“MegaPAC-L3 – the most powerful portable workstation on the planet!”


 

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  • Ultimate portable workstation
  • Dual RTX-2080Ti’s
  • Dual Intel Xeon Platinum processors
  • Three 24″ 4K or HD displays

Three screen 24" workstation

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MegaPAC-L3 – Stunning Portable Workstation

The MegaPAC-L3 is the latest iteration of the hugely successful MegaPAC family.  Available now with three 24″ displays* in either HD or 4K resolution, the MegaPAC supports EATX motherboards with the latest Intel processors.  Available with Dual RTX2080Ti’s and Dual Intel Xeon Platinum processors, the MegaPAC is the most powerful portable on the planet.

Supporting 1TB of DDR4 RAM and 150TB of SSD storage, the MegaPAC-L3 is up to almost any task.

The MegaPAC series has a full-sized 105-key keyboard with integrated touch-pad.  Available in a variety of languages.

HEIGHT: 16.39″,
WIDTH: 22.96″,
DEPTH: 11.98″

Weight 53lb (typical configuration)

Power: 850W 100/240VAC, 50/60HZ auto-switching 80 PLUS GOLD rated power supply.  

TRIPLE 23.8″ UHD 3840 X 2160,
TRIPLE 23.8″ FULL HD 1920 X 1080,
TRIPLE 23.8″ WUXGA 1920 X 1200

Up to seven PCIe expansion slots.

*There are three versions of the MegaPAC chassis offering single screen, dual screen and triple screen configurations.  All are offered with a choice of i5, i7, i9 and Xeon processors.

Datasheet Quote

“There is no question that this is the most powerful workstation I have ever used!”

Anna Cheng

dual computer rackmount 2U

Data Diode Dual Server

  • Dual, fully independent motherboards
  • Single Intel Xeon E5-1660-V4 or Dual E5-2687W-V3 / side
  • 8 Cores, 3.1GHz base freq / 10 Cores 3.0GHz / side
  • Up to 512GB RAM / side.
  • Fiber connection to BAE Data Diode
  • 2U Chassis, 18″ deep

The Portexa DDDS is a 2U rack-mountable dual server with space for a BAE data diode.  It has been recently updated to perform effortlessly with Gigabit connections.  Two completely independent computer systems flank the data diode and ensure efficient, high speed data throughput between networks of dissimilar security clearance.  Such is the independence of the computing components that the system even needs three power cords!

The Portexa DDDS is designed to perform in tactical and deployed applications – especially where space is at a premium.

Data diodes are most commonly found in high security environments such as defense, where they serve as connections between two or more networks of differing security classifications. This technology can now be found both in the military and at the industrial control world for such facilities as nuclear power plants, and electric power generation.

Network speeds are inevitably getting faster, and the latency and throughput of the servers becomes a bottleneck to performance.  Portexa recently revised the DDDS to include two dual-Xeon processors per side.  Up to 20 cores a side at >3GHz base frequency.

BAE data diodes are listed on the Unified Cross Domain Services Management Office (UCDSMO) baseline, and backed by a Common Criteria EAL7+ security certification. When combined with a Portexa DDDS, the Data Diode Solution offers unparalleled assurance, while delivering superior unidirectional throughput.

Connections to the networks are via Gigabit Ethernet connections, while the data that goes to the data diode travels through fiber. All the connectivity is visible from the front panel, and a nice friendly arrow indicates the direction that the information may flow.

Access to the front panel USB connections is restricted by a hasp for a padlock.  Of course if a determined hacker has physical access to your hardware, it’s game over, but at least it prevents opportunistic attack vectors using thumb drives.

 

Tactical, gigabit and data-center data diode from BAE Systems

DDDS – Quad Xeon 2U-rack-mount


A data diode is a controlled interface which strictly enforces a unidirectional flow of data at the physical level.

 

“Connects between networks of different security classifications.”

 

Theory of operation and use cases

Controlled interface which strictly enforces a unidirectional data flow at the physical level.

The BAE Data Diode functions in conjunction with Data Pump Applications and content filtering software. Typically sitting between two servers attached to their respective security domains, the Data Diode physically supports unidirectional file-based transfers, video-streaming, and email.

