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Rugged Notebook Fits into Coat Pocket

General Dynamics Itronix has announced a full-featured, fully rugged computer in the "ultra-mobile" category that is designed to meet the portability and durability needs of industrial, commercial, military and government customers. The GoBook MR-1 is a two-pound, full-function rugged notebook measuring 4.3 inches by 6 inches, allowing users to work on a portable, lightweight, reduced-footprint machine, with a superior outdoor-viewable display, wherever duty takes them.

The 5.6-inch SVGA-W GoBook MR-1 runs with the full Windows XP Pro operating system (and Vista by the end of 2007), which helps to reduce training and support costs by providing users and IT management with a familiar interface. The GoBook MR-1 also features the new patent-pending DynaVue touchscreen display technology as an option. This innovative display technology, announced in May, provides improved outdoor screen viewability while optimizing battery life and processing power for ultra-mobile end users.

The GoBook MR-1 packs the capabilities of a full notebook computer into a clamshell notebook small enough to fit into a coat pocket. The GoBook MR-1 is as powerful and rugged as it is ergonomic and portable, sporting the lightest and smallest footprint of any rugged, ultra-mobile notebook. The GoBook MR-1 also provides the user multiple navigational input devices through a touchpad interface as well as a micro joystick for optimal flexibility in cursor navigation and selection.

The GoBook MR-1 can leverage multi-threaded applications, graphics commonly found in field deployed workforce environments such as public safety and field service, or military, and boost overall speed and performance:

  • 1.2 GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 Processor ("Napa" chipset).
  • 533 MHz front side bus.
  • Up to 1 GB of RAM.
  • 3D Intel Extreme Graphics with up to 128MB of graphics memory (both shared and dedicated).
  • 3- and 6-hour battery life options: 4000 mAH (29W) Lithium Polymer main battery or optional 8000 mAH (59W) Lithium Polymer extended battery pack.

The GoBook MR-1 provides durability, designed to meet or exceed MIL-STD 810F for temperature and drop, as well as vibration testing. The unit is also IP-54 rated for dust and humidity making it suitable for use in harsh and unpredictable environments. The unit features shock-mounted display and key internal components, and is housed in a magnesium alloy clamshell case with impact-absorbing bumpers. The GoBook MR-1 will be vehicle-mount crash-tested for in-vehicle safety. Additionally, the GoBook MR-1 will be compliant with Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) UL1604 Class I, Division 2, Group A, B, C & D.

Like all GoBook notebooks, the GoBook MR-1 features the ability to manage multiple embedded wireless radios and standards, with upgrade protection to accommodate new wireless standards as they emerge:

  • Up to four wireless radios, simultaneous WLAN, PAN, GPS and WWAN (Dec. '07)
  • Leading edge, high-speed data transfer with worldwide 3G and EVDO cellular support.
  • Seamless roaming for uninterrupted coverage, even in fringe areas.
  • Upgradeable wireless support to accommodate existing as well as future wireless technologies. Security

The GoBook MR-1 was built to offer unmatched data and asset protection, with support for multiple user and network authentication options. Security features include a user-removable 40 GB or optional 80 GB shock mounted hard drive (with optional solid state hard drives in 16 GB and 32 GB), fingerprint reader, TPM 1.2, and file/folder locking capabilities, and stealth-mode keyboard and display settings for secure environments, as well as configurable access to all input/output devices for data transfer restriction and multiple asset protection features.

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