Display-less Mil-Spec Computer
Brick Computer – MilBOX (prototype shown in CAD)
The MilBOX is intended for users who need a fully rugged mobile server that can withstand shock, vibration, humidity and temperature to Mil-STD 810F requirements. Sometimes, you just need a computer that will survive being mounted almost anywhere, but still needs to be connected to whatever your are controlling/monitoring/logging. Such computers are sometime known as brick computers, shoe-box computers or if you are being polite, “small form-factor computers” because they are not very imaginatively designed! Most of the engineering issues are of heat management and making the I/O fully waterproof. Brick computers are usually fully sealed enclosures, so forced air cooling can’t be used. In fact in the MilBOX there are no fans of any kind. Cooling is through conduction and convection, with the casework operating as a heatsink.
The MilBOX is a COTS display-less computer in a metal enclosure with multiple mil-spec connectors mounted to the front panel. Interfaces include options got GPS and Wireless cellular access, as well as the usual USB (4 x 3.0), dual Gigabit LAN, 2x SATA3 (6Gbps) ports + 2x SATA2 (3Gbps) ports and dedicated Isolated DIO, 8in/8out.
These sorts of computers are often underpowered when it comes to processor performance – but the MilBOX has an Intel® Core™ i7-3610QE which is a Quad Core CPU (with Hyperthreading to 8 virtual cores) with 6 MB SmartCache and Intel® HD Graphics 4000 on chip. It operates at 2.3GHz (3.3 GHz Turbo) and dissipates only 45W (TDP).
For the kinds of environments you might encounter, the operating temperature range is -25°C ~ +70°C (Start up can be a low as -40°C) A special wide temperature-range SSD is integrated.
Weighing 10.5lb with the Mil-Connectors, the MilBOX is IP65 rated and has AC & DC (10-36V) inputs.