Grid Compas Computers Engineering Evaluation,
ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)
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This report gives details of an engineering evaluation made by Engineering Development Establishment EDE of two GRID Compass portable computer, one of which is Tempest certified. It is concluded that the units are suitable for field use provided they are handled with care, are provided with a transit case for transport, and measures are taken to protect the equipment from direct exposure to dust and direct sunlight. If mounted in tracked vehicles suitable vibration isolation could be significantly improved by more secure mounting of certain components within the units. It is noted that there are many similar computers available which provide increased performance andor functionally at less cost than the GRID Compass computers. However, for field use their environmentaldurability performance would have to be investigated. Annex C contains a preliminary survey of commercially available portable computers which are similar in concept to the GRID Compass range and which could provide a suitable alternative to the GRID models.
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