 

Data Pump Application

Data Forwarding Application (DFA)

• Streams UDP, TCP and multicast data

• Can receive data from various sources on multiple ports

File Transfer Application

Enables unidirectional transfer of bulk files with deep content inspection

• Transfer Mode

º All files are moved to the high-side destination and immediately deleted from the low-side

• Archive Mode

º Files are moved to the high-side destination, archived in a configured folder on the low-side, and deleted from the low-side source folder

• Mirror Mode

º Regardless of low-side source folder activity, files are copied to the high-side as is, according to a configured time period

• Replicate Mode

º Any changes detected in the low-side source folder are replicated into the high-side destination folder while retaining the files on the low-side

 

Rear view showing independent power supplies and three power inputs. 

Reav view showing independent power supplies.

 

For details on the Data Diode itself, please contact:


BAE Cybersecuity website

BAE Cybersecurity email


Network Separation


Physically prevents data leakage from secure to non-secure domains.

Streaming Video Feeds


Delivers HD video from non-secure field assets into secure environments.

Live sensor feeds


Facilitates active streaming of field data from sensors to mission operation centers.

Multi-cast broadcast


Distributes data from a single source to authorized recipients.

critical infrastructure Protection


Safeguards industrial control system networks and assists with North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Plan (NERC CIP) compliance.

Bulk File Transfers


Automates high-speed file transfers between shared network folders and streamlines database replication.

 

Quarantine Separation


Ensures the isolation of malicious data in a controlled sandbox environment.

Cloud Separation


Provides secure connection between sensitive cloud infrastructures.

Secure email messaging


Facilitates active streaming of field data from sensors to mission operation centers.

High performance Network


High end hardware for low latency and high throughput.

For more information on the DDDS, please contact Portexa

Biggest 1U rack mount display

23″ 1u rack-mount display.


“We need to put a big display, keyboard, web-cam, CAC card reader, microphone, and some audio pass-through connectors in a rack – which we will then transport and deploy in a tent.

Oh – and the screen needs to be 23″, HD.

and…  it all has to fit in a standard 1U rack-space.”

No problem!

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23″ HD Display

1920 x 1080 23″ diagonal display.

19″ RacK, 1U

1U is 1.75″

This thing is thin.

Backlit KBD

L or R mousepad

 

CAC Readers

Dual CAC card readers.

Workstation rack mount display – 1U

The RDSDU-1U-23 is the largest rack-mount available for a 1U rack-space. It comes with a ton of functions integrated into a very small device.  Operationally it was specifically designed to minimize the space required in front of the rack.

 

  • 23” LCD 1920×1080 resolution with:
  • Built in 1080p webcam up/down adjustable
  • Microphone 3.5mm pass through to I/O panel
  • Audio 3.5mm pass through to I/O Panel
  • Keyboard with:
    • 2x built in CAC readers
    • Ambidextrous Mouse shelf
  • I/O Panel with:
  • Keyboard dedicated USB 2.0 port
  • Mouse dedicated USB 2.0 port
  • Webcam dedicated USB 2.0 port
  • Microphone 3.5mm pass through to monitor 
  • Audio 3.5mm pass through to monitor

The ambidextrous mouse shelf allows the use of a real mouse, with a dedicated USB pass-through.  In fact all of the interfaces are designed to connect directly to a USB port on the host computer.  This eliminates any start-up issues caused by the use of USB hubs.  The integrated webcam is also an unusual feature in industrial grade displays.  The RMDSU-1U-23  integrates one that has a tilt mechanism and full HD performance along with a high quality built-in microphone.

If you need a 1U rack-mount display, and would like the largest monitor possible, consider the RMDSU-1U-23

1U 23" HD Display

RMSDU-1U-23 – 1U Rack Mount Display

If you need more display space and have 2U spare, see the RMDDU-23

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120TB+ Removable Storage


120TB SSD Storage

Now available with more than 120TB of removable SSD storage, the NetPAC-RHD16 is the most powerful portable server on the planet.

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NetPAC-RHD16

The most powerful portable server on the planet

Maximum performance portable

 

COTS computer for network capture / cyber security

Drives removable individually or in packs of four

MilPAC-I top view handle

Ultra high throughput removable media pack

16 Drive portable server

1st rate cooling - massive expansion - transportable COTS workstation with PCIe expansion slots

Most powerful portable: NetPAC-RHD-16

The brief? Make the most powerful portable computer on the planet.  Oh – and all the drives must be removable.  Must be capable of copying a high speed network in real time.  Can you make it so it fits in between 19″ rack rails?

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Best in the Industry

There has never been a portable server like the NetPAC-RHD-16.  Dual Xeon processors.  1TB RAM. 120TB+ of removable, high speed, high reliability SSD drives.  Separate removable system drive.

