A Look at Some of the Newest Rugged Devices
February 2003 - By V. Wade Contreras


Amrel Rocky Matrix
Device Type: Notebook
Ruggedization: IP54, MIL-STD-810F
Processor: Pentium III 900 MHz
Memory: 128 MB SDRAM standard, expandable to 512 MB
Operating system: Not available
Storage/Drives: Removable 2.5-inch HDD, 10 to 40GB; removable 3.5-inch floppy drive can be replaced with CD, DVD, CD-RW or second battery
Display: 12.1-inch or 13.3-inch anti-reflective TFT LCD
Battery: Removable 10.8V, 5400mAH lithium ion primary battery; 10.8V, 4500mAH lithium ion secondary battery pack
Wireless options: CDPD, WLAN, Bluetooth, Mobitex, GSM, GPRS
Weight: 10.8 pounds with floppy drive and primary battery
Dimensions: 12.3 by 9.7 by 2.5 inches

Getac W120
Device Type: Subnotebook
Ruggedization: MIL-STD-810F for temperature, humidity, altitude, shock, vibration, drop and enclosure; IP52 for dust, water
Processor: Intel Mobile Pentium III 700MHz SpeedStep or Celeron 500MHz, 100MHz bus, 256KB L2 cache
Memory: 256 MB SO-DIMM SDRAM
Operating system: Supports Windows XP, 2000 or 98
Storage/drives: 20, 30 or 40GB hard drive options; docking station includes built-in CD-ROM and floppy drives; optional DVD-ROM, CD R/W
Display: 10.4-inch TFT XGA, with options for touchscreen and sunlight readable displays
Battery: Lithium ion, 3.5 hours of life
Wireless options: Integrated WLAN; PC Card GSM, CDPD, WLAN connections
Weight: 6.2 pounds (without docking station)
Dimensions: 10.8 by 9.4 by 1.7 inches

Intermec Color 700
Device Type: Handheld computer
Ruggedization: Withstands multiple 5-foot drops to concrete; IP64 for dust, water
Processor: Intel XScale PXA250, 400 MHz
Memory: 64 MB RAM (128 MB optional); Flash ROM: 32 MB Flash ROM
Operating system: Microsoft Pocket PC 2002
Storage/drives: Secure digital (SD), Compact flash (CF) Type I
Display: 3.8-inch reflective TFT
Battery: 14.4 WH lithium ion; 10-hour battery life
Wireless options: WLAN (802.11), GSM/GPRS, CDMA/1XRTT, Bluetooth
Weight: 17 ounces
Dimensions: 7.5 by 3.5 by 2 inches

Itronix GoBook 2
Device Type: Notebook
Ruggedization: Die-cast magnesium;
operating temperature of -10 to 140 degrees Farenheit; MIL-STD 810F for drop, rain, vibration; IP54 for dust
Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Celeron with 256KB L2 cache; or 1.7GHz Pentium IV with 512KB L2 cache
Memory: 128 to 1024 MB DDR SDRAM
Operating system: Windows XP or 2000
Storage/drives: Shock-mounted 2.5-inch, 20 or 30GB rugged removable HDD;
swappable media bay for CD, DVD, CD-RW, battery or floppy drive
Display: 12.1-inch, TFT XGA transmissive with touchscreen; optional SVGA transflective
Battery: Smart 6000mAH (64.8 WH) lithium ion battery pack; 3100 mAH (34.4 WH) media bay battery
Wireless options: Integrated GPRS, CDMA, WLAN, CDPD, Bluetooth
Weight: 7.9 pounds
Dimensions: 12 by 9.8 by 2.36 inches

