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DoD-compliant Removable Storage Module Added to Aitech’s Low Power, High Performance Rugged Compact PC (RCP)

New A172 also incorporates expanded data protection features, additional customization options

Technical Specifications

  • Removable mass storage offers quick/secure erase (DoD 5220.22-M) and unrecoverable data destruct
  • SWaP-optimized at less than 5 lbs (2.25 kg) in compact, low-profile housing
  • Added reliability features include TPM and 50 ms power holdup options
  • Available in standard models or cost-effectively customized for specific applications

Chatsworth, Calif. February 2018 – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. now offers its A172, a low-power, high performance rugged compact PC (RCP) with a removable storage module that meets DoD 5220.22-M for quick/secure erase.  The 1 TB, secure SSD offers MLC and SLC NAND Flash as well as a sustainable read/write speed of up to 400 MB/sec.

The low-profile A172 is a compact 10.24″ x 7.09″ x 1.8″ (260 mm x 180 mm x 46 mm), featuring a powerful Intel Core i7 or Xeon processor and multiple standardized modules.  Easily customizable I/O, CPU, storage and operating system options enable the unit to be cost-effectively engineered for specific application requirements.

In addition, the RCP offers added design flexibility with DVI and RS-170A RGBHV video output options, optional WiFi and frame grabber video inputs as well as TPM (trusted platform management) and a 50 ms holdup option for increased system reliability.

Available with three Intel processor options and two standard I/O versions, the modular A172 can be configured to handle several data processing environments, especially in high impact, space-constrained applications that need high throughput and secure storage. These typically include manned and unmanned robotic ground and underwater vehicles (UGV/UUV) as well as manned and unmanned fixed- and rotary-wing airborne (UAV) platforms.  The RCP can also be used in complete mission computers for these types of unmanned vehicles.

Designed using a standard Type 6 COM Express module, the flexible A172 can be customized with specific processor types for less complex system integration. Equally as important, this facilitates cost-effective technology insertion upgrades as needed.

The rugged unit offers two standard I/O variants, with user-specific configurations available. Options include up to four independent Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, four USB 2.0 interfaces and eight serial ports with multiple RS232, RS422 or RS485 configurations as well as two CANbus and eight single-ended, buffered LVTTL discrete digital I/O ports. Two single link DVI outputs and an audio line with stereo in/out round out the available I/O.

An optional frame grabber provides up to eight channels of composite PAL/NTSC inputs, capturing all channels simultaneously, for image capture and stabilization with or without graphics overlays. This aids in ISR red/blue force tracking and threat assessment.

The unit includes two standard mini PCIe slots and two mSATA sites to further increase system functionality and optional internal SSDs provide data capture and sensor logging.

Operating systems include 64-bit Windows (7 and 10), Linux, VxWorks, custom or no OS preinstalled as ordering options.  Cadmium-free units can also be chosen.

The IP65 environmental sealing and natural convection cooling contribute to the A172’s ability to withstand harsh, rugged environments.

With an integrated power input line filter and supporting a wide input voltage range from 10 VDC to 32 VDC, the A172 increases system power flexibility.  The input is also MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275 compliant for power and electrical integrity across the entire voltage range.  Operating temperature is -40°C to +65°C (-40°F to +149°F).

An optional developer’s kit provides a universal AC/DC power supply, all fully terminated cables with industry standard connectors and a CD-ROM with software drivers to facilitate immediate, out-of-the-box development.

For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit or e-mail

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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions.

The company provides a wide array of high-speed, fabric-based boards and sub-systems using industry-standard, open architectures (VMEbus, VPX and CompactPCI) as well as GPGPU, video/graphics and mass memory boards, Ethernet switches and enclosures. The company offers complete subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence mitigation and earned-value management services.

In the early 1980s, Aitech pioneered the development of true conduction-cooled military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications. Since then, the company has utilized its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market.

Applications for its products range from mission processors, targeting and fire control, platform stabilization, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles to surface and subsurface naval platforms, tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.

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