Panasonic, manufacturer of Toughbook rugged computers, announced on May 24, 2010 a new version to their very popular Toughbook 19 fully rugged convertible tablet laptop. This new CF-19 will boast the Intel Core I5-540UM processor with Turbo Boost Technology that can temporarily push speeds up to 2.0GHz. Units will still come standard with Windows XP Pro SP2 with a full copy of Windows 7 Professional.
The Mark IV Toughbook 19 will also offer an optional Gobi2000 internal broadband module. Qualcomm’s latest modem includes integrated GPS, faster data-transfer rates and far more options for accessing the internet internationally. Another exciting new feature will be optional integrated WiMAX, giving customers internal access to 4G wireless broadband in participating areas.
This next iteration of the Toughbook 19 will go above and beyond MIL-STD-801G certification. Able to withstand a 6 foot drop, the CF-19 also comes with Panasonic’s amazing shock-mounted removable hard drive, a full magnesium allow case and hazardous location certification on certain units. The IP65 certification increases the units resistance to water and dust and the 1000nit LCD display allows for viewing in direct sunlight.
Further specifications are as follows. 2GB RAM will be standard with the option of increasing all the way to 8GB of RAM if you upgrade to a 64-bit operating system. The Toughbook 19 will still weigh right at 5 pounds, making it very portable but still fully-rugged. Customers will still have a choice between standard touchscreen and dual-touch units. A 160GB HD is standard with the option to significantly increase that size or move to a solid state drive. WiFi and Bluetooth remain standard and end-users will still experience up to 9 hours of battery life. All interfaces remain the same, highlighted by a serial port, 2 USB ports, a PC Card and Express Card slot, Ethernet and firewire. An optional 2.0MP camera also remains, although this device resides where additional RAM is placed, limiting the max RAM to 4GB.
“The rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet is a proven solution, validated by years of success in the field,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. Kyp goes on to say “With the new Intel processor, our users will benefit from the combination of great performance, easy remote access and security without sacrificing battery life while on the move. In addition, offering optional Gobi2000 and WiMAX will improve the mobile connectivity experience for our customers.”
PANASONIC UPGRADES RUGGED TOUGHBOOK® 19 CONVERTIBLE TABLET PC TO INCLUDE HIGH PERFORMANCE INTEL® CORE™ i5-540UM PROCESSOR
Gobi2000™ and WiMAX-Ready Device Offers 3G and 4G Wireless Broadband Connectivity.
Secaucus, NJ, May 24, 2010 – Panasonic Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today introduced upgrades to its Panasonic Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet PC. The updated Toughbook 19 now features the Intel® Core™ i5-540UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology with speeds up to 2.0GHz, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Virtualization Technology. In addition, this mobile computer runs Windows® 7 Professional, with a faster and more secure remote connection capability and a Windows XP downgrade option.
Optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband is another key feature of the Toughbook 19. Qualcomm’s Gobi2000 technology includes integrated GPS, increased data-transfer rates and more global connectivity options. The upgraded convertible tablet also comes with an option of integrating WiMAX, providing field workers with high-bandwidth 4G wireless broadband access, where available. This powerful technology enables mobile workforces to take greater advantage of high-bandwidth technologies, including video streaming.
Going beyond the MIL-STD-810G certification with the ability to withstand a six-foot drop, and with a shock-mounted hard drive, magnesium alloy case and UL1604 Class I Division 2 certification, this mobile computer is optimized to operate in hazardous and mission-critical environments. The IP65 certification provides improved water and dust resistance, enabling field workers to maintain their productivity in challenging scenarios, such as sand storms and heavy rain. The display, featuring Panasonic’s CircuLumin™ Technology, enables users to adjust their screen brightness according to the environment they are in – from very dark places (2 nits) to direct sunlight (up to 1,000 nits).
“The rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet is a proven solution, validated by years of success in the field,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “With the new Intel processor, our users will benefit from the combination of great performance, easy remote access and security without sacrificing battery life while on the move. In addition, offering optional Gobi2000 and WiMAX will improve the mobile connectivity experience for our customers.”
