The marine environment
poses three real problems to computers, heat, vibration and corrosion.
These obstacles quickly cause failure in laptops and home type units. The
cases and motherboards are designed to a price, not for reliability and
There are very few
computer techs at sea.
computers are purpose built, and designed from the ground-up for these harsh
Every computer is built
to order, and receives extensive testing before shipment. Electronics that
fail generally fail in the first few hours of use. We do a long burn-in to
ensure reliability at sea.
On most models, we
control vibration on two levels, low frequencies for shock and higher ones
for isolation from engine vibration.
The hi-speed solid
state, (SSD) hardrives, used exclusively in out products, are inherently stable and
designed for tough use.
These drives and the
testing are expensive, but insure high reliability.
Hardrives (SSD's) are standard on all models.
We also bond internal
connectors and components to eliminate any failures from loosening of
Corrosion is another
common source of failure. The damp, salt laden air can quickly cause
failures in unprotected electronics.
We harden the computers
in two areas, the circuit board and the internal components.
The board receives a
mil-spec conformal coating that seals it from the harsh environment. The
military needs this coating for reliability, so do you.
The internal components
are also protected by an oversized VCI. (vapor corrosion inhibitor) This
device emits vapors which deposit on all the computer parts and form a
Our fanless models, by nature of their design, limit exposure to the
outside atmosphere and warm the inside, so as to eliminate moisture. This
further enhances their protection.
Heat is a major problem
in most climates.
All of our computers
feature aluminum cases to quickly transfer heat to the outside air.
Component selection is
another major factor. Our computers now use energy efficient, low heat
mobile Intel processors.
All of our premium
memory has heatsinks on the RAM modules.
We use oversized heatsinks
on the processors for greater thermal transfer and efficiency.
We don't build
strippers. Our computers are pretty much maxed out, no cheap Celeron
processors or limited RAM. They will do the job now and into the future.
We also offer the
connectivity needed for a marine computer.
All of our computers
have at least two serial (COM) ports and many have 4. These are needed for
connection to your GPS, depth gauge, anemometer and most other marine
electronics. We have multiple USB and FireWire ports, and a microphone
input needed to use NavTex from your SSB radio.
Many of our clients have
a need for multiple displays, allowing charting and radar to be run on a
separate screen from their instruments, fishfinder, or entertainment. Our computers support two or more
Our computers come
standard with Windows 7 or Microsoft XP Professional, not the lesser