Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, the first UMPC to use the Intel® Atom™ processor

August is going to be exciting for the UMPC Market with Panasonic introducing the first Atom based UMPC.  Dang, I want one. According to the press release on BusinessWire:

In response to the increasing demand for full-function handheld PCs for the mobile field worker, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today announced the availability of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, the first ultra mobile PC (UMPC) to integrate the new low power Intel® Atom processor in a rugged handheld computer for use in the field. With the introduction of the extremely portable Toughbook CF-U1, remote workers are able to connect to critical information and applications in real time, thus improving organizational efficiency, increasing information accuracy, and enabling field-based decision-making. The CF-U1 reinvents handheld computing by integrating robust features previously only available on a full size Toughbook PC in a rugged UMPC form factor that can be used anywhere.


Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 Specifications:

  • Windows Vista Business (with XP downgrade option) 

  • Intel Atom processor Z520 1.33GHz

  • 16GB solid state removable drive (32GB optional)

  • 1GB memory

  • 5.6” WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen (1024 x 600 resolution)

  • LED backlighting

  • MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant

  • 4-foot drop approved

  • Magnesium alloy chassis encased with ABS and elastomer

  • Sealed all-weather design

  • Rain, spill, dust and vibration-resistant

  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 Series (802.11a/g/draft-n)

  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR

  • USB 2.0 x 1

  • SDCard  x 1

  • Microphone x 1

  • Headphone x 1

  • Expansion Bus x 1

  • Integrated options include 3G mobile broadband, integrated camera, fingerprint scanner, GPS, barcode or RFID readers

  • Optional expansion modules for magnetic stripe reader & serial/Ethernet/smartcard are expected in late 2008

  • Approximately 9 hours of battery life

  • Weight: 2.3 lbs (with strap and both batteries)

  • Dimensions: 2.2” (H) x 7.2” (W) x 5.9” (D)