Panasonic Toughbook 19: Select Features and Specifications
- Genuine Windows ® 7 Professional (with XP downgrade option)
- Intel® Core™ i5-540UM vProTM Processor
o 1.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz
o Intel Smart Cache 3MB
- 2GB SDRAM (DDR3), expandable to 8GB
- 5.1 lbs
- 10.4” LED backlit display
- 2-1,000 nit LCD brightness
- Concealed Mode
- Touchscreen display or optional dual touch display (Digitizer + Touchscreen)
- 160GB SATA (shock-mounted & quick release) hard drive
o Optional 128GB solid state drive (SSD)
o MIL-STD-810G (6 foot drop) and IP65 certified
o Full magnesium alloy case
o Shock-mounted flex-connect HDD with quick-release
- Embedded Connectivity
o Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
o Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (class 1)
o Optional Gobi™ and WiMAX mobile broadband
- Up to 9 hours of battery life
- 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
o Port replicator
o External video (VGA)
o USB 2.0 x 2
o SD card (SDHC)
o PC card
o 10/100/1000 Ethernet
o 56K Data/Fax Modem
o Dual antenna pass-throughs
- Optional integrated features
o GPS receiver
o Backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber)
o SmartCard reader
o Fingerprint reader
o HDD and battery lock
The new Panasonic Toughbook 31 is going to be a game changer. This highly anticipated evolution of the Toughbook 30 will offer a whole host of additional features. The Toughbook 31 is certified to fully pass MIL-STD-810G testing in all aspects. This includes but is not limited to a 6 foot drop, shock and vibration, rain, dust and sand, altitude and extreme temperatures as well as humidity. The Toughbook 31 has an IP65 certified all-weather design. Like its predecessor, the Panasonic Toughbook 31 will have optional UL1604 class 1, division 2, groups ABCD models. The CF-31 comes standard with a Hard Disk Drive heater and of course the expected magnesium alloy casing and built-in handle.
The Toughbook 31 will have a removable shock-mounted hard drive with reinforced port doors that fully close and lock. Touchscreen CF-31’s will have a pre-installed LCD film protector that can be replaced at any time. The Toughbook 31 will come loaded with Windows XP and will also come with a full copy of Windows 7. The Panasonic Toughbook 31 will offer three difference processors. On the high end there is a 2.53GHz Intel Core I5-540M vPro Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.07GHz. This will include 3MB of Intel Smart Cache. The middle of the road processor on the new Toughbook 31 will be a 2.40GHz Intel Core I5-520M vPro with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz. The final choice is the low-end version of the Toughbook 31 processor, which will be a 2.26z Intel Core I3-350M Processor. The Toughbook 31 will come standard with 2GB RAM, which is expandable up to 8GB of RAM. However, please keep in mind that in order to exceed 4GB RAM, a 64bit version of Windows 7 must be purchased and loaded. The Panasonic Toughbook 31 will come standard with a 160GB HD, except on the high-end processor version which will have a 250GB HD standard. A solid state drive will be optional on the CF-31.
At this particular point in time it is unclear whether there will be a non-touchscreen version of the Toughbook 31 or whether the Toughbook 31 will only come in a Touchscreen version. The touchscreen version of the Panasonic Toughbook 31 will have a remarkable 1100 NIT LCD display. This is an exceptionally bright display for direct sunlight viewability. The CF-31 will of course have anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments. External video support will be up to 1280 x 1024. The Toughbook 31 will have a pressure-sensitive touchpad with vertical scrolling support. There will also be the same multi-media bay on the Toughbook 31 that was on the Toughbook 30. This multi-media bay will accept either a DVD multi-drive or a supplementary battery that will extend the overall battery life of the unit by 2-3 hours.
Along with the standard interfaces you have come to expect from the Toughbook 30, the Toughbook 31 will add several new features. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 will have a Type A HDMI output and a 50 ohm coaxial external antenna connection. With the CF-30, you had to use a vehicle port replicator to gain access to an external antenna. Now with the Toughbook 31, you can connect an external antenna directly to the laptop. This new feature on the Toughbook 31 will create better mounting solutions for end-users. The Toughbook 31 will also have an optional integrated Gobi 2000 module with all of the current 802.11 WiFi standards. Panasonic’s new Toughbook 31 will come standard with Bluetooth.
Battery life on the all new Toughbook 31 will be tremendous. Toughbook 31 laptops with the I5 processor will get approximately 11 hours of battery life. The higher end version of the Toughbook 31 will get less battery life when the dedicated video RAM is being utilized. The low-end Toughbook 31 will get around 7 hours of battery life. The new Panasonic Toughbook 31 is one of the best built laptops ever to hit the market. The new Toughbook 31 appears to have addressed many of the shortcomings that had been an issue on its predecessor. Toughbook 31 laptops are now actually in stock. The Toughbook 31 is an incredible piece of engineering and should begin to change the market landscape for ruggedized laptops. Purchase an all new Toughbook 31 today.
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