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Reliable Operation

Robust aluminum construction and attention to detail ensure that the NetPAC-RHD16 just works when you get to the work-site.  Micron 5200 series SSDs are robust and reliable.

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Configured for your application

Maybe you don’t need the most powerful portable computer ever built?  We can build the NetPAC-RHD16 with significantly less costly components, tailored to meet your real-world requirements.

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Product Highlights


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Intel Xeon Processors

56

Cores Max

1

CAC Card reader in keyboard

The NetPAC-RHD-16 is the most powerful portable on the planet.  If you would like more information or a quotation, please visit portexa.com

 

Intel Xeon logo

Intel Xeon

6 Families

 

INTEL CORE i9 logo

i9

X Family

 

 

Intel unveils the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family and launches the first of the family on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The 8th Gen Intel Core processors are designed for what’s next and deliver up to 40% gen over gen performance boost. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

i7

8th generation

i5

No Hyper-threading

 

 

 

 

Intel Xeon and i7/i9 chips compared – accurate(ish) as of June 2018

 

Intel makes processors form mobile to supercomputer.

 

“Many computer users would be amazed at the diversity of processor offerings from Intel.”

 

Professional Applications

Intel i7, i9 and Xeon

For those looking for a higher cache limit, or more RAM supported by their processors, the Xeon for the most part will out-perform the i5/i7 models. The Xeon processor line allows for a higher amount of RAM to be installed and configured for use. i7/i9 are restricted to 64GB, whereas some Xeon models can address 3TB.  Add in the standard hyper-threading and overall higher amount of cores in most models and the Xeon really makes its case for high workload situations.  Another application that the Xeon chips excel at it running multiple virtual machines (VM’s).  An i5 quad core might be limited to four VM’s while an E5-2699A-V4 could run 44 of them.

Portable computers with Xeon processors are available for military and aerospace applications from Portexa, and for commercial applications, from ACME portable.

 

 

Update:The Intel Xeon-E (which used to be Xeon E3) is now official.  See Anandtech’s Xeon E review for details

Consumer Applications

When comparing between the i5, i7, and Xeon there are a few key aspects that you need to be aware of. Each of these processors have pro’s and con’s depending on the applications they will be used in, your budget, etc. 

A key difference between i5/i7 models and Xeon models is the availability of on-board graphics. Most i5/i7 models come with graphics controllers that can handle most basic gaming as well as basic video editing. This can be useful if you do not own a stand-alone Graphics card though for higher end gaming and editing applications a graphics card is still needed. Xeon processors will need a separate Graphics card for High end 3D gaming/video applications.

In the consumer world, one of the main differences between the i5/i7 models and Xeon processors are that i5/i7 models are generally easier to overclock. While some of the newer Xeon models can be overclocked for the most part they cannot. This can help you squeeze more power for the money out of a lot of i5/i7 models which makes a lot of sense if you are building your computer on a budget. For single threaded applications this offers some of the best GHz per dollar metrics that you can find.

Update: i9-9900K has been released.  It’s an odd naming convention as it does not have the extra PCIe lanes or memory addressing capability of the other i9’s.  It’s really an 8 core i7.  Headline feature is a Turbo boost on up to two cores only to 5GHz.

Update: Intel-Core-X-series-Processors

Update2: Intel i9-9980XE by Anandtech

 

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Chips compared

 

4

 

 

Minimum Cores

 

28

 

 

Maximum Cores

 

205W

 

Max Power Consumption

 

 

 

