The Toughbook Ultra U1 is a light ultramobile PC designed for enterprise mobility use and featuring an Intel Atom processor and a 64GB solid state drive.
Panasonic is targeting mobile workers with the Toughbook
its latest feature-packed ultramobile PC designed for rough
handling on the road and in the field.
Weighing a mere 2.3 pounds, the Toughbook U1 Ultra comes with a 1.6GHz Intel
Atom Z530 processor, a roomy 64GB solid-state hard drive and 2GB of memory, and
runs the full Windows 7 operating system.
The display is a 5.6-inch WSVGA touch screen with anti-glare and
anti-reflective treatment. The screen has LED backlighting and uses
TransflectivePlus technology with up to 6000-nit viewability, Panasonic said
Sept. 23. Being able to view the display in bright sunlight will be important
for users using the handheld PC out in the field.
For online connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11 a/b/g/n is built in, and
users have the option of including Qualcomm's
2000 3G mobile broadband technology. Multicarrier wireless deployment
is possible with Gobi 2000, since it can switch between EvDO (Evolution Data
Optimized) and HSPA cellular technologies. It will be certified on the Verizon
Wireless, Sprint and AT&T Wireless networks, the company said.
Targeting markets such as supply chain management, public safety and
utilities, the U1 Ultra has a slew of peripherals built into its compact body,
including 1D and 1D/2D barcode readers, a fingerprint reader and a GPS
receiver. The 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights is optional.
Besides being able to run the latest Windows 7 software, the Toughbook U1
Ultra can also run Windows Mobile and Windows CE software in emulation mode
using Clearview Software International's tWinrunner software.
"Relying on a single-purpose device that runs a pared-down or
proprietary OS is no longer acceptable," said Kyp Walls, director of
product management at Panasonic.
Panasonic also gave the Ultra U1 some usability and navigation enhancements,
including enlarged screen icons, a larger soft keyboard and a "zoom and
pan" mode to allow users to navigate robust content. A single Ctrl-Alt-Del
button on screen simplifies hitting that three-key-combination. The on screen "right
click" button is programmable, as well.
Users have the option of a 29-key numeric keypad for data entry and navigation.
The numeric keypad also has the combined "Ctrl-Alt-Del" button, as
well. The numeric keypad is ideal for applications that don't require a full
QWERTY keyboard, such as warehousing and forklift applications, Panasonic said.
Battery life for the Toughbook U1 Ultra is said to be
up to 9 hours. It comes with twin hot-swappable batteries, which is another
plus for workers who spend long hours on the warehouse floor or in the field.
Like other Toughbooks
in the family, the U1 Ultra is encased in magnesium alloy and can withstand 6-foot-drops
while powered on, and the fanless design keeps out water, Panasonic said.
The Toughbook U1 Ultra's estimated street price is $2,799
and it is available through authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors. It
comes with a standard three-year limited warranty.