Panasonic Toughbook 19 gets Core i5 grunt to match its grizzled visage

Tim Stevens
T. Stevens|05.25.10

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Panasonic Toughbook 19 gets Core i5 grunt to match its grizzled visage
Few notebooks are as respected as Panasonic's Toughbook line, and that's partly because they don't fade away like an old general, they just keep getting upgraded. The Toughbook 19, a 10.4-inch convertible tablet, is the latest to receive some augmentation, this time in the form of a 2GHz Intel Core i5-540UM processor. It's mounted in the same bomb-proof magnesium case that we know and love, enabling it to survive six-foot falls with ease. (Trust us, our ears are still ringing from the time we verified that pledge.) The new toughbook 19 is shipping to battlefields and bomb shelters right now starting at $3,399.
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Gobi2000™ and WiMAX-Ready Device Offers 3G and 4G Wireless Broadband Connectivity

Secaucus, NJ, May 24, 2010 – Panasonic Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today introduced upgrades to its Panasonic Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet PC. The updated Toughbook 19 now features the Intel® Core™ i5-540UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology with speeds up to 2.0GHz, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Virtualization Technology. In addition, this mobile computer runs Windows® 7 Professional, with a faster and more secure remote connection capability and a Windows XP downgrade option.

Optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband is another key feature of the Toughbook 19. Qualcomm's Gobi2000 technology includes integrated GPS, increased data-transfer rates and more global connectivity options. The upgraded convertible tablet also comes with an option of integrating WiMAX, providing field workers with high-bandwidth 4G wireless broadband access, where available. This powerful technology enables mobile workforces to take greater advantage of high-bandwidth technologies, including video streaming.

Going beyond the MIL-STD-810G certification with the ability to withstand a six-foot drop, and with a shock-mounted hard drive, magnesium alloy case and UL1604 Class I Division 2 certification, this mobile computer is optimized to operate in hazardous and mission-critical environments. The IP65 certification provides improved water and dust resistance, enabling field workers to maintain their productivity in challenging scenarios, such as sand storms and heavy rain. The display, featuring Panasonic's CircuLumin™ Technology, enables users to adjust their screen brightness according to the environment they are in – from very dark places (2 nits) to direct sunlight (up to 1,000 nits).

"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. "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."

Panasonic Toughbook 19: Select Features and Specifications

· Genuine Windows ® 7 Professional (with XP downgrade option)
· Intel® Core™ i5-540UM vProTM Processor
o 1.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.0GHz
o Intel Smart Cache 3MB
· 2GB SDRAM (DDR3), expandable to 8GB
· 5.1 lbs
· 10.4" LED backlit display
· 2-1,000 nit LCD brightness
· Concealed Mode
· Touchscreen display or optional dual touch display (Digitizer + Touchscreen)
· 160GB SATA (shock-mounted & quick release) hard drive
o Optional 128GB solid state drive (SSD)
· Fully-rugged
o MIL-STD-810G (6 foot drop) and IP65 certified
o Full magnesium alloy case
o Spill-resistant
o Shock-mounted flex-connect HDD with quick-release
· Embedded Connectivity
o Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
o Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (class 1)
o Optional Gobi™ and WiMAX mobile broadband
· Up to 9 hours of battery life
· 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
· Interfaces
o Port replicator
o External video (VGA)
o Headphones/speaker
o Microphone/line-in
o Serial
o USB 2.0 x 2
o SD card (SDHC)
o PC card
o ExpressCard
o 10/100/1000 Ethernet
o 56K Data/Fax Modem
o Dual antenna pass-throughs
o FireWire

· Optional integrated features
o Camera*
o GPS receiver
o Backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber)
o SmartCard reader
o Fingerprint reader
o HDD and battery lock

*Camera replaces the second memory slot located on the bottom of the PC

Pricing and Availability

The Panasonic Toughbook 19 is available immediately, starting at an estimated street price of $3,399, from authorized Panasonic resellers.

The Toughbook 19 includes a full three-year limited warranty, parts and labor, providing coverage wherever the unit may be deployed.

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