Intel Processor comparison            
Core-I or XeonFamilyModelCoresThreadsCache MBMax Power Consumption (W)Base ClockTurbo ClockCode NameGraphics Max FreqMax Memory (GB)Multi-Processor Max
XeonDD-2143T81611652.23SkylakeNo5121
XeonDD-2177NT1428191051.93SkylakeNo5121
XeonDD-2183IT1632221002.23SkylakeNo5121
XeonDD-2191183624.75861.63SkylakeNo5121
XeonE3E3-1220-v64487233.5Kaby LakeNo641
XeonE3E3-1275-v6488733.84.2Kaby Lake1.15641
XeonE3E3-1535M-v6488453.14.2Kaby Lake1.1641
XeonE3E3-1585L-v54884533.7Skylake1.15641
XeonE5E5-1650-v3612151403.53.8HaswellNo7681
XeonE5E5-1660-v4816201403.23.8BroadwellNo10541
XeonE5E5-4627-v41010251352.63.2BroadwellNo10544
XeonE5E5-2687W-v31020251603.13.5HaswellNo7682
XeonE5E5-2628L-v4122430751.92.4BroadwellNo10542
XeonE5E5-2687-v412243016033.5BroadwellNo10542
XeonE5E5-4660-v41632401202.23BroadwellNo10544
XeonE5E5-2697A-v41632401452.63.6BroadwellNo10542
XeonE5E5-2697-v41836451452.33.6BroadwellNo10542
XeonE5E5-2699-v31836451452.33.6HaswellNo7682
XeonE5E5-2698-v42040501352.23.6BroadwellNo10542
XeonE5E5-2699A-v42244551452.43.6BroadwellNo10542
XeonE7E7-8855-v41428351402.12.8BroadwellNo30708
XeonE7E7-4850-v41632401152.12.1BroadwellNo30704
XeonE7E7-8867-v41836451652.42.4BroadwellNo30708
XeonE7E7-8890-v42448601652.23.4BroadwellNo30708
XeonScalable Bronze3014668.25851.71.7SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Bronze31068811851.71.7SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Silver4112488.25852.63SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Silver411081611852.13SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Silver4114102013.75852.23SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Silver4116122416.5852.13SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Gold51224816.51053.63.7SkylakeNo7684
XeonScalable Gold613481624.751303.23.7SkylakeNo7684
XeonScalable Gold6148204027.51502.43.7SkylakeNo7684
XeonScalable Gold6152224430.251402.13.2SkylakeNo7684
XeonScalable Platinum81564816.51053.63.7SkylakeNo7688
XeonScalable Platinum8160T2448331502.13.7SkylakeNo7688
XeonScalable Platinum8176F285638.51732.13.8SkylakeNo7682
XeonScalable Platinum8180285638.52052.53.8SkylakeNo7688
XeonWW-2104448.251203.2SkylakeNo5121
XeonWW-21336128.251403.63.9SkylakeNo5121
XeonWW-2155102013.751403.34.5SkylakeNo5121
XeonWW-2195183624.751402.34.3SkylakeNo5121
Corei78086K612129545Coffee Lake1.2641
Corei78700B61212653.24.6Coffee Lake1.2641
Corei58400B669652.84Coffee Lake1.05641
Corei38100T446353.13.1Coffee Lake1.1641

PCIe Lanes explained

An introduction

PCI Express, PCIe or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, can be a somewhat complicated computer specification. When your computer first boots, PCIe is what determines the devices that are attached or plugged in to the motherboard. It identifies the links between each device, creating a traffic map and negotiates the width of each link. This identification of devices and connections uses the same protocol as PCI, so no changes were required when changing from PCI to PCIe in either software or operating systems.

A PCIe connection consists of one or more (up to sixteen, at the moment) data-transmission lanes, connected serially. Each lane consists of two pairs of wires, one for transmitting and one for receiving. There are 1, 4, 8 or 16 lanes in a single PCIe slot – denoted as x1, x4, x8, or x16. This is the difference between PCI connections which are parallel (32-bit or 64-bit bidirectional parallel bus) and PCIe which is basically a serial version of PCI.

If you need a portable computer with expansion slots – see ‘portable computers with expansion slots‘.

PCIe Lanes on a Motherboard`

PCIe Lanes

How do PCIe Lanes work?

PCIe is a multi-layered protocol – the layers being a transaction layer, a data link layer, and a physical layer.  The Data-link layer is sub-divided to include a media access control (MAC) layer.  Each lane consists of two unidirectional differential pairsoperating at 2.5, 5, 8 or 16 Gbit/s, depending on the negotiated capabilities. While on the other hand, transmit and receive are separate differential pairs, adding up to a total of four data wires per lane.

Each lane is an independent connection between the PCI controller of the processor chip-set (Southbridge) or the processor itself (which is almost always the graphics card slot) and the expansion card. Bandwidth scales linearly, so a four-lane connection will have twice the bandwidth of a two-lane connection. Depending on the expansion card’s bandwidth requirements, the slot may need to be sized accordingly.

