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. Now a new display backlight option is 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.
PSU replaceable without tools. Tested to Mil-std 461
Display mirroring through HDMI
Bright and uniform
Specified nominally as 1000-nit brightness, 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. Video feed from drones are fed to the CIC for analysis.
Compressed video may then be sent to command for evaluation.
Video feeds can be mirrored through HDMI ports on top of the unit.
Deployable & reliable
May be configured with extra I/O 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
SUPER SWEET HEADING
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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 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.
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
Now available with a high capacity filtration system.
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.
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
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)
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
“A transportable workstation with 4K displays and Intel i9 power? Incredible!”
Dual Screen MegaPAC transportable workstation
The ultimate in performance requires some sacrifice. In this case, the MegaPAC asks you to forgive the 60lb weight and the over-sized transit case. It makes up for the slight inconvenience by having dual 4K monitors and the latest Intel i9 or Dual Xeon processors available. With room for three top-end graphics cards, there really isn’t another compromise.
A full sized keyboard, with numeric keypad and touchpad. Five removable 3.5″ drives. An 850W or 1KW power supply.
Typical uses are found in broadcast, civilian command and control for disaster relief coordination, Military C4ISR and Cyber security across markets.
Dual gas struts make opening and closing the top display enjoyable, and the displays lock shut for transit.
MegaPAC is available with either HD or 4K displays, and is fully customizable for your application. Many customers like a 4K display on top, and an HD panel for control below.