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Amrel DR8 Rugged Tablet PC

Rugged tablet for military and industrial use
(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 computers was introduced in 1995 and has been updated, enhanced, and fine-tuned every since.

The ROCKY Patriot DR8 is a technology update to the company's DR7 rugged tablet computer platform. The DR8 comes in a military version, the DR8-M, and an industrial version, the black/gray DR8-I. The DR8 is a compact, lightweight and yet fully rugged tablet. It has a touchscreen and uses Windows XP, albeit not the Tablet Edition that requires an active digitizer. The DR8 measures just 9.8 x 7.4 inches and is 1.65 inches thick. It weighs a bit over four pound, so it's no larger or heavier than most commercial tablets. The housing is made of magnesium, in military green or black/gray, and the whole design is sealed to IP55 specifications. The unit is built both to MIL-STD 810F and MIL-STD 461E specifications for resistance to rain, shock, humidity, vibration, salt fog, altitude and extreme temperatures. A built-in heater allows operation in -20C/-4F temperature.

Like is usually the case with AMREL computers, the DR8 offers very good expansion flexibility. There is a PC Card Type II slot as well as an Express Card slot, two additional optional PC Card Type II slots, and inside a mini PCI and a mini PCIe slot. Onboard connectivity consists of a USB 2.0 port, a serial port, a gigabit RJ45 LAN port, as well as docking and power ports. Inside, there are four additional USB ports, two IEEE-1394 ports, and two serial interfaces. If even that is not enough, the optional "Docklight" stand/cradle adds 4 USB ports, audio in/out, and two serial ports and lots more. The touchscreen display is an 8.4-inch XGA LCD with AMREL's Alpha-Star sunlight readable anti-reflective technology. A powerful second battery snaps onto the back of the device.

Compared to the predecessor DR7 platform, the DR8 has been upgraded to a low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB of storage, a higher resolution (1024 x 768 instead of 800 x 600 pixel) display, and various other tech enhancements.

Published ruggedness specs, dimensions and weight are the same for both the military and the industrial version.

Specifications Amrel Rocky DR8
Status Added 05/2009; updated 01/2011, 05/2013
Form-factor Rugged military-spec tablet
Processor Intel ULV Core 2 Duo U7500 with 2MB Cache
CPU Speed 1.06GHz
Standard/Max RAM 2GB/4GB DDR2 667MHz
OS Windows 7 Pro (32-bit)
Disk/drive 500GB 5400rpm removable 2.5" SATA shock-mounted HD; optional SSD
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II,1 Express Card, 1 internal mini PCI, 1 internal mini PCIe
Display type "Alpha-Star" sunlight readable Anti-Reflective TFT; optional LED backlight
Display size/res 8.4-inch/1024 x 768 pixel
Digitizer/pens Resistive touchscreen
Keyboard/scale External USB 89-key backlit option
Housing Sealed magnesium casing
Operating Temp MIL-STD 810F (inquire specifics)
Sealing IEC 60529, IP55
Shock MIL-STD 810F 516.5 Category 1
Salt Fog test MIL-STD 810F 509.4
Humidity test MIL-STD 810F 507.4
Vibration MIL-STD 810F 514.3, Cat. 1, 514.5 Cat. 14 and 20 Category 1
Size (WxHxD) 9.8 x 7.4 x 1.65 inches (250 x 190 x 45 mm)
Weight 4.2 lbs. (1.9 kg) with battery
Power Removable 11.1V/4,800 mAH Li-Ion (secondary 11.1V/7,200 mAH battery optional)
Interface USB, RS232, RJ45, dock, 2nd battery port., military connector; internal: 4 USB 2.0, 2 serial, 2 IEEE1394
Wireless Integrated options: HSDPA 3.5G wide area wireless, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR, uBlox LEA-6H GPS
List price Inquire
Product page Amrel Rocky DR8
Brochure Rocky DR8
Contact computers.amrel.com
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