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Watertight computer sports dual-core Atom

Jun 19, 2009 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Stealth Computer announced an “extreme environment” PC that routes all its I/O through locking, bayonet-style connectors (left). The fanless, Linux-friendly WPC-500F uses a dual-core Atom 330, includes hard disk or solid-state disk storage, and operates on input power ranging from 10 to 30VDC, the company says.

(Click here for a larger view of the Stealth WPC-500F)

Stealth says its WPC-500F, aimed at marine and mobile applications, is completely watertight, meeting IP67/NEMA 6 environmental specifications. According to the company, the fanless device is cooled via advanced heat pipe technology, and by the fact that its aluminum chassis acts as a heat sink.

Rather than the single-core Atom 230 that might have been expected, the WPC-500F benefits from Intel's dual-core Atom 330, combined with the chipmaker's 945GC chipset (the 82945GC northbridge and 82801GB southbridge). The PC comes with a preinstalled maximum of 2GB DDR2 RAM, and an 80GB, 5400rpm hard drive. The latter can be swapped out for a 2.5-inch SSD (solid state disk), offered in sizes ranging from 16Gb to 128GB, according to Stealth.

As the photo at the top of our story shows, the WPC-500F's I/O is channeled through four locking, bayonet-style connectors, which appear to follow the MIL-STD-D38999 standard [PDF link, here]. The four connectors carry USB and serial signals, VGA output, gigabit Ethernet, and DC input power. Stealth supplies 1.5 meter accessory cables, pictured below, and, apparently because the WPC-500F only has one USB port, also throws in an external powered USB hub with four ports.


The accessory cables supplied with Stealth Computer's WPC-500F
(Click to enlarge)

According to the company, the WPC-500F accepts input power ranging from 10 to 30VDC. The system may be configured to switch itself on from 5 seconds to three hours after power was initially applied, while power-off may be delayed by either 45 seconds or two hours, Stealth adds.

Finally, Stealth says the WPC-500F is available with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, as well as being compatible with QNX and a variety of Windows flavors. For a display, the company recommends its TT-840, a 8.9-inch touchscreen display that offers 800 x 600 resolution and is also said to be watertight.

Features and specifications listed by Stealth for the WPC-500F include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Atom 330 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Memory — 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Storage — 80GB, 2.5-inch hard disk drive or SSD in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB sizes
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O (all via bayonet connectors):1 x VGA
  • 1 x USB
  • 1 x serial
  • DC power input

  • Operating range — 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 11.37 x 7.51 x 2.97 inches (298 x 191 x 75.5mm)
  • Weight:
    • Without cables or mounting bracket, 8 pounds (3.62kg)
      With cables, 9.75 pounds (4.42kg)
    • With cables and mounting bracket, 10.35 pounds (4.7kg)



    This video demonstrates the WPC-500F's watertight nature
    Source: Stealth Computer
    (click to play)

    Further information

    According to Stealth Computer, the WPC-500F will be available in early July, priced starting at approximately $2,000 with cables, mounting bracket, and the 80GB hard disk drive. More information may be found on the company's website, here.


     
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