Crystal Group Named Intel® Partner of the Year – IoT Solution

Crystal Group recognized by Intel® for agile, responsive engineering of innovative Internet of Things (IoT)-based autonomous vehicle rugged computer.

Hiawatha, Iowa USA, May 30, 2017 – Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, has been named Intel® 2016 Partner of the Year – IoT Solution for its agile, innovative engineering of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom autonomous vehicle (AV) rugged computers powered by Intel and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Crystal Group worked in close collaboration with Intel to engineer a rugged and reliable computer designed specifically to enable rapid AV development and to support the entire driverless and self-driving vehicle ecosystem. The company also delivered a custom version of the novel AV computer system with CPUs, a motherboard, and a hard drive from Intel to a major automotive manufacturer in just two weeks – a significant achievement and further evidence of Crystal Group’s dedication to meeting customer, application, and industry needs on time and on budget.

Crystal Group’s RS363S15F Rugged 3U Server combines high-performance computing and high-capacity data storage in a small size, weight, and power (SWaP) package with a depth under 15 inches (38.1 cm) for the commercial AV market. Offered in the Intel IoT Solutions Directory, Crystal Group’s rugged AV computer is available in custom or off-the-shelf configurations with a choice of the latest Intel XEON® class Broadwell processors, up to 1 terabyte (TB) of DDR4 memory, AC or DC power supply, optional liquid cooling, and support for popular operating systems, including Linux and Microsoft Windows. Major automotive manufacturers have already selected this rugged and reliable server for use in commercial autonomous vehicles.

Crystal Group Chief Architect and Technical Director, Chip Thurston, accepted the esteemed award during the Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, on May 23, 2017. ISS is Intel’s largest and most prestigious event of the year exclusively reserved for Platinum members of the Intel Technology Provider program in North and South America.

“Crystal Group is honored to be recognized by Intel, a longtime and valued technology partner, as 2016 Partner of the Year – IoT Solution for our fast, flexible, and innovative work on cutting-edge, IoT-based autonomous vehicle computers,” Thurston says. “This prestigious award further solidifies our already strong reputation and decades-long track record for delivering rugged, robust, and reliable systems on time and on budget to a broad and growing customer base. We look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with Intel to provide industry-leading technologies to the fast-growing IoT and AV markets.”

Over the past 30 years, Crystal Group has designed, manufactured, tested, and delivered rugged, reliable computer and electronics systems that leverage the most advanced hardware and software available. As a Platinum Intel Technology Provider and Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance Member, Crystal Group adheres closely to the Intel Roadmap to bring the very latest Intel innovations to aerospace and defense, automotive, commercial, industrial, and other discerning customers quickly and efficiently.


About the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

From modular components to market-ready systems, Intel and the 500+ 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 computers 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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