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Tiny tactical mission computer runs Linux

Feb 5, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a rugged tactical mission computer that runs Linux or Windows XP Embedded. Designed for space/weight-constrained military/aerospace deployments, the DuraCOR 820 Small Tactical Mission Computer measures 3.0 x 4.3 x 7.0-inch and weighs 3 pounds.

(Click for larger view of the DuraCor 820)

The DuraCor 820 is based on a conductively cooled Intel Pentium M738 clocked at 1.4GHz. Equipped with 2MB of second-level cache, this processor offers performance equivalent to a 2.8GHz Pentium 4, Parvus says. The computer ships with 512MB or 1GB of memory, while the operating system is stored on the system's 2Gb of flash memory. The system offers two Fast Ethernet ports, three USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, and other assorted I/O.

DuraCor 820
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The DuraCor 820 has been ruggedized with claimed compliance to MIL-STD-810F environmental conditions (high altitude, thermal, shock, vibration, humidity), MIL-STD-461E EMI/EMC levels, and 28VDC avionics power supply standards (MIL-STD-704E). The computer is said to support a wide range of field applications, including command and control (c2) on-the-move, unmanned vehicle operator control, and C4ISR situational awareness.

Side views of the DuraCor 820

The following are the major specs for the DuraCor 820:

  • Processor — Intel Pentium M738 clocked at 1.4GHz, 2048k L2 cache
  • Memory — 1024MB DDR-SODIMM; 2GB CompactFlash (upgradable)
  • Video — VGA analog output
  • Networking — 2 x 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • >Other I/O:
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 2 x RS-232 serial
    • 4 x GP DIO digital inputs
    • 4 x GP DIO digital outputs

  • Expansion — 1 x CompactFlash (2GB card standard)
  • Dimensions — 3.0 x 4.3 x 7.0 inches (75.95 x 109.22 x 177.8 mm)

  • Weight — 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
  • Chassis — corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy, anodized per MIL-A-8625, Type II, Class 2; flange mount baseplate
  • Power — 9-32 VDC Input (28VDC Nominal); 22 Watts max dissipation; reverse, over voltage, surge protected; MIL-STD-704E compliant
  • Temperature range — -40 to 158 degrees F (-40 to 70 degrees C); MIL-STD-810F compliant
  • Humidity range — 5% to 95% (non-condensing); 100% (condensing); MIL-STD-810F compliant
  • Operating shock — 15g, 15ms, 1/2 sine wave, 3 positive/negative per axis; MIL-STD-810F compliant
  • Crash-safety shock — 40g, 12ms, 2 pluses per axis
  • Random vibration — 0.22-G(squared)/10-Hz to 0.0026-G(squared)/2000-Hz
  • EMI/EMC — MIL-STD-461E compliant
  • Altitude — 60,000 feet (18,288 meters); MIL-STD-810F compliant
  • Dust, water, and moisture resistance — IP65 and NEMA 4 compliant
  • Operating system: Linux or Windows XP Embedded (120-day evaluation license)


The DuraCor 820 is in pre-production, and has an estimated list price of $10,000. Parvus is demonstrating the computer at booth #2214 at the AFCEA/USNI West 2008 Conference, which is being held at the San Diego Convention Center on February 5-7. More information on the DuraCor 820 can be found here.

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