ITAC trackball controller meets military and aerospace requirements

12th August 2013
Nat Bowers

ITAC Systems has today introduced a new series of trackball controllers providing a heavy-duty solution for computer control and pointing devices. Manufactured using superior grade materials, the Mouse-Trak Industrial Desk Top series of trackball controllers are capable of enduring the most stringent of environments in demanding applications ranging from military and defence systems, through to commercial marine equipment and medical products.

Featuring an integrated hand support that virtually eliminates the threat of carpal tunnel injuries, the trackball design achieves high speed, accurate and highly precise operation. This significantly reduces the effects of repetitive strain injuries, which are commonly experienced with conventional mouse devices.

Supporting various interfaces, the Mouse-Trak Industrial Desk Toptrackball controller includes options for USB, PS/2, 9-pin serial and SUN-compatible connections over a 2.4m length cable. Enabling configuration for left- or right-handed operation, left, right and middle buttons are incorporated for conventional key assignment for left/right click, double-click and click/drag operations. A dual speed selector switch also enables toggling between a Precision Pointing Mode and Speed Mode operation.

The Mouse-Trak IDT’s rugged credentials include an extremely durable housing made from Xenoy glass-reinforced polycarbonate; a precision cast phenolic resin trackball, hardened stainless steel shafts and bearings; a high-grade flexible PVC hand rest pad; and a conformal coating on the unit’s printed circuit board to protect against caustic and conductive contaminants. Switches are rated for a minimum of 1 million actuations. Entirely RoHS compliant, the new device meets FCC part 15 and EU DoC requirements. Operation is specified over a temperature range of -25°C to 65°C with humidity from 45% to 85% (over 5°C to 35°C).

Key features:

  • Case is textured Xenoy 6240/5220,
  • Outer casing is UL 94HB Flame Class Rated (3),
  • Trackball is cast phenolic resin,
  • Hand rest Pad is Grade 5800 flexible PVC,
  • Shafts and ball bearings are 440 hardened stainless steel,
  • Entirely RoHS Compliant,
  • Conformal coated PCB resistant to liquids, moisture and dust,
  • Switches rated at 1,000,000 minimum actuations.

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