The Falcon II mechanical design has been engineered to meet or exceed most MIL specifications. The enclosure is made of military grade aluminum with gaskets for EMI / RFI and environmental protection, and ruggedized for optimal heat, humidity, shock and vibration protection in accordance with the most demanding commercial and military specifications. Its slightly oval top is precisely designed for optimal thermal management, allowing the system to operate at temperatures as high as +71°C. The standard enclosure is also equipped with mounting features for easy installation, and finished to prevent corrosion and erosion.
The Falcon II chassis is designed to be easily configurable without major redesign to a multitude of customer configurations. The Chassis Assembly is divided into 3 major pieces as shown.
The Chassis Mid-Section, the central chassis body, is designed to be reused without modification. In its standard configuration, it is equipped with feet to mount to a shelf or bulkhead. Along with natural convection, this surface is used to carry system heat from the conduction cooled system. For tray-mounted applications in areas with sufficient air-flow, the system may be optionally equipped with dagger pins and swing nut mating hardware.
The Chassis Mid-Section contains an automatic pressure equalization valve to keep the internal and external atmospheric pressure equalized, while ensuring that there is no moisture or particulate matter able to get into the system.
The System Front Panel is designed to bring out all available I/O in its standard configuration, but can be easily customized as required.
The standard configuration Falcon II has 1x Power Connector (J0) and 3x High Density, High Frequency capable connectors (J1, J2, J3). All standard power and I/O connectors are appropriately keyed and with appropriate gender.
The Chassis Rear Panel is designed to bring out RF and Video I/O from XMC modules with “Front Panels”, as well as the I/O from RF devices in the MiniPCIe sites (such as Wi-Fi). The panel is designed to be configured with a blank panel, a panel for “Front Panel I/O from XMC cards, or with individual RF connections for GPS, Wi-Fi and SDR applications. For custom applications, XMC or RF connections may be routed to the Chassis Front Panel.
An optional Removable Storage Bay(RSB)is available and bolts onto the standard Falcon II, providing the ability to mount dual removable and hot-swappable SSDs. The RSB may be mounted to be front or rear facing, with tray or footpad mounting features. Drives up to 8 TB each may be utilized. The RSB adds 36mm to the overall height of the chassis.