What to Consider When Purchasing Rugged Computers

Whether you are updating your current computers or buying them for a new facility or operation, given the wide selection of products on the market, figuring out the right ones for your company’s specific operations and working environments can be a daunting task. After all, rugged computers are much more than just hard shells . . . This article examines some of the criteria that you should weigh when assessing computers for your challenging—and sometimes nasty—work environments.

Analyzing your rugged computer tasks

One of the first things you want to do is to conduct a detailed analysis of the tasks for which you will be deploying your rugged computers. This requires an assessment of the full range of:

1) Functions your computers need;

2) Environments and environmental challenges that they will face. Some of the questions to ask on this front include:

  • What is the operational temperature range?
  • For what environmental elements—liquids, dust, salt, etc.—is ingress protection required?
  • What vibration and shock might be encountered?
  • Is magnetic interference a factor?
  • What about pressure/altitude?
  • What are the size and weight constraints?
  • Are the screen(s) easy to read in bright sunlight?

Depending on the industry in which your company operates, you are likely to benefit by choosing a computer compatible with industry-specific applications and software. This entails choosing a device that runs the correct operating system for the specific application or software you’re planning to install.  You might also choose a device with the software you require pre-installed. This is the case with the Matrox 4Sight EV6 vision controller, a powerful industrial imaging computer for managing multi-camera inspections efficiently and with ease. The Matrox 4Sight EV6 comes with the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), pre-installed, allowing it to be deployed almost immediately.

Matrox® 4Sight EV6

Matrox 4Sight EV6 vision controller

Accelerating time to mission is also one of the assets of North Atlantic Industries’ commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) 3U cPCI single board computers. Designed for rugged defense, commercial aerospace, and industrial applications, these rugged computers eliminate man-months of integration.

North Atlantic 3U cPCI Single Board Computers

North Atlantic 3U CPCI single board computer

Rugged computer specifications

Analysis of the tasks for which your computers will be used, and of the environmental challenges, will help you determine the specifications of the computers you require. In this endeavour you may find yourself walking a fine line. On the one hand you want computers with specs that make them sufficiently rugged to perform optimally for a number of years in your challenging work environments—and that provide adequate protection of the valuable data that you obtain with them, as well as for the recovery of lost information; on the other hand, you don’t want to pay for rugged features that you don’t require. Investing in rugged computers can be a significant investment and buying a high-end Lexus when you only need a Corolla can impact the profitability of your operations. You’ve got to find the right balance between price and performance.

Diamond Sabre Rugged

The SabreCom series of rugged mission computers: bringing an exciting level of price/performance to the market


Rugged computing partners

Making decisions about the specs requires research into the manufacturers of rugged computers and gives rise to the question of whether you can take advantage of off-the-shelf models or whether you require a degree of customization. It also brings up key, non-technical issues. Buying rugged computers means entering into a relationship with the companies that design and manufacture them, or with companies, such as Integrys, that promote and support manufacturers’ products in the marketplace. Having the right partner in place can help you make the purchase and deployment happen on schedule and on budget—with end user satisfaction that helps raise productivity.

Testing rugged computers

Good partners help you avoid mistakes. And in the world of rugged computing it would be a serious mistake to make a purchase without giving employees who use them an opportunity to thoroughly test them in real-world situations—possibly in multiple situations/locations over an extended period of time. In most cases, testing in the lab is not sufficient. Feedback from your employees telling you that the computers they have been putting through the paces in the field are intuitive/easy-to-use and sufficiently robust and reliable is your best guarantee that you are making a sound business decision.

You need a partner that can work with you. It’s not just the hardware that will help you keep your employees focused on the job. Are your partners in the purchase amenable to you conducting the field testing that you consider necessary before making a commitment?


All rugged computers come with a warranty. To optimize your investment it is essential that you fully understand the terms of your warranty.

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Click here to learn more about Integrys’s rugged computer offerings.

New Supplier Resonon – Hyperspectral Imaging Solutions

Integrys is pleased to highlight one of our newest suppliers, Resonon, a rapidly-growing company that designs, manufactures, and supports hyperspectral imagers and related hardware and software for research and industry.

