Impact Open Frame LCD Monitor Kit facilitates easy integrationConsumer-grade and commercial displays often lack the performance and flexibility that many harsh and demanding environments require.

General Digital’s Impact Series of open frame LCD monitors is the perfect response to the need for adaptable and durable displays built for long-term use.

The Impact Series provides elegant simplicity, modular adaptability and cost sensitivity.

  • Overview

    Graphic for Interactive Product SamplerKey Features

    • Rugged open frame design facilitates easy integration
      • Ready to operate “out of the box”
    • Many display sizes/resolutions from 6.5″ to 24.0″
    • RGB analog (VGA), DVI, HDMI, Sync-On-Green, Separate, Composite video signals and more
    • Many options such as touch screens and optical bonding available


    Impact Offers You More
    Impact 7-inch Monitor Kit

    We work with you to configure and build your Impact monitor kit to meet your precise needs. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of practical options for you to custom design your unit.

    What truly separates our Impact Series from the rest of the crowd is its ability to provide you with the following benefits:

    • Impact offers several display sizes/resolutions from 6.5″ to 24″.
    • Configuration flexibility with a wide variety of LCDs, video controllers, display overlays and bezels to meet specific requirements.
    • Flawless operation in harsh and demanding environments; e.g., extremes of temperature, humidity, shock, vibration.
    • Long product life cycle. We can repair and/or replace defective or degraded parts with like or equivalent, compatible electronics or mechanical parts for an extended lifetime.
    • Designed, manufactured, tested and serviced in the U.S.A.
    • Private labeling with OEMs to maintain your company identity.
    • Custom configurations with optional components:
    Impact In Depth

    General Digital offers the Impact as a technology facilitator.

    In its native form, it is intentionally designed as the most basic turnkey monitor General Digital produces. The Impact is comprised of the bare necessities and does not include features such as a protective enclosure, thermal management, etc.

    It is intended to offer you, our OEM customers, with a low cost, turnkey product that can be easily integrated into your existing products, consoles, protective enclosures or kiosks. You may be required to contribute engineering content to your final installation to address issues of EMI, heat or safety.

    Additionally, many Impact models are uniquely designed with the intent to be in compliance with FCC Class A and UL Certification, as well as to satisfy the needs of System Integrators/VARs and OEMs/End Users alike.

    Protective and Versatile Electronics Frame

    Protective glass overlay adhered to the LCD

    The Impact’s lightweight but sturdy metal mounting frame/enclosure has been optimized to reduce cost, protect the monitor’s electronics and facilitate a variety of mounting schemes. This inherent flexibility permits Integrators and VARs to quickly and easily design and manufacture their end-products around our fully functional display module.

    General Digital offers a variety of optional bezels and enclosures to transform the modular Impact models into standalone, panel mount or rack mount devices.


    By default, the Impact is configured to operate from +12 Vdc. Optional AC switching power supplies are available.

    For applications requiring a unique power source, we optionally offer DC input and/or DC-DC converters with a wider input power range and reverse polarity.

    The Impact can be paired with a diverse selection of power supplies

    Video Support

    Every Impact comes equipped with a high performance video controller board

    General Digital offers a wide range of video controllers, allowing you to fine tune the display features to support your specific video requirements.

    We can reprogram the video controller firmware/BIOS to support a variety of video timings and specialty needs, such as STANAG 3350 A, B and C, RS-343 and RS-170. Most of our video controllers will also support interlaced and non-interlaced analog video (Separate, Composite and Sync-On-Green) as well as live video signals such as NTSC, PAL or SECAM. Some controllers will also support HD-SDI or SD-SDI as a standard or optional feature.

    Please consult a Sales Engineer to optimize your video controller selection.

    Display Brightness and Night Vision Enhancements

    Display and backlight types

    General Digital can integrate virtually any LCD display size/resolution, from almost any panel manufacturer (OEM), into our enclosures. To assist in selecting the right panel for your application requirements, we have provided a list of commonly used or recommended panels for standard/low luminance, high brightness, sunlight readable and NVIS-compatible needs.

    New display models are constantly being introduced to the market by the LCD manufacturers, making it extremely difficult for us to maintain a comprehensive list. For this reason, we encourage you to speak with a Sales Engineer to share your price and performance objectives, so we can assist you in making the best display selection.


