General Dynamics Itronix has unveiled a pocket-size ultramobile laptop for extreme work environments such as health care, military and construction.
General Dynamics Itronix, a maker of mobile products for harsh working
conditions, has announced its latest rugged notebook, the GD2000 UMPC
UMPCs are the size of PDAs and can be carried in one hand but have the
features of full-size laptops. The GD2000 is equipped with a 1.2GHz Intel
Celeron ULV722 Core Solo CPU on ultralow voltage, which saves battery life for
With a 5.6-inch sunlight-viewable DynaVue touch screen in a 1.8-by-6.6-by-4.8-inch
frame similar in size to two paperback books, the GD2000 will work well in
harsh, space-constrained work locations, according to Itronix.
The unit's enhanced graphics and 3D rendering performance provide the
situational awareness and data visibility that first responders such as
firefighters and police officers require, according to Itronix. Rugged mobile
products are also used by intelligence officers, construction workers and
"The GD2000 is designed for the most extreme work environments,"
Mark Johnston, director of strategic computing solutions for General Dynamics
Itronix, said in a statement. "For example, after jumping from a plane
with the GD2000 strapped to their chests, military paratroopers can pinpoint or
change their landing location as well as receive updated mission information
while in flight and after they land."
The laptop's keyboard button for zoom-in/zoom-out allows law enforcement
officers and first responders to pinpoint an emergency location quickly, Itronix
Announced on June 21, the GD2000 satisfies military standards on rugged
durability and the IP (Ingress Protection) 54 rating for resistance to water
and dust. The GD2000 can also withstand accidental drops, extreme temperatures,
heavy vibrations and sand.
For wireless connectivity, the GD2000 incorporates WiFi, Bluetooth and
SIRFstar III GPS, a type of high-sensitivity GPS technology from wireless
. CSR also offers several
wireless chips for fitness, such as low-power heart rate monitors.
In addition, workers in rugged environments can swap out the unit's hard
drive without tools. The GD8200 can hold either a 64GB or 128GB SSD (solid-state
drive). Users can also swap out the lithium-ion, hot-swappable battery pack.
Pricing for the GD2000 starts at $4,900.
On June 7 Itronix introduced the GD8200
, also designed for enterprise users in rugged environments.
In January, the company introduced an Android-based wearable PC for
warfighters, called the GD300.
Products like the GD2000 UMPC and the wearable GD300 unit provide tactical
communications and situational awareness for military personnel and first
"We expect the GD300 will become the most important 8 ounces of
tactical communications and situational awareness equipment that a warfighter
can carry," Mike DiBiase, vice president of computing technologies for
General Dynamics C4 Systems, said in a statement.
Other manufacturers in the rugged mobile computing space include Motion
Computing, Motorola, Panasonic and Xplore Technologies. In addition, Honeywell
International looks to gain a foothold in the rugged mobile space with its
plans to buy
, a mobile computing and satellite communications vendor.
The GD8200 rivals Panasonic's line of Toughbook mobile products. On June 10
Panasonic revamped its rugged Toughbook
to include an upgraded Intel Core i5-2520M standard voltage CPU
and an internal reflective layer for workers to view outdoors.