Rugged notebook: Hot-swap batteries run computer forever


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Dewetron rugged DA-130 series notebook computer with hot-swapping batteries also can be used as a data acquisition platform.

Charlestown, RIDewetron Inc .'s DA-130 series of rugged notebook computers runs continuously on hot-swap batteries, has a full-length PCI slot to accommodate the needed PCI card, and can be upgraded by replacing the standard mini-ITX mainboard. The briefcase-like PC-based notebooks, like the DA-138, include the company's SideHand intelligent battery power system. Hot swapping one battery at a time is "unique within products of this kind, especially systems containing high power computers and very bright displays," the company says.

Model DA-135 serves as a data acquisition system. Notebook computers with a PCI slot are rare, making these especially attractive for aerospace, automotive, field and factory test, environmental engineering, and other applications, company says. A PCI-Express (PCI-X) slot can be installed instead of the PCI slot, as an option. Also, by replacing the motherboard, the notebook easily can be upgraded, "unheard of in the world of notebook computers," Dewetron says. Metal housing has high-impact rubber edges, tested for shock and vibration to MIL-STD-810F, with a NEMA 32 rating. The high-brightness, 450 nits (cd/m2), 15-in., 1,024x768 TFT display is usable in a variety of lighting. It has an Intel CoreDuo process, 1, 2, or 3 GB RAM, a fast hard-drive subsystem, and integrated RAID controller, with Microsoft XP Professional OS, ready for a Microsoft Vista upgrade.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief

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