Pika L Hyperspectral Imaging Camera

Pika L, 400-1000 nm lightweight VNIR hyperspectral camera


Resonon’s turnkey systems are easy to use, affordable, and provide high-precision data. Founded in 2002, Resonon is based in Boseman, Montana.Resonon hyperspectral systems enable you to accurately and consistently distinguish between similar colors or materials. Their systems are in use worldwide on platforms ranging from airplanes to microscopes. Applications include: 

Resonon 1

Machine vision

Hyperspectral machine vision detects small color differences more accurately and identifies different materials more reliably than conventional imaging. Resonon’s system can be interfaced to robots, labeling devices, or used as feedback for sorting, grading, or process control.


Hyperspectral infrared imagers can identify counterfeits, find defects, and eliminate prescription errors.The image shows three types of white pills, indistinguishable by color to the human eye, but accurately classified via Resonon near-infrared hyperspectral machine vision.

Resonon 2Identifying finished goods

A major manufacturer of laminates uses Resonon machine vision systems at multiple facilities to identify over 30,000 products daily from a library of several thousand.
The image shows two nearly identical products that are accurately differentiated using Resonon machine vision.



Remote sensing 

Resonon 3Resonon hyperspectral imaging cameras are used in air, space, and underwater vehicles to capture detailed spectral data for a wide range of uses.

Environmental monitoring

Resonon 4Hyperspectral imaging is used to track forest health, water quality, and surface contamination.


Resonon 5Hyperspectral imaging is used for a wide range of biological and medical applications.

Food analysis

Resonon 6Resonon’s hyperspectral imaging systems are used in food research and industry to identify defects, characterize product quality, and locate contaminants.


  Contact us for more information about Resonon and its array of hyperspectral imaging solutions.



New Product Line AltiZ High-fidelity 3D Profile Sensors

Integrys is pleased to highlight the launching of Matrox Imaging’s Matrox AltiZ, a series of integrated high-fidelity 3D profile sensors— the culmination of a significant investment in product development and associated state-of-the-art manufacturing installations. AltiZ is an entirely new product line, conceived to meet market demand for superior 3D reproduction fidelity.

High-fidelity 3D scanning

Dual-camera single laser design

Each 3D profile sensor in the AltiZ series has a dual-camera single laser design that reduces scanning gaps at surface junctures arising from optical occlusions. Algorithms inside the sensor automatically generate various types of 3D data, including individual profiles, depth maps and cloud points, which are obtained by combining or selecting pixel data from the two integrated image sensors.




Matrox AltiZ_2

Surface scan of a mechanical part


Flexible operation and intuitive setup

The two cameras within a Matrox AltiZ can operate either synchronously or in alternation. Synchronous operation provides maximum reproduction quality and robustness, while alternating operation generates a scanning rate twice that of the former—while still guarding against occlusion. Scanning volume affects the scanning rate and is set in convenient real-world units.

Standard interface, discrete I/Os, and power

The command and data interface of a Matrox AltiZ is done via a Gigabit Ethernet port with the GigE Vision communication protocol. The sensors’ 24 V-compatible digital I/Os are present for connecting to an incremental encoder and synchronizing multiple 3D sensors, which is useful when there is need to scan different sides of an object or surfaces larger than can be covered by a single 3D sensor. Matrox AltiZ supports PoE for simpler cabling, but also features an alternate 24 V power input.

Solid construction and varied mounting 

Matrox AltiZ features a sturdy IP67-rated aluminium housing with M12 connectors for operating in harsh industrial environments. Isolated discrete I/Os provide protection against improper electrical hookup. Back, side, and top attachment points accepting M4-threaded screws are available for fixing a Matrox AltiZ to gantries and robots. Through-hole guides are also included to enable higher-accuracy installation and the alignment of neighboring Matrox AltiZ units.

Field-proven application development software 

Matrox AltiZ pairs well with Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) X4—a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) for Windows and Linux with a more than 25-year history of reliable performance. This toolkit features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, processing, analysis, display, and archiving.

The 3D sensors also work with Matrox Design Assistant X5, a Windows-based integrated development environment (IDE) based on MIL, where vision applications result from the construction of flowcharts and their human-machine interface (HMI) from the creation of web pages. Refer to the Matrox Design Assistant X datasheet for more information.

Interactive profiler setup 

Included in MIL is Matrox Capture Works, an interactive utility for Windows and Linux3 that enables users to conveniently verify the connection to, as well as configure and test acquisition from, cameras and devices using a GenICam™-based interface standard such as Matrox AltiZ. Matrox Capture Works contains views specific to the Matrox AltiZ for tuning peak (laser line) extraction, configuring the scanning volume, and setting up device triggering.