PCIe connection diagram from How stuff works
From How Stuff Works

A physical PCIe x16 slot can accommodate a x1, x4, x8, or x16 card, and can run a x16 card at x16, x8, x4, or x1. A PCIe x8 slot can accommodate a x1 or x4 or x8 card but cannot fit a x16 card. Just to confuse the matter further, there are different versions of PCIe interface.  It’s also possible that a motherboard may have multiple slot sizes and also different PCIe versions: 1.0a, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0 and coming soon 5.0.  (Link to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#PCI_Express_5.0)

BUS & Theoretical Bandwidth Available

BUS Bandwidth
PCI 1056 MBps
AGP 8x 2.1 GBps
PCIe 1.0 / x4 2 GBps
PCIe 1.0 / x8 4 GBps
PCIe 1.0 / x16 8 GBps
PCIe 2.0 / x4 4 GBps
PCIe 2.0 / x8 8 GBps
PCIe 2.0 / x16 16 GBps
PCIe 3.0 / x1 1.97 GBps
PCIe 3.0 / x4 7.88 GBps
PCIe 3.0 / x8 15.8 GBps
PCIe 3.0 / x16 31.5 GBps
PCIe 4.0 / x1 3.94 GBps
PCIe 4.0 / x4 15.75 GBps
PCIe 4.0 / x8 31.5 GBps
PCIe 4.0 / x16 63 GBps
Firewire 400 MBps
USB 1.0 12 MBps
USB 2.0 480 MBps
USB 3.0 4.8 GBps
USB 3.1 10 GBps​
Gigabit Ethernet 1 GBps
IDE (ATA 100) 800 MBps
IDE (ATA 133) 1064 MBps
SATA 1.5 GBps
SATA III 3 GBps
SATA 6 6 GBps

Why do PCIe Lanes matter?

Functions your CPU’s PCIe Lanes Control:

  • Onboard Video
  • PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot (usually for video card)
  • 2/U.2 (on some Enthusiast Boards)
  • LAN (on some Enthusiast Boards)

Other functions use your CHIPSET’s PCIe bus lanes. Functions CHIPSET’s PCIe Lanes control may control:

  • SATA hard drives
  • Onboard Sound
  • Onboard RAID
  • Onboard Network Controller/LAN
  • All PCIe slots except the first one
  • Thunderbolt
  • 2/U.2

Quoted amounts of PCIe bandwidth required by individual components:

  • 8-16 Lanes – x16 PCIe Video Cards (Each)
  • 8-16 Lanes – Other Specialized PCIe Cards
  • 4 Lanes – M.2 Drive
  • 4 Lanes – Thunderbolt (uses 4 lanes PCIe 3.0)
  • 4 Lanes – Hardware Based RAID Controllers
  • 2 Lanes (Each) – SSD Drives
  • 2 Lanes – USB 3.1 (Gen. 2)
  • 1 Lane – USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen. 1)
  • 1 Lane – Sound
  • 1 Lane – Network Controllers

Which chips have the most PCIe lanes?

Different chips support different numbers of PCIe lanes. For example: Intel Core i5 or i7-8700K or i9-8950HK have up to 1×16, 2×8, 1×8+2×4 with a maximum of 16 PCIe lanes.  In addition, the 6850K and up i7’s have 40 lanes. The Intel Xeon E5-4669 v4 has a maximum of 40 PCIe lanes at PCIe 3.0, whereas the E7-8894 v4 has ‘only’ 32 lanes (per processor). AMD has upped the ante with their EPYC CPU’s – they have 128 PCIe lanes 3.0.

In the tech industry today, what makes this really complicated is that motherboard manufacturers have to make their motherboards support a range of processors which may have different numbers of PCIe lanes supported.  So a motherboard using a i7-6850K chip may have the capability to address multiple slots at x16, whereas with a ‘lesser’ chip ie. i7-8700K may be fewer lanes available, with only one slot being x16.  Just to complicate things further, NVME and other types of expansions require PCIe lanes. With NVME being a must-have feature for a modern motherboard, there are now even fewer lanes available to the expansion slots. 

Working out how to get the most out of a motherboard in terms of application performance becomes even harder when you need to choose how to connect to the real World.  PCIe lane allocation can make or break the performance of high speed boards like RAID controllers when they are operating near maximum capacity (which is now possible due to fast SSD storage). 

While there are some non-PCIe interface options being explored by computer manufacturers, they would also require major hardware changes. All in all, PCIe looks to remain crucial for a while longer, even while the form factor of the connection continues to evolve.

Portable computers with expansion slots

1st rate cooling - massive expansion - transportable COTS workstation with PCIe expansion slots

portable computers with expansion slots

Expansion Slots

There are still portable computers with expansion slots available.  They are a niche product for users that need to connect to systems in the real world. 

COTS computer for network capture / cyber security

Light-weight laptops with USB-C have a reasonable amount of processing power, and lots of bandwidth in the USB-C ports…  but they are significantly more difficult to configure as test and measurement equipment than a rugged portable with PCIe expansion slots.  (Legacy configurations supporting older busses like PCI are still available as special configurations).

