines, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of rugged portable computer workstations, chassis, and LCD keyboard drawers. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with sales and service centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Added/changed Added 12/2009, 11/2011
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S with 12MB L2 cache, 1,333MHz FSB
CPU Speed 2.83GHz
Chipset and Graphics Intel X48 Express
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/8GB 1333MHz DDR3
Disk/drive Three 1TB SATA drives
Optical drive DVD-RW
Card slots 1 PCI-e (x16), 2PCI-x, 2 PCI
Display type 3 LCD TFT
Display size/res 17-inch/1280 x 1024 (300 nits)
Digitizer/pens Optional touch screen
Keyboard/scale Detachable 100%-scale with touchpad
Housing unknown
Operating Temp 32 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
Sealing unknown
Shock unknown
Vibration unknown
Size (WxHxD) 14.3 x 14.3 (43 when open) x 11.5 inches
Weight Approx. 65 lbs.
Power AC/DC
Interface 6 USB 2.0, 2 gigabit RJ45, 2 DVI-I, 2 PS/2, audio (AC97 Codex ALC655 w/5.1 channels)
Wireless unknown
List price Inquire
Contact acmeportable.com or call +1-626-610-1888
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