TACTICAL TWOVIEW

photo of Tactical TwoView dual monitor modelsGeneral Digital’s Tactical TwoView™ was designed in-house to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the defense industry.

This remarkably rugged workstation features a number of conveniences to improve usability, including a rear display port to bypass the internal computer, high-resolution monitors, durable locking hinges to adjust viewing angle, equally rugged keyboard with trackball, and much more.

  • Overview

    Key Features

    • Designed specially for military and highly rugged applications
      • MIL-STD-810G Certified and FCC Class B for EMI
    • Integrated computer system
      • Minimizes vulnerability through external connections
    • Supports video, power, data over USB-C
      • Leveraging General Digital’s internally-developed video controller
    • Field-replaceable components
      • Able to replace parts in under 10 minutes with just a screwdriver
    • Available in 3 variants for specific applications
      • Shelter: bolted to desktop for rugged environments
      • Mobile: deployed as a standalone transit case
      • RackMount: fits in a standard 24″ rack
    Tactical TwoView Offers You More

    We work with you to configure and build your Tactical TwoView workstation to meet your precise needs. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of practical options for you to customize the design your unit.

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

    • The Tactical TwoView Series offers several display sizes/resolutions from 15″ to 24″.
    • Configuration flexibility with a wide variety of computing options, LCDs, video controllers, display overlays, pointing devices, power supplies, slides and enclosures to meet specific requirements.
    • Flawless operation in harsh and demanding environments (e.g., extreme of temperature, humidity, shock, vibration).
    • Long product life cycle. For any parts that are not able to be replaced in the field, 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.
    • Custom configurations with optional components:
    Tactical TwoView In Depth

    In addition to the above, all Tactical TwoView models come equipped with a number of critical features to meet the demands of harsh environments, including:

    Field-Replaceable Parts
    All essential parts, including the display, computer, keyboard/trackball, and more, are replaceable in the field using common hand tools, minimizing any potential downtime of this mission-critical workstation.

    USB-C
    The latest USB standard, all Tactical TwoView models are equipped to run power, video, and data over a single USB-C cable. This reduces vulnerabilities and maintenance time if a cable needs to be replaced.

    Integrated Computer Drawer
    The replaceable integrated computer provides the flexibility to install a computer module best suited to your mission requirements, and can run Windows, Linux, Remote-to-Server, and more.

    Rear Display Input
    In addition to displaying video feeds from the integrated computer, each display comes with a rear display port. When connected, this overrides the video feed from the internal computer, allowing you to bypass a failed computer or connect to an external one. Because the displays have their own video inputs, if an integrated computer isn’t necessary for your program requirements, it can be removed to make the workstation more cost-effective.

    Superior Usability
    All Tactical TwoView models feature large high-resolution monitors, waterproof and ergonomically designed keyboards, hinges that allow the user to adjust the displays in 10° increments to their preferred viewing angle and include a locking mechanism to withstand high-shock events, on-board computing power, and a number of adjustable options to optimize usability for your specific requirement.


    The Tactical TwoView is available in three variants, which are specifically designed for unique applications.

     

    Tactical TwoView Shelter

    Keyboard

    The Tactical TwoView Shelter is designed for mobile command shelters and mounts directly to a table, bench, desktop, or other fixed location. It is secured through an adaptable mounting pattern and also secures the keyboard/trackball stowed underneath. The dual displays fold and lock together securely during transportation of the shelter. The Tactical TwoView Shelter Variant can replace lower-grade monitors when conditions require MIL-STD certification.

