A computer that's light as a feather, but built for battle
8-ounce Itronix GD300 operates as a GPS receiver or tactical mission computer
- By Trudy Walsh
- Aug 04, 2010
General Dynamics Itronix has introduced a computer that’s fully battlefield rugged -- and wearable.
The GD300 weighs less than 8 ounces and runs on the Android OS. It uses Global Positioning System technology equipped with a quadra-helix antenna that blocks interference even in mountainous terrain or urban environments, the company said.
Users can wear the device on their arms or chest, General Dynamics Itronix representatives said. But don’t be fooled by the GD300’s light weight: It meets Mil-Std 810G specs for ruggedness, the company said.
The GD300 can operate in two distinct modes: as a standalone Global Positioning System device or, when connected by a click of a cable to tactical radio such as the Rifleman Radio, as a tactical mission computer. It also supports military apps such as the Tactical Ground Reporting System.
Connected to a tactical radio, the device lets warfighters securely communicate and collaborate. It’s powered by standard lithium-ion batteries that will last eight hours on a charge.
“The GD300 is a game-changing computer that will save lives,” said Mike DiBiase, vice president of computing technologies for General Dynamics C4 Systems. “We expect the GD300 will become the most important 8 ounces of tactical communication and situational awareness equipment that a warfighter can carry.”
The GD300 has a sunlight readable, 3.5-inch touch-screen display designed to work with gloved fingers.
For more information, see www.gd.com.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.