Rugged Compact PC from Aitech Improves Reliable, High Performance Computing in Harsh Environments

Extensive I/O, large memory arrays combine with Intel Core i7 processing capabilities

Aitech Defense Systems Inc., a pioneer in true embedded and mission critical computing technologies for environmentally-demanding, mission-critical applications, now offers the extremely rugged and compact A171 computing system that ensures high computing performance under highly adverse conditions.

An environmentally-sealed (IP65) aluminum enclosure that withstands exceptional shock and vibration houses the A171’s Intel Core i7 processor board along with a highly integrated power interface board. The two boards are hard-mounted to the interior of the front panel, which enables the front panel’s integrated heat sink to provide high efficiency cooling of the system’s higher power components for increased system reliability.

This rugged architecture and high processing combines with a very modest power consumption of 40 W, enabling the new rugged compact PC (RCP) to reliably perform in a wide variety of harsh military air and ground applications.

Equipped with up to 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM with ECC at 1,066 MHz as well as 64 GB of SATA Flash (SSD) and dual-redundant 4 MB of BIOS Flash, the new RCP offers extensive volatile and non-volatile memory resources.

The A171 also offers an impressive number of I/O options, while weighing less than 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) and measuring only 10″ x 7″ x 1.7″ (260 mm x 180 mm x 45.2 mm). I/O includes two ports each of Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and USB 2.0 as well as four UART ports and eight discrete I/O lines, all of which feature on-board filtering. Two optional CANbus controllers are also available.

The front panel’s exterior features two MIL-C-38999 connectors that are soldered directly to the power interface board for added reliability. A cable set with mating, industry-standard PC connectors is also available to ease integration and reduce start-up time and costs. Simply plug in a 28 VDC power source, connect to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and the A171 is up and running, right out of the box.

The Core i7 platform, with Intel’s Hyperthreading Technology, enables application developers to take full advantage of the dual-core/four thread parallel processing capabilities, resulting in high power processing with low power consumption.

This Intel platform also offers large, integrated on-chip L1 and L2 caches as well as a shared L3 cache with a companion PCH I/O controller hub. The integrated 2D/3D graphics controller supports graphics and video processing and provides RGBHV and DVI output channels.

Additional system resources include two temperature sensors and an avionics windowed watchdog timer to monitor system operation and critical software functions. Operating temperature is -40°C to +71°C (-40°F to +160°F).

Technical Specifications:

  • Core i7 processor @ 2.53/2.0/1.33 GHz (two cores/four threads)
  • Integrated, high performance graphics controller
  • Extensive volatile and non-volatile memory resources
  • Numerous I/O interfaces for flexible system configuration
  • Low power, rugged small form factor system
  • Operating temperature of -40°C to +71°C (-40°F to +160°F)

For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit or e-mail

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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions.

The company provides industry-standard, open architecture VMEbus, CompactPCI and high speed serial fabric-based boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence and earned-value management services.

Having pioneered the development of true military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to also develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market.

Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles as well as surface and subsurface naval platforms to tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.

Contact Information

Aitech Defense Systems Inc.

19756 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA, 91311

tele: (818) 700-2000

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