Accession Number : ADA181907

Title :   Grid Compas Computers Engineering Evaluation,

Corporate Author : ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Muir,J

PDF Url : ADA181907

Report Date : 22 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : This report gives details of an engineering evaluation made by Engineering Development Establishment (EDE) of two GRID Compass portable computer, one of which is Tempest certified. It is concluded that the units are suitable for field use provided they are handled with care, are provided with a transit case for transport, and measures are taken to protect the equipment from direct exposure to dust and direct sunlight. If mounted in tracked vehicles suitable vibration isolation could be significantly improved by more secure mounting of certain components within the units. It is noted that there are many similar computers available which provide increased performance and/or functionally at less cost than the GRID Compass computers. However, for field use their environmental/durability performance would have to be investigated. Annex C contains a preliminary survey of commercially available portable computers which are similar in concept to the GRID Compass range and which could provide a suitable alternative to the GRID models.

Descriptors :   *MICROCOMPUTERS, COMPUTERS, SUNLIGHT, GRIDS, MODELS, TRACKED VEHICLES, DUST, EXPOSURE(GENERAL), ENGINEERING, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMPASSES, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, MANPORTABLE EQUIPMENT, VIBRATION, RADIOFREQUENCY, INTERFERENCE, DROP TESTS, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE