The device was made by Racal Datacom Limited
Mitford Industrial Estate,
Dimensions are 170 mm x 114 mm x 64 mm
Weight: 1.1 kg.
Power: Works with built-in nickel cadmium battery, or external power supply. The charging time for a fully discharged battery is 14 hours. One charge lasts 10 hours under normal usage.
Temperature range: From -10 to +55°C . Can be stored in temperatures from -40 to +70°C.
Original cost 30,000 DM.
Comment: It is water resistant and ruggedized for military use. Portability is the most important feature of this pocket cipher device.
The input is made via the keyboard and the output via a display with 2 digits. It can also support operation with a MA 4233 printer. For on-line operation, the MA
4245 needs to have an adapter.
High security is generated by a computer program with 10 16 nonlinear key sequences, each with a length of 10 12 characters. The MA 4245 essentially consists of an alphanumeric Touch panel, the dot matrix LED display together with the integrated semiconductor memory and control electronics.
The operation of the device consists of selecting the operating mode (encryption or decryption), a one-time basic key to set, from the 10 21 possibilities. If the full message has been entered, one can check it by use of the EDIT mode
M4245 - External view. M4245 - Underside view M4245 - Arrangement of RAM, ROM and UART IC's. All M4245 photos in this table by Jörg Drobick
Contributors and Credits:
1) Jvörg Drobick <joerg.drobick(at)kabelmail.de>
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