     

    Tactical TwoView Mobile

    Keyboard1

    The Tactical TwoView Mobile is designed to be set up on any horizontal surface and operates as a standalone unit. This self-contained configuration folds into its own carrying case and includes a variety of features that make it ideal for mobile command tents and other portable applications that lack a hard-walled shelter, including:

    • Rugged transit case that is IP65-rated against dust and water spray
    • Hinged lid that allows the unit to store compactly inside the locked transit case
    • Storage areas for headset, mouse, keyboard, cables, and other small peripherals to be stored in the transit case

     

    Tactical TwoView RackMount

    photo of Tactical TwoView RackMount

    The Tactical TwoView RackMount is General Digital’s first offering that fits into a 24” wide rack, serving as the perfect compliment to our existing rack mount systems that are designed for a standard 19” rack. The TTV RackMount fits in 5U of vertical rack space and features the same interface and computing power as the other two variants, making it ideal for lab-trainers, marine applications, and other environments that require a compact, rugged and rack-mounted solution.


    Display Brightness and Night Vision Enhancements

    Display
     

    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

    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.

    Standard Brightness Display1

    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.

    Standard Brightness Display2

    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.

    Standard Brightness Display3

    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 readableNVIS 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.

    Military Certifications

    The Tactical TwoView Shelter & Mobile variants are fully certified to FCC Class B for EMI, as well as to MIL-STD-810G for the following:

    • Operating Temperature
    • Non-Operating Temperature
    • Temperature Shock
    • Operating Humidity
    • Non-Operating Humidity
    • Operating Altitude
    • Non-Operating Altitude
    • Bench Handling Shock
    • Transit Drop
    • Vibration
    • Salt/Fog

    To access the formal test report, please contact a Sales Engineer.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    General

    What is the Tactical TwoView?
    The Tactical TwoView is a MIL-STD-810G and FCC Class B-certified dual display workstation designed to provide a systems operator maximum screen viewing area while minimizing desktop footprint. By stacking monitors vertically, we can fit two 21.5” HD displays in just under two feet of desk width.

    What are typical applications for the Tactical TwoView?
    The Tactical TwoView is designed to maximize the useful rugged computer monitor display area while minimizing the footprint of the workstation. Crew stations in all types of military environments are ideal, be it vehicle mounted, fixed positioned, or field mobile command centers. The Tactical TwoView provides the operator a rugged workstation capable of simultaneous interaction with two independent video/data feeds in a compact footprint.

    How much does the Tactical TwoView weigh?
    In the 21.5″ display size, the TTV Mobile weighs 93 lbs., the TTV Shelter weighs 53 lbs., and the TTV RackMount weighs 56 lbs., all in operating configuration.

    How much does a Tactical TwoView cost?
    Many factors can affect cost. Please contact a Sales Engineer to learn more.

    What is the lead time for the Tactical TwoView?
    Typical lead time can range from 16–24 weeks, depending on availability of parts and continuing effects of COVID-19 on the supply chain.

     

    Displays

    With what type of displays is the Tactical TwoView equipped?
    The standard configuration of the Tactical TwoView provides two 21.5” displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The displays show 16.7 million colors and have a brightness of 300 nits. Other sizes from 15″ to 24″, are available. Please contact a Sales Engineer to learn more.

    How are the displays protected/ruggedized?
    The Tactical TwoView displays are protected by a customer-specified optically bonded overlay. This service is performed at our in-house optical labs in our East Hartford facility.

    Does the Tactical TwoView have a dimmer switch to put the displays to sleep when in stowed position?
    It certainly can! While this option is not included in the base configuration, it can be included with your system upon request.

    Is the Tactical TwoView NVIS compatible?
    It can be! While the base unit is not built to meet MIL-STD-3009, our engineers have designed NVIS compatible displays since the technology was first introduced and can confirm that this enhancement would take minimal effort.

    Can I get a Tactical TwoView equipped with a touch screen?
    Absolutely! Although the base model is not equipped with a touch screen, it can be. Contact a Sales Engineer to learn more about touch screen options for your TTV.

    What if I have a suitable application but I need more than two displays?
    You aren’t alone! We’ve received multiple inquiries for units with 3+ displays, such as our Tactical ThreeView, and our engineers continue working on designing other solutions, as well. Contact a Sales Engineer to learn more about our progress and discuss your needs.

