Panasonic Toughbook 19 Mark 4
Panasonic, manufacturer of Toughbook rugged computers, announced on May 24, 2010 a new version to their very popular Toughbook 19 fully rugged convertible tablet laptop. This new CF-19 will boast the Intel Core I5-540UM processor with Turbo Boost Technology that can temporarily push speeds up to 2.0GHz. Units will still come standard with Windows XP Pro SP2 with a full copy of Windows 7 Professional.
The Mark IV Toughbook 19 will also offer an optional Gobi2000 internal broadband module. Qualcomm’s latest modem includes integrated GPS, faster data-transfer rates and far more options for accessing the internet internationally. Another exciting new feature will be optional integrated WiMAX, giving customers internal access to 4G wireless broadband in participating areas.
This next iteration of the Toughbook 19 will go above and beyond MIL-STD-801G certification. Able to withstand a 6 foot drop, the CF-19 also comes with Panasonic’s amazing shock-mounted removable hard drive, a full magnesium allow case and hazardous location certification on certain units. The IP65 certification increases the units resistance to water and dust and the 1000nit LCD display allows for viewing in direct sunlight.
Further specifications are as follows. 2GB RAM will be standard with the option of increasing all the way to 8GB of RAM if you upgrade to a 64-bit operating system. The Toughbook 19 will still weigh right at 5 pounds, making it very portable but still fully-rugged. Customers will still have a choice between standard touchscreen and dual-touch units. A 160GB HD is standard with the option to significantly increase that size or move to a solid state drive. WiFi and Bluetooth remain standard and end-users will still experience up to 9 hours of battery life. All interfaces remain the same, highlighted by a serial port, 2 USB ports, a PC Card and Express Card slot, Ethernet and firewire. An optional 2.0MP camera also remains, although this device resides where additional RAM is placed, limiting the max RAM to 4GB.
“The rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet is a proven solution, validated by years of success in the field,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. Kyp goes on to say “With the new Intel processor, our users will benefit from the combination of great performance, easy remote access and security without sacrificing battery life while on the move. In addition, offering optional Gobi2000 and WiMAX will improve the mobile connectivity experience for our customers.”