Every display needs a source. For example, in an office setting, some people may have fixed monitors attached to an external computer, while others may have a laptop with a screen and processing power combined in one portable package. Ultimately, what equipment you decide to use depends on what is the best fit for your application.

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Military and other demanding environments are no different. For some applications, processing power is critical—requiring a large external computer that would run video to external display sources. However, introducing external connectors also introduces vulnerability to the system, which can be unacceptable in certain tactical environments. Applications such as these require an embedded computer within the system, allowing for a singular ruggedized solution. Often times a tradeoff occurs, where a system may be installed with just enough processing power to be able to receive data and video from an external source.

Whether you need a display with or without an internal computer, General Digital has a variety of solutions at your disposal. Our team has been building smart displays and computers since our inception in 1973, providing no shortage of options and ideas to meet your specifications. Browse some of our more popular configurations below, or contact a Sales Engineer to discuss your project today.

Saber Smart™ Rugged Display/Computer

photo of 10.4-inch smart display with computer

For decades, our Saber standard-issue military grade monitors have been the workhorse of the LCD industry, with thousands of customized variations being deployed in military, industrial, aerospace, and other demanding environments across the globe.

Branching off that success, our Saber Smart™ Rugged Display/Computer series integrates our industry-leading ruggedized LCDs and enclosures with cutting-edge embedded processing power, providing an all-in-one military-grade solution.

Leveraging the power of our in-house PCB technicians and embedded systems engineers, the Saber Smart comes with customizable CPUs, allowing you as much (or as little) computing power as needed. And our experienced team of mechanical and electrical engineers ensure compliance with MIL-STD-810, MIL-DTL-901, MIL-STD-167, MIL-STD-461, and more.

  • CPU

    Standard embedded computer configuration listed. Additional configurations available upon request.

    • i7-7600U Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 256 GB SSD
    • Intel® Gen 9 LP Graphics Core GPU
    • Windows® 10 Pro OS
    • General Digital Intelligent Display Board + Carrier PCB
    • 5-wire Resistive Touch Screen with EMI Shielding
  • Display

    We work with you to configure and build your Saber Smart monitor 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 Saber Series from the rest of the crowd is its ability to provide you with the following benefits:

    • Choose from a selection of over a dozen display sizes/resolutions from 6.5″ to 24″.
    • Configuration flexibility with a wide variety of LCDs, video controllers, display overlays, power supplies and enclosures 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.

    Saber In Depth

    Photos of industries where monitors are used

    The Saber Smart has been engineered for configuration flexibility, allowing customers to choose standard electronics (e.g., display, video controller, power supply), as well as optional electromechanical options such as display overlays (e.g., touch screens, vandal shields, heaters, EMI filters), I/O connections (e.g., video, touch, power) and other enhancements (e.g., optical bonding, film laminations).

    Enclosures

    The Saber Smart Series’ rugged enclosures are designed for durability, safety, design flexibility and long product life cycle. Constructed from heavy-duty aluminum, they are intended to survive in harsh environments such as factory floors, food processing, medical and military (MIL-STD-810F/MIL-DTL-901E) applications. They meet requirements for shock, vibration, EMI/RFI emissions and will accommodate many standard and custom display sizes/resolutions.

    Our enclosures are completely Iridite® coated to provide protection from corrosion and improve shielding properties where parts make contact with one another. All external surfaces are finished with a durable black powder coat paint, although unfinished stainless steel, Federal Standard and custom colors are available upon request.

    Often, some tailoring to our enclosure designs are necessary to meet a customer’s specific requirements. The requests vary widely from military requirements for environment, shock/vibration, and/or emissions, to unique mounting requirements or specialty cooling, to name just a few.

    Available in rack mount, panel mount and standalone/VESA mount configurations.

    Photo of Jeep supported by two monitors
    Photo of Jeep supported by two monitors

    Connector Panels

    Limited only by the size of the enclosure, a variety of standard or custom interfaces may be provided on the configurable connector panel. Other interfaces are available for field programmability and firmware upgrades, CompactFlash readers, USB ports and more.


    Photo of connector panel


    Photo of connector panel


    Gaskets

    General Digital offers a variety of standard and custom gaskets to augment the performance of the Saber Smart:

    • Watertight (NEMA 4/6) gaskets are installed between the LCD (or overlay) and the front bezel to prevent liquids from entering the enclosure through the display opening.
    • Dust gaskets are often supplied for monitors that do not require a liquid-tight seal between the display and/or overlay and the bezel, or for systems that use a touch technology that are only compatible with certain gasket types.
    • EMI/RFI gaskets reduce radiated and conducted emissions of the monitor.
    • Desiccating gaskets can be used to prevent moisture/condensation from forming between the LCD and the overlay when exposed to high humidity.