Modern multi-slot portable computers typically have one or more flat panels, from 15″ up to triple 24″ display systems.  Processors range from Intel i5 to Dual Xeon server systems, and the storage is provided by anything from a single M2 card up to a 16 drive RAID array.  SSD’s are the norm now, but there are still high capacity HDD’s which have their uses when absolute storage size is more important than ruggedness.  HDD’s are also still cheaper per Terra-byte.  A single SSD is now readily available with 7.6TB per drive.

24" three screen portable computer– Triple screen 24″ portable

Motherboard sizes for portable computers with expansion slots

ATX

Dual Xeon Motherboard in a transportable computer with 40 PCIe Lanes - ATX formatATX – 12 × 9.6 in (305 × 244 mm)

The heart of a rugged portable “lunchbox”-style PC is the motherboard.  Systems are available that support ATX, micro-ATX, e-ATX and mini-ATX.

According to requirements, ATX, Micro-ITX,  Mini-ATX, ATX and EATX boards can be supported.  Alternatively, a passive backplane can be used with a plug in computer card (PIC).  PIC cards are designed for industrial use and have extended temperature ranges.  They can be used to make massively expandable systems with lots of slots, or used to create small form factor systems that support just enough expansion.  Portable computers with expansion slots are generally only sold fully configured – you can’t just buy the case.  It’s simple economics; the manufacturer can’t make a living with the limited quantity sold.  Different motherboards will have support for different processors, supporting multiple slot type and numbers of PCIe lanes.

Micro-ATX

microATX motherboard for portable computer with expansionMicroATX – 9.6 × 9.6 in (244 × 244 mm)

Mini-ITX

MiniITX motherboard for portable PC with slotsMiniITX – 6.7 × 6.7 in – (170 × 170 mm)

 

Extended-ATX

EAXT Motherboard for luggable PC with expansion slotsEATX – 12 × 13 in – (305 × 330 mm)

 

Cooling is an important requirement for high performance computing.  Overclockers looking to extract maximum performance from a chip will go to extraordinary lengths to cool the processor using liquid nitrogen or massive external refrigeration units.  In a rugged portable, it’s usually just a case of optimizing air-flow and making sure the hot components aren’t blocked.  Tidy cable management helps smooth the air flow which helps cooling and the audio profile.  All of the work that was done on keeping Hard Drives cool is not wasted as it applies nearly as much to SSDs.  SSDs generate a significant amount of heat when used – especially when writing.

Military applications almost always require removable hard drives for both data and the operating system.  These can be individual drives, or removable caddies that reduce the risks of mixing up the drives in a RAD array – which can be a costly time sink to fix, if not worse.

Expansion cards range from top of the line graphics cards to multi-I/O serial cards.  Connections via 1553, 1394B (as used on the Lockheed Martin F-35), CAN bus, Infiniband, HyperSCSI, NAS, SAN and many others are possible with adaptors from multiple manufacturers.

Examples of interface cards often used:

1553

 PCIE-1553 Card

Abaco systems 1553

Abaco Systems RPCIE-1553 is the latest generation of performance and flexibility for MIL-STD-1553 A/B Notice II on a native PCI Express module. Available in -40°C to +70°C temperature with one, two or four dual-redundant channels, the RPCIE-1553 includes advanced API (Application Programming Interface) software that reduces application development time.

1394B

DAP 1394 card for Aerospace applications

DAP Technology Firespy cards 1394 (PCI)

The FireSpy850, FireSpy450b and FireSpy450bT bus analyzers complete the second generation of 1394 analyzers offered by DapTechnology. Based on the industry leading FireSpy800, the all new and enhanced architecture of the FireSpy810, as well as the form factor advantages introduced with the FireSpy3850, make these PCI form factor analyzer cards the most compelling package for card-based 1394 analysis solutions found in the industry.

Dap also makes similar cards in PMC format – these then need an adaptor card like this:

PCIe to PMC adaptor to allow PMC cards to be fitted in a PCIe expansion slot

CAN

PCIe card for CAN Bus

Advantach PCIE-1680

2-Port CAN-Bus PCIE card with Isolation Protection

  • High speed transmission up to 1 Mbps
  • Operates two separate CAN networks at the same time
  • Optical isolation protection of 2,500 VDC ensures system reliability
  • 16 MHz CAN controller frequency

Infiniband

Melinox Infiniband PCIe cards

Melinox 

ConnectX® – Single/Dual-Port InfiniBand Adapter Cards with PCI Express 2.0

ConnectX delivers low-latency and high-bandwidth for performance-driven server and storage clustering applications. These applications will benefit from the reliable transport connections and advanced multicast support offered by ConnectX. No CPU intervention is required when Network protocol processing and data movement overhead (such as InfiniBand RDMA and Send/Receive semantics) are completed in the adapter. Servers supporting PCI Express 2.0 with 5GT/s will be able to take advantage of 40Gb/s InfiniBand, balancing the I/O requirement of these high-end servers. 

