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The KEPM-PC series of marine-grade computers from KEP Marine integrate GPS, AIS, satellite weather, and interfaces for NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 protocols. The KEPM-PC series computers also offer an internal power management system that provides uninterrrupted function even in the face of a total onboard power failure. That system also provides the added benefit of eliminating hard crashes when transferring from vessel to shore power. The computers exceed military specifications for resistance to moisture, vibration, extreme temperatures, and particulate matter, and also have isolated ground power for increased protection from lightning damage. The systems come with the Microsoft Windows 7 Pro operating system.
The KEPM-PCs come with a range of Intel single and dual-core central processing units with speeds up to 3 GHz. Various power supplies, RAM ranging from 4 to 32 GB, and hard-drive storage up to 4 TB are also available. The units are equipped with six USB ports, a CD/DVD RW optical drive, and outputs for VGA, DVI, and HDMI to connect various displays.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.