     

    Input/Output

    Can I connect the displays to an external input?
    Yes. The rear connector panel of the Tactical TwoView has two DisplayPort inputs. When connected, these inputs can optionally override the video feed from the internal CPU.

    What about other inputs?
    The Tactical TwoView displays accept power, video, and data inputs over USB-C via the integrated CPU.

    Why would I want my DisplayPort input to override the video feed on the internal computer?
    In mission-critical environments, taking downtime to troubleshoot an issue or replace a computer might not be an option. In case of failure of the CPU or remote application, having the ability to override the CPU with an external input is a feature required by some of our defense partners, but can be removed at your request.

    With how many USB ports is the Tactical TwoView equipped?
    The Tactical TwoView features 4 easily accessible USB ports.

    What type of Ethernet cord does the Tactical TwoView accept?
    The standard Tactical TwoView accepts a copper Ethernet cord, but a fiber-copper converter can be included if necessary.

    What power input does the Tactical TwoView accept?
    The Tactical TwoView accepts 90–264 Vac as an input, and the current configuration has a max power draw of 100W. The 100W draw is based on the assumption that all USB ports are outputting their max current—which is not a typical use case—so the deployed power draw should be much lower.

    Can the Tactical TwoView accommodate different power inputs?
    Yes. While the standard input is 90–264 Vac, the unit can be modified to suit your power requirements.

     

    CPU

    What type of CPU does the Tactical TwoView have on board?
    The Tactical TwoView currently has a zero client CPU specially designed to remote into a server with a minimum power draw. The zero client has 4 GB of RAM and a basic graphics processor as it is designed to mirror the characteristics of the host CPU. As with all GDC products, the modular design of the Tactical TwoView allows for a traditional CPU to be integrated, if necessary, into your application.

    Where is the CPU housed?
    The Tactical TwoView integrated computer is stored inside the body of the unit in a removable drawer, which maintains the access points to the external USB connectors.

     

    Enclosure

    If I’m using my Tactical TwoView in a high-shock environment, do I need to worry about the top display folding down inadvertently?
    You don’t! All Tactical TwoView variants come with top and bottom locking display hinges, allowing the user to adjust the displays to their preferred viewing angle.

    Is the Mobile variant all one piece or does the workstation store inside the transit case?
    Both! The sheet metal transit case for the Tactical TwoView Mobile variant is self-contained. The double-hinged lid prevents IP65 water/dust intrusion and provides physical protection to the displays while locked. It also folds sleekly out of the way during operation. The lid remains attached to the system at all times, therefore minimizing risk of loss or damage.

    Can I improve the IP rating of the system?
    Definitely. Currently, the only IP rating met by the TTV family is IP65-rated for the Mobile variant in stowed position. This is because sealing the system was an unnecessary expense for the base unit and our initial customers. However, we have the capability to seal the full system to meet IP65 in the deployed (open) position as well.

    What color options are available for the enclosure?
    The Tactical TwoView is available in stanard paint in any color. For CARC paint, MIL-certified options are limited to Green, Brown, Black, and Tan, although a certificate of conformity may be available for other colors.

     

    Keyboards and Peripherals

    Do all variants of the Tactical TwoView include a keyboard?
    All models are designed to accept a military-certified keyboard.

    Does the keyboard have any slides?
    Currently the keyboard does not have any slides. This provides the user freedom to position the keyboard to their preferred position, similar to a standard desktop keyboard. This includes the RackMount variant. The storage compartment is designed to be a form fit to the keyboard and is lined with foam padding to prevent jostling during transit.

    What keyboard backlight options are available?
    Standard keyboard backlighting options include Amber, Blue, Green, Red, White, and NVIS, as well as non-backlit. Custom backlighting is available on request.

