Panasonic releases ultra mobile PC

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Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of the durable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, announced the availability of the new Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1.

As the first ultra mobile PC (UMPC) to integrate the new low power Intel Atom processor in a rugged handheld computer, the Toughbook CF-U1 enables remote workers to connect to critical information and applications in real time.

The computer also features an LCD touchscreen, solid state drive as well as an optional fingerprint scanner for user authentication. Data capture is enabled using 1D and 2D barcode and RFID readers and a 2-megapixel digital camera. The Toughbook CF-U1 also offers full-shift battery life, a sunlight viewable screen and seamless connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G-mobile-broadband internet connectivity.

The CF-U1 reinvents handheld computing, the company says, by integrating features previously only available on a full size Toughbook PC.

“Panasonic has always been at the forefront of making mobile computing technologies work for users in all conditions,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “The ultra mobile rugged U1 is another example of how we take advances in mobile technology and make them reliable advances-with new product categories designed for users on the frontiers of mobility where value is truly driven for organizations.”

The form and functionality of the CF-U1 is a direct result of more than two years of feedback from an array of government and commercial organizations seeking to address the needs of a broad range of mobile users, the comapny says.

The Intel Atom is Intel’s smallest and lowest power consuming processor. Designed specifically for small devices, the Atom features support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness all while delivering longer battery life.

The Toughbook CF-U1 will thrive in environments as diverse as construction sites, mining operations, oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, railroad yards, city streets and storage warehouses, the company says. Further, the Toughbook CF-U1 is ideally suited for use by insurance adjusters, building inspectors, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. The Toughbook CF-U1 has several docking options that expand functionality whether in a vehicle, at a desk, or on the move.

Unlike most handhelds, the Toughbook CF-U1 operates on the full-function Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, giving users remote access to feature-rich software applications in the field. The CF-U1 features a thumb-friendly and always-accessible backlit QWERTY keyboard that makes data input fast and easy.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 UMPC will be available worldwide in August, 2008. In the United States, the base CF-U1 model is expected to be available at an estimated street price of $2,499 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.