Itronix GoBook Pro
Device Type: Notebook
Ruggedization: MIL-STD-810E for drop/shock and vibration; operating temperature of 32 to 104 degrees Farenheit
Processor: 1.7GHz Intel Pentium IV, with 512 KB L2 Cache
Memory: 256 MB DDR DRAM standard, expandable to 640 MB
Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows XP Pro
Storage/drives: 30GB HDD standard; multimedia bay: DVD standard, DVD/CD-RW option
Display: 14.1-inch XGA, TFT active-matrix color LCD
Battery: Lithium ion rechargeable battery pack (10.8 V; 4000 mAH; 43.2 WH)
Wireless options: Integrated 802.11b WLAN, GPRS and Bluetooth
Weight: 5.4 pounds
Dimensions: 12.3 by 10.1 by 1.4 inches

JLT Mobile Computers G-Force 850
Device Type: Tablet PC
Ruggedization: Full operation: sealed to IP65; storage position: sealed to IP67; drop-tested from 2 meters directly to concrete
Processor: Transmeta Crusoe TM6400 at 600MHz
Memory: 64 MB to 256 MB SO-DIMM SDRAM
Operating system: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Storage/drives: Compact Flash Type II slot holds 256MB CF card or 1 GB Microdrive
Display: 8.4-inch TFT SVGA touchscreen, transflective (outdoor) with backlight
Battery: Hot-swappable lithium ion, 680mAH (5 WH), 5 to 8 hours of operation
Wireless options: Integrated WLAN (802.11b) or WWAN (CDMA, CDPD, GSM, GPRS) or Bluetooth or GPS
Weight: 2.87 pounds
Dimensions: 9.45 by 6.7 by 1.8 inches

Kontron Revolution
Device type: Notebook/Tablet
Ruggedization: Magnesium chasis, rain/dust, IP54/NEMA 3; MIL-STD-810F for temperature, shock, vibration, altitude
Processor: Intel Mobile Pentium III 1.06 GHz or higher, 133MHz bus, 512KB L2 cache
Memory: 128 MB SDRAM standard
Operating system: Windows XP Pro, 2000 or 98
Storage/drives: 40GB removable HDD; 24X CD standard; DVD, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW, FDD and 60GB HDD options
Display: 12.1-inch XGA touchscreen, resistive matrix; optional SVGA transflective
Battery: 57W lithium ion
Wireless options: Integrated
Bluetooth, WLAN; optional CDPD, CDMA or GSM; LAN (802.11b)
Weight: 8 pounds
Dimensions: 12.8 by 10.25 by 2.125 inches

Walkabout Hammerhead XRT
Device type: Tablet
Ruggedization: T6 Aluminum enclosure; sealed (vacuum-tested); shock: 100 G, 2 ms 3-foot drop with rotating drive (in case); vibration: 17 grms (random vibration 6 axis); Sealed against rain and dust; submersible to 6 inches for 5 minutes with no permanent damage; humidity: 0- to 100-percent condensing humidity
Processor: 800/866/933Mhz Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor-M with Speedstep; 512KB L2 cache; 133Mhz system bus
Memory: 128, 256 or 512MB SO-DIMM module
Operating system: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Display: 10.4-inch active-matrix color; transflective or transmissive
Battery: Dual 2100mAH “smart” lithium ion, 42 WH
Storage/drives: 20 to 40GB shock-mounted rotating hard disk
Wireless options: Wireless LAN 2.4 GHz; CDPD, GSM
Weight: 4.5 pounds, including battery
Dimensions:10.62 by 8 by 1.56 inches

Xplore iX104
Device Type: Tablet
Ruggedization: Magnesium chassis;
MIL-STD-810F for temperature, rain, dust, drop/shock, vibration, humidity
Processor: Intel Pentium III processor-M 866 MHz; 133MHz bus; 512KB L2 cache
Memory: 256 to 512 MB SO-DIMM SDRAM
Operating system: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Display: 10.4-inch XGA color TFT LCD
Battery: 4500mAH lithium ion (28WH) standard; optional 9000mAH (56WH)
Storage/drives: Rugged, shock mounted 20 to 40GB
Wireless options: Embedded Bluetooth; WLAN (802.11b); WWAN (CDPD, CDMA, GSM/GPRS)
Weight: 4.45 pounds
Dimensions: 11.2 by 8.25 by 1.6 inches

 


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