Crystal Group and Intel® Forge Autonomous Vehicle All-Weather Solution – Delivering on the Promise of the Internet of Things

Crystal Group RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server meets autonomous vehicle and automotive market needs for high-performance processing and data storage in rugged, compact form factor.


Hiawatha, Iowa USA, March 23, 2017 – To meet the growing demand for highly reliable technology on the Internet of Things (IoT), Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, announces the development of a rugged server able to withstand extreme temperature variations for commercial autonomous vehicles (AVs). The development of components capable of meeting thermal and other harsh environment standards required by AVs further establishes Crystal Group as a leader in the growing AV market and the IoT space.

Crystal Group’s RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server is powered by Intel® processors, and is just one example of an agile and rugged system with applications for the commercial AV market. Already leaders in technology of unmanned systems for the military, Crystal Group and Intel have been working with other technology companies and major automotive OEMs as part of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance to build systems to support the entire driverless vehicle ecosystem.


The RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server from Crystal Group provides high-performance industrial computing and high-capacity data storage in a small size, weight, and power (SWaP) package with a depth under 15 inches (38.1 cm) to fit virtually any space. Several major automotive manufacturers have already selected this rugged and reliable server for use in autonomous vehicles. The RS363S15F is ideal for automotive, aerospace and defense, government, industrial, Internet of Things, security, transportation, utility and power applications, and more.

The off-the-shelf RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server is now available with an Intel Xeon® processor and Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX), 1024GB of DDR4 memory, and support for a variety of popular firmware and operating systems, including Linux and Microsoft Windows. Crystal Group also designs and manufactures custom hardware systems for AV and other applications, tapping commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components from Intel, NVIDIA, and other industry leaders.

“We’re incredibly excited about this collaboration with Intel and how it will transform our customer markets,” says Crystal Group President Scott Kongable. “The results from this Alliance will bring even higher value rugged solutions to our customers by providing more intelligent, efficient, and secure operation of connected technologies.”

Crystal Group is proud to be on the forefront of design and development for intelligent devices and analytics for the expanding AV market. As the world becomes more connected, real-time data processing becomes more complex and difficult. These connected systems are capable of gathering data from several sources, including rear view and dashboard video, vehicle telemetry, road conditions, and GPS location. Data gathered from these systems will be used to develop practical applications for autonomous vehicles.


About the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

From modular components to market-ready systems, Intel and the 400+ global member companies of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance provide the performance, connectivity, manageability, and security developers need to create smart, connected systems. Close collaboration with Intel and each other enables Alliance members to innovate with the latest technologies, helping developers deliver first-in-market solutions. Learn more at:


About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, 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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