Jim Shaw, EVP of Engineering at Crystal Group, explains the importance of SWaP computing in both the industrial and military markets.
Video Transcript: Episode 19 – “SWaP”
Hi, Jim Shaw here again at Crystal Group. I wanted to focus today just a little bit on SWaP (Space, Weight, and Power). Essentially this continues to be one of the main thrusts of our customer base, whether that is industrial, or military, it doesn’t make a lot of difference. Given the progressive that Intel continues to make, or the semiconductor industry continues to make, in terms of making things smaller, less power – power dissipation, yet more compute capable; we continue to see package drive down on the size, the weight, and the power.
Crystal Group trying to stay on that leading edge, and being able to use that COTS technology, that is essentially what we do. We adapt that technology for these harsh environments, whether it is industrial or military. We’ve got a couple of examples here of things we are doing right now. Here is one of our standard chassis, standard 19”.
We also have things like our carbon fiber mini ITX platform, with the MIL-STD-461 power supply in it, or, our Zero Client. These are a couple of examples of how we’ve taken a lot of size and weight out of the standard systems. This (RE0412) happens to be about a 4 pound box, this one (RZCP25 Zero Client) is about 2 pounds. The Zero Client is very useful for security applications; this (RE0412) is a desktop processor. Essentially a couple of ways that Crystal Group is trying to satisfy the customer, with respect to SWaP.