New General Micro Systems smart display passes MIL-S-901D shock test

General Micro Systems, Inc.´s SD19 rugged smart display has passed rigorous MIL-S-901D shock testing, the company said.

Simulating an explosion or a projectile hit, the MIL-S-901D “High-Impact Shipboard Machinery, Equipment, and Systems” specification is notoriously difficult to pass.

A heavy hammer strikes a test fixture onto which the SD19 unit under test (UUT) is mounted. Subject to hundreds of Gs of force, or more, metal can deform, glass can break, switches and covers can fly off, and components can be ripped from printed circuit boards.

To accurately measure the effects of shock waves in all three axes, accelerometers are installed on the test fixture and no dampening or any other shock-mitigation mechanism is allowed. The UUT receives the full impact force transmitted. Nonetheless, subjected to the 5-foot, 400-pound “hammer test,” the GMS SD19 standard-definition, 19-inch smart LCD with integrated 4th Generation Intel® Core® i7 Processor workstation remained fully operational.

Test results show shock in excess of 500Gs transmitted to the SD19, and a hand-shot video recorded the tests; actual instrumented data proves the results (x-axis 552G; y-axis 102G; z-axis 326G). The test suite was conducted in conjunction with a GMS customer and its military customer representative as part of a program qualification of the SD19 rugged smart display. Actual test conditions were in compliance with MIL-S-901D, Grade A, Class 1, Type A, Unrestricted Orientations, Operational.

Part of General Micro Systems´ RuggedViewâ„¢ smart display product line, the SD19 is a standard-definition ultra-dense, super-rugged smart display combined with a workstation computer subsystem in a single, conduction-cooled chassis. The 16.9-inch (wide) by 19-inch (high) GMS SD19 smart display with Intel-based single board computer is less than 3.5 inches thick and is passively conductively cooled. Competing products with similar functionality measure up to 8 inches thick and use one or more fans. Fans are known causes of failure and reduced MTBF in defense systems, and they rarely survive MIL-S-901D shock testing.

The GMS SD19 is thin because of the company´s patent-pending RuggedCoolâ„  technology, which allows “mix and match”, densely packed modular boards that conduct heat from the Intel Core i7® processor directly to the SD19 case. Depending on the mounting location, heat from the SD19 is either radiated into the environment or conducted away from the unit via mounting hardware.

The SD19 RuggedViewâ„¢ smart display has a hardened 4:3 aspect-ratio touchscreen and an LCD with finely controlled, military-specified brightness settings from full on to complete dimmed darkness. In addition, the SD19 supports multi-display operation that enables output to other displays and input from other systems with the push of a bezel button.

GMS is an IEC, AS9100, and MIL-SPEC supplier with infrastructure and operations for long-life, spec-controlled, and configuration-managed programs.