Military devices represent some of the most demanding and technologically advanced electronics in the world. To minimize design costs and cycle time, there is pressure to apply existing technology to meet the ever-increasing demands of operators in theater as well as security and intelligence forces. The use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) computers, tablets, and smartphones is not always sufficient to meet specific operational use cases, features, and performance. Customized military devices, often leveraged from COTS computers via a process called Modified COTS, can efficiently be deployed.

Characteristics of Military-Grade Devices

Military-grade devices – particularly devices such as military rugged tablets – must meet a stringent set of specifications that goes well beyond other computers. A military computer, military grade tablet, and other military grade handheld or portable device must:

  • Operate reliably over widely varying temperatures from desert to arctic environmentsMilitary-Grade Devices
  • Resist shocks, drops, impacts, and prolonged vibration
  • Be impervious to damage caused by dust, sand, moisture, and water
  • Resist EMI (electromagnetic interference) and comply with other electronic devices (EMC)
  • Be exceptionally durable and reliable to operate with prolonged life
  • Be viewable in direct sunlight and night vision compatible, but undetectable by others in complete darkness
  • Operate with gloved hands
  • Be available for purchase for long periods of time, often 10 years or more

Military Applications of Electronic Devices

SECO USA delivers circuitry, operating system software, and fully packaged military computing systems and handheld devices for many diverse applications such as:

  • Information management and securityElectronic Devices
  • Radio communications
  • Command and control operations
  • Weapons control systems
  • Sonar display, object acquisition, sensing, and tracking
  • Real-time situational awareness
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control
  • Military training and simulation
  • Soldier-worn sensing and tracking devices
  • Rack-mounted rugged human-machine interface (HMI)
  • Remote control tablets and control hubs for ground, ship-borne, and aerial unmanned vehicles
  • Video switching/routing hubs for cameras and head-up displays
  • Rugged portable display devices (PDAs)
  • Handheld language translation systems

Wide-Ranging Environmental and Compliance Requirements

Military grade tablets and portable devices must meet specific defense department defined specifications, as well as various industry standards, depending on their features and uses. SECO USA’s processes enable us to meet diverse and challenging requirements, whether technical or environmental. The following are some of the specifications to which SECO USA has designed and delivered product:

  • MIL-STD-810 environmental
    • – Pressure
    • – Sand and dust
    • – Temperature
    • – Explosive atmosphere
    • – Fluid contamination
    • – Vibration
    • – Solar radiation
    • – Acoustic noise
    • – Rain
    • – Shock
    • – Humidity
    • – Dust
    • – Fungus
    • – Immersion (IP65, IP67, IP68)
    • – Salt fog
    • – Drop
  • MIL-STD-461 and 464 EMI/EMC (up to 200 V/m external fields)
    • – Interference and emissions control (EMI, EMC)
    • – Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
    • – Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Personnel (HERP), Ordnance (HERO), and Fuel (HERF)
  • MIL-S-901D high impact mechanical shock for shipboard equipment
  • NSA FIPS-2 certification
  • Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) GPS integration and management
  • ATEX certification for explosive environments
  • LTE cellular certification: PTCRB, GFC, multiple carriers including AT&T
  • Single device, multiple wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi, 802.15.4, Bluetooth, cellular, military bands

The SECO USA Advantage for Custom Military Device Design

SECO USA has a broad and unique, but highly targeted set of skills and experiences in the design of custom military grade tablet and other military grade devices:

  • Phased design approach: from use case analysis and product feature trade offs, through design, prototype, verification, and production
  • In-house electronic, software, mechanical, and systems engineering that assure a highly integrated, functional, and long-term available product within fixed budgets and tight schedules
  • Supply chain management to assure on-time and long-term product availability
  • Test engineering design that fully exercises a product for maximum yield and robustness
  • Program management, the majority are PMP certified and highly experienced delivering real world product
  • AS9100 and ISO9001 certified production
  • ITAR registered and facility clearances
  • CAGE code: 8Z220

SECO USA is an industry leader in the ever growing demands of military grade tablets, military computing systems,  and other industry-specific computers. SECO USA specializes in designing and delivering high-performance embedded computing devices and solutions. Contact SECO USA for a review of your requirements and feedback on cost and schedule to get you to product.




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