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Amrel Rocky RF9

Rugged notebook computer with large 17-inch wide format display
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Based in El Monte, California, AMREL (AMerican RELiance) has a long history of offering value-added applications in vertical markets. The Rocky line of ruggedized notebook computers was introduced in 1995 and has been updated, enhanced, and fine-tuned every since. AMREL was among the first to offer the full power, expansion, and convenience of a standard notebook in a ruggedized package.

A Rocky Matrix did well in one of our Pen Computing Magazine roundups with its combination of design, performance, and ruggedness. We also liked the ultra-sealed keyboard and individual rubber plugs.

AMREL uses a base notebook platform that is then customized and specialized for industrial and military markets. The military-spec models are the RT9 with a 13.3-inch display, and the RK9 with a 15.1 inch display, and the RF9 with a 17-inch display. The military models carry an "-M" suffix and have a military-green case whereas the industrial models have a "-I" suffix and have black housings.

The military grade rugged notebooks feature the latest computing technology and are built to handle everything from daily communications to mission critical situations in harsh environments and severe weather. To that extent, machines are subjected to all pertinent MIL-STD-810F tests and carry a IP65 ingress protection rating. The 17-inch version with its wide 16:10 aspect ratio 1440 x 900 pixel display is especially well suited for applications requiring high resolution and a lot of screen real estate. For that reason, Amrel also optionally offers displays with 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. However, there is no touch screen option for the 17-inch display.

Since machines in this class will be used outdoors and require sunlight-viewable displays, they are equipped with AMREL's proprietary Alpha-Star(TM) SRL display technology that increases screen contrast while reducing reflective glare for maximum readability under bright conditions. The Alpha-Star display is also available with an optional resistive touch-screen.

All 9-Series machines benefit from technology upgrades that include more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processors, maximum DDR3 memory up to 8GB, as well as optional GPS, a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) video port, high-powered graphics processors, and 3.5G wide area wireless.

The new RT9, RK9, and RF9 laptops are all Flexpedient capable. Flexpedient is an AMREL patent-pending technology that enables hardware to be rapidly reconfigurable to handle different applications via a client's application-specific modules (see AMREL's Flexpedient page).

AMREL uses a proprietary "dock under" system for easy mounting and dismounting from vehicles of all types. There are multiple expansion capabilities, including a choice of two USB ports or two PCI ports, enabling convenient device integration. AMREL also has a Customizable COTS program, so any of their rugged notebooks can be designed to fit a customer's unique requirements, specs and environments.

Specifications Amrel Rocky RF9
Status Added 11/2011 (replaces RF8), updated 05/2013
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T8400 with 3MB L2 cache or Core 2 Duo T9400 with 6MB of L2 cache
CPU Speed 2.26GHz, 2.53GHz
Video Intel GMA 4500 MHD or nVIDIA Geforce 9300 512MB
OS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, 7 Ultimate 32/64-bit
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/8GB DDR3 1,066MHz
Disk/drive Removable, heated, shock-resistant 500GB or larger 2.5-inch hard disk; optional SSD
Optical drive DVD-ROM or DVD-RW
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II + 1 ExpressCard; optional 2 PC Card Type II
Display type High-bright sunlight readable anti-reflective TFT
Display size/res 17.1-inch 1440 x 900 pixel WXGA+ 16:10 wide format; optional 17.1-inch 1680 x 1050 WSXGA and 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
Digitizer/pens NA
Keyboard/scale Standard 87-key or backlit 89-key keyboard, full scale
Housing Magnesium (military green)
Operating Temp MIL-STD 810G Method 501.5, Proc. I and II, Method 502.5, Proc. I and II; operating range -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
Sealing IEC 60529, IP65
Shock MIL-STD-810G 516.6 Proc. I
Salt Fog test MIL-STD-810G 509.5
Humidity test MIL-STD-810G 507.5 (Aggravated)
Vibration MIL-STD-810G 514.6, Proc. 1, Cat. 1, 14 and 20
Size (WxHxD) 16.25 x 12.5 x 3.0 inches (412 x 318 x 77 mm)
Weight 12.3 lbs. 5.6 kg)
Power Removable 11.1V 8,700 mAH Li-Ion (military connector); optional 11.1V 7,800 mAH Li-Ion 2nd battery swappable with optical drive, direct DC 12~32V input to system (MIL-1275 option), optional MIL-1275 DC Vehicle adapter
Interface 2 x RS232/422/485, parallel, DVI, VGA, gigabit RJ45, DVI, 3 x USB 2.0, 2 IEEE1394, PS/2, audio in/out, dock; optional RJ11
Wireless Options: Intel WiFi Link 6205 802.11a/g/n, uBlox LEA-6H GPS, Cinterion HSDPA/UMTS 3.5G, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
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