    Standard Displays
    General Digital has provided a sample listing of some common transmissive displays that are not sunlight readable. Typically, these displays are suitable for applications that are not going to require specialty functionality, such as sunlight readability or NVIS compatibility, and for customers with cost-sensitive budgets.

    Standard brightness display types
    LCD backlight produces sufficient luminance for use in office, shaded and low ambient/darkness light levels. However, luminance is insufficient to overcome reflected light for use in direct sunlight.

    Transmissive Enhanced Displays
    This type of technology boosts the efficiency of the backlight’s light utilization and minimizes surface reflection of ambient light. It is a transmissive LCD module that produces high contrast images, even in bright outdoor light and direct sunlight. These displays feature a wider color reproduction range than reflective LCDs. Featuring an LED backlight, these displays consume very little power and produce very little heat, making them ideal for integration into fully sealed enclosures, which are devoid of ventilation holes and cooling fans to dissipate heat. They also provide the additional benefit of a wide operating/storage temperature (as great as -30°–85° C), so that they can endure exposure to greater internal ambient temperatures.

    As a design note, we have found that these panels work best when coupled with an overlay that has an antireflective (AR) coating. Overlays that inhibit transmissivity (e.g., resistive touch screen) or have antiglare (AG) coatings will significantly reduce the panel’s performance in high ambient lighting conditions. Since transmissive displays produce greater brightness from their LED backlights than traditional transflective displays, they are regarded as a better outdoor solution, as they can generate high contrast in total darkness, in direct sunlight or on a cloudy/hazy afternoon.

    Transmissive-EVT High Brightness Display Types
    T-EVT technology uses the high brightness/efficiency LED backlight as a light source while minimizing the surface reflection of ambient light. The result is an LCD that produces high contrast images even in bright outdoor light or direct sunlight.

    GenFlective™/Transflective Displays
    This type of panel incorporates a highly reflective backlight that reflects the ambient lighting back out of the display to enhance its native brightness produced by its active backlight. Like the Transmissive-Enhanced View Displays, GenFlective panels work best when coupled with an AR-coated overlay. They are least effective with overlays that retard the light transmission (e.g., resistive touch sensors) or have a matte finish.

    GenFlective/Transflective High Brightness Display Types
    T-EVT technology uses the high brightness/efficiency LED backlight as a light source while minimizing the surface reflection of ambient light. The result is an LCD that produces high contrast images even in bright outdoor light or direct sunlight.

    Sunlight Readable/NVIS Compatible Displays
    These displays feature a value-add backlight, typically made from high efficiency LEDs. These displays produce significant active luminance. Often, the peak luminance is limited by internal ambient temperature constraints or must be connected to an intelligent backlight controller and thermal sensor that will automatically reduce brightness/power to avoid over-temperature conditions or thermal shutdown. The high luminance output makes them ideal for use with a wide variety of overlays such as touch sensitive, EMI filters, heaters, etc.

    Sunlight Readable/NVIS-Compatible Display Types
    Sunlight readable displays use a General Digital-enhanced, highly efficient, super bright/sunlight readable LED backlight to provide maximum functional brightness. The addition of surface treatments such as antireflective coatings and optical bonding reduce surface reflections and increase contrast so displays can be used in direct sunlight.

    If our stock offering does not suit your needs in terms of size, fit or function, please contact a Sales Engineer and we will work with you to configure a system to your specifications. Customers can also request that we integrate one of our many LED-based sunlight readable, NVIS or sunlight readable/NVIS enhanced displays into their product. These solutions provide many advantages, such as increased longevity, improved durability, higher brightness, lower power consumption and/or NVIS compatibility.

    Options & Accessories

    A myriad of display enhancements and services are available, such as:

    Optional film laminations increase contrast and decrease glare, reflections
    Desktop or remote power supply

    Please consult a Sales Engineer to discuss your specific needs or ideas.

    Configuration Control for Extended Life Cycle
    General Digital's configuration control ensures an extended life cycle for your LCD monitor

    We at General Digital are completely responsible for the design and construction of our products, allowing us to maintain nearly total control of their future. To that end, we gladly offer our engineering services to customers who require special customization of our devices to meet their commercial, industrial, marine or military requirements.

