The new version of Toughbook(R) U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, the Toughbook U1 Ultra has been launched by Panasonic Solutions Company who is provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises. The device is perfect for highly mobile jobs like direct store delivery (DSD), eCitation and vegetation management in markets like supply chain management, public safety and utilities. The price of the Toughbook U1 Ultra in the United States is approximate $2,799. The Toughbook U1 Essential is available in the United States at an estimated street price of 1899. A standard three-year limited warranty will be included in all Toughbook mobile computers.
Toughbook U1 Ultra comes with a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nits, compared to 200-300 from a typical backlit LCD, 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, an Intel(R) Atom Processor (Z530 1.6Ghz) and Windows 7(R). All Toughbook U1 is the combination of the portability of a handheld computer, the benefits of a full Windows OS, the durability needed for enterprise applications and a suite of available integrated features. That’s on top of being fully rugged and offering connectivity via Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband.
The optional barcode reader has been improved with new software that allows for onboard, data and symbology configuration, while the optional 2 megapixel camera features updated software to offer faster auto-focus and improved white balancing. Optional embedded features like GPS, barcode readers (1D, 1D/2D), fingerprint reader and mobile broadband to drive greater levels of productivity are also included in it. The Toughbook U1 Ultra is ideally suited to run legacy mobile device applications with solutions available to run Windows Mobile and Windows CE software in the Windows 7 environment.
The solution, tWinrunner™ by Clearview Software International, allows companies to maximize their legacy handheld device software investment while creating a migration path to a full Windows OS device. “The ability to provide your mobile workforce with a reliable, powerful and adaptable handheld computer running a full Windows OS is critical for organizations attempting to stay ahead of the competition,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “Relying on a single-purpose device that runs a pared-down or proprietary OS is no longer acceptable in environments where information is critical and computing solutions must deliver a clear ROI. The Toughbook U1 Ultra, running Windows 7 and incorporating an impressive list of available integrated features, is the ideal handheld mobile computing solution for companies with an eye on future success.”
An independent third-party test lab certifies the Toughbook U1 line up to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for environmental conditions. The device can withstand a drop of 6 feet from any angle, and its fanless design keeps out water and dust while reducing weight and eliminating a common point of failure. A variety of embedded wireless technologies like Bluetooth® 2.1 and optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm are included in the Toughbook U1 family. Gobi simplifies complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments and allows mobile employees improved connectivity options while traveling at home or abroad. The Toughbook U1 will be certified on the Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T Wireless networks, allowing workers to stay connected at all times.
Director of the mobile and wireless practice at VDC Research, David Krebs said, “The market for field mobility solutions is currently at a crossroads where field mobile workers are being tasked with an ever expanding list of requirements“. He also added, “As a result the mobile computers deployed to support these work flows need to be designed to not only maximize performance but also to be delivered in a highly ergonomic and portable package. Panasonic’s next generation U1 handheld device – including its full Windows OS and its myriad integrated I/O and communications options – addresses these requirements with functionality and performance optimized design.”
The Toughbook U1 Ultra is available with an optional 29-key numeric keypad for quick data entry and easy navigation. The numeric keypad also has a single “Ctrl-Alt-Del” button, making one finger operation simple while on the move. It is perfect for warehousing and forklift-like applications where high volume quantity input is useful and for other users that find the QWERTY keyboard unnecessary. The Panasonic Toughbook brand can be followed on various social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Toughbloggers.com.
Features and specifications of Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra:
- Genuine Windows Vista® Business with Service Pack 1 (with XP downgrade option)
- Intel® Atm™ processor Z520 1.33GHz with 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache
- 16GB slid state removable drive (32GB optional)
- 1GB memory
- 5.6” WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen (1024 x 600 resolutions)
- Anti-reflective screen treatment
- LED backlighting
- Extremely rugged
- MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant
- 4 ft drop approved
- Magnesium ally chassis encased with ABS and elastomeric
- Removable slid 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
- 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, barcde r RFID readers
- Optional expansion modules for magnetic stripe reader & serial/Ethernet/smartcard are expected in late 2008
- Approximately 9 hours f battery life
- 2.3 lbs (with strap and both batteries)
- 2.2” (H) x 7.2” (W) x 5.9” (D)
For more information about Toughbook U1 and other Toughbook mobile computers, visit http://panasonic.net/avc/toughbook/
Video of Texas Tech Parking Enforcement with Toughbook U1 from YouTube: