Panasonic announced to release its Toughbook CF-U1 UMPC in the North American market. Panasonic says that the Toughbook CF-U1 is its first ultra-mobile PC which runs on Intel’s ultra-efficient Atom processor. Besides, the UMPC is equipped with 1.33GHz version of the chip and Windows Vista Business that make the handheld run faster.
The Toughbook CF-U1 features 5.6″ WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen (1024 x 600 resolution), which sports anti-reflective screen treatment and LED backlighting.
The Toughbook CF-U1 comes along with various connectivity options such as optional integrated 3G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/draft-n), integrated Bluetooth radios and optional, next generation (SiRFstarIII based) GPS technology. Besides, 16 GB or 32 GB solid state removable drive and 1GB memory are salient features of the CF-U1.
The UMPC is made rugged and Panasonic claims that it will work even in environments like mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses. Further, CF-U1is rain-, spill-, dust- and vibration-resistant and can bear the fall from up to 4 feet.
Also the latest Toughbook is equipped with a USB 2.0 port, a SD card slot, a microphone and an expansion bus.
“Panasonic builds the new Toughbook CF-U1, but our customers designed it. “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.
“We’ve responded with a highly portable and durable device that offers integrated features such as an LCD touchscreen, solid state drive as well as an optional fingerprint scanner for user authentication. Data capture is enabled using 1D and 2D barcode and RFID readers and a 2-megapixel digital camera. The Toughbook CF-U1 offers full-shift battery life, a sunlight viewable screen and seamless connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G-mobile-broadband internet connectivity, all within an extremely rugged package for maximum reliability,” added Walls.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 UMPC is expected to be available in August 2008 at the price starting from $2,499.