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Amrel Rocky RK9

Versatile, ruggedized 15.1-inch notebook computer in military and industrial versions
(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 Rocky RF9 with a 17-inch display, the RT9 with a 13.3-inch display, and the RK9 (shown here) with a 15.1 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-810G tests and carry a IP55 ingress protection rating.

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 RK9-Series machines benefit from technology upgrades that include a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processors, maximum DDR3 memory up to 8GB, optional higher display resolution (1,400 x 1,050) instead of the standatd 1024 x 768 XGA, as well as optional GPS, Digital Visual Interface (DVI) video, high-powered nVidia graphics processors, and 3.5G wide area wireless. The body of the new RK9 has also been upgraded to be stronger and lighter (12.3 vs 13.2 pounds).

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 RK9
Status Added 11/2011 (replaces RK8), updated 05/2013
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 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 with 512MB VRAM
OS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit or 7 Ultimate 32/64-bit
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/8GB DDR3 1066MHz
Disk/drive 500GB or larger removable 2.5" SATA shock-mounted 2.5-inch HD; optional SSD
Optical drive DVD-ROM or DVD-RW
Display type High-bright sunlight readable anti-reflective TFT
Display size/res 15-inch 1024 x 768 XGA or 1400 x 1050 pixel SXGA+
Digitizer/pens Resistive touchscreen option
Keyboard/scale Standard 87-key, optional backlit 89 keys
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) 13.85 x 11.6 x 3.1 inches (352 x 294 x 79 mm)
Weight 12.35 lbs. (5.6 kg)
Power Removable 11.1V 8,700 mAH Li-Ion (military connector); optional 2nd 11.1V 7,800mAH Li-Ion battery swappable with optical drive
Interface 2 x RS232/422/485, parallel, DVI, VGA, gigabit RJ45, 3 x USB 2.0, 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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