Third-party software support 

Matrox AltiZ is also compatible with third-party vision software that implements support for the GigE Vision standard, GenICam GenDC specification, and GenICam PFNC 3D pixel formats.

Contact us

For help with purchasing Matrox AltiZ, click here. For general inquiries, click here.


Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar

On May 28, 2020 Integrys hosted the highly successful Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar, which defined 3D Image Quality (3DIQ) and why optimizing it is crucial. Participants gained a host of vital information, including that on:

  • Implementing a flexible and scalable 3D machine vision platform for applications from bin-picking, quality control in manufacturing, inspection and assembly, as well as the growing demand for logistics and e-commerce;
  • How white structured light 3D vision systems can reduce implementation time and solve more tasks over a flexible working distance while accurately recognizing objects and staying eye safe

Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence

Integrys is pleased to share a copy of the Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar. Please contact us to obtain yours.

About Zivid

Zivid is a Norwegian machine vision technology company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. It designs and sells 3D color cameras with vision software that are used in autonomous industrial robot cells, collaborative robot cells and other industrial automation systems



Matrox Imaging Honored By Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards Program

Matrox AltiZ 3D profile sensors take gold in prestigious international competition

MONTREAL, Quebec—16 June 2020—Matrox® Imaging, established and trusted supplier to top machine vision OEMs and integrators for more than 40 years, announced today that its recently introduced Matrox AltiZ 3D profile sensors were recognized among the best in machine vision today by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

Engineered for excellence in reproduction fidelity
Matrox AltiZ is a series of high-fidelity 3D profile sensors, each featuring a dual-camera single-laser design that greatly lessens scanning gaps encountered at critical surface junctures because of optical occlusions. Unique algorithms running inside the sensor automatically generate various type of reliable 3D data in the form of individual profiles, depth maps, or point clouds.

Designed and optimized for inspection, measurement, and guidance tasks, these unique 3D profile sensors use the principle of laser triangulation to generate faithful digital representation of an object or scene in three dimensions. This allows the Matrox AltiZ to capably perform surface inspections, part identification, gap and flush evaluation, bead inspection and measurement, and inline metrology, among other applications.

Perfect triangulation of performance, price, and innovation
Matrox AltiZ distinguish themselves from other 3D profile sensors in several crucial manners. Their unique dual-camera design achieves what common 3D profile sensors cannot match with one laser and a single camera. Dealing with occlusions using single-camera 3D profile sensors necessitates two sensors installed head to head, whereas Matrox AltiZ attains superior image fidelity owing to its dual-camera architecture. This design likewise permits Matrox AltiZ to work in either synchronized or alternate fashion; the former mode provides maximum reproduction quality and robustness, while the latter delivers a scanning rate almost twice that of the former while still defending against occlusion. A standard GigE Vision® interface with GenICam™ extensions was implemented to ensure interoperability with as wide a range of Matrox Imaging-branded and third-party machine vision software and controllers as possible, so as not to tie users to a proprietary interface and associated hardware and software. Finally, an embedded algorithm running directly inside each Matrox AltiZ sensor ensures greater control over spurious data—such as from reflections of the laser beam line—and results in more robust 3D reproductions. The embedded processing with data fusion avoids the additional computational demands when using common 3D profile sensors to combat the occlusion phenomena.

Award-winning Matrox AltiZ 3D profile sensors are ideally suited for markets such as automotive manufacturing, electronics and semiconductor production, wood inspection, food and beverage production and packaging, logistics and warehousing, consumer goods inspection, medical device manufacturing, and pharmaceutical production.

“The Vision Systems Design team would like to congratulate Matrox Imaging for their score in the 2020 Innovators Awards program,” says John Lewis, Editor in Chief, Vision Systems Design. “Each year this unbiased and increasingly competitive program aims to celebrate the most innovative products and systems in machine vision. The Matrox Imaging team should be very proud.”

“We are honored that the Matrox AltiZ’s innovative attributes were recognized by Vision Systems Design,” says Laval Tremblay, vice-president of engineering, Matrox Imaging. “Designed expressly to meet market demand for exceptional 3D reproduction fidelity, these unique 3D sensors are testament to significant research and development from our team of engineers. Matrox Imaging is thrilled to count this series in our renowned product lineup.”

