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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:17

Crystal Group advances by leaps and bounds with its secure hardware

Crystal Group has introduced a military-grade network-connected storage (NAS) solution for hardware-level protection of classified data, as well as top-secret and some lower protection data.

It should be mentioned that the design has been created taking into account the dynamic and changing environments that occur on the battlefields, in such a way that all the developments in tactical cybersecurity that are generated will be used.

The multipurpose, scalable and turnkey storage solution can provide FIPS 140-2 certified data encryption with near-zero latency. In addition, as an extra security measure, instant data destruction and integrated key management are included.

The system complies with MIL-SPEC environmental performance and NIST compliance. It is necessary to add to this characteristics that it has low size, weight and power (SWaP) and serves for a variety of defense applications, thus demonstrating a very claimed versatility.

All these advances are more than demonstrated by Crystal Group's extensive experience in the field of rogerized servers. In fact, only in June 2019, Crystal Group managed to deliver 15,000 rogerized servers to the US Navy.

If you want to delve into the subject, do not miss its information on this Army Technology link.


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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 18:39

What processing capacity do UAVs demand?

We are getting used  to see unmanned vehicles. More and more markets and areas are joining the the UAVS trend: aerospace, agriculture, cinematography, photography, construction ... are just some of the branches that have already echoed the benefits of this type of vehicle.

This, which entails many benefits for companies and individuals, also involves complex technological problems, as well as the need to apply safe and automated mobility policies. In addition, and related to this, UAVs are required to meet a series of key conditions:

  • Size: compact UAVs are searched, but no one wants to compromise functionality. This is in line with the platforms, since they grow in functionality but their size is reduced.
  • Weight. The importance of building something light and strong is very obvious in this type of vehicle. Within this trend, materials such as carbon fiber are gaining ground due to their characteristics.
  • Power. The use of demanding processors in computer systems requires good thermal and energy management. Within this, a selection of components that do not consume a lot of energy and do not produce a lot of residual heat is required.
  • Cost. The latest technological advances used by UAVs help to reduce costs and avoid obsolescence problems.
  • Resistant. The reliability of their work in any environment is key to UAVS. They must be designed to withstand extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dust and even inclement weather.

You can learn more about UAVs and their needs in the following document

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:47

MIL-DTL-901E, the key to rugerization for the survival of the maritime system

Maritime system is in the spotlight. Growing tensions and global threats mean that the maritime zone is on everyone's lips. This makes it necessary to increase the preparation and capabilities of maritime services, an objective that can only be achieved through greater investment in advanced systems and platforms able to address a wide range of operations.

That makes the weapons and systems’ modernization an indispensable requirement in order to improve its reliability and survival capacity, as well as to obtain a competitive advantage over the rest. To achieve this, military standards are the key.

In this case, MIL-S-901D is the ideal standard. Its objective is measuring the crash test and the maritime systems’ certification, including computer systems and critical electronic equipment - something that it has been doing for more than 30 years. It describes the environment which must be operated and the minimum requirements and functionalities a system with these characteristics must have. All of that, which had been specified, used to have some flexibility, that gave rise to manufacturers experimenting, even questioning the standard’s objective, something that has helped it to be updated.

The new version, the MIL-DTL-901, is still not very well known, but there are already several manufacturers implementing it successfully, being Crystal Group a clear example. This standard’s version is invaluable to guarantee the systems’ survival  under normal conditions of operation, as well as in combat or in really adverse conditions. This is possible because the new standard goes much further and performs more rigorous tests, for example, the addition of detailed production and test procedures, extensive diagrams, tables of contents with links and provisions for ground tests.

If you want to know more about this new quality standard for the maritime sector click on this link.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:06

How are Crystal's stand-alone servers?

More and more autonomous vehicles exist in the market. That is why its use begins to extend to a large number of sectors, one of them being the military sector.

For these to work perfectly, according to the president and executive vice president of engineering of Crystal Group, decades of experience in the field of military computerized rugerizada have made it possible to transfer this knowledge to autonomous driving systems, so they are pioneers along with Intel® and OEM. Finally, these vehicles are characterized by great technological safety in what autonomous driving is concerned and is that the two manufacturing partners, highlight that the union of both has made it possible for safety to be the distinguishing feature in their products.

If you want to know more about how autonomous vehicles have evolved, click on this link.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:53

Crystal Group explains the vibration testing on aircrafts

Have you ever wondered what is a vibration test for the airplanes? Jim, from Crystal Group, explains in detail how they perform in their company.

Before starting to develop the test itself it is necessary to be clear about the objective pursued. This test looks for wires that might chafe or circuits that could crack weld joints or have data. In essence, They look for either loose parts in the box or breaks, to be

In the test, which is called MIL-STD-810, several methods of vibration are included, specifically 4, but throughout the information will talk about the first two, which refer to the operating vibration.

In the case of Crystal Group, they have combined several different categories, among the 25 different categories with their corresponding tests, so they achieve a higher standard of quality, besides obtaining a great amount of information about it.

This information is used to manufacture more rugged products and to ensure safety in all its variants, since this point must be paramount when it comes to airplanes.

If you want to know more about this technique do not miss the explanatory video of Jim, from Crystal Group.

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Friday, 21 July 2017 12:56

Meet the difference between industrial and military servers from the experience of Crystal Group


Do you know the differences between industrial and military servers? Jim, from Crystal Group, tells us.

These two types of servers are very similar, so they share the same essence, although the military server is considered more resistant than the industrial one because of the challenges it faces.

Another similarity is the temperature range in which they operate, both from -40°C to +55°C. However, the industrial server is designed to operate in favorable environments while the military server is designed to work perfectly in critical and hostile environments.

The last difference between the two servers is the type of standards used to rate each one. Industrial servers receive IEEE or IEC specifications or FCC qualification, while the military server is regulated byMIL-STD-461 for EMC and MIL-STD-810 for environmental testing.

To know more about the differences and similarities between both servers do not miss this explanatory video

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