    Is there a place to store my computer peripherals?
    Yes. In the Mobile variant, there is a storage compartment large enough for a headset, mouse, and other small peripherals. Both the Mobile and Shelter variants have integrated drawers to store the keyboard/trackball.

     

    Certifications

    Does the Tactical TwoView meet military specs?
    Absolutely! Both the TTV Mobile and TTV Shelter are certified to MIL-STD-810G (shock and vibration), FCC Class B (EMI) and are (optionally) compliant to MIL-STD-3009 (night vision).

    Options & Accessories

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

    photo of display overlay

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

    photos of optional display equipment

    Configuration Control for Extended Life Cycle
    Blue Book 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.

  • Build & Configure

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

    Display

    The Tactical TwoView enclosures have been carefully designed to allow our design engineers to modify/customize existing designs, accommodating a limitless variety of display size/resolution combinations. Customers greatly benefit since they can request nearly any OEM LCD of their choice for integration, or select from our current list of value-added GenFlectiveSunlight/High Brightness or NVIS-Compatible enhanced LCDs.

    In the tables below is a sampling of display panels that we have integrated into monitors, or verified compatibility. Since new display models are constantly being introduced to the market by the LCD manufacturers, we invite you to share your requirements with a Sales Engineer, and they will consult with you to select the best panel for your application needs.

    Popular Standard Luminance Displays

    Model
    Number
    Size
    (Diag.)
    Resolution
    (Pixels)
    Backlight
    Type
    Brightness
    (Nits)
    Contrast
    Ratio
    H/V Viewing
    Angle
    Operating
    Temperature
    52417.3"1920 x 1080 LED400600:1±80°/+60°, -80° 0°C–70°C
    81321.5"1920 x 1080 LED3005000:1±89°/±89°0°C–60°C
    Keyboard/Pointing Device

    Below are listed our most popular keyboard configurations for the Tactical TwoView Series. All military-grade and industrial-grade keyboard electronics, switch activators, optical pick-ups, bearings and connectors are protected against dirt, dust, liquids and general contamination. Please consult a Sales Engineer to discuss your specific requirements.

    Enclosure GradeInterface TypeKeyboard KeysPointing DeviceSpecial Features
    MilitaryUSB1212" TrackballBacklight Brightness Control

    Overlay

    The Tactical TwoView Series is highly configurable. There are many overlays that can be added in front of or behind the LCD to improve its performance. Please speak with a Sales Engineer to select the right overlay for your budget and performance requirements. Note that a unique numerical identifier will be assigned depending on the specific overlay(s) selected. Download our full list of assigned overlays available.

    TypeDescription
    Glass OverlaysVarious Thicknesses (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Construction (Gorilla, Chemically Strengthened, Float, etc.)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Contrast (Clear, 62% Neutral Density, 75% Neutral Density, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Thicknesses (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Construction (Lexan, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Contrast (Clear, 62% Neutral Density, 75% Neutral Density, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Technologies (Resistive, Capacitive, IR, SAW, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Construction (GFG, FFG, glass, strengthened glass)
    Display HeatersVarious Technologies (ITO Bus Bar, Silver Mesh, Strip)
    Display HeatersVarious Ratings (Ohm, OPI, etc.)
    Display HeatersVarious Controllers (Power, Warm-Up Time, etc.)
    EMI FiltersVarious Ratings (Ohm, OPI, etc.)
    FilmsVarious Surface Types (AR, AG, AR/AG, Privacy, Cold Mirror, etc.)
    FilmsVarious Background Types (BEF, DBEF, ESR, etc.)
    OtherCircular Polarizers
    Other1/4-Wave Retarders
    ServicesOptical Bonding

    Power Supply

    Listed below are the most popular supplies we use to power our LCD monitors. [1, 2]

