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Mobile computer for harsh environments

Published 2012-03-12

Octagon (USA) has developed mobile computers for military and civil outdoor applications. The MOBL D and the RMB-C2 rugged computer are based on the PC/104 form factor. Both PCs features besides other interfaces CAN connectivity.

BOTH PRODUCTS ARE EQUIPPED WITH military connectors to link the peripherals. The shock suppression system is designed for 24/7 abuse – not just passing a brief MIL test. The MOBL D is based on the Vortex86MX processor, while the RMB-C2 comes with a 1,5-GHz VIA C7 processor. The CAN interface is available together with two digital inputs and one digital output at the same connector. The computers incorporate the Hedgehog power supply providing protection from the severe transients common in mobile power systems.
The fanless version of the products allows operation in the temperature range from -30 °C to +70 °C. For the CAN interfaces third-parties offer J1939 and CANopen software packages. Typical applications include construction and mining machines as well as commercial and military trucks.