Matrox AltiZ will begin shipping in July 2020.

About The Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program
The Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced via webcast on June 16. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

About Vision Systems Design
Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design’s magazine, website (www.visionsystems.com) , email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About Matrox Imaging
Matrox Imaging is an established and trusted supplier to top OEMs and integrators involved in machine vision, image analysis, and medical imaging industries. The components consist of smart cameras, 3D sensors, vision controllers, I/O cards, and frame grabbers, all designed to provide optimum price-performance within a common software environment. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/imaging.

Matrox imaging available in Canada through partner Integrys, www.integrys.com.

Matrox Imaging lasers in, announcing the launch of high-fidelity 3D profile sensors

Matrox AltiZ delivers exceptional 3D reproduction fidelity with a standard GigE Vision interface

Matrox® Imaging is proud to launch Matrox AltiZ, a new series of 3D profile sensors offering superior three-dimensional reproduction fidelity. A unique design and novel embedded algorithms create an exceptionally elegant solution for combating occlusion effects at critical surface junctures. The Matrox AltiZ series provides a range of optimized features:

Unique dual-camera single-laser design delivers exceptionally high 3D reproduction fidelity by counteracting occlusions.
Standard GigE Vision® interface with GenICam™ extensions for seamless interoperability with machine vision software from Matrox Imaging and third-party providers.
Embedded algorithms to generate consistent profiles, depth maps, or point clouds.
IP67-rated aluminum housing, M12 connectors, and multiple fastening points for easy installation on gantries and robots in tough industrial environments.
Option to operate the integrated image sensors in synchronized or alternating fashion for either maximum reproduction quality or almost double the scanning speed.
Simplified cabling with support for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).
Matrox Capture Works interactive utility for Windows® and Linux® that streamlines sensor setup and verification.


Integrys: Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar Registration

Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar Registration

Integrys: Adding 3D Spatial Intelligence to your machine vision systems

Integrys with this partner, Zivid systems outlines how you can stay ahead of the competition in a fast-paced machine vision and industrial automation market? By adding 3D Spatial Intelligence!

At this webinar we will define 3D Image Quality (3DIQ) and why optimizing it is crucial. Learn about implementing a flexible and scalable 3D machine vision platform for applications from bin-picking, quality control in manufacturing, inspection and assembly, as well as the growing demand for logistics and e-commerce.

Most of today’s industrial and collaborative robots lack “spatial intelligence” and Zivid’s color 3D cameras provide a head start in developing precise automation processes. Attendees will learn how white structured light 3D vision systems can reduce implementation time and solve more tasks over a flexible working distance while accurately recognizing objects and staying eye safe.

May 28, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar Registration

Raman Sharma

VP Sales & Marketing, Americas @Zivid
Raman is responsible for sales and marketing for Zivid in the Americas. He is passionate about technology and building businesses from the ground up. Zivid is his 3rd start-up during his 20 year career. Raman holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar Registration

Jesse Masters

Field Applications Engineer, Americas @Zivid
Jesse is responsible for technical customer support for Zivid in the Americas. He has over a decade of experience helping customers build their applications. Jesse has a BSEE from Kettering University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business.
Integrys: Zivid 3D Spatial Intelligence Webinar Registration

Rugged Computers: What are They? How do They Work?

Rugged (or ruggedized) computers are designed to operate reliably in harsh conditions by providing a controlled environment for the electronics installed in them. They are built to meet minimum industry-standard specifications—standards that far exceed those applied to consumer and commercial-grade devices. As a result, rugged computers are generally more expensive and heavier than their brethren. They also tend to be less “powerful” because high-end computing power is not usually required.

The challenging conditions/elements that rugged computers are used to combat include:

rugged computers
  • Shock and vibration
  • Extreme temperatures, humidity
  • Corrosion, abrasion
  • Water/fluids
  • Low pressure/altitude
  • Dust
  • Electromagnetic interference
  • Salt
Matrox® 4Sight EV6

                      Matrox® 4Sight EV6

Rugged computers usually come in the form of a laptop, a tablet or a PDA (personal digital assistant, or palmtop computer) and are used in the following applications:

  • Public safety
  • Field sales
  • Field service
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation/distribution
  • Military
  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Outdoor recreation

Electronic Components of Rugged Computers

Rugged Computers-4One of the fundamental strategies for developing a rugged computer is to select electronic components that are better capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions than conventional components. This means designing the computer from the inside out: rugged computers comprise much more than just protective cases. Spending money up front on the most rugged electronic components available is an investment that pays dividends if it reduces or eliminates downtime and the need for repairs, which, if they need to be done in the field, can exceed the cost of the computer.

