TAG Announces Lightweight Custom-Designed Mini-Brick Computers for UAVs

Published: 21 Jun 2012

TAG's Custom Designed Mini-Brick

Technology Advancement Group (TAG) expands their rugged small form factor computer research and development to focus on designing custom Mini-Brick computers that are lighter and take up less space in military, industrial, and transportation vehicles.

Technology Advancement Group, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) that specializes in advanced engineering solutions, has released the first of several custom designed Mini-Brick™ computer systems optimized for the stringent Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) requirements of autonomous unmanned ground, airborne, and maritime vehicles. Built with a rugged aluminum housing and solid-state technology, the Mini-Brick was designed to withstand the varying levels of shock and vibration of physical transport.

TAG’s Mini-Brick (SV-10-IA) was engineered with a modular design that offers the option of a single or dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor. Leveraging Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and TAG’s integration expertise, the Mini-Brick can be deployed into the field quickly and the small size allows the Mini-Brick to be mounted to any surface available. When fully loaded the Mini-Brick weighs in at 1.4lbs allowing Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAV) and other small aircraft to lighten their electronic system payloads.

The low power consumption platform of the Mini-Brick is suited for a range of in-vehicle and hard mounted applications such as mobile communications, video surveillance, and machine control operations. Engineered for military grade performance and operating conditions, the Mini-Brick is also ready for deployment in the security, maritime, oil & gas, mining, construction, and agriculture sectors. The Mini-Brick is designed and manufactured following an intricate engineering process that involves deployable architecture development, mechanical and electrical engineering, thermal simulation, and environmental testing.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.