Crystal Group debuts rugged embedded computer for airborne, weight-critical applications

HIAWATHA, Iowa, 30 June 2016. Crystal Group Inc., a manufacturing partner of rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) custom-developed computers, displays, switches, and storage devices, is introducing the RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer, a lightweight, reliable computer with the capability to bring powerful compute processing to a variety of transportation platform applications.

Jun 30th, 2016
Crystal Group debuts rugged embedded computer for airborne, weight-critical applications
Crystal Group debuts rugged embedded computer for airborne, weight-critical applications
HIAWATHA, Iowa, 30 June 2016. Crystal Group Inc., a manufacturing partner of rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) custom-developed computers, displays, switches, and storage devices, is introducing the RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer, a lightweight, reliable computer with the capability to bring powerful compute processing to a variety of transportation platform applications.

"Airborne and mobile computer systems need to withstand unstable power sources and a variety of shock and vibration conditions,” says Crystal Group’s Jim Shaw, executive vice president of engineering. “The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer offers reliable high compute processing ability while taking up a limited amount of space and weighing only 7 pounds. It’s a perfect fit for data-intensive applications, including signal intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and transit case integration."

Crystal Group’s RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer offers a lightweight, compact, scalable solution for use in a variety of on-board manned and unmanned ground, air, and sea vehicles. The unit measures 12”W x 4.5”H x 9”D.


The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer is a ruggedized system based on Intel Core-i7 Gen6 Dual or Quad Core processors. The system can be configured with up to 32GB, non ECC DDR4 of memory. Along with six USB 3.0 ports the compact unit offers two 15mm SSD or three 9mm SSD storage options which are externally removable. The system’s socket LGA 1151 motherboard supports HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-I display output options. A tough carbon fiber composite frame serves simultaneously as the entire system’s structural backbone and EMI shield. The unit measures 12 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall, and 9 inches in depth and can be tray or bulkhead mounted with supplied bracket ears.




The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer operates over a wide temperature range from -40°C to +60°C and with 18V to 36V DC input. The computer is compatible with several industry standard operating systems such as Windows 7/8.1/10, Windows Server 2012 R2, RHEL 6.6/6.7/7/7.1, SUSE SLES 11, Ubuntu 15/16, or Centos 7.1. The unit complies with MIL-STD 461, CE102, and RE102 for EMC testing.

About Crystal Group Inc.
Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, is a technology innovation leader specializing in both custom and COTS products for defense, government and industrial markets since 1987. Crystal Group designs and manufactures installation-ready rugged servers, displays, networking devices, embedded systems, power supplies, and storage devices that fit critical applications in demanding environmental conditions.

The company is certified to quality management standards AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008. Crystal Group products meet and exceed MIL-STDs 810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901, IEEE and IEC industrial standards. Additionally, the company offers integration services, configuration management, product life-cycle planning and 5+ year warranties.

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