Panasonic's Toughbook CF-52 with Santa Rosa lands in US

If you're ready to get rough and tumble with a Santa Rosa-based Toughbook, you're almost there: Panasonic's announcing the new CF-52's availability in the US, as well as new specs and features. There are two base configs (optimized for $2500 and standard for $1650), which feature:

  • Core 2 Duo CPUs (2.0 and 1.8GHz)

  • 1GB RAM (expandable to 4GB)

  • 15.4-inch WUXGA or WXGA display (1920 x 1200 or 1366 x 768), enhanced 512MB grahics for Aero

  • 80 or 120GB drives (shock mounted), DVD burner

  • 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (optional)

  • 3G option (launches officially with Verizon exclusively for 120 days, then will have Sprint Rev. A and Cingular HSDPA support -- or add your own)

  • (4) USB 2.0, PCMCIA slot, ExpressCard slot, SD reader, 1394, VGA, gigabit Ethernet, modem, serial

  • TPM chip, and optional SmartCard and biometric scanner

  • Spill-resistant keyboard and integrated handle

Available in July -- if you're hearty enough to carry around a 2-inch thick 7.3-pound beast of a box.