Rugged Portable Computers


MP3X17 Portable Lunchbox Computer w/ Three 17" LCDs

MP3X17 Rugged Portable Lunchbox Computer
See the Whole Picture - Bigger is Better!

  • Three 17" SXGA 1280x1024 LCDs
  • Anti glare hard coat on LCDs
  • Rugged aluminum alloy construction
  • Fits ATX motherboard
  • 7 Plug-in card slots
  • Three hot swap drive carriers
  • Two high flow cooling fans
  • Detachable keyboard
  • Various power options
  • Custom logo available
  • Configured System Offered
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Integrated MP3X17 System Availability
The MP3X17 is available configured with pre-qualified high quality long life revision controlled components as the P317xx family. Systems with Core 2 Duo/Quad and Core i5/i7 are on offer. The components comprising these systems are best-of-class allowing multi-year program availability with assured quality.


The MP3X17 portable " lunchbox" system is unique in offering three 17" 1280x1024 resolution LCD displays in a portable computer system. Effective viewing area is 3840x1024. The displays can be run from a single video card or multiple cards as the mission software dictates. The LCD displays offer 300nit brightness, 800:1 contrast and 5mS response. The LCD displays are provided with an anti-glare hard coat. A touch screen can be optionally fitted to the left screen. Optional enhancement filters can be provided for improved viewing.

Constructed with heavy duty aluminum alloy, the MP3X17 is a robust system providing tough, go-anywhere functionality for demanding applications. The three LCD's fold forward over the front and the included keyboard attaches to the outside front for a single-piece unit to transport. A padded, wheeled transit case is provided.

The system provides mounting for a standard ATX (9.6x12-inch) motherboard. Seven plug-in card slots are provided. The I/O boards are all externally accessible for easy access to their connectors.


Three hot-swap SATA drive bays are included on the right side. Depending on the motherboard or disk controller, these can be configured in a RAID. A slot-fed DVDRW is provided on the right side. No floppy drive is included though the easy accessibility to the motherboard USB ports allows the simple use of an external drive.

Power is provided by a standard PS/2 form factor power supply. Supplies are available up to 1000W with AC and DC input available. Redundant supplies can be optionally fitted on a custom basis.

Cooling is provided by two high flow fans plus the air flow through the power supply. The chassis is well designed for optimum airflow over the installed components for use in its targeted rugged environment.

The included keyboard is compact and provides a touch pad for cursor movement with two "mouse" buttons. The keyboard is secured to the outside front for transit and is easily removed for use with the system. Keyboard interface is USB via a single connector with the cord stored in a pocket on the keyboard for transit.

Downloadable PDF files
  MP3X17 Datasheet MP3X17 Manual MP3X17 Drawing MP3X17 Photos  

Dimensions - 14.3" x 15.5" x 11.5" (H x W x D)
Weight -
          Empty - 42.4 lbs (w/ 1,000W P/S)
         Typical Integrated System - 49.6 lbs
          Soft Sided Case - 11.4 lbs
Construction - Aluminum alloy external chassis w/ rubber corners. Aluminum alloy inner frame.

Soft Side Case Dimensions - 17" W x 15" D x 18.3" H
Three 17-inch diagonal TFT displays
Resolution: 1280x1024 each, effective total resolution across all 3 is 3840x1024
Brightness: 300nits
Contrast: 800:1
Viewing Angle: 160 degrees vertical and horizontal
Response: 5ms Typical
Protection: Anti-glare hard coat
Options: Touch screens, high-bright enhancements, bonded glass w/ anti-reflection coatings
Three 3-1/2" hard drives
Externally accessible hot swap drive carriers w/ locks
Interface - SATA
Slot-fed DVDRW drive
Main body:
Controls mounted on top
Power switch - push button
Reset switch - recessed push button
Power LED (green)
Drive Activity LED (red)
LCD Controls:
Each LCD provided with in dependant controls (push buttons) mounted on top
Menu select

Note: each LCD is provided with an in dependant controller and associated OSD (On Screen Display) for optimally tuning the performance of each LCD.
Three drive carriers for 3-1/2" SATA drives
Slot-fed Double Layer DVDRW drive
Two USB ports
Cooling air intake
120MM Cooling fan
Motherboard I/O Panel
7 Add-in card slots
Power supply w/ power input
Two external4.7 inch fans
Two internal 2.36 inch fans
Positive chassis pressure

Fan Options: thermister regulated fan speed, 3-wire tach signal, higher or lower flow rates, air filter
PS/2 Style supply
AC Input - 650W, 90-264VAC, 47-63Hz, auto ranging (standard supply). Other ratings available.
DC Input - Consult factory for options
Redundant - Consult factory for options
Standard 9.6 x 12 inch ATX motherboard
Motherboard adapter plate accommodates any motherboard
Operating Temperature - 0 - 50 deg C
Relative Humidity - 5 -95% non-condensing
Shock - 15G operating, all axis
Vibration - 1.25G @ 10-100Hz operating, all axis
Compliance - CE, FCC Class B, CCC, UL

Note: system environmental specifications are primarily dependant on installed component limitations.

Chassis Plans is more than a chassis supplier. Our primary business is providing long life span fully integrated turnkey systems tailored exactly to customer specification. We are experts at multi-vendor integration and offer a complete product line including the latest long-life motherboards, drives, video boards and plug-in cards including analog/digital I/O cards. Integrating today's complex systems can be a challenge. Allow us to provide you with a professionally integrated system with the OS loaded and the system tested and burned-in as a complete unit. We stand behind our work 100%.

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By David Lippincott