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16 Sep 03. EDO MBM Technology Ltd, the Brighton, UK based defence systems supplier, has unveiled two new product concepts, further expanding its growing range of rugged portable computers for the defence marketplace.

Based upon the company’s highly successful ‘TERMITE’ range of rugged handheld computers, the LT500 is a two-piece computer in which the display unit is connected to the main CPU box via a cable. Mounting points allow the LT500 to be vehicle mounted with the display/touchscreen unit conveniently located for the user whilst the CPU box is stowed out of the way. Alternatively, a simple adaptor allows the display to be worn as a kneepad device with the CPU box carried on a belt or conveniently stowed nearby when seated in a vehicle cab or cockpit. Processor options for the LT500 include Pentium III 400 MHz and the low power Transmeta TM5800 800MHz. The standard operating system is Windows 2000 with options including Windows ME, XP and Linux.

Aimed at the emerging soldier modernisation market, the SDA (Soldier Digital Assistant) is a lightweight modular wearable device intended to be mounted on a soldier’s load-carrying harness. Despite its compact design the SDA delivers powerful computing performance and long battery life through its use of the IBM Power PC 405 processor. The recommended operating system is Linux with options including Windows CE, QNX and VX Works.

Steve Northam, Sales and Marketing Director for EDO MBM Technology, explains “Both the LT500 and the SDA are presented as functional concept designs through which the company hopes to encourage discussion with potential users and customers with a view to further refining the technical specification for these products”.

EDO MBM’s ‘TERMITE’TM range of rugged handheld computers has already proved popular and has been selected for a number of applications including the United Kingdom’s Mortar and Artillery Fire Control System (FC-BISA).

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