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Next-gen Intel Atom chips will come in 3/5/7 varieties
Intel announced that starting with the next generation of Atom processors, chip branding will employ the same good/better/best 3/5/7 naming system as has been used in Intel's high-end Core processors for several years. There will be entry-level X3 (codenamed "SoFIA") 28nm chips that support both Windows and Android, and "Cherry Trail" 14nm Atom X5 and X7 processors on the higher end. The latter with include somewhat wing-clipped versions of the powerful Broadwell-class graphics. All are SoCs (Systems on Chip), and just as Core processors, the upcoming Atom X chips will come with various levels and degrees of a very large variety of technologies and Intel features. No word on whether this will be the end of using the Celeron and Pentium brand names, as is the case under the current Bay Trail series. [See Introducing Brand Levels for the Intel Atom Processor] -- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

Wacom unveils the Cintiq 13HD tablet
Tablets are everywhere and some also have pens, but when maximum precision matters, a dedicated graphics tablet may be the answer. For that, Wacom announced the US$799 Cintiq 13HD touch, a 13-inch tablet that can display 16.7 million colors, has a perfect viewing angle, full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, senses 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition. Wacom's goal with this new Cintiq tablet is to provide a digital workflow that emulates drawing or painting on paper or canvas. [See Wacom Cintiq 13HD]
-- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

noax industrial PCs are now easier to use thanks to NSetup
noax Technologies announced its NSetup tool that allows administrators to configure noax industrial PCs to meet the needs of their company. Setup parameters include UPS, power functions, PCIe configuration, touch and backlight, deactivation of front USB port, and function key programming. If a company operates several noax industrial PCs with the identical configuration, only one IPC has to be configured. The setup file can be used to transfer this configuration easily to the other devices. -- Posted Friday, February 27, 2015

MCL-Technologies certifies Datalogic as device manufacturer
MCL-Technologies, a provider of high productivity software solutions that boost the development, deployment and management of enterprise mobile applications and devices has certified Datalogic as a device manufacturer. Datalogic’s Memor X3, Skorpio X3 and Lynx mobile devices are now certified to run MCL v4 and the MCL Mobility Platform, after undergoing a thorough testing process. This certification enables channel partners to develop solutions for Datalogic mobile devices using MCL’s rapid application development environment. -- Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015

Xplore to present at the 27th Annual Roth Conference
Xplore Technologies announced its Chairman and CEO Philip S. Sassower will present at the 27th Annual ROTH Growth Stock Conference, March 8-11, 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, in Dana Point, California. Mr. Sassower will be accompanied by Mark Holleran, president and COO, and Michael J. Rapisand, CFO. -- Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015

Panasonic showcases countertop POS cradle for its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1
At EUROCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Panasonic showcased its POS systems, including a new countertop POS cradle for its 10-inch Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet (see our review of the Toughpad FZ-G1). The cradle can be color and logo customized for retailers, enables the tablet to be directly integrated existing POS systems via powered USB and serial ports. The cradle also has LAN, VGA and HDMI connectivity and a security lock feature. [See Panasonic news release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Janam and T-Mobile distributor One Shop Wireless offer complete mobility solution in a box
Janam Technologies announced a partnership with T-Mobile distributor One Shop Wireless to provide a complete mobility solution in a box. The "Simply Connected" solution consists of a WWAN-enabled Janam XT1 mini-tablet (see our review of the Janam XT1) with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Illustrated report: Getac V110 used at Cirque du Soleil Kurios
It's always nice to see rugged mobile technology in action. A particularly impressive application is the use of a Getac V110 convertible notebook computer at the Cirque du Soleil Kurios touring production. The V110 runs the show's automation software, all of their inspection systems, operational and safety documentation, virtual sign-off processing, document management for all the schematics of all systems and every single connection and datapoint in the system. [See RuggedPCReview's detailed illustrated coverage of Getac V110 at Cirque du Soleil Kurios] -- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015

AAEON discusses the modern casino game machine
In its latest application story, AAEON Technology discusses casino gaming machines and how they have changed from almost entirely mechanical devices to complex electronic terminals. AAEON then presents hardware solutions in the form of industrial-grade ATX CPU boards that help casino operators upgrade existing hardware without incurring additional costs. [See AEON Technology Casino Game Machine] -- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015

