San Diego Business Journal

Z Microsystems Gets $480,000 Deal for Ruggedized Computer Displays

By Brad Graves Monday, December 16, 2013

Z Microsystems Inc. is supplying ruggedized computer displays to Northrop Grumman for use in the U.S. Army’s new Ground Combat Vehicle, an infantry fighting vehicle that may one day replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Jason Wade, chief operating officer of the privately held Mira Mesa company, said the deal is worth $480,000 and that Z Microsystems will deliver 33 displays in January.

The deal is a big one for the company, Wade said. Z Microsystems will reap more rewards if the Pentagon picks the Northrop Grumman team for full production.

Z Microsystems takes the same LCD panels used in a Tesla vehicle, and modifies them so they are rugged enough to go into battle with the Army. The Z Microsystems displays also resist moisture, dust and debris.

There are seven displays per vehicle.