High-performance portable workstation with an adjustable screen
The FlexPAC-T is a new take on a classic packaging of computer components – The Compaq Portable-III. Tilting just the display gives a stable and ergonomic working position for the operator. The full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad and large touchpad combine to make the FlexPAC-T a pleasure to use.
The very high specification possible also makes crunching hard workflow on site trivial. Up to 512GB RAM and a 22 Core Xeon CPU with 44 Threads make running numerous virtual machines easy.
Ample cooling using large quiet fans make the system nice to use for extended periods.
The industrial motherboard has a TPM2.0 connector for added security. A variety of high-speed RAID and compression cards as well as ultra-high-speed network connections are available as options. Standard networking ports are a single Gigabit port using the Intel® PHY I219LM LAN controller and a 5G LAN with Aquantia 5G LAN chip AQC108.
Introducing the MegaPAC-RD. The all-new MegaPAC-RD is available with one, two, three or four displays. Displays can be mounted on the left or right, and also on top of the main chassis. In other words, the MegaPAC-RD gives the ultimate in flexibility to arrange the workspace for optimum ergonomics. Above all, the MegaPAC-RD is the most flexible multi-display portable workstation on the planet! Displays may also be purchased at a later date to add to capability.
Each display is 24″, and in HD boasts a 120Hz refresh rate – there are also much higher resolution displays available as options.
The NVidia Quadro graphics card supports the 3D Vision wireless glasses kit.
Maximum computing power in a rugged transportable chassis
When you need a whole lot of computing capability, and plenty of screen real-estate, it’s important that the transportable workstation you choose will always work when you arrive on site. The MegaPAC-S2 is a modern, robust, professional workstation ready for deployment.
Two 23.7″ displays
HD (1920 x 1080)
4K (3480 x 2160)
Intel i7, i9 or Dual Xeon
If you need an i7/i9 system or a Dual Xeon system with liquid cooling – MegaPAC can support you.
Closed for transport
The right-hand display folds over to protect both screens during transport
Comfort and productivity
Adjustable hinges for the display allow for perfect ergonomics
Adjustable hinges for the second display.
The i9 Version supports 16 PCIe lanes from the processor and another 24 possible lanes from the PCH (Platform controller hub)
“Everything you could want in a two screen portable workstation. Lots of power, expansion and display space.”
Five full-sized (5.25″) drive bays for Data can be configured as five:
3.5″ HDD = Up to 70TB
6 x 2.5″ HDD = Up to 150TB
6 x 2.5″ SSD = Up to 228TB
Two additional 3.5″ bays are available for the O/S or O/S + additional data.
There is room for high powered RAID controllers or data compression cards as well as connectivity to NAS etc.
Workstation grade graphics
Depending on the motherboard selected, the MegaPAC-S2 can support dual-card graphics solutions from AMD and Nvidia. Dual Xeons and dual graphics cards require significant cooling. Temperature sensitive fans keep the system components cool while minimizing the acoustic impact on the user.
AMD Pro SSG cards are available with in-excess of 2TB of graphics card memory for those professionals working on 8K content.
Memory is not the headline spec on Nvidia’s Quadro 8000 However, with 130.5 TFLOPS per card, and Nvidia NVLink allowing two cards per system, there’s a lot of graphics power possible.
For over and under displays in a similar package please check out the MegaPAC-L2
There are eight LAN ports and an IPMI port on the rear panel! Two 10G SPF+ ports (fiber), two 10G RJ45’s, four 1Gig RJ45’s. There’s also an IPMI port for remote management of the system. All ports are protected behind a hinged door for protection during transport. The fiber ports allow for the attachment of a local or remote NAS device to greatly expand the storage capacity for enterprise and tactical mission systems.
The heart of the system is an Intel 12 Core Xeon Processor with up to 512GB RAM. TheIntel D-2166NT has 12 cores and 24 threads running at up to 3GHz, with 17MB of cache.
Two expansion slots (one optionally fitted with an Nvidia Quadro-4000) are x16 and x8. Maximum card length is 9.5″
Yet Another Heading
Three HD displays fold neatly for transport. 5760 x 1080 scene space. An optional Nvidia Quadro P4000 professional graphics card means there is plenty of power to drive the three displays with full motion video, 3D visualization or geospatial imagery. The second slot can be fitted with a video capture card for real-time capture and analysis of drone video etc.
