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DRS Scorpion RVT

Rugged slate computer for vehicle applications
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The DRS Scorpion Rugged Vehicle Terminal, or "RVT," is a rugged touch-screen tablet computer with external keyboard capability that's based on an internal "COTS" architecture, which means it uses Commercial Off The Shelf components. The RVT is designed as a rugged war fighter computer that can be used on the digital battlefield, at sea or on the flight line. The 12-pound slate can be mounted inside a wide variety of combat vehicles and operated on the move. It can either run off vehicle power or independently using its internal rechargeable batteries.

Technologically, the RVT is based on off-the-shelf parts that are tried-and-proven rather than state-of-the-art. There's a 700MHz or faster Pentium III that can do with 128MB of PC100 SDRAM and run virtually all of Microsoft's OS platforms as well as SUN Solaris off its removable internal 20GB hard drive. The device measures 12 x 12 inches and is 2.7 inches thick. The 12.1-inch transflective TVT uses 800 x 600 resolution and there is a touch screen option. Two PC Card slots provide expansion, and there is an abundance of onboard connectivity: four serial (RS232/422/423), parallel, 2 USB, and LAN. There's a CD/DVD optical drive, and an optional AC converter in addition to the hot-swappable Li-Ion battery.

As one would expect, the Scorpion RVT is designed to operate under extreme conditions. With optional heaters, it can be operated in a temperature range of -32 to 60 degree Celsius. It can survive extreme shock, operate at altitude, and has been tested to MIL-STD specs too numerous to list here (see website for info).

This is a machine equally at home in a tank as hanging on a shouler strap on a solider's body.

Form-factor Rugged slate
Processor Intel Pentium III
CPU Speed 700 MHz and faster
Chipset NA
Standard/Max RAM 128MB/512MB PC100
Disk/drive Removable 20GB and higher
Card slots 2 PC Card Type I/II
Display type Transflective TFT
Display size/res 12.1-inch/800x600
Digitizer/pens optional touch screen
Keyboard/scale External
Ruggedness Very rugged (MIL-STD-810E 509.3/I, 505.3, 500.3/II, 507.3/II, 510.E/I, 5-6.3/III, 511.3/1, 10,000 ft altitude, -32 to 60 Celsius operating, fungus resistant, EMI MIL-STD-461E and other)
Housing NA
Size (WxHxD) 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.5
Weight about 12 lbs.
Power NA
Interface 1 USB, RS232, RS422
Interface RJ45, 2 PS/2, audio
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