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Military-grade workstation braves the elements

May 5, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 14 views

Intergraph announced a Linux-compatible workstation designed to withstand punishing environmental conditions for military, industrial, and marine applications. The sealed, solid-state TD-R 7X11R-S series rack-mount workstation supports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, and offers dual gigabit… Ethernet ports.

(Click for larger view of the Intergraph TD-R 7X11R-S)

The TD-R 7X11R-S is completely sealed to prevent air, water, dust, and other contaminants from entering, and the aluminum and steel chassis provides “high strength and extreme durability,” says Intergraph. The workstation is claimed to meet or exceed Dept. of Defense specifications for shock, vibration, humidity and temperature (up to 140 deg. F), and is targeted primarily at naval ships, factories, and oil rigs.

Built with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, the TD-R 7X11R-S comes standard with an Intel Core 2 Duo clocked at 2.2GHz, as well as 2GB DDR2 of sealed memory, expandable to 4GB, says the company. The system is said to include Intel's GMA X3100 integrated graphics, which can access up to 384MB of system memory when required.

The TD-R 7X11R-S is equipped with bays for up to four 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDDs), as well as up to 16GB of solid state drive (SSD) storage. The workstation provides dual gigabit Ethernet ports, four front-facing USB 2.0 ports, and options for additional I/O, says the company. A sealed door offers front-panel access for power, USB, a video maintenance port, and power/drive indicators, while rear connections are provided for power, video, and expansion I/O.

Specifications listed for the Intergraph TD-R 7X11R-S series rack-mount workstation include:

  • Processor — Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz) in base configuration; socket 478MN (MEROM) also supports Intel Celeron
  • Memory — 2GB DDR2 standard; supports additional SODIMM for up to 2GB
  • Graphics/display — Intel GMA X3100; supports DVMT and high resolution, dual independent displays
  • Audio — ICH8M audio controller + AC '97 codec; ALC885 with 7.1 channels; SPDIF-OUT
  • Expansion — 2 x PCI slots
  • Storage — Up to 4 x 2.5-inch SATA II HDD drives (or 4 x SAS with optional controller); supports SSDs of 16GB and higher; Raid 0 and Raid 1
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet; optional 10BaseFL, 100BaseFX, or 1000Base fiber options
  • USB — 4 x USB 2.0 ports (front-facing) with video maintenance port
  • Other I/O — Multiple rear I/O panels (factory-integrated for customer configuration)
  • Power — 120 Watt supply with 120/240 V A/C input; optional DC power supply with 12 V @ 5 Amps
  • Dimensions — 3.5 (2U); fits EIA-standard 19-inch rack
  • Weight — +/- 40 lbs
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 deg. F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Environmental protection — meets military specs, including:
    • Shock — MIL-S-901D Grade-A
    • EMI — MILSTD-461E
    • Vibration — MIL-STD-167
    • Inclination — MIL-E-16400G
    • Airborne noise — MIL-STD-740-1
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows XP, XP Embedded

Stated Gen. Jack Pellicci, U.S. Army (Ret.), GM of Intergraph's Federal, Security and Intelligence business unit, “An industry first in solid state computing technology, this latest generation workstation provides a stable platform in the harshest conditions, including warfighter scenarios where uptime is critical and adverse environments challenge mission success.”


Intergraph did not offer details on the pricing or availability of the TD-R 7X11R-S series workstation, but said it will be demonstrating the system at its booth (#1701) at the Navy League's Sea Air Space Exposition today and tomorrow at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland.

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