Available with four removable SSDs to give 30TB of removable storage, the NotePAC is a powerful portable server-grade three screen laptop.
Deployable workstation now available with 1000 Nit display panels
The MilPAC-III has been continuously deployed by the US military since 2015. Continuous refinements to the design have been incorporated to increase performance and extend reliability. A new display backlight option is now available.
“1000 Nits is pretty readable outdoors – but you still want to avoid direct sunlight”
A very bright display can still be difficult to read outdoors because it is very difficult to compete with the Sun! To improve usability, the MilPAC-III sunlight readable displays may be adjusted to a host of different opening positions, and the tilt of the whole unit changed using the robust foot.
The power supply (PSU) is replaceable without tools. Tested to Mil-std 461
Display mirroring through HDMI
Bright and uniform
The new displays’ contrast ratio exceeds 400:1 while providing deep blacks and extremely bright and readable detail. The 1000 cd/m^2 displays were tested for maximum brightness using a Topcon BM-9 luminance meter. Measured maximum white luminance was 1053 nits.
MilPAC-III is in continuous use in-theatre. The video feed from drones is fed to the CIC for analysis.
Compressed video may then be sent to command for subsequent evaluation.
Video feeds can be mirrored through HDMI ports on top of the unit to allow the operator to share engagement data with the commanding officer.
Deployable & reliable
The MilPAC can be configured with extra I/O ports, including, but not limited to, multiple Gigabit Ethernet or fiber ports.
Five removable drives as standard including three 3.5″ HDD’s.
“MegaPAC-L3 – the most powerful portable workstation on the planet!”
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Ultimate portable workstation
Dual Intel Xeon Platinum processors
Three 24″ 4K or HD displays
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MegaPAC-L3 – The most powerful 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.
With support for 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. The keyboard is available in a variety of languages.
Weight 53lb (for a typical configuration)
Power: 850W 100/240VAC, 50/60HZ auto-switching 80 PLUS GOLD rated power supply.
Display options – Triple 23.8″:
UHD 3840 X 2160,
FULL HD 1920 X 1080,
WUXGA 1920 X 1200
Up to seven PCIe expansion slots.
*There are four versions of the MegaPAC chassis offering single screen, dual screen over and under, dual screen side-by-side, and triple screen configurations. All are offered with a choice of i5, i7, i9, and Xeon processors.
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?
Best in the Industry
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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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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.
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.
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
PCIe 1.0 / x4
PCIe 1.0 / x8
PCIe 1.0 / x16
PCIe 2.0 / x4
PCIe 2.0 / x8
PCIe 2.0 / x16
PCIe 3.0 / x1
PCIe 3.0 / x4
PCIe 3.0 / x8
PCIe 3.0 / x16
PCIe 4.0 / x1
PCIe 4.0 / x4
PCIe 4.0 / x8
PCIe 4.0 / x16
PCIe 5.0 / x16
IDE (ATA 100)
IDE (ATA 133)
Why do PCIe Lanes matter?
Functions your CPU’s PCIe Lanes Control:
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 Network Controller/LAN
All PCIe slots except the first one
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 an 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.
Adam Savage’s Tested.com did a nice explanation of PCIe speeds and comparison with Thunderbolt.
Anandtech did a nice writeup of the Z170 chipset and the trade-offs that board manufacturers have to make when selecting how to configure the PCH
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.
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 buses 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.
– Triple screen 24″ portable
Motherboard sizes for portable computers with expansion slots
ATX – 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.
MicroATX – 9.6 × 9.6 in (244 × 244 mm)
MiniITX – 6.7 × 6.7 in – (170 × 170 mm)
EATX – 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 airflow 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 RAID 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:
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.
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:
2-Port CAN-Bus PCI-E 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
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.
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
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.
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
“The most powerful portable computer on the planet!”
3 x 24″ 4K or 2K displays
Touch screen option
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.
High performance cooling
Up to dual Xeon processors using forced air cooling and thermostatically controlled fan systems.
Full size keyboard
The detachable keyboard attaches to the front of the system when the displays are closed for transit.
Multiple slots with an EATX motherboard allow for highly flexible configurations.