    Model
    Number
    Mount
    Type
    Input Voltage
    Range
    Output
    Voltage
    Frequency
    Range
    Power
    (Maximum)
    Power Factor
    Correction
    IA74Internal90–264 Vac+24 Vdc47–63 Hz250 Watts0.92
    ID52Internal+9–36 Vdc24 VdcN/A 100 WattsN/A

    [1] All variations of the Tactical TwoView Series workstationss are designed to be in compliance with FCC Class A and UL 60950 Certification, which includes configuration with General Digital’s standard supply. Please note that these supplies include the required DC harness and connector to interface to your unit.
    [2] Consult a Sales Engineer to select from a multitude of standalone AC switching or DC–DC supplies that can be mounted within the customer’s rack. General Digital can assist in specifying a commercial, industrial or military power supply that will meet your specific requirements.

  • 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.


    Product Catalog

    Tactical TwoView Series Product Sampler

     

    Data Sheet

    Tactical TwoView Mobile Series Workstation Data Sheet

     

    Flyer

    Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5″ Workstation Flyer

     

    Control Drawings

    Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5 Control Drawing, 90-2215-005

    Tactical TwoView Shelter 21.5 Control Drawing, 90-2215-004

    Tactical TwoView RackMount 21.5 Control Drawing, 90-2215-003

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • Gallery

    The photos below represent a small sampling of General Digital’s standard and custom Tactical TwoView dual LCD workstation 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.

    Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5

    Photo of Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5" - Military compliant dual display portable workstation includes an integrated computer system
    Photo of Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5" - Self-contained transit case protects against environmental hazards
    Photo of Tactical TwoView Mobile 21.5" - 121-key mil-grade backlit keyboard includes a trackball and 6 mouse buttons, stores in base of unit

     

    Tactical TwoView Rack Mount 21.5

    Photo of Tactical TwoView RackMount 21.5" - Military compliant dual display workstation is rack mountwith 5U of vertical space

     

    Tactical TwoView Shelter 21.5

    Photo of Tactical TwoView Shelter 21.5" - Military compliant dual display workstation can be mounted to a table, bench, desktop or other fixed location
    Photo of Tactical TwoView Shelter 21.5" - 121-key mil-grade backlit keyboard includes a trackball and 6 mouse buttons, stores in base of unit

TACTICAL THREEVIEW

photo of Tactical ThreeView triple monitor workstationGeneral Digital’s Tactical ThreeView™ was designed in-house to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the defense industry.

This remarkably rugged workstation features a number of conveniences to improve usability, including a rear display port to bypass the internal computer, three high-resolution displays, durable hinges to adjust viewing angle, and much more.

  • Overview

    Key Features

    • Designed specially for military and highly demanding applications
      • Built-to-meet MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461G, MIL-STD-464C, FCC Class B
    • Display sizes from 15″ to 24″
    • Integrated computer system
      • Minimizes vulnerability through external connections
    • Supports video, power, data over USB-C
      • Leveraging General Digital’s internally-developed video controller
    • Slide-mounted keyboard compliant with military standards for sealing, shock and vibration
    • Field-replaceable components
      • Able to replace parts in under 10 minutes with just a screwdriver
    Tactical ThreeView Offers You More

    We work with you to configure and build your Tactical ThreeView workstation to meet your precise needs. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of practical options for you to customize the design your unit.

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

    • The Tactical ThreeView Series offers several display sizes/resolutions from 15″ to 24″.
    • Configuration flexibility with a wide variety of computing options, LCDs, video controllers, display overlays, pointing devices, power supplies, slides and enclosures to meet specific requirements.
    • Flawless operation in harsh and demanding environments (e.g., extreme of temperature, humidity, shock, vibration).
    • Long product life cycle. For any parts that are not able to be replaced in the field, 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.
    • Custom configurations with optional components:
    Tactical ThreeView In Depth

    In addition to the above, all Tactical ThreeView models come equipped with a number of critical features to meet the demands of harsh environments, including:

    Field-Replaceable Parts
    All essential parts, including the display, computer, keyboard/trackball, and more, are replaceable in the field using common hand tools, minimizing any potential downtime of this mission-critical workstation.