    Close-ups of gaskets


    Power

    All Saber Smart models are available with an integrated or externally attached power supply. For applications requiring a thinner enclosure or a unique power source, we optionally offer a separate external supply, DC input and/or DC-DC converters with a wider input range.


    Photos of different types of power supplies


    Video and Controls

    Close-up of video controller PCB

    General Digital offers a wide range of video controllers, allowing you to fine tune the display features and support to 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), and live video signals such as NTSC, PAL or SECAM.

    Other input signals we support include ARGB (VGA) to DVI, HDMI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, DisplayPort, 4K UHD and more.

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

    On-Screen Display (OSD) Controls

    The Saber monitor can be configured with a variety of standard or custom user controls, most often in the form of membrane or silicone keypads. Choices of LED and NVIS backlighting are available, as well as configuration with electronics that allow backlight dimming.

    Much like your home TV, the On-Screen Display controls allow the user to adjust important display parameters, such as input signal, brightness, contrast, color temperature, sharpness, phase, scaling (aspect ratio), language and dozens of others.


    Close-ups of keypad buttons


    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 View 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 sensors, 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
    Photo of optical film being applied

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

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

    Photo of panel mount adaptor

    Configuration Control for Extended Life Cycle
    Photo of mechanical drawing

    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.

  • Connectors & Accessories

    As with all General Digital products, your Saber Smart is customizable to meet your exact specifications. Below are some popular accessories and connector options.

    • Headset/Handset
    • Auxiliary Port
    • Loudspeaker
    • Audio Amplifier
    • Keyboard/Mouse
    • DVD Player
    • Video Inputs (ARGB, HDMI, DisplayPort)
  • Gallery

    The photos below represent a small sampling of General Digital’s Saber Smart™ display/computer 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.

    Saber Smart 10.4

    Photo of Saber Smart display/computer
    Photo of connectors on Saber Smart display/computer

     

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Alta™ Series Transportable Smart Displays

Born from a custom requirement for our Army Aviation partners, General Digital’s newest product family, the Alta™ Series, integrates robust computing power with our traditional rugged displays into an all-in-one portable workstation. One of the first products in this series is the SUDS (Secure Upload/Download System) Mobile 10.4″.

Although equipped with embedded intelligence, the Alta™ SUDS (Secure Upload/Download System) Mobile 10.4″ unit is designed and programmed to function as a state machine, thereby allowing the device to be used only for loading and retrieving data from the target (e.g., the ECU of a commercial aircraft engine). This dedicated functionality has the secondary benefit of discouraging operators from using for personal activities. As with all General Digital products, the Alta™ series is customizable to your exact requirements, with a variety of options for computing power, display size, and more.

  • Features

    Alta™ Series SUDS™ Mobile 10.4

    Alta™ Series SUDS™ Mobile 10.4

    • 10.4″ LED-backlit LCD
      • 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution
      • 1000 Nits of sunlight readable brightness
    • iMX6 dual core processor with 4 GB storage
    • 4 GB removable storage (encrypted USB flash drive)
    • Dual rotary encoders (pointing device)
    • CAN BUS interface
    • D38999 military circular I/O connectors
    • Integrated rechargeable battery, for remote operation
    • Operating Temperature: -20° C to 70° C
    • Configured as a state machine
    • Pelican Case with bezel adaptor and metal construction designed to withstand industrial/military requirements
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VuePoint™ Series Serial Terminal Emulator

VuePointOne of our first customers was a local potato chip manufacturer that was struggling with their industrial touch display terminal facing constant reliability issues. When they sent us a unit for inspection, the culprit was clear—the humid, salty environment of the potato chip factory was corroding the internal electronics, rendering the device inoperable.

Our engineers went to work designing a solution, and in 1977, the VuePoint™ was born. One of the world’s first ruggedized touch terminals, the original VuePoint was fully sealed, ensuring that the internal guts of the system would continue to perform no matter what harsh environment it was subjected to.

Catching the eye of our Armed Forces, the VuePoint was quickly adapted for military applications, with many systems being deployed in naval ships and submarines across the globe.

The modernized VuePoint III is an ideal fit for military and industrial applications that require a system built for their unique environments. And with General Digital’s dedication to configuration management and revision control, all VuePoint III systems (along with the VuePoint IV to be released 2024) are drop-in replacements for legacy systems, leveraging our Dedicated Applications Platform™ to eliminate the need to redesign older applications when undergoing hardware modernization projects.

