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Amrel DK8 Rugged Tablet PC

Versatile, rugged tablet with 12.1-inch 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 computers was introduced in 1995 and has been updated, enhanced, and fine-tuned every since.

The ROCKY Patriot DK8 is rugged lightweight tablet computer platform with a large 12.1-inch touchscreen. Like the other AMREL computing platforms, the DK8 comes in a military version, the military-green DK8-M, and an industrial version, the black/gray DK8-I. The DK8 measures 12.6 x 10.0 inches and is just over two inches thick. It weighs about 5.5 pounds, quite reasonable for such a touh and heavily protected tablet. The housing is made of magnesium and the whole design is sealed to IP54 specifications. The unit is built to MIL-STD 810F specifications for resistance to rain, shock, humidity, vibration, salt fog, altitude and extreme temperatures. A built-in heater allows operation in -20C/-4F temperature.

Like is usually the case with AMREL computers, the DK8 offers very good expansion flexibility. There is a PC Card Type II slot as well as an Express Card slot, two additional optional PC Card Type II slots, and inside a mini PCI and a mini PCIe slot. Onboard connectivity consists of four standard and two proprietary USB ports, two serial ports, a gigabit RJ45 LAN port, video, as well as docking and power ports. Inside, there are four additional USB ports, two IEEE-1394 ports, and two serial interfaces. If even that is not enough, the optional "Docklight" stand/cradle adds 4 USB ports, audio in/out, and two serial ports and lots more. The touchscreen display is an 12.1-inch XGA LCD with AMREL's Alpha-Star sunlight readable anti-reflective technology. A powerful second battery is available, bringing total onboard power up to a stunning 160 watt-hours.

Like the smaller DR8 tablet platform, the DK8 is using Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Published ruggedness specs, dimensions and weight are the same for both the military and the industrial version.

Specifications Amrel Rocky DK8
Status Added 05/2009, updated 01/2011, 05/2013
Form-factor Rugged military-spec tablet
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 with 2MB L2 cache or Core 2 Duo U7500 with 2MB of L2 cache
CPU Speed 1.66GHz, 1.06GHz
Standard/Max RAM 2B/4GB DDR2 667MHz
OS Windows 7 Pro (32-bit)
Disk/drive 500GB 5400rpm removable 2.5" SATA shock-mounted HD; optional SSD
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II,1 Express Card, 1 internal mini PCI, 1 internal mini PCIe, 2 optional extra PC Card Type II
Display type "Alpha-Star" sunlight readable Anti-Reflective TFT; optional LED backlight
Display size/res 12.1-inch/1024 x 768 pixel
Digitizer/pens Resistive touchscreen
Keyboard/scale External USB 89-key backlit option
Housing Sealed magnesium casing
Operating Temp MIL-STD 810F (inquire specifics)
Sealing IEC 60529, IP65
Shock MIL-STD 810F 516.5 Category 1
Salt Fog test MIL-STD 810F 509.4
Humidity test MIL-STD 810F 507.4
Vibration MIL-STD 810F 514.3, Cat. 1, 514.5 Cat. 14 and 20 Category 1
Size (WxHxD) 12.6 x 10.0 x 2.13 inches (320 x 255 x 54 mm)
Weight 5.5 lbs. (2.5kg) with battery
Power Removable 11.1V/7,200 mAH Li-Ion (secondary 11.1V/7,200 mAH battery optional)
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RS232, gigabit RJ45, dock, 2nd battery port., military connector; internal: 4 USB 2.0, 2 serial, 2 IEEE1394
Wireless Integrated options: HSDPA 3.5G wide area wireless, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR, uBlox LEA-6H GPS
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