    USB-C
    The latest USB standard, all Tactical TwoView models are equipped to run power, video, and data over a single USB-C cable. This reduces vulnerabilities and maintenance time if a cable needs to be replaced.

    Integrated Computer Drawer
    The replaceable integrated computer provides the flexibility to install a computer module best suited to your mission requirements, and can run Windows, Linux, Remote-to-Server, and more.

    Rear Display Input
    In addition to displaying video feeds from the integrated computer, each display comes with a rear display port. When connected, this overrides the video feed from the internal computer, allowing you to bypass a failed computer or connect to an external one. Because the displays have their own video inputs, if an integrated computer isn’t necessary for your program requirements, it can be removed to make the workstation more cost-effective.

    Superior Usability
    All Tactical ThreeView models feature large high-resolution monitors, waterproof and ergonomically designed keyboards, hinges that allow the user to adjust the displays in 10° increments to their preferred viewing angle and include a locking mechanism to withstand high-shock events, on-board computing power, and a number of adjustable options to optimize usability for your specific requirement.


    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    General

    What is the Tactical ThreeView?
    The Tactical ThreeView is a three display workstation designed to comply with MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461G, and MIL-STD-464C.

    What are typical applications for the Tactical ThreeView?
    The Tactical ThreeView is designed to maximize the useful rugged computer monitor display area while minimizing the footprint of the workstation. Crew stations in all types of military environments are ideal, be it vehicle mounted, fixed positioned, field mobile command centers, and training environments. The Tactical ThreeView provides the operator a rugged workstation capable of simultaneous interaction with two independent video/data feeds in a compact footprint.

    How much does the Tactical ThreeView weigh?
    In the 21.5″ display size, the T3V weighs ~150 pounds.

    How much does a Tactical ThreeView cost?
    Many factors can affect cost. Please contact a Sales Engineer to learn more.

    What is the lead time for the Tactical ThreeView?
    Typical lead time can range from 16–24 weeks, depending on availability of parts and continuing effects of COVID-19 on the supply chain.

     

    Displays

    With what type of displays is the Tactical ThreeView equipped?
    The standard configuration of the Tactical ThreeView provides three 21.5” displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The displays show 16.7 million colors and have a brightness of 300 nits. Other sizes from 15″ to 24″, are available. Please contact a Sales Engineer to learn more.

    How are the displays protected/ruggedized?
    The Tactical ThreeView displays are protected by a customer-specified optically bonded overlay. This service is performed at our in-house optical labs in our East Hartford facility.

    Does the Tactical ThreeView have a dimmer switch to put the displays to sleep when in stowed position?
    It certainly can! While this option is not included in the base configuration, it can be included with your system upon request.

    Is the Tactical ThreeView NVIS compatible?
    It can be! While the base unit is not built to meet MIL-STD-3009, our engineers have designed NVIS compatible displays since the technology was first introduced and can confirm that this enhancement would take minimal effort.

    Can I get a Tactical ThreeView equipped with a touch screen?
    Absolutely! The standard Tactical ThreeView equipped with multiple touch screens, depending on your choice of integrated CPU. Contact a Sales Engineer to learn more about touch screen options for your T3V.

     

    Input/Output

    Can I connect the displays to an external input?
    Yes. The rear connector panel of the Tactical ThreeView has two DisplayPort inputs. When connected, these inputs can optionally override the video feed from the internal CPU.

    What about other inputs?
    The Tactical ThreeView displays accept power, video, and data inputs over USB-C via the integrated CPU.

    Why would I want my DisplayPort input to override the video feed on the internal computer?
    In mission-critical environments, taking downtime to troubleshoot an issue or replace a computer might not be an option. In case of failure of the CPU or remote application, having the ability to override the CPU with an external input is a feature required by some of our defense partners, but can be removed at your request.

