Military-grade hardware: the Stinger 553 SFF PC

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stinger-533-sff.jpgHave you got a dusty, vibration-filled, humid place that you desperately need to put a PC in? Me too! That’s why I’m going to be buying the Stinger 553 SFF PC, from CodaOctopus Colmek. It’s based around an Intel Atom processor, and packs 2GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and eight USB ports.

I doubt it’ll cope with Far Cry 2, despite probably being able to survive all the stresses of the game if it were reality. It conforms to MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-461E environmental standards and MIL-STD0704E power supply voltage standards, whatever that means, and measures just 5″ x 5″ x 3″, so it’s a tiny wee thing. No price, heh, but with an aluminium alloy chassis, I doubt this thing will be cheap.

Stinger 553 (via Engadget)

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Duncan Geere

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  • Very neat product idea, but too bad it is purely “Vaporware.” A colleague of mine called Colmek this week to find out about availability, and they claimed the product is a built-to-order item, not a COTS product available off the shelf. The Atom CPU board isn’t even in production yet. They seem to be fishing for a customer to fund an NRE project.

    A scary observation I found on the Colmek Website — I noticed that they plagiarized the MIL-STD rugged switch and mobile router products made by a competitor I am familiar with, Parvus (www.parvus.com). Colmek literally cut and paste the product descriptions for the DuraMAR and DuraNET products, tweaked the brand names a little and posted a mock-up of a different CAD rendering to suggest it’s their own idea. Who are these guys fooling? Wasn’t Colmek in bankupcy just last year? I guess when you’re out of money, you resort to these sort of shady marketing tactics. Pretty low.

    I wonder if Parvus intends to offer an Atom-based mission computer in their DuraCOR product family? Anyone know about GE Fanuc or Curtiss Wright?

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