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The Pursuit of Reliability & Safety — MIL-STD-461 Certification
- November 27, 2020

Why does MIL-STD 461 matter?

In competition, especially warfare, the winners in this scenario are not those who have the most data, but those who utilize and exploit the data more expediently. Even with unlimited data feed from multiple sensors, speed of information transition would slow across the lines of human-to-human collaboration, since the military can’t traditionally rely on constant access to Cloud or large-scale IT resources when deployed and operating forward.

To absorb, integrate, and validate vast quantities of data in multiple formats, MIL-STD 461 edge computing workstations play a critical role in this role. This is due to MIL-STD 461 being a tried-and-true electromagnetic testing military standard, initiating the control of electromagnetic interference (EMI), and susceptibility (EMS) characteristics of electronic, electrical & electromechanical equipment and subsystems for military equipment.

How 7Starlake transcends MIL-STD-461

To bring out a product that meets strict MIL-STD-461 requirements, engineers should possess extensive knowledge of both electrical and mechanical design to avoid unintentional generation, propagation and reception of electromagnetic energy, which may cause unwanted effects, e.g. physical damage in operational equipment.

7Starlake has been focused on assisting our partners in outpacing their rivals by providing MIL-STD 461 certified computing systems. Using 300W Military Standard DC/DC Converter Module SK711 with COSELL solution 18V-36V input range, SR800 and HORUS430 series meet the following MIL-STD 461 requirements:

Requirement Description Frequency Range
CE102 Conducted Emissions, Radio Frequency Potentials & Power Leads, basic curve 10 kHz - 30 MHz  
RE102 Radiated Emissions, Electric Field 30 MHz - 5 GHz
RS103 Radiated susceptibility, Electric Field 80 MHz - 3 GHz

EMI Filter Power Module  — Heart of the MIL-STD 461 Computer

On the battlefield, where every second counts, a rugged HPEC connected to multiple sensors should be capable of tackling all affairs simultaneously in regard to processing a great amount of data identity, sorting data, and passing along the correct path. In this frame, EMC ability is undoubtedly indispensable. MIL-STD-461 testing offers an added layer of EMI protection for military systems and reassurance to military personnel that their systems won’t be disrupted by EMI.

No matter what kind of robust CPU/GPU configuration a client requests, such as Intel XEON plus NVIDIA Quadro, or Intel Xeon Scalable paired with NVIDIA Tesla T4, TDW might become 600W even up to 1000W. That may present a big challenge for both power and thermal system design. Despite such challenges, the 7Starlake team continues to produce high-spec and unrivalled MIL-STD-461 computing systems by using the full range of EMI filter power modules. These include both the SK710 (10V-40V 150W) and SK711 (18V-36V 300W) which succumb to and pass the strictest and most rigorous EMI/EMS tests.

MIL-STD 461 Certified Virtualization Workstation SR800 & AV800

For years, 7Starlake has been on a journey with global Tier 1 industry partners to modernize and transform military computing systems with increased agility, ever more powerful performance, and a ruggedized capability allowing for all military applications, and environments. Foreseeing future trends, and understanding long term requirements, 7Starlake is proud to announce a full suite of MIL-STD 461 XEON GPU Edge Computing Workstations SR800 series.

Powered by a 16-core ultra-high performance Intel® Xeon® D-1587 processor, 7Starlake’s Edge Computing Workstations offer hardware and software scalability, making it a perfect choice that brings reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) to the forefront. Additionally, when paired with the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 MXM GPU up to 1920 CUDA Cores GDDR6 6GB, this powerful CPGPU system can digest copious amounts of data in an instant, enabling Edge Computing on the ever-changing, fast paced digital battlefield.

Further capability from additional bespoke features, e.g. MIL-STD 461 certified technics, Hardware Secure Erase (AES), and MIL-DTL-38999 connectors, the SR800 series is sufficiently ruggedized to handle all military operational environments. Implemented with hyper-converged infrastructure to help reduce the computing footprint of any operation, 7Starlake maintain and advance the processing capabilities to support the user.

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