    Our experience supporting Department of Defense programs has taught us the value of designing products with foresight so that they can be manufactured, serviced and upgraded for many years.

    Though the market introduces new innovations and product upgrades at an alarming rate, our product management team knows the importance of proactive customer notification. Thus, we can offer product adaptation with similar or equivalent performance before designs become obsolete, thereby extending the product life cycle.

    Please consult a Sales Engineer for additional details.

  • Design Your Display

    Download the Impact Product SamplerTo assist in determining your display needs, download our Impact Series Product Sampler. It will give you some ideas of what is viable, as it lists the specifications for several recently quoted or purchased configurations. Or explore our online Product Sampler to browse some popular configurations.

    Also helpful in perusing the Product Sampler is the table below, which you can use to familiarize yourself with the structure of the Impact Series model number.

    Prefix Family Size/ResolutionDisplayVideo Controller KeyboardEnclosureOverlayPower Supply Custom
    Note the following options for the Prefix (pp) category:The Family category defines the base configuration, where...
    s = Sunlight ReadableMK & CM = Impact
    d = Daylight Readable
    n = NVIS Compatible

    Can’t find a perfect fit? Use the form below to request a display tailored to your requirements. A Sales Engineer will contact you shortly to discuss your project.

  • Downloads

    General Digital designs and manufactures scores of different monitor configurations each year, making the creation of technical documentation for each configuration impractical. We efficiently combine data into a select few documents, which answer most questions that customers typically ask. Please feel welcome to request any information not found here.

    Utilities are available to all visitors, and can be used for a variety of LCD monitor applications.

    User’s Manuals and Calibration & Setup Guides are available for customers only. 

    Product Drivers are available for customers only.

    If you have lost the passwords provided with your product, please contact us right away.

    Product Sampler

    Impact Product Sampler


    Data Sheet

    Impact 6.5″–24.0″ Monitor Kits Data Sheet



    Impact 7 with DisplayLink® Interface Flyer


    Control Drawings

    Impact 24.0 Control Drawing
    Impact 20.1 Control Drawing
    Impact 15.0 Control Drawing
    Impact Solar 10.4 Control Drawing
    Impact 8.4 Control Drawing
    Impact Solar 6.4 Control Drawing

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • Gallery

    The photos below represent a small sampling of General Digital’s standard and custom Impact LCD products. They serve to illustrate the many display sizes and mechanical configurations we offer, as well as standard and custom design features, capabilities and options. Click the thumbnails to view full-size photos.

    Impact 17.0

    Impact 17.0 - Rugged open frame LCD monitor kit with optional front bezel – front and rear views


    Impact Solar 15.0

    Impact Solar 15.0 - Rugged open frame sunlight readable LCD monitor kit – front and rear views


    Impact Solar 12.1

    Photo of Impact Solar 12.1 LCD monitor kit
    Photo of Impact Solar 12.1 LCD monitor kit


    Impact Solar 12.1

    Photo of Impact Solar 12.1 LCD monitor kit
    Photo of Impact Solar 12.1 LCD monitor kit


    Impact 10.4

    Impact 10.4 - Rugged open frame LCD monitor kit
    Impact 10.4 - Rugged open frame LCD monitor kit


    Impact Solar 7.0

    Impact Solar 7.0 rugged open frame display kit
    Impact Solar 7.0 rugged open frame display kit


    Impact Solar 7.0

    Impact Solar 7.0 rugged open frame display kit
    Impact Solar 7.0 rugged open frame display kit


    Impact Solar NVIS 6.5

    Impact Solar NVIS 6.5 - Rugged sunlight readable and night vision goggle-compatible 6.5" XGA open frame display with optional LCD heater overlay and EMI shield
    Impact Solar NVIS 6.5 - Rear view showing PCBs mounted to rigid aluminum panel
  • Videos

    Watch the videos below to learn more about display services General Digital offers for most monitors, whether built by us or another manufacturer.

    Optical Characterization Services (2:16)

    Unlike your phone, a display’s position cannot easily be adjusted to increase readability in direct sunlight. General Digital’s Optical Characterization Services take the guesswork out of quantifying how your display will perform under sunlight conditions. The following video explains the process in detail.