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Customizable, ultra-rugged all-in-one military PC
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

While GammaTech is primarily known for its lineup of rugged tablet computers, the company has also been branching out into other rugged form factors. The DURABOOK P24 24-inch all-in-one (see our review) was one example. And on June 30, 2016, GammaTech introduced the DURABOOK V10BB, an ultra-rugged and highly customizable all-in-one panel computer for military vehicles and numerous Homeland Defense applications.

Why would GammaTech suddenly introduce an ultra-rugged panel computer? Aren't there any number of companies that specialize in panel PCs? There are, but it's rare to find an all-in-one military-oriented panel computer that combines as many features and qualities as GammaTech's new V10BB. The company clearly drew both upon its IPC/embedded systems experience as well as its substantial expertise in rugged tablet design when creating this new product.

Examples of the former are the all-metal fanless design with vastly configurable I/O, military-type connectors, presence of legacy connectivity, and compliance with various battle management and CCCI (Command, Control, Communication And Intelligence) requirements. Examples of the latter are the state-of-the-art processing, storage, and display technologies of the unit, as well as extensive documented ruggedness testing, and tablet-style HMI functionality.

As far as the hardware goes, GammaTech doesn't specify the processor(s) beyond "Broadwell U-Series with Intel HD Graphics 5000, which points towards roughly half a dozen of 5th generation dual-core i3, i5 and i7 processors, all with low 15 watt thermal design powers. These are chips used in high-end rugged tablets and provide processing power and features far above that of most panel PCs.

The display of the V10BB, likewise, is remarkable. While retaining the legacy 1024 x 768 4:3 aspect ratio for compatibility with the large library of special-purpose software written for the format, the display is very bright (600 nits), offers a near-perfect viewing angle, uses optical bonding with EMI mesh for excellent reflection control and maximum shielding, and comes with either single touch or multi-touch, both of the resistive variety that still works best in most of the intended deployments.

What sets the DURABOOK V10BB visually apart — its impressive array of no fewer than 28 function buttons — also provides exceptional functionality via hardware and software overlays. This makes battefield and similar operation quick, easy and reliable, much more so than using onscreen controls.

I/O is extensive. Dual LAN jacks, four USB ports (though all of the 2.0 standard), six RS232/422/485 serial ports, eight digital I/O pins, DVI-I for secondary video, and then also two more triple RS232/422/485 or CANBus ports.

For storage, standard is a 500GB SATA SSD with quick release that also supports quick data erase in case that's ever needed. Power is via wide-range 18V~36V DC-IN, with a 28 VDC military vehicle power option with selectable timer setting.

Ruggedness is where it gets really interesting. The V10BB is IP67-sealed, which means it's totally dustproof and can even be submerged in water. That's almost unprecedented in a panel PC. Equally impressive is the operating temperature range of -51 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (-46° to 71°C). That's a far wider range than any standard rugged tablet. And the V10BB also meets or exceeds requirements of almost a dozen MIL-STD-810G tests, MIL-STD-461F (electromagnetic interference), and MIL-STD-1250 (corrosion prevention and deterioration control in electronic components and assemblies). And that's only the half of it (the other half is extensive quality and reliability controls).

In summary, the DURABOOK V10BB looks like a very interesting solution for military and similar deployments where available hardware is often quite obsolete. The V10BB isn't, drawing on state-of-the-art technologies, while still providing legacy connectivity and adherence to legacy and special-purpose military standards.

See GammaTech DURABOOK V10BB page.
Specs GammaTech DURABOOK V10BB
Status Added 07/2016
Form-factor Rugged military all-in-one
CPU/Speed Intel Broadwell U-Series
OS Microsoft Windows
RAM 4GB or 8GB
Storage 1 x 2.5-inch wide-temperature 500GB SATA SSD w/ quick release and quick data erase
Card slots 1 x miniPCIe (for analog or digital video-in)
Display type LVDS LCD panel, 600 nits, MIL-STD-3009 night mode compliant, 178-degree viewing angle, optical bonding with EMI mesh
Display size/res 10.4"/1024 x 768 pixels (123 ppi)
Digitizer/pens Resistive single or multi-touch
Keyboard/keys Volume, power, 28 function keys
Navigation Touch, function keys, keyboard
Housing Cast aluminum-alloy with independent chassis grounding
Operating Temp -51° to 160°F (-46° to 71°C)
Sealing IP67
Shock MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6, Procedure I, Category 24, Fig. 514.6E-2 Helicopter minimum integrity (operating/non operating)
Vibration MIL-STD-810G Method 514.6, Proc. I
Humidity 5 to 95% relative humidity
Altitude Up to 15,000 feet (operating)
Salt Fog MIL-STD 810G 509.5 5% Salt 48Hr Exposure 48Hr Drying Period when the unit is off
Explosive Atmosphere MIL-STD 810G Method 511.5, Procedure I
Size (WxHxD) 12.4 x 9.9 x 2.2 inches (315 x 254 x 58 mm)
Weight Under 11 lbs / 5 kgs
Power 18V~36V DC-IN (MIL-STD-1275 Rev D), optional 28 VDC
Interface 6 x R2-232/422/485, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x DVI-I, 2 x GbE LAN, power, audio in/out, mic, 8 x DIO, 2 x 3 RS232/422/485 or 2 CANBus (J1939 & MilCAN); optional military connector mountings with up to 32 pins
Wireless TBA
Certifications TBA
Price inquire
Product brochure DURABOOK V10BB spec sheet
Web page DURABOOK V10BB web
Contact www.gammatechusa.com