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August 04, 2008

Panasonic Debuts Ruggerized Ultra-Mobile Handheld PC

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Panasonic (News - Alert) Canada announced the availability of the new the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC, ruggerized fully-functional handheld ultra-mobile PC (UMPC).

The CF-U1 that is incorporated with an Intel (News - Alert) Atom processor, is specifically designed to facilitate field workers in challenging environments, such as construction sites, mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses.
The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC provides users, such as field workers, to become more knowledgeable by giving them the tools, data, mobility and ruggedness that they require in order to be more productive.
"The CF-U1 allows the mobile field workers to connect to critical information and applications in real time, thus improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making," said Susan Black, national sales and marketing manager, communications and computer systems division, Panasonic Canada.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC operates on full-function Windows XP and Windows Vista business operating systems, thereby providing users with remote access to full software applications, almost any where, even on the go.
Some of the key features of CF-U1Toughbook include:
  • Intel Atom Processor (News - Alert) Z520 with 1.33GHz, 533MHz FSB, and 512KB L2 Cache
  • Integrated barcode and fingerprint scanners
  • Integrated 2 mega pixel camera
  • Integrated 3G mobile broadband to access internet anywhere with data coverage
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/draft-n) for faster speeds and greater range
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life
  • Hot-swappable twin Li-Ion batteries that facilitate battery replacement without disrupting the operation
  • Magnesium alloy chassis and solid state drive to protect the device from bumps and drops of water up to four feet.
  • MIL-STD-810F tested for withstanding shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, temperature extremes and thermal shock.
  • IP54 compliant for withstanding water, rain and dust
  • 5.6" LED touch-screen.
  • Panasonic LCD technology that enables the screen to be viewed even in direct sunlight with low-power, white LED backlighting and 1024 x 600 WSVGA (Wide Super Video Graphics Array).
  • Backlit ‘QWERTY’ keyboard layout with zoom and scroll, which makes data input fast and easy.
  • Ultra-lightweight of 2.3 lbs and fan-less design that reduces noise, even weight and also eliminates points of failure.
The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC packs approximately 47 million transistors on a single chip, which is specifically designed for small devices and also features support for multiple threads for better performance and longer battery life.
"The Intel Atom processor delivers high performance at dramatically low power while maintaining PC compatibility and enabling the best internet experience in small devices," said Anand Chandrasekher (News - Alert), Intel senior vice president and general manager.
Chandrasekher continued, "Intel's low power technologies, combined with Panasonic's longstanding leadership in rugged PCs, are making it possible for mobile field workers to be more productive while reducing TCO for the IT manager."
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC that features SiRFstarIII GPS technology is said to be a range of high sensitivity GPS microcontroller chips manufactured by SiRF Technology (News - Alert), which interprets signals from GPS satellites to determine the position of the GPS receiver.

The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 PC is also ideally suited for users such as insurance adjusters, building inspectors, police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
The Toughbook CF-U1 PC also incorporates various docking options that can expand the functionality of the device.
Black further added, "We are constantly collecting input from our customers and that feedback illustrated the need for a handheld PC, so Panasonic responded with the CF-U1 which was designed with a wide variety of industries in mind."

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree’s articles, please visit her columnist page.




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