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UltraLynx logoUltraLYNX: Dismounted
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The need for improving how we fit technology and increase capability, such as situational awareness, onto the soldier is well understood.

Poorly integrated equipment and the batteries required to power it can actually inhibit a soldier’s ability to fight.

Finding a way to reduce this burden has been the driving force behind UltraLYNX; which provides an open man-worn architecture that enables the efficient distribution of power and data that is lightweight and scalable.

Wearable Power & Data Architecture
Wearable Power & Data Architecture

UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of the benefits of any future situational awareness system; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness and more efficient force application in a Combined, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational command (CJIIM) organisational context.

The benefits delivered by better situational awareness and more efficient power management will contribute to reducing the cognitive and physical burden on the soldier.

UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems that provides a truly integrated and open systems solution.


  • Connects up to 12 devices using smart hub and ports
  • Seamlessly integrates data radio(s) with Battle Management Applications
  • Open architecture complies with UK MOD/NATO standard
  • Bearer, power source & connector agnostic
  • Supports any End User Device
  • Installs onto/into any vest systems reducing external cabling
  • Ruggedised for battlefield use and fully submersible

Power Management:

UltraLYNX has intelligent power management, which allows devices to be supplied from a central power source, typically a Lithium Ion battery. This means that the use of technologies such as wireless charging extend mission operability.

Each port can individually switch power to and from the central power bus, providing the user with control of the sources and loads that are connected. In addition, each port also provides overload protection as well as real time monitoring of power consumed.

Data Management:

UltraLYNX has a smart hub allowing USB device drivers and message routing to be installed locally. This means that customisation of the End User Device (EUD) software kernel is no longer required. The EUD operates in device mode with network connectivity being achieved via reverse USB tethering.

UltraLYNX also supports applications where no End User Device is required such as autonomous sensing or minimal user interaction.

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General Specifications
Power Input Power Input 8–36V DC
Primary & secondary batteries
Auxiliary & scavenged power sources
Data Bus USB 2.0
PAN Ports 6 NATO/GSA compatible smart PAN ports
(12 with scalable expansion unit)

Power Output
(Per Port)

5A, 8–36V power (10A system total)
2A, USB 5V power (5A system total)
Robust circuit protection
Dimensions (Hub) 115 x 58 x 15 mm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight (Hub) 230 g (8.1 oz)
Colour (Hub) Black, Tan 499
Certifications CE, FCC, WEEE, REACH, RoHS, IP68,
MIL-STD-810G*, MIL-STD-461F*
Temperature Operating: -20 to 55°C (-4 to 131°F)
Storage: -40 to 70°C (-40 to 158°F)
Immersion 2 metres for 60 minutes
Fully functional with connectors covered / mated
Reliability MTBF: 20,000+ hrs, MTTR: 10 mins
Independently field replaceable interconnect & connectors
Reversionary mode ensures power distribution availability
CPU Dual-core 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A
Operating System Custom embedded Linux OS
SDK and power API available for 3rd party integration


4 GB onboard flash memory expandable up to 64 GB
HMI System status LED (NVG compatible)
User button power on-off / sleep
Device Management Web management console
High integrity dual-partition software update,
over-the-air update capable
User initiated built-in self-test
Platform Security Secure high assurance boot
Tamper detection
Hardware RNG and encryption
PBIT platform integrity verification
Configuration of allowed USB devices
Interface Options Bluetooth Low Energy v4.2
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Sensors On-board IMU
Power Consumption Idle: 130mW
Typical: 2W
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