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Amrel Rocky RT9

Ruggedized 13.3-inch notebook computer with various options in military and industrial versions
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Based in El Monte, California, AMREL (AMerican RELiance) has a long history of offering value-added applications in vertical markets. The Rocky line of ruggedized notebook computers was introduced in 1995 and has been updated, enhanced, and fine-tuned every since. AMREL was among the first to offer the full power, expansion, and convenience of a standard notebook in a ruggedized package.

A Rocky Matrix did well in one of our Pen Computing Magazine roundups with its combination of design, performance, and ruggedness. We also liked the ultra-sealed keyboard and individual rubber plugs.

AMREL uses a base notebook platform that is then customized and specialized for industrial and military markets. The military-spec models are the Rocky RF9 with a 17-inch display, the RK9 with a 15-inch display, and the RT9 (shown here) with a 13.3 inch display. The military models carry an "-M" suffix and have a military-green case whereas the industrial models have a "-I" suffix and have black housings.

The military grade rugged notebooks feature the latest computing technology and are built to handle everything from daily communications to mission critical situations in harsh environments and severe weather. To that extent, machines are subjected to all pertinent MIL-STD-810G tests and carry a IP65 ingress protection rating.

Since machines in this class will be used outdoors and require sunlight-viewable displays, they are equipped with AMREL's proprietary Alpha-Star SRL display technology that increases screen contrast while reducing reflective glare for maximum readability under bright conditions. The Alpha-Star display is also available with an optional resistive touch-screen.

All 9-Series machines benefit from technology upgrades that include a mature Intel Core 2 Duo processor, maximum DDR3 memory up to 8GB, removable SATA hard disks with heater starting at 500GB or optional Solid State Disks, a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) video port, as well as optional uBlox GPS, high-powered Intel GMA 4500 or nVidia GeForce 9300 graphics, and 3.5G wide area wireless.

The new RT9, RK9, and RF9 laptops are all Flexpedient capable. Flexpedient is an AMREL patent-pending technology that enables hardware to be rapidly reconfigurable to handle different applications via a client's application-specific modules (see AMREL's Flexpedient page).

AMREL uses a proprietary "dock under" system for easy mounting and dismounting from vehicles of all types. There are multiple expansion capabilities, including a choice of two USB ports or two PCI ports, enabling convenient device integration. AMREL also has a Customizable COTS program, so any of their rugged notebooks can be designed to fit a customer's unique requirements, specs and environments.

Specifications Amrel Rocky RT9
Added/updated Added 11/2011 (replaced RT8), updated 05/2013
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 with 3MB L2 cache
CPU Speed 2.26GHz
Video Intel GMA 4500 MHD or optional nVidia GeForce 9300 512MB
OS Windows 7 Pro 64-bit or 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/8GB DDR3 1066MHz
Disk/drive 500GB removable 2.5" SATA shock-mounted HD; optional SSD
Optical drive DVD-ROM or DVD-RW
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II and 1 ExpressCard or 2 PC Card Type II
Display type High-bright sunlight readable anti-reflective TFT
Display size/res 13.3-inch 1024 x 768 pixel
Digitizer/pens Resistive touchscreen option
Keyboard/scale Standard 87-key or backlit 89 key
Housing Magnesium (military green)
Operating Temp -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
Sealing IEC 60529, IP65
Shock MIL-STD-810G 516.6, Procedure I
Salt Fog test MIL-STD-810G 509.5
Humidity test MIL-STD-810G 507.5 (Aggravated)
Vibration MIL-STD810G 514.6, Proc. 1, Cat. 1, 14 and 201
Size (WxHxD) 12.75 x 10.9 x 3.15 inches
Weight 9.5 lbs.
Power Removable 11.1V 8,700 mAH Li-Ion (military connector); optional 2nd 11.1V 7,800 mAH battery (replaces optical drive)
Interface 2 x RS232/422/485, parallel, VGA, gigabit RJ45, 3 x USB 2.0, IEEE1394, PS/2, audio in/out, dock; optional RJ11, DVI, 2 additional serial
Wireless Options: Intel WiFi Link 6205 802.11a/g/n, uBlox LEA-6H GPS, Cinterion HC25 HSDPA/UMTS 3.5G, BlueTooth 2.1 + EDR, 56kbps V.92 modem
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