Full review: Handheld Group Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer
RuggedPCReview completed a full examination of the Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer, which features a large, bright 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, IP67 sealing, a very wide operating temperature range, 12 hour battery life, and an extension cap expansion system. The Nautiz X8 is available both in Windows Embedded Handheld and Android 4.2.2 versions. It addresses evolving customer demands and new market trends but retains the company's strong product DNA, commitment to full ruggedness, and dedication to legacy and enterprise support. [See full review of the Handheld Group Nautiz X8] -- Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Microsoft announces first Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones
On their blog, Microsoft announced that the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is available now for Windows Insiders. Microsoft says the preview is still very much under development and those installing it will see some rough edges. Fo now, the build is limited to a number of Lumina phones (630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830). [See Microsoft blog] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

ADLINK's February newsletter
ADLINK's February 2015 newsletter showcases their new ultra-compact fanless quad-core embedded platform for IoT, their workstation-grade PICMG 1.3 SHB with multiple native PCIe Gen3 slots, their new IMB-M42H ATX industrial motherboard for combined motion and vision applications, as well as a variety of application success stories. [See ADLINK February newsletter] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Xplore reports record revenue and net income for fiscal 2015 Q3
For Q4 of 2014 (which is actually Q3 of its fiscal year 2015), Xplore Technologies reported record revenue of US$16.44 million, compared to US$13.98 million for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended December 31, 2014, revenue was US$32.23 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2013 revenue of $27.24 million, an increase of 18%. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $2,401,000 compared to net income of $890,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2013, and a net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2014 of $683,000 compared to net loss of $360,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2013. The company's new broader tablet product line featuring the ultra-rugged iX104C6 and fully-rugged RangerX Pro and Bobcat resulted in an increase in units sales of approximately 23 percent and 37 percent for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2014, respectively, compared to the same periods in the previous year. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Panasonic releases Toughbook 54, a lighter, thinner and state-of-the-art semi-rugged laptop computer
Panasonic introduced the Toughbook 54, a semi-rugged notebook that emphasizes light weight and a slim profile while providing high performance with a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processors as well as very good battery life (up to 18 hours with two batteries,). The new Toughbook is designed to a highly portable tool for mobile professionals who need durability, power and feature sets beyond what a standard consumer laptop can offer. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 54] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Winmate scores major Latin American contract for rugged 7-inch Android tablet
Winmate announced that the company has secured a $7 million contract from a major telecommunications company in Latin America to deploy its M700DM4 rugged mobile tablet with 4G/LTE in the public safety sector. This will set a new precedence for public safety in the region, as the M700DM4 will become the first mobile tablet with 4G/LTE to be used in the country’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The contract includes a multi-year provision of the 7-inch, rugged Android tablet. [See Winmate press release] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

AAEON scores six wins at the 23rd Taiwan Excellence Awards
AAEON Electronics, a design of industrial and embedded computing platforms, announced that six of its products, ranging from rugged mobile tablets to rackmount network appliances, were recognized and awarded at this year's Taiwan Excellence Awards. This award is contested by more than 1,155 participating products from 215 companies. [See AAEON media release] -- Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015

iKey introduces snap-in-place rugged keyboard for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
iKey, a manufacturer of rugged keyboards and computer accessories, introduced its newest addition to the Jumpseat line, the FZ-M1 Jumpseat keyboard. Custom designed to snap onto the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a rugged, 7-inch Windows tablet built for enterprise users, the Jumpseat serves as a fully rugged on-the-go keyboard, provides screen protection, and USB 3.0 connectivity and additional functionality to enhance productivity in the field. There are three different versions of the Jumpseat. The first is a basic model, second includes backlighting, and the third includes backlighting and a fingerprint reader for additional security. [See iKey keyboard for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1] -- Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AMREL announces new rugged night vision computing solutions
AMREL reports it now offers a full line of turn-key night vision solutions, fully compliant with MIL-STD 3009 and CECOM (CSLP) standards. The widespread use of night vision goggles has necessitated the adoption of light restricting filters for mobile computers. AMREL’s Night Vision Computing Solutions virtually eliminate all infrared emissions completely, which is important, since night vision goggles usually work in that part of the spectrum. AMREL Night Vision Computing Solutions are available for their ROCKY RS11 13.3-inch laptop, ROCKY DK10 12