NAS

PCIe card for M2 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet to NAS

QNAP – QM2

QM2 series PCIe cards add support for M.2 SSDs and 10GbE RJ45 connectivity to a QNAP NAS. Combining M.2 SSD and 10GbE connectivity into one solution, the QM2 helps improve overall NAS performance while providing an affordable upgrade path for adopting 10GbE networks.

SAN – Sonnet

PCIe Sonnet card

Sonnet’s Presto™ 10GbE 10GBASE-T PCIe 3.0 card is a powerfully simple and cost-effective way to add dual-port copper 10GbE connectivity to your Mac Pro® tower or Windows® PC, or Linux® server.

Multi-port Ethernet

Four port 10Gig Ethernet PCIe card

CaptureXG™ 1000 Quad-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Capture PCI Express FPGA Card

The CaptureXG 1000 card comes standard with essential features, such as accurate time synchronization and stamping (IRIG-A, B and G), programmable 5-tuple filters, PCAP Next Generation file format, and a highly efficient PCI Express Gen 3 host interface. The CaptureXG 1000 card is fully integrated with the popular Wireshark network protocol analyzer, so it provides a powerful tool for IT managers to easily leverage their teams’ existing expertise, which increases efficiency in diagnosing network issues.

For a selection of portable computers with expansion slots that are designed to support PCIe cards – please visit Portexa.com

Maximum performance portable


Triple screen 24″ portable computer –

Portexa FlexPAC-III-24

“The most powerful portable computer on the planet!”

24" three screen portable computer

Transportable workstation


Tech Spec

  • 3 x 24″ 4K or 2K displays
  • Dual Xeon
  • Touch screen option
  • Massive RAID

Biggest Screen Portable – 3 x 24″

There is no getting away from the fact that this is a big portable.  It’s the biggest screen portable! It’s also the most powerful portable on the planet.  Three 24″ 2K or 4K displays and a full-sized motherboard which allows for up to dual Xeon processors.

Touch screen displays which are available in 2K and ultra-high resolution 4K displays. 

Extended ATX motherboards mean the choice of Intel i7 or Dual Xeon processors.  There is plenty of space for the largest and most powerful graphics cards – for CUDA use or to drive the three 4K displays.

A wheeled transit case is supplied as standard, and fully deployable shipping cases are also available.  Tilting feet improve the ergonomics of operation for the use, and a full sized keyboard makes this a comfortable transportable workstation.

 

 

Expansion capability in a portable computer

High performance cooling

Up to dual Xeon processors using forced air cooling and thermostatically controlled fan systems.

 

Massive Portable Power Dual Xeon 4K computer

Full size keyboard

The detachable  keyboard attaches to the front of the system when the displays are closed for transit.

 

Highly configurable transportable workstation

Massive expansion

Multiple slots with an EATX motherboard allow for highly flexible configurations.

 

Mil-Spec transportable workstation – MilPAC-III

Dual Xeon workstation with video inputs and screen mirroring in daily use worldwide by the US Navy.  The MilPAC-III is perfect for GeoINT, UAV integration, Video optimization and compression.  Mil-Spec tested for shock, vibration, EMI, RFI, transport and Mil-Std 901D for torpedo strike.

Now available with sunlight readable displays and a high capacity filtered cooling system.  MilPAC-III Datasheet 

Mil Spec transportable workstation

MilPAC-III

Transportable workstation.

Now available with a high capacity filtration system.

