Rugged Blade System (RBS)

IBM BladeCenter® technology for every mission environment.

Rugged Blade System (RBS)

The Tracewell Rugged Blade System (RBS) is the first and only ruggedized, mil-spec blade solution based on IBM technology.  The RBS is an ideal choice for demanding Department of Defense, military and aerospace applications that need the advanced data processing capabilities of IBM BladeCenter in a small or rugged form factor engineered to operate in a wide variety of mission environments.

Designed to meet the size, weight and power requirements of air, land and sea deployments, the RBS provides the highest performance-to-size ratio with the reliability today’s missions and programs demand.  RBS systems have been successfully performing on mission since 2009, providing a powerful compute platform for data intensive applications, such as radar, signal intelligence, data mining & analytics, and cloud computing.

The RBS product family provides the cost and performance benefits of commercial technologies, and can easily integrate specialty blades, storage options and high-speed system networking technologies as they become available from IBM and other leading technology providers.  Tracewell has created a high speed switch module, the HSSXpress, to maximize I/O performance.

Available in 3 levels of ruggedization, RBS units come in both 3 and 5 slot configurations with standard and high-speed switching options.

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Three Exacting Levels of Ruggedization

 

L1

Download PDFRBS Level 1 Datasheet

RBS Level 1

L2

Download PDFRBS Level 2 Datasheet

RBS Level 2

L3

Download PDFRBS Level 3 Datasheet

RBS Level 3

Use Case

For demanding environments with size, weight and power constraints, such as aircraft and shipboard installations, as well as shielded transit case systems.

Ideal for development and co-location with other commercial equipment.

For demanding environments with size, weight and power constraints, such as aircraft and shipboard installations, as well as shielded transit case systems.

Ideal for development and co-location with other commercial equipment.

Engineered to meet shock and vibration requirements of forward-deployed
environments that require EMI shielding and air filtration.

Ideal for ground vehicles and airborne environments.

I/O Modules

2 standard switch bays on all standard and HSS units

2 standard switch bays on all standard and HSS units

Up to 2 bays for ruggedized, standard switches

I/O Power Connections

All I/O and power connections front accessible

All networking, KVM I/O and power connections rear accessible, MIL 38999
circular connectors

Media tray USB ports front accessible

All networking, KVM I/O and power connections rear accessible, MIL 38999
circular connectors

Media tray USB ports front accessible

Power Supply

2 power supplies for 3 slot systems and 3 power supplies for 5 slot systems

90–264 VAC, 47–440 Hz input 1100 W @ 120 VAC;

2000W @ 240 VAC

2 power supplies for 3 slot systems and 3 power supplies for 5 slot systems

90–264 VAC, 47–440 Hz input 1100 W @ 120 VAC;

2000W @ 240 VAC

1 power supply for 3 slot systems and 3 power supplies for 5 slot systems

90–264 VAC, 47–440 Hz input
1100 W @ 120 VAC; 2000W @ 240 VAC

Size & Weight

Units start at 33.5 pounds (15.3 kg) before addition of blades & switches

16.9”W (42.93 cm) x 22”D (55.88 cm)
Height varies by unit

Units start at 42.5 pounds (19.3 kg) before addition of blades & switches

16.9”W (42.93 cm) x 23”D (58.42 cm)
Height varies by unit

Units start at 60.2 pounds (27.4 kg) before addition of blades & switches

16.9”W (42.93 cm) x 23”D (58.42 cm)
Height varies by unit

Environmental Considerations

Operating Temperature:
5°C (41ºF) to 40°C (104ºF),
relative humidity: 20% to 80%
(non-condensing)

Operating Temperature:
5°C (41ºF) to 40°C (104ºF),
relative humidity: 20% to 80%
(non-condensing)

Operating Temperature: 0°C (32ºF ) to 50°C (122ºF)

Shock Operational: Vertical axis 5g peak ½ sine, 10ms

Vibration Operational: 0.21 Grms 5-500 Hz Random

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