Rugged IO board from North Atlantic Industries

Selecting appropriate electronic components requires giving due consideration to the different stressors these components will encounter. Temperature is usually the most common and important because it can damage electronics in several ways. The use of liquid cooling instead of fans with moving parts is sometimes adopted to combat this. Mechanical stresses can also cause a range of failures. For this reason, rugged computers feature solid state hard drives that have no moving parts.

Rugged IO board

Rugged IO board from North Atlantic Industries

Designing from the inside out requires, for example, ensuring that the packaging and mounting of the integrated circuits— the electronic semiconductor parts of the device—are up to the tasks the computer will be used for. The same applies to chip scale packages, which can be very small and designed to be soldered directly onto the printed circuit board. This can make the device very small and flat and less expensive to produce, but more vulnerable to temperature and physical stresses, which ultimately costs the user.


Passive components of rugged computers: Capacitors, inductors and antennas

How these passive components are attached can be vital to whether a computer can be used effectively in harsh environments. Surface mount connections can cause, for example, cracking in the layers that make up a capacitor, resulting in intermittent failures that are hard to track down. Wherever possible, passive components should have flex mount terminations, even if they are more expensive. Short term pain for long term gain.

Rugged Computer User Controls: Connectors, Switches and Buttons

3U cPCI ARM Cortex-A9 SBCUser controls link a computer to the real world and all the abusive conditions/elements therein, such as dust, moisture, pressure, and flexing. Connectors, for example, are subjected to pressure and torque from cables and mate/de-mate forces. User controls that have a means of transferring forces to something other than fragile surface-mount solder joints help make computer truly rugged. Parts with stakes through the board or screw mounts to the device housing are less likely to fail.

Connectors are also a good place to think about water. The spots where the printed circuit board connects to the outside are the weak points where water, and dust, can intrude and attack components. Some interfaces, such as sensors that use light or pressure, can be sealed inside a protective membrane such as molded silicone or GoreTex that’s translucent or pressure sensitive. Ruggedized connectors can be alarmingly more expensive than those used in consumer electronics. A waterproof, properly sealed military-spec connector can easily cost $35. Fully sealed keyboards are another way of keeping out destructive incursions of water.

 Protective cases

Users of rugged computers expect their expensive devices to be able to survive a fall or two, as well as other indignities such as blows and blasts. To achieve this, most manufacturers of rugged computers use a thicker housing than a regular laptop—one made of more robust, high-tech materials. Common materials used for rugged housings include polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene tyrene (ABS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and nylon.  Material combinations like PC/PET and PC/ABS are often used to further increase impact resistance.

Elastomeric polymers can also be added to the melt to increase impact resistance. Because these additives are elastic in nature, they deform upon impact without failing, and then recover original shape when the load is removed.

To learn more about rugged computers, view Integrys’ rugged computing inventory.


North Atlantic Industries’ New SIU36 OpenVPX COTS System

Versatile, Scalable Rugged Architecture for Demanding Embedded System Applications

SIU36 OpenVPX COTS SystemThe SIU36 configurable 3U OpenVPX COTS System signals North Atlantic Industries’ intention to significantly expand its rugged systems product family. As NAI’s Lino Massafra, VP of Sales and Marketing, explains, “The SIU36 is the first of our latest generation of sensor interface units that focuses on the OpenVPX and COSA® architectures to truly maximize I/O density—and accelerates our customers’ time-to-mission.”

NAI’s SIU36 is a highly configurable rugged COTS system for military, industrial, and commercial applications that require high-density I/O, communication and processing. The SIU36 was designed to operate under extreme temperature, shock, vibration, and EMI environments. EMI filters and gaskets meet or exceed MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-1275 and MIL-STD-704 (A included) requirements. Configured applications that are available using the SIU36 and (COSA®) include Data Acquisition (DAQ), Fire Control & Targeting Systems (FCTS), Remote Data Concentrators (RDC), and Vehicle Management Systems (VMS).

