Rugged compute where mission meets critical.

Systel's Sparrow Strike

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Sparrow-Strike USFF Edge Processor

Ultra-compact and lightweight, SWaP-optimized, modular architecture with either NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX (edge AI) or SMARC Intel x86 CPU (compute at the edge) for next-gen autonomous and uncrewed mission-critical applications.

Systel's hard-working employees at the Sugar Land office.

Capabilities

Robust and proven in-house engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, program management, test and technical support capabilities.

Featured Application:
AI & Autonomous

Enabling AI/ML and autonomous/uncrewed mission-critical applications with purpose-built rugged computing solutions.

Vimal Kothari from Systel's leadership team

A Message from the CEO, Vimal Kothari

Systel’s rebrand in 2022, including our new website, reflects our passionate focus and relentless commitment to enable our customers’ mission success.

The essence of our company is defined in our core values and I believe our brand tells the story of how a dedicated and determined company can consistently achieve breakthrough results by focusing on the essentials – Fanatical Customer Service, Absolute Ownership, Passion for Improvement, and Uncompromising Integrity.

At our core, we are a company of problem-solvers. We are continuously innovating and seeking the best possible solution to meet our customers’ mission needs. We strive to be your partner, whatever the mission and wherever it goes.

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Explore Our Products and Solutions

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Proudly Made in the USA

All of our products are manufactured in our headquarters in Sugar Land, TX, and are TAA compliant. We are proud to support our customers’ missions with American-made solutions.

About Systel

With a solution-first approach to engineering, a delivery system built to work at the speed of need, and partnership in the extreme, Systel enables mission success with purpose-built rugged computing solutions.

The Systel Advantage

Here’s what you can expect when you partner with us.

Proven Record of Success

30+ years of experience providing complex and advanced computer technologies to defense and commercial sectors worldwide. Thousands of systems deployed on enduring and emerging vehicles and platforms.

Deep Engineering and Technical Expertise

Our engineering and technical teams bring decades of experience to bear on every design along with continual focus on next-gen technologies and roadmaps so we stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing environment.

Complete Program Management

We routinely support multi-year and multi-decade programs, actively managing configurations and obsolescence to ensure zero downtime and forward-looking upgrade paths. We provide end-to-end supply chain of custody with proactive and vetted supply chain management.

In-House Environmental Testing

We offer comprehensive built-to certifications and MIL-STD testing including in-house temperature and shock and vibration capabilities.

Agile Small Business

We are a small business. We’re designed flat in organization and fast in performance, which means rapid responses and no red tape. We understand agility isn’t an attribute, it’s a capability.

World-Class Quality Systems

We are AS9100D and ISO 9001 certified with a company-wide laser focus on quality and passion for improvement.

Robust Product Portfolio

Deep catalog of COTS mission-ready computing systems. Rich mix of actively managed standard products and base platforms and MCOTS and custom ground-up solutions.

Passionate Customer Support

Our mission is your mission and our support is unwavering. We are passionate about supporting our products for the lifetime of your programs. We’re always just a phone call or email away. Let us know how we can help!

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The Kite II and Sparrow are providing highly sought-after and significant capabilities for our next-generation operational platforms.
Senior Systems Engineer
US DoD Prime Contractor
We tested Raven-Strike II units at Yuma Proving Ground and they operated in torrential rains and 118 deg F solar radiation with no failures. We love the performance!
Program Manager
US DoD Prime Contractor - US Army Counter UAS (C-UAS) Program
The computer is the most difficult part of the whole vehicle and the Systel Kite-Strike machine has come through again and again.
Engineering Program Manager
Major Global Defense Contractor - Unmanned Ground Vehicles Program
We found Systel’s emphasis on military style ruggedness with proven capabilities along with previous certifications and robust life-cycle management to be very compelling. We were also very impressed by Systel's ability to act quickly to our RFP request with a comprehensive proposal.
Procurement Manager
Fortune 500 Advanced Technology and Research Defense Contractor - U.S. Marine Corps Program
Thanks for the great cooperation, it was a tight schedule but Systel really pulled through for us. We are looking forward to testing and deploying your computer on our UAV projects.
Project Lead
EU Defense Contractor - Autonomous Vehicle Program
We design and deliver equipment solutions for the global Oil & Gas industry. with deployed solutions in extreme environments around the globe. We chose Systel as our preferred partner for servers because of their high quality, environmental specifications, rigorous testing, well thought-out design and excellent customer support. In our experience Systel systems have excellent performance and stability. Systel has contributed to our success in all the customer projects where we have deployed their servers. We are very satisfied with the value that is delivered by Systel and look forward to partnering with Systel on future projects.
Principal Architect
Oil and Gas Equipment Manufacturer
We needed a vendor that could meet our rugged specs especially in terms of shock and vibration and we found that vendor in Systel. They have the shock and high velocity equipment that we need. To ensure the quality of Systel’s products before purchasing, we environmental tested (MIL-STD-810) Systel’s 4U rack mount computers in their transit case and the computers passed with flying colors. Today, we buy a variety of products from Systel including 4U rack mount computers (IPC44410) and 19" displays (FPD7192). Systel was our first choice in 2005, and we have been buying from them ever since.
Senior Test Engineer
Fortune 100 Defense Contractor

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Congratulations to our 2022 Core Values winners, recognized by their peers throughout the year and selected by our Leadership team for consistently embodying our core values and putting them into action in support of our customers' missions.

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Sparrow-Strike Awarded Best in Show at AUSA 2023

Systel’s Sparrow-Strike ultra-small-form-factor (USFF) MIL-SPEC rugged edge processor was awarded the 4-Star Best in Show Award by Military Embedded Systems at the 2023 Annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference. Sparrow-Strike received the highest level award in the Embedded Computing category.

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Systel Launches Sparrow-Strike USFF Edge Processor

Systel, an industry leader in rugged computing announced the product introduction of Sparrow-Strike at the 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Sparrow-Strike is an ultra-small-form-factor (USFF) MIL-SPEC rugged edge mission computer. Designed using a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) with a modular chassis and architecture design, integrating either the NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX edge AI system on module (SOM) or an Intel x86-based processor, Sparrow-Strike provides the performance and flexibility demanded by emerging autonomous and uncrewed missions, in an ultra-compact and lightweight form factor.

Press Release
AUSA 2023 – Systel unveils ultra-compact edge AI compute solution for next-generation uncrewed and robotic vehicles

Shephard Media covers the public launch of Systel's latest ultra-small form factor ruggedized mission computer.

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Systel, Inc. announced today that Aneesh Kothari has been appointed as its new President, effective September 1, 2023. Kothari joined Systel in 2012 and is currently serving as Vice-President of Marketing, a role he has held for the past six years. Throughout that time, he has led Systel’s product development, product management, demand generation, brand management, and communications strategic efforts. He also currently serves on Systel’s executive leadership team. Kothari has extensive experience in the computer hardware industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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