Minicomputer takes ‘ruggedized’ to the next level

Tangent Inc., announced its Rugged Mini UX industrial-strength mini computer that, the company says, takes “ruggedized” to the next level. The computer is solid state, fanless, designed for use on factory floors or in the field. It can be mounted to carts or vehicles, or in any harsh environment. It withstands shock, dust, vibration, humidity, extreme cold and heat, and even electromagnetic interference (EMI).
By Control Engineering Staff January 24, 2008

Burlingame, CA Tangent Inc. , announced its Rugged Mini UX industrial-strength mini computer that, the company says, takes “ruggedized” to the next level. The computer is solid state, fanless, designed for use on factory floors or in the field. It can be mounted to carts or vehicles, or in any harsh environment. It withstands shock, dust, vibration, humidity, extreme cold and heat, and even electromagnetic interference (EMI).
The company says the product’s rugged design includes a hard drive mounted on four gel-mount shock absorbers rated to 15 Gs. It has an oversized heat-pipe and heat-sink assembly to provide, fanless convection-based cooling even in the most demanding environments. The solid state version comes with compact flash data storage that has no moving parts.
Other features include four USB 2.0 ports, six COM ports for controlling multiple devices, including up to six monitors; built-in WiFi; VGA, and DVI output for connecting a touch screen or flat panel monitor; a GPIO interface that can control LED panels, machinery, and other devices; an ac/dc adapter, and an optional dc wiring harness that can be direct wired to dc sources in a wide variety of marine, aviation, vehicle, military, and battery-powered cart applications.
According to the company, the mini-computer employs Intel’s energy-saving Enhanced Speed Step technology for longer battery life and run-times-per-charge, and cooler operation. The system uses just 44 Watts at 100% utilization compared to a typical PC using 75-125 Watts. It measures 9 x 7 x 2-in., and weighs less than 4 lb. The company says the computer is available with a choice of low voltage Intel Celeron M, Core Solo, or Core Duo processor, and can be easily wall mounted or attached to a display screen via its mounting flanges.
The Rugged Mini UX has a starting price of $1,299 and comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows XP Pro. Tangent backs it with a one-year parts and labor warranty and optional one year on-site service. It is available direct from Tangent at www.tangent.com. Tangent can customize units for volume buyers.
—Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor