AIS Releases Rugged Vehicle PC for Adventurous Drivers

AIS Releases Rugged Vehicle PC for Adventurous Drivers

Lock up the netbook, put away the eBook reader, and for Heaven's sake man, hide that wimpy tablet. While you're at it, go ahead and shuttle all of your other mobile devices out of sight, because AIS's new 12.1-inch Rugged Vehicle Computer (RVC) will eat all those for breakfast.

It's not that AIS's RVC comes equipped with high-end components -- it doesn't -- but this thing is ready to go to war (and offroading) with a bevy of safeguards for just about any kind of harsh environment you can think of.


It all starts with a rugged aluminum alloy housing protecting the internal parts. According to AIS, its new device meets the Military Standard 810F specs for anti-shock and vibration, but that only tells part of the story. The RVC purportedly comes ready to handle extreme temperatures, dusty locales, and even includes a built-in UPS battery backup that will keep the device juiced for an additional 30 minutes when you go chasing game further than you originally intended.

Less impressive is the Celeron M 575 (2.0GHz) foundation and 1GB of DDR2, though this can be upgraded up to 4GB. Other specs include six USB 2.0 ports (including 2 waterproof ports on the front), VGA port, audio jacks, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, LAN, and a single 2.5-inch SATA drive bay.

AIS Releases a 12.1” Rugged Vehicle Computer Featuring a Built-in Smart Battery Backup and High Brightness Touch Screen Display for Harsh Environments

IRVINE, Calif.--American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) introduces a 12.1” Rugged Vehicle Computer designed to reliably operate in strong vibration, extreme temperatures, dusty and harsh environmental conditions. The HMI Vehicle PC features a built-in UPS battery backup system, capable of sustaining the unit for up to 30 minutes in the event of loss of power. This is ideal for delayed system shutdown for data transmission, mission critical applications, and logging application. A 1,000 nit high brightness LCD display provides sharp crisp images in direct sunlight, for superior indoor and outdoor performance. The ultra-rugged vehicle display is available commercially off the shelf (COTS), enabling immediate deployment and reduced time to market.

A rugged aluminum alloy housing protects the internal components, meeting Military Standard 810F specs for anti-shock and vibration requirements. The front bezel is sealed to IP65 compliant water and dustproof standards. Powering the rugged computer is a high performance fanless Intel Celeron M processor and GM45 chipset, designed for long product life cycle and reliable operation in industrial conditions. The ruggedized system is capable of withstanding -10 to 55 degrees Celsius operating temperatures and is compliant with Military 810F standards for anti-shock, vibration, and drop, providing a robust vehicle mounted system in extreme environments.

Staying connected is simple with built-in dual gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless support, and a wide array of I/O connections on the rear for external peripherals. AIS’ vehicle computer system accepts a wide voltage range input, 9 to 28V, for easy deployment into a variety of transportation vehicles. AIS’ commercially available touchscreen vehicle computer provides a cost effective, long life cycle system for logistics, warehousing, vehicles, transportation, and industrial industries where performance and reliability are paramount.

Feature and Benefits:

  • 12” Industrial LCD Display, High Resolution (1024 x 768), High Brightness (1,000 nits) and Contrast (700:1)
  • Built-in UPS Smart Battery Backup with 30-40 minutes operating time
  • Built-in Low-Power Processor (Intel Celeron M)
  • Built-in 802.11a/b/g mini-PCI Wi-Fi module
  • Built-in anti-reflective surface and 1,000 nits high brightness display for sunlight readability
  • Built-in light sensor for extended lamp and backlight lifetime
  • IP65 sealed front bezel for water & dustproof protection
  • Aluminum Die-cast housing material provides environmental resistance to contaminants and hazards
  • HMI (Human Machine Interface) 5 wire resistive touch screen ready platform
  • Wide range 9 to 28V DC power input
  • Wide range operation temperature (-10 to 55 degrees Celsius)
  • Support embedded operating systems include Windows XP Embedded or Windows CE 5.0
  • MIL-810F environmental engineering compliance for shock & vibration, and drop resistance
  • CE, CB, and FCC certified, and RoHS compliant
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Eh, I already build several car systems. This thing seems liek it would be overkill for the average person who wants a pc in their car. As a side note, anyone interested in car pc can check out mp3car.com. Good site and I used their FAQs & forums when I build my first couple of car computers.

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@InfinityzeN - What are you using for power on your car-computers? Standard PSUs with inverters, or something else?

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Looks like it will be that kind of PC that Car Tuners and enthusiasts alike will be using to performance tune their cars. 

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They already use PC's to analyze and tune race cars on the fly now. This will sell to the Jeep and Land Cruiser crowds out West for sure.

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Yes I really don't see its use outside the military or 4x4 layouts!!! I will be really curious if t lands up in a Car, which seems a real impossibility!! My CarPC is a Zotac MAG HD01 first gen and it is so tiny that I can conceal it under the passenger seat! This unit is bulky and will not find a place in a CAR's dash particularly with its 12".

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Marco, I use DC to DC PSUs. Considering that both of the PCs are smaller than a standard PSU, it wasn't a hard choice. That plus the DC to DC PSUs made for cars are normally in the 90% efficency range.

You thinking about adding one to your car? In dash 7" duble DIN monitor, slim line DVD drive, and Centrafuse software. Centrafuse will run on most hardware (x86, arm, mips) and lots of OSes (Win XP+, MS Auto, Linux).

Personally I'm waiting until some company designs an in dash double din system with a 7" screen, DVD player, ARM cpu (dual core A9?), running a version of Android with Centrafuse. It would do everything I need an in car system to do while being able to fit everything into one frame.

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Hey Infinity how do you handle cooling in a car PC. I am sure I could figure it out, but you seem to be pretty experienced. I guess of course these less needy processors and components make up for it somewhat. A car can be a harsh environment though. Rofl I will have to figure out how to cool one with the radiator. Then I could put a couple of drop down 20" lcd's in the back, wire it all into a well rounded audio system with some SLI or Crossfire dual output.

Years ago I did competition car audio when it first started really I guess (early 90's). This brings about some real ideas, like blowing out a steering wheel air bag and throwing 9-10 inch display, the putting one in the passenger dash as well.

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