    With how many USB ports is the Tactical ThreeView equipped?
    The Tactical ThreeView features 4 easily accessible USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

    What type of Ethernet cord does the Tactical ThreeView accept?
    The standard Tactical ThreeView accepts a copper Ethernet cord, but a fiber-copper converter can be included if necessary.

    What power input does the Tactical ThreeView accept?
    The Tactical ThreeView acceptzs 90–264 Vac as an input, and the current configuration has a max power draw of 100W. The 100W draw is based on the assumption that all USB ports are outputting their max current—which is not a typical use case—so the deployed power draw should be much lower.

    Can the Tactical ThreeView accommodate different power inputs?
    Yes. While the standard input is 90–264 Vac, the unit can be modified to suit your power requirements.

     

    CPU

    What type of CPU does the Tactical ThreeView have on board?
    The Tactical ThreeView currently has a zero client CPU specially designed to remote into a server with a minimum power draw. The zero client has 4 GB of RAM and a basic graphics processor as it is designed to mirror the characteristics of the host CPU. As with all GDC products, the modular design of the Tactical ThreeView allows for a traditional CPU to be integrated, if necessary, into your application.

    Where is the CPU housed?
    The Tactical ThreeView integrated computer is stored inside the body of the unit in a removable drawer, which maintains the access points to the external USB connectors.

     

    Enclosure

    If I’m using my Tactical ThreeView in a high-shock environment, do I need to worry about the displays folding inadvertently?
    You don’t! All Tactical ThreeView variants come with top and bottom locking display hinges, allowing the user to adjust the displays to their preferred viewing angle.

    Can I improve the IP rating of the system?
    Definitely. Currently, the T3V is IP65-rated in stowed position. This is because sealing the system was an unnecessary expense for the base unit and our initial customers. However, we have the capability to seal the full system to meet IP65 in the deployed (open) position as well.

    What color options are available for the enclosure?
    The Tactical ThreeView is available in stanard paint in any color. For CARC paint, MIL-certified options are limited to Green, Brown, Black, and Tan, although a certificate of conformity may be available for other colors.

     

    Keyboards & Peripherals

    Do all variants of the Tactical ThreeView include a keyboard?
    All models are designed to accept a military-certified keyboard.

    What keyboard backlight options are available?
    Standard keyboard backlighting options include Amber, Blue, Green, Red, White, and NVIS, as well as non-backlit. Custom backlighting is available on request.

     

    Certifications

    Does the Tactical ThreeView meet military specs?
    Absolutely! The T3V is designed to comply with MIL-STD-810 (shock and vibration), FCC Class B, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464 (EMI) and are (optionally) compliant to MIL-STD-3009 (night vision).

    Options & Accessories

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

    Photo of optical film being applied

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

    TwoView integrated peripherals include DVD drive and 4-port KVM switch

    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.

  • Build & Configure

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

    Display

    The Tactical TwoView enclosures have been carefully designed to allow our design engineers to modify/customize existing designs, accommodating a limitless variety of display size/resolution combinations. Customers greatly benefit since they can request nearly any OEM LCD of their choice for integration, or select from our current list of value-added GenFlectiveSunlight/High Brightness or NVIS-Compatible enhanced LCDs.

    In the tables below is a sampling of display panels that we have integrated into monitors, or verified compatibility. Since new display models are constantly being introduced to the market by the LCD manufacturers, we invite you to share your requirements with a Sales Engineer, and they will consult with you to select the best panel for your application needs.