The SIU36 uses NAI’s Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®). Smart Function Modules are configured in a mix-and-match fashion onto rugged 3U-OpenVPX controller boards or SBCs to meet countless system requirements. Customers can choose their ideal NAI 3U OpenVPX SBC with processors, including Freescale PowerPC™ QorIQ® T2080, Intel® Core™ i7, and ARM® Cortex®-A9 & -A53. Software support includes Wind River® VxWorks®, Xilinx® PetaLinux, Microsoft Windows® and DDC-I Deos®. All I/O and communication data is available through memory mapped register access using NAI’s free-of-charge SSK libraries.

About North Atlantic Industries

NAI is a specialized provider of embedded electronics, power supplies and computing for sense & response intensive, military and aerospace applications. We accelerate our clients’ time-to-mission with a unique approach based on our Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from standard COTS components

For over 50 years, companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged our capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness.

For more information about North Atlantic Industries’ products, please view Integrys’ NAI supplier page.


North Atlantic Industries: Rugged Embedded Computing Systems

Founded in 1955 and based in Bohemia, New York, North Atlantic Industries (NAI) is a leading independent designer and manufacturer of rugged embedded electronic and computing systems, power supplies and motion simulation and measurement instruments for military, commercial aerospace and industrial applications.

Remarkably successful in bringing quality, innovative products to market and delivering superior value and exemplary service, NAI’s customer base includes renowned companies/organizations such as:

  • Boeing
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Honeywell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • General Dynamics
  • U.S. Army
  • NASA
  • Airbus

A testament to their extensive product portfolio, dedicated service and leadership in their field, NAI’s network of demanding, discriminating customers truly is world-class—and appreciative.

I can’t say enough about you guys. If all my vendors were like NAI, my job would be a lot easier! Very quick and timely response to all issues and always seem to be on top of a program!”
–Mike Barbour, Sr. Subcontracts Manager, Raytheon GBS

We love your products. I’ll be looking to see how your new products can solve our next problems.”
George Camann – Software Engineer Manager, Calspan Corporation, Flight Research Group

COSA® architecture (Configurable Open Systems Architecture™)

One of the keys to NAI’s success has been enabling their customers to leverage NAI’s modular and adaptable COSA® architecture, providing them with application-ready systems for harsh air, land and sea environments plagued by, for example:

  • Shock and vibration
  • Extreme temperature, humidity/wetness
  • Corrosion or abrasion
  • Electromagnetic interference
  • Low pressure/altitude
  • Dust

COSA® gives NAI customers the most modular, agile and rugged COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) portfolio of embedded smart modules, I/O boards, single-board computers, power supplies and ruggedized systems on the market. All are pre-engineered to work together today—and can be easily changed, reused or re-purposed down the road. NAI has used FPGAs and SoCs to create smart modules that enable their customers to rapidly create configurable mission systems—while reducing or eliminating SBC overhead.

Accelerate your time to mission with COSA®.

COTS systems

NAI’s rugged COTS, pre-configured and tested systems are unequalled and allow rapid deployment with less risk, and no NRE (non-recurring engineering). They are also SWaP optimized—striking a fine balance between size, weight, and power that gives users the edge in highly competitive real-world scenarios. 

North Atlantic Industries’ COSA® family of products

NAI’s COSA® family of products comprises the most modular, agile and rugged portfolio of embedded I/O modules boards, systems and power supplies of their kind.

Smart function modules

Smart function modules

NAI offers more than 70 smart, field-proven function modules covering a wide variety of I/O, measurement and simulation, communications, ethernet switch and SBC functions.

IO boards and SBCs

IO boards and SBCs

NAI offers a variety of rugged embedded boards—both multifunction IO cards and single board computers in OpenVPX, cPCI, VME and PCI/PCIe form factors.

Power supplies

Power supplies

NAI designs and manufactures a full line of COTS, modified COTS and custom power supplies—including configurations that meet VME, cPCI and VPX (VITA 62) requirements.

Rugged systems

Rugged systems

NAI’s rugged systems are designed to provide fast, fail-safe access to sensor-based information in the harshest military environments while optimizing SWaP (size, weight and power) requirements.

To learn more about North Atlantic Industries’ products and find the right one for your application, please view Integrys’ NAI inventory.