In response to the increasing demand for full-function handheld PCs for the mobile field worker, Panasonic today announced the availability of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, the first ultra mobile PC (UMPC) to integrate the new low power Intel Atom processor in a rugged handheld computer for use in the field. With the introduction of the extremely portable Toughbook CF-U1, remote workers are able to connect to critical information and applications in real time, thus improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making. The CF-U1 reinvents handheld computing by integrating robust features previously only available on a full size Toughbook PC in a rugged UMPC form factor that can be used anywhere. Here is more info on the machine:
Intel Atom Enables Feature-Rich Computing in Small Form Factors Intel Atom processors pack an astounding 47 million transistors on a single chip smaller than a U.S. dime (measuring less than 25mm), making the Atom Intel's smallest and lowest power consuming processor. The Atom is designed specifically for small devices and features support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness all while delivering longer battery life.
Engineered for the Walking Worker Rugged UMPCs must be purpose-built and engineered for the environments in which they will likely be used. The Toughbook CF-U1 will thrive in environments as diverse as construction sites, mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses. Further, the Toughbook CF-U1 is ideally suited for use by insurance adjusters, building inspectors, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. The Toughbook CF-U1 has several docking options that expand functionality whether in a vehicle, at a desk, or on the move.
Unlike most handhelds, the Toughbook CF-U1 operates on the full-function Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, giving users unprecedented remote access to feature-rich software applications in the field. The CF-U1 features a thumb-friendly and always-accessible backlit QWERTY keyboard that makes data input fast and easy. State-of-the-art Panasonic LCD technology enables sunlight viewability with low-power, white LED backlighting. Its fanless all-weather design also reduces noise, weight and eliminates points of failure; its twin, long-lasting, hot-swappable batteries enable battery replacement without disrupting operation; and its magnesium alloy chassis delivers protection from bumps and drops of up to 4 feet. The solid state drive contributes to reliability, while also expanding the CF-U1?s operating temperature range.
Wireless Options Offer Connectivity Virtually Anywhere Throughout its history, Panasonic has been a leader in wireless technologies, recognizing the need for workers to be connected while on the move. Panasonic has more experience with embedded wireless solutions than any other manufacturer, providing customers with superior reliability, signal strength and throughput. The Toughbook CF-U1 offers seamless connectivity with:
Optional integrated 3G mobile broadband for access anywhere with data coverage Draft-n compliant Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/draft-n) for faster speeds and greater range Integrated Bluetooth radios for simple connection to wireless peripherals Optional, next generation (SiRFstarIII based) GPS technology for improved accuracy, faster satellite acquisition time and lower power consumption.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1: Select Features and Specifications Genuine Windows Vista Business with Service Pack 1 (with XP downgrade option) Intel Atom processor Z520 1.33GHz with 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache 16GB solid state removable drive (32GB optional) 1GB memory 5.6? WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen (1024 x 600 resolution) Anti-reflective screen treatment LED backlighting Extremely rugged MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant 4 foot drop approved Magnesium alloy chassis encased with ABS and elastomer Removable solid state drive Sealed all-weather design Rain-, spill-, dust- and vibration-resistant Rotating hand strap Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 Series (802.11a/g/draft-n) Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR Interfaces: USB 2.0 x 1 SD Card x 1 Microphone x 1 Headphone x 1 Expansion Bus x 1 Integrated options include 3G mobile broadband, integrated camera, fingerprint scanner, GPS, barcode or RFID readers Optional expansion modules for magnetic stripe reader & serial/ethernet/smartcard are expected in late 2008 Approximately 9 hours of battery life 2.3 lbs (with strap and both batteries) 2.2? (H) x 7.2? (W) x 5.9? (D)
Panasonic Factory and Independent Quality Testing Panasonic?s commitment to quality?at both the component and finished goods level?results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests before, during and after production, on every Toughbook? unit built. The Rugged Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 is MIL-STD-810F tested and is capable of withstanding shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, temperature extremes and thermal shock, and is IP54 compliant for water-, rain- and dust-resistance.
Pricing and Availability The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 UMPC will be available worldwide in August, 2008. In the United States, the base CF-U1 model is expected to be available at an estimated street price of $2,499 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.