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Customizable Android tablet is MIL-SPEC rugged

Dec 6, 2013 — by Eric Brown 2,186 views

InHand Electronics announced the Hydra-F6, a customizable, MIL-SPEC ruggedized, 7-inch, WSVGA tablet that runs Android 4.2 on a Freescale i.MX6 SoC.

InHand’s Hydra-F6 tablet is built around its Fury-F6 embedded board for the dual- and quad-core models and its similar Siren-F6 for the single-core version of the Cortex-A9-based Freescale i.MX6. Announced in August, the 2.5 x 2.5-inch Fury-F6 falls into that netherworld between computer-on-modules and single board computers. It lacks real-world ports, instead relying on a separate expansion card. With that addition, it’s also available in an enclosed mini-PC development platform configuration.



Like the Fury-F6, the Hydra-F6 tablet ships with Android 4.2.2, but Linux and Windows Embedded are also supported. The tablet adds a 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel resistive, multi-touch touchscreen made with Gorilla Glass. The sunlight-readable display offers automatic brightness control, haptic feedback, and display rotation (accelerometers), and its extra-wide bezel offers four programmable buttons, as well as volume and power buttons.


Fury-F6 board and its development platform
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The screen and the entire tablet are protected according to MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F compliance for a variety of environmental conditions. The tablet is waterproof according to IP67 specifications, and can handle operating temperatures of -35 to 75°C, says InHand. It’s also protected against vibration, shock, drops, contaminants, solar radiation, and fungus, says the company. The 37WHr 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery is claimed to last up to 10 hours, and offers Qi wireless battery charging.

The multimedia friendly i.MX6 processor, which supports 1080p video encode and decode at 30fps, is accompanied by up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 32GB of eMMC flash memory. Wireless features include WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and optional LTE. The tablet also provides a 5-megapixel camera, stereo speakers and a mic.

An expansion dock connector supports dual USB 2.0 host ports, a USB 2.0 client port, I2C/SMBus, RS232, SPI, CANBus, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and SATA, says InHand. The company also offers customization services including different display sizes, peripherals, colors, shapes, operating systems, security features, private labeling, and custom enclosures. In addition, InHand provides over-the-air (OTA) updates via its InHand Device Manager (IDM) software.

Hydra-F6 specs

Specifications listed for the Hydra-F6 include:

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX6 (1x, 2x, or 4x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1.2GHz) via Fury-F6 or Siren-F6 (single-core) boards
  • Memory — 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DDR3; 16GB or 32 GB eMMC flash
  • Display:
    • 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resistive multitouch
    • Automatic brightness control
    • Sunlight-readable
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1
    • LTE (Verizon, optional)
  • Sensors:
    • GPS
    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Digital compass
    • Barometer
  • Camera — 5-megapixel (supports barcode scanning)
  • Other features — Stereo speakers; mic; 4x user buttons; volume, power buttons; haptic vibrator; hand straps
  • Expansion connector:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host
    • USB 2.0 client
    • I2C/SMBus
    • SPI
    • CANBus
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    • HDMI
    • SATA
  • Battery — 37WHr 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery with Qi wireless charging; 8-10 hours typical usage
  • Ruggedization:
    • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F compliant
    • -35 to 75°C operating temperature
    • IP67 waterproofing (immersion at 1m for 30 min.)
    • Fluid contaminant, solar radiation, and fungus protection
    • Method 516.6 resistance to shock, vibration, drops
  • Dimensions — 213.9 x 150.4 x 24.9mm (8.42 x 5.92 x 0.98 inches)
  • Weight — 698 g (24.4 oz)
  • Operating system — Android 4.2.2; Linux or Windows Embedded upon request

“Clients, like OEMs in military, medical or industrial markets, can easily leverage InHand’s custom design expertise and Hydra-F6 to quickly meet any project specifications — creating a solution on time and under budget,” stated Rodney Feldman, Director of Systems Engineers at InHand.

Further information

The Hydra-F6 tablet is currently available in limited quantities, with pricing dependent on configuration and customization options, says the company. More information may be found at InHand’s Hydra-F6 product page.

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