  • Overview

    Key Features

    • Bright and clear 10.4″ LCD screen
    • Emulates VuePoint II functionality
    • Identical enclosure to VuePoint II
    • Resistive touch screen
    • 640 x 480 resolution emulates VuePoint II 20 x 12 grid
    • Enclosure constructed from rugged, lightweight aluminum
    VuePoint III In Depth

    AM-TFT LCD Screen

    The VuePoint III integrates a color 10.4″ (diagonal) LCD display, which replaces the gas plasma display of previous generation VuePoint models.

    The 640 x 480 pixel LED-backlit LCD screen is configured to emulate the VuePoint II 12 x 40 screen. The end user has control of setting up the text and background color of the screen.

    We qualify multiple sources of supply to ensure product availability and long life.


    Resistive Touch Screen

    Resistive Touch Screen

    The VuePoint III responds instantly to the touch of the finger or other stylus. Simple, menu-prompted, touch-interactive operation makes even the untrained operator instantly productive, and further enhances the trained operator’s capabilities.

    For applications where time or timing are critical, touch entry improves a user’s response rate by reducing reaction time. No complicated keyboard, mouse or pointing device operations are required with VuePoint III. As a serial terminal, the touch screen can be configured for RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 communication.

    The touch screen also serves as a protective glass overlay. In lieu of the sealing tray used on VuePoint II, the touch screen is installed in the enclosure using a dust and water resistant gasket to protect the internal electronics.


    Metal, Unitized Construction

    The VuePoint III incorporates a rugged aluminum enclosure and is designed to withstand the rigors of commercial, industrial, and military (COTS) environments alike. The enclosure has an Iridite® coating (conductive anodized) to provide protection from corrosion and improve shielding properties where parts make contact with one another, and is finished with a durable black powder coat.

    Our products are intentionally designed to support LCD displays (and other electronics) from numerous manufacturers. This capability enables us to minimize the impact of a single suppliers decision to obsolete, allocate or redesign their display, upon our ability to maintain configuration control or extend the manufacture life of our products.


    Mounting Options

    The VuePoint III is normally delivered as a standalone unit, and is optionally available in panel mount and rack mount configurations.


    Integrated Power Supply

    Integrated Power Supply

    The VuePoint III comes standard with a power supply mounted to the rear of the enclosure, which uses less than 25 watts.

    To maintain a minimum depth in your application, VuePoint III can be ordered with a separate power supply.

    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.

    Private Labeling

    General Digital encourages relationships with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other organizations, and is willing to maintain your company identity (private label) on our products. Please speak with a Sales Engineer for additional information.

  • Specifications

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

    Display
    Size
    (Diag.)
    Resolution
    (Pixels)
    B/L
    Type
    Brightness
    (Nits)
    Contrast
    Ratio
    H/V View
    Angle
    Response
    (R/F ms)
    Temperature
    (°C)
    10.4" 640 x 480 LED70 300:1 ±70°/+40°,-70° 20/40 0°–60°
    Video Controller
    Panel
    Resolution
    Input
    Signals
    Other
    Features
    640 x 480 VGA (x1) Emulates 480-character 12 x 40 grid of VuePoint II
    Enclosure Type
    Dimensions (H x W x D) Description
    8.625" x 12.00" x 4.00" Identical dimensions, weight and aluminum construction of VuePoint II
    Overlay
    Description
    Resistive touch screen, 4096 x 4096 resolution emulating 12 x 20 grid of VuePoint II, serial controller, >35,000,000 touches per point
    Power Supply
    Mount
    Type
    Input Voltage
    Range
    Output
    Voltage
    Power
    (Maximum)
    Embedded90–264 Vac +12 Vdc 50 Watts
    Separate 90–264 Vac +12 Vdc 50 Watts
  • 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 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.


    Data Sheet

    VuePoint III 10.4″ Data Sheet

     

    Flyers

    VuePoint III 10.4″ Rugged Touch Terminal Flyer
    VuePoint III 10.4″ Specialized for Submarine Applications Flyer

     

    Control Drawing

    VuePoint III 10.4″ Control Drawing

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • Gallery

    The photos below represent a small sampling of General Digital’s VuePoint III LCD terminal 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.

    VuePoint III

    VuePoint III 10.4" - Industrial-grade LCD terminal with touch screen to emulate our legacy VuePoint II product – front view
    VuePoint III 10.4" - Rear view showing attached power supply and communication cable connector