Luggable multi-screen Server Sports Dual Xeons and 8x Gigabit LANs
Government, military and public safety all need instant response when deploying to “Hot Zones”. To support the hundreds of analysts, responders and communications personnel Acme Government Systems www.acmemilspec.com has developed the most powerful portable server ever in a luggable product. This advanced lunchbox computer is the heaviest luggable anyone has ever seen and probably is the biggest lunchbox computer as well.
Sporting dual 21” 1920 x 1080 HD displays for tactical awareness, the MegaPAC L2 harnesses the power of dual Intel Xeon E5 processors married to dual-quad Gigabit Ethernet controllers giving this portable luggable computer awesome power in the deployed environment.
The MegaPAC L2 lunchbox computer uses dual Intel I350 Gigabit Ethernet adapters to provide blazing 8-channel throughput. Detailed information about these adapters can be found at: http://www.intel.com/content/dam/doc/product-brief/ethernet-i350-server-adapter-brief.pdf
Lunchbox Computer with Dual E5 Xeons – single screen
Also available from Acme Government Systems (www.acmemilspec.com) is a single screen lunchbox computer, the FlexPAC 1 luggable computer server. The FlexPAC 1 has all the computer power advantages of the MegaPAC L2 but offers a smaller package with a single 17” HD display.
So what’s the big advantage of a Lunchbox computer or luggable computer anyway? For may applications that use add-in function modules, it’s the only way to get an efficient shape to hold the motherboard, add-in function cards, drives, etc. See below for examples of function card used in Lunchbox and Luggable computers.
Lunchbox computers and luggable computers come in lots of different sizes but they all have the approximate shape of a real lunchbox. See below:
But what about lunchboxes and computers? Just below is an interesting progression from a kid’s actual lunch box to a lunch box with a computer in it, to the background of the term lunchbox applied to electronics.
Thanks to http://johngarris.com/JohnGarris.html#/tardis for the use of the image.
So where did the term ‘lunchbox computer’ come from?
Where did the name “Lunchbox” for an electronic product come from? As far as we can tell it was first used by a vintage electronics kit manufacturer, Heathkit from Benton Harbor, Michigan,
The Heath Company was founded in 1926 by Ed Heath as an aircraft company. Ed designed a famous racing aircraft called the “Heath Baby Bullet”
For more information on the Heath Baby Bulles see: http://www.air-racing-history.com/aircraft/Heath%20Baby%20Bullet.htm
Much later after World Way II, in 1947, Heath introduced its first electronic kit, the O1 oscilloscope that sold for US$50—the price was unbeatable at the time, and the oscilloscope went on to be a huge seller.
The Heathkit oscilloscope was so successful the company branched out into other parts of electronics and in doing so introduced the first use of the term “Lunchbox” applied to electronics, the Heathkit “Lunch-Box” transceiver.
In 1964 the Heathkit Lunch-Box transceiver was introduced using the space-efficient shape of a workingman’s metal lunchbox. This is the first instance we can find of the use of Lunchbox applied to an electronic product. This name has now been co-opeted for use in computers to apply all sorts of different sizes and shapes of essentially rectangular solid boxes with a handle at the top. It’s a long way from 1964. For more information about Heath and Heathkit, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathkit
So there it is, the history of why portable computers are called “Lunchbox” computers.