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Amrel Rocky RT7/RK7

Ruggedized notebook computer with various options
(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 different markets. These days, AMREL offers its rugged notebook platform in federal/military, industrial, or medical versions. The military-spec models are the Rocky "Patriot" RT7-M and RK7-M, the industrial RT7-I model retains the "Rocky Unlimited" name, and the medical version, based on newer technology, is called the MRK8 60601 Medical Notebook.

The industrial RT7-I and the military RT7-M are based on the same chassis, with the military model additionally certified to MIL-STD 461E electromagnetic emissions shielding and available with military connectors. Both have a 13.3-inch display with optional resistive touch screen. The RK7-M also has essentially the same specs, but uses a somewhat larger chassis to accommodate a 15-inch LCD. All models in the series have exceptional onboard connectivity which makes them suitable for a very wide range of applications.

Like most other manufacturer of vertical market notebooks, AMREL has its own daylight viewable display technology. It's called the Alpha-Star SRL display and significantly increases screen image contrast and reduces reflective glare.

Amrel uses what it calls an "Advanced Modular Platform" to provide flexibility in configuring a machine to customer specifications. And AMREL provides a choice of two types of "dockunders," either a vertical or a horizontal model. Both provide port replication for easy mount and dismount in vehicles. With a choice of either two USB ports or two PCI slots, the horizontal dockunder offers multiple expansion capabilities for very flexible integration options.

Specifications
Added/updated Updated 02/2008
Processor Intel Pentium Dothan Processor
CPU Speed 1.5/1.6/1.8 GHz
Standard/Max RAM 512MB/2048MB DDR
Disk/drive Removable 60-100GB HD + either FD or optical; optional Solid State HDD
Card slots 2 PC Card Type II, 2 internal mini PCI
Display type "Alpha-Star" sunlight readable Anti-Reflective TFT
Display size/res 13.3 or 15.0-inch/1024x768 or 1400x1050
Digitizer/pens Touchscreen option
Keyboard/scale Integrated backlit 89 keys, 100%
Housing Magnesium alloy casing
Operating Temp -4 to 122 F
Sealing IP54
Shock MIL-STD 810F Certified (50 cm drop)
Size (WxHxD) RT7: 12.3 x 9.7 x 2.5; RK7: 13.4 x 11.6 x 3.1
Weight 11/13.2 lbs. w/ CD-ROM and battery
Power Removable 6,000 mAH Li-Ion (military connector option)
Interface 2 RS232, parallel, VGA, RJ11, RJ45, DVI, 2 USB 2.0, 2 IEEE1394, PS/2, audio in/out
Wireless Options: 802.11, GPRS, CDMA, GPS
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