Panasonic Unveils Toughbook CF-U1 Rugged UMPC

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In response to the increasing demand for full-function handheld PCs for mobile field workers, Panasonic today announced the release of the Toughbook CF-U1. It is the first UMPC to integrate the new Intel Atom processor in a rugged handheld computer for use in the field. 

Remote workers are now able to connect to information and applications in real time, improving organizational efficiency, information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making.  The CF-U1 rugged UMPC has features previously only available on a full size Toughbook PC, but now in an ultra-mobile form factor.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 Specifications:

  • Windows Vista Business (with XP downgrade option) 
  • Intel Atom processor Z520 1.33GHz
  • 16GB solid state removable drive (32GB optional)
  • 1GB memory
  • 5.6” WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen (1024 x 600 resolution)
  • LED backlighting
  • MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant
  • 4-foot drop approved
  • Magnesium alloy chassis encased with ABS and elastomer
  • Sealed all-weather design
  • Rain, spill, dust and vibration-resistant
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 Series (802.11a/g/draft-n)
  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
  • USB 2.0 x 1
  • SDCard  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
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs (with strap and both batteries)
  • Dimensions: 2.2” (H) x 7.2” (W) x 5.9” (D)

“Panasonic has always been at the forefront of making mobile computing technologies work for users in all conditions,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company.  “We were the first to deliver rugged notebooks in a standard form factor, the first to create a rugged convertible tablet and we have made incredible leaps in mission-critical business computing with our innovations in semi-rugged desktop replacement and sub-notebook technologies."

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Panasonic even went the route of letting the customers design the UMPC. “The form and functionality is a direct result of more than two years of feedback we solicited from an array of government and commercial organizations seeking to address the needs of a broad range of mobile users, said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company."

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The Toughbook CF-U1 is made for environments as diverse as construction sites, mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses. It would be ideal for use by insurance adjusters, building inspectors, police officers, firefighters and other first responders as well.

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 price of $2,499.





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