Built for military applications, the Spartan is a mobile computer with a built-in GPS receiver and 802.11b/g wireless Ethernet port. It measures 6.5 × 3 × 0.5 inches, and can have a hard drive up to 60 GB, a touch screen display and LCD panel in its sealed enclosure. It has Pentium-M laptop performance, runs Windows XP Pro and supports OpenGL and DirectX in its onboard video for video overlays and mapping/targeting functions. It has external ports for USB and FireWire for camera interface, and RS485/422 com ports for audio dimension Mic and headphone for voice commands, plus VoIP for communication with radios. It includes security features to prevent tampering, and an E-Purge feature to wipe out the hard drive before it can be taken by an unauthorized person. It normally runs between 0 and 55C, but comes in a conduction cooled version that runs between -40 and 85C. Prices start at $3,400.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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