    Popular Standard Luminance Displays

    Model
    Number
    Size
    (Diag.)
    Resolution
    (Pixels)
    Backlight
    Type
    Brightness
    (Nits)
    Contrast
    Ratio
    H/V Viewing
    Angle
    Operating
    Temperature
    701 19.0" 1280 x 1024 LED3501000:1 ±85°/±80° 0°C–50°C
    711 19.0" 1280 x 1024 LED450 1000:1 ±85°/±80° -30°C–85°C
    813 21.5" 1920 x 1080 LED 300 5000:1±89°/±89° 0°C–60°C
    Keyboard/Pointing Device

    Below are listed our most popular keyboard configurations for the Tactical ThreeView Series. All military-grade and industrial-grade keyboard electronics, switch activators, optical pick-ups, bearings and connectors are protected against dirt, dust, liquids and general contamination. Please consult a Sales Engineer to discuss your specific requirements.

    Enclosure GradeInterface TypeKeyboard KeysPointing DeviceSpecial Features
    MilitaryUSB1212" TrackballBacklight Brightness Control
    Overlay

    The Tactical ThreeView Series of is highly configurable. There are many overlays that can be added in front of or behind the LCD to improve its performance. Please speak with a Sales Engineer to select the right overlay for your budget and performance requirements. Note that a unique numerical identifier will be assigned depending on the specific overlay(s) selected. Download our full list of assigned overlays available.

    TypeDescription
    Glass OverlaysVarious Thicknesses (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Construction (Gorilla, Chemically Strengthened, Float, etc.)
    Glass OverlaysVarious Contrast (Clear, 62% Neutral Density, 75% Neutral Density, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Thicknesses (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Construction (Lexan, etc.)
    Polycarbonate/
    Plastic Overlays
    Various Contrast (Clear, 62% Neutral Density, 75% Neutral Density, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Technologies (Resistive, Capacitive, IR, SAW, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Surface Treatments (AR, AG, AR/AG, etc.)
    Touch Screens Various Construction (GFG, FFG, glass, strengthened glass)
    Display HeatersVarious Technologies (ITO Bus Bar, Silver Mesh, Strip)
    Display HeatersVarious Ratings (Ohm, OPI, etc.)
    Display HeatersVarious Controllers (Power, Warm-Up Time, etc.)
    EMI FiltersVarious Ratings (Ohm, OPI, etc.)
    FilmsVarious Surface Types (AR, AG, AR/AG, Privacy, Cold Mirror, etc.)
    FilmsVarious Background Types (BEF, DBEF, ESR, etc.)
    OtherCircular Polarizers
    Other1/4-Wave Retarders
    ServicesOptical Bonding

    Power Supply

    Listed below are the most popular supplies we use to power our LCD monitors. [1, 2]

    Model
    Number
    Mount
    Type
    Input Voltage
    Range
    Output
    Voltage
    Frequency
    Range
    Power
    (Maximum)
    Power Factor
    Correction
    IA74Internal90–264 Vac+24 Vdc47–63 Hz250 Watts0.92
    ID52Internal+9–36 Vdc24 VdcN/A 100 WattsN/A

    [1] All variations of the Tactical ThreeView Series workstations are designed to be in compliance with FCC Class A and UL 60950 Certification, which includes configuration with General Digital’s standard supply. Please note that these supplies include the required DC harness and connector to interface to your unit.
    [2] Consult a Sales Engineer to select from a multitude of standalone AC switching or DC–DC supplies that can be mounted within the customer’s rack. General Digital can assist in specifying a commercial, industrial or military power supply that will meet your specific requirements.

  • 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.


    Product Catalog

    Tactical ThreeView Series Product Catalog

     

    Flyer

    Tactical ThreeView Mobile 21.5″ Workstation Flyer

     

    Control Drawing

    Tactical ThreeView 21.5 Control Drawing, 90-2215-008

    Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

  • Gallery

    The photos below represent a small sampling of General Digital’s standard and custom Tactical ThreeView triple LCD workstation 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.

    Tactical ThreeView 21.5

    Tactical ThreeView 21.5
    Tactical ThreeView 21.5
    Tactical ThreeView 21.5
    Tactical ThreeView 21.5
    Tactical ThreeView 21.5
    Tactical ThreeView 21.5