Harris new rugged tablet brings Honeycomb to your local combat-zone

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Harris new rugged tablet brings Honeycomb to your local combat-zone
Harris makes the tough tech you'd expect to see census takers (leave it), NFL stadiums and public buses toting around. It's introducing a new 7-inch Android tablet that's so hard-as-nails it would make a Galaxy Tab go home and call its mother. The Harris RF-3590 packs a 1024 x 600 multitouch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 2 and 8-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras and comes running Honeycomb. There's plenty of connection options with the usual WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth supplanted by a cellular connection, Ethernet, HDMI, SD and USB holes. It'll come with a 64GB SSD as standard but you can upgrade it to 128GB if you've got the moolah. Designed for soldiers in the battlefield, when stealth isn't necessary you can even activate voice control and bark your orders into the pair of microphones included. There's no word on pricing or availability, presumably because if you want to pick one of these up, you probably need to be called "General," and not just because you're good at Starcraft.

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Harris Corporation Introduces Ruggedized Tablet for Defense and Public Safety Mission-Critical Communications

Introducing ruggedized, military-grade tablet, a new, lightweight device for delivering mission-critical information and applications to the field.
Device delivers "smartphone-like" user experience to warfighters and first responders with challenging requirements for secure real-time information and networking connectivity.
Extends Harris' leadership in providing mission-critical communications capabilities, such as voice, video and data, to personnel who protect, defend and serve.

MELBOURNE, FL/ROCHESTER, NY, February 20, 2011 - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has introduced the Harris Ruggedized Tablet, a secure, portable device that delivers a "smartphone-like" experience to military personnel and first responders who require secure real-time information at their fingertips to execute their missions.

The new Harris RF-3590 is a 7-inch ruggedized Android™ tablet that provides high-performance application and computing capability at the tactical edge. Highlights include:

Integrates seamlessly to the most advanced military and public safety communications platforms, including Harris Falcon III® wideband tactical radio networks and 3G and 4G LTE Solutions;
Delivers targeted suites of mission-critical software applications to users on the battlefield and in first responder roles;
Supports emerging requirements for video, monitoring position locations, accessing secure databases and other crucial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks;
Rated as a ruggedized device to provide reliable operation in heat, cold and other extreme environments.

Harris has received initial orders for test and evaluation purposes and is optimistic the product will be well received.

"The new Harris tablet builds on our leadership in mission-critical communications to provide a powerful device for processing mission-critical information," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications. "This tablet was fully designed for the tactical and public safety environment with optimized features for reading in sunlight and size, weight and power. As an Android device, the tablet also is fully upgradeable for emerging applications."

For the warfighter, the RF-3590 leverages the military's emerging wideband tactical radio networks and enables real-time sharing of mission-critical information across the battlespace. Harris is the leading provider of wideband communications through its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and Falcon III AN/PRC-152A handheld radios. The new Harris tablet extends this proven capability to the network edge, putting a rugged, Android-based device with extensive interface capability in the hands of users on the frontlines. The Harris tablet is also designed to integrate with the Harris Falcon Networking System, an end-to-end system for connecting individual warfighters to the tactical cloud.

For the first responder, the RF-3590 provides a unique ruggedized device capable of delivering on-scene, real-time critical data to law enforcement, fire service or federal agency users who are connected via both public and private cellular networks. Leveraging Harris' deep understanding of public safety communications, the RF-3590 delivers mission critical voice, data, and video to first responders, using built-in 3G or 4G technology via an integrated network module.

In addition to serving as a network peripheral, the RF-3590 also offers stand-alone computing power. It comes with built-in cameras, an accelerometer, digital compass, pressure and temperature gauges, gyroscope, proximity/ambient light sensors and more. Harris' RF-3590 includes standard USB and Ethernet data interfaces and expansion capabilities. The RF-3590 is built around a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and supports up to 128 GB of internal non-volatile memory.

High resolution images are available at: Harris Ruggedized Tablet and Harris Ruggedized Tablet in Action.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets - with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
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