Panasonic releases new Toughbook

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Panasonic Computer Solutions Company introduced the newest member of its Toughbook product line. The Panasonic Toughbook 52 is a semi-rugged, wireless-ready desktop replacement notebook. Built on the new Santa Rosa chipset from Intel, the Toughbook 52 offers all the processing power of a desktop replacement notebook in a form factor engineered from the ground up for mobility.

Building on the success of its predecessor, the Toughbook 51, this new widescreen semi-rugged Toughbook comes equipped with additional security features, a new carrying handle and optional embedded access to next-generation wireless data networks from major wireless carriers. In addition, the MIL-SPEC-certified notebook incorporates durable design features such as magnesium alloy cases, flexible internal connectors and shock-mounted screen, hard drives and LCDs.

With battery life of approximately 4-6 hours, depending on use environment, the semi-rugged Toughbook is certified to the MIL-STD-810F standard, tested to withstand drops of up to 2.5 feet on all six sides. The hard drive itself is tested to withstand a drop of 3 feet. The Toughbook 52 also includes a spill-resistant keyboard.

All Toughbook notebooks incorporate a wireless-ready design that allows customers to initially purchase, or later upgrade to, embedded access to next-generation data networks, including UMTS/HSDPA-based solutions from Cingular Wireless and the EV-DO Rev. A. networks of Sprint or Verizon. The Toughbook 52 will initially ship with optional embedded access to the EV-DO Rev. A. mobile broadband network of Verizon Wireless. Integrated WLAN and Bluetooth also ensure that users stay connected, wherever their work takes them.

The wireless-ready semi-rugged Toughbook 52 will be available in July 2007 in two configurations, standard (estimated street price of $1,699) or optimized for improved video and Vista-performance, including a faster CPU, 512MB dedicated VRAM and a larger 120GB hard drive (estimated street price of $2,499).

All Toughbook notebooks are customizable and available through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide. Visit www.panasonic.com/toughbook for more information.