Dual-Xeon processors

Advanced cooling

Three screens for 5760 x 1080 display scene

CAC card reader in keyboard

Display mirroring to external TV, monitor or projector

Video capture cards

Up to 64TB of SSD storage

MilPAC-III – powerful, robust and very high performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy-spec workstation

Portable workstation

Featuring three high resolution 17″ displays, and dual Intel Xeon processors, the MilPAC-III is ideally suited to C4ISR, Geospatial Intelligence and any other application that demand rugged reliable processing power in a portable package. Three HDMI output ports allow all three of the displays to be duplicated as required in the CIC

Physical

Folded: 14.5″ x 17.125″ x 11.75″ (H x W x D)

Deployed: 14.5″ x 43.0″ x 11.75″ (H x W x D) 

Weight: 65lb

Environmental: MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.5, Figure 514.5C-5 Loose cargo test setup , 0- 50 degree C

Shock: Operating: 10g, 11ms, Half-Sine
Non-Operating: 30g, 11ms, Half-Sine
Mil Std 901D Lightweight shock,   Class B

Configurable

Desert filter back option

Configurable storage – 5 removable drive bays

Sunlight readable 1000 NIT display

DVD/RW or Blu-Ray writer

Video Capture

AC or DC PSU

Custom color

 

 

 

 

Computer based test equipment

Typical portable test and measurement computer

Portable computers with expansion slots offer a high performance solution to custom or low run-rate test and measurement applications.  Computer based test equipment can be ready fast, and offer performance in excess of tradition equipment from test & measurement vendors.

lunchbox PC for Test & Measurement applications

Portable PC’s are now available with massive processing power thanks to server-grade technology.  Dual Xeon processors, enormous RAM capacity (up to 1TB or more of RAM) and massive SSD drives that are impervious shock and vibration have made the modern rugged portable a reliable and powerful machine.

lunchbox PC for Test & Measurement applications

Portable computers are available with mil-spec environmental chassis.  AC and DC power supplies are available, and flight certified chassis can be produced.

Ship board test equipment computer

Portable customizable test equipment.

Modern transportable computers offer flexibility and performance.

Users or program managers can configure a test set according to evolving test requirements.  Application specific expansions cards are available from a myriad of suppliers and can be combined to create specialist test sets for any application.

 


Multi-slot portable computers with massive expansion..

Application specific cards

Test equipment cards

No longer are plug in cards only for low frequency applications.  Recent advances in plug in cards mean that computer based oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and signal generators are all now possible.

– PCIe computer add-in cards for test & measurement

Oscilloscope card for computer based test equipment solution

  • 2 GS/s Digitization on one channel
  • Simultaneous 1 GS/s Sampling on 2 channels
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8
  • Features Multiple Record including capture of Pre-trigger data
  • Up to 1 GHz Bandwidth
  • 2GS base memory with optional upgrade to 32GS
  • 45 dB Signal to Noise Ratio
  • Variable Gain Input Amplifier

– Oscilloscope – Acquituk

Plug in spectrum analyzer card for portable test equipment computer

  • Up to 5GS / sec
  • Up to 4 channels
  • Up to 1.5GHz Bandwidth
  • 4GS on board memory
  • Average option
  • Peak detect option

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– Spectrum analyzer from TTMS

High speeed signal generator card for computer based test equipment

  • 4 AC-Coupled or DC-Coupled DAC Channel Outputs
  • 14-bit, 1.2 GSPS for 2 Channels or
    600 MSPS for 4 Channels
  • 8-bit, 1.2 GSPS for 4 Channels
  • 1 Gigabyte DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 900 MB/s (sustained) via 8-lane PCI Express Bus
  • Based on Analog Devices AD9736 DAC
  • Output Ranges from 400mV to 1470mV
  • Bandwidth up to 400 MHz (AC-Coupled) or
    590 MHz (DC-Coupled)

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– signal generator – Signatec

Telemetry receiver card for rugged portable

Single, Dual, or Tri-Band Single Slot ISA Receiver with FM Demodulation

 AM, Controlled AGC, and Linear AGC Outputs

 Supports data rates up to 20 Mbps

 8 dB Noise Figure (maximum); 6dB (typical)

 70 MHz IF Outputs: Linear and AGC controlled

 20 MHz Reference I/O for use with LS-33-P Series Diversity Combiners

 Spectral and Eye Pattern Display Option

– Telemetry receiver by Lumi-star

PCIe ARB for lunchbox computer solution

625MS/s 16bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator Cards 
PCIe x8 bus supports streaming > 1.5GB/s

The AWG’s are fully programmable and work with Spectrum’s own SBench 6 control software as well as third party software tools such as LabVIEW, LabWindows and MATLAB..

– Arbitrary waveform generator – Spectrum

DMM plug in card

  • Up to 1,000 readings/second
  • DC & AC volts & current, 2-wire, and 4-wire resistance
  • Capacitance and frequency measurements
  • Fully programmable with Visual Basic®, C++®, LabView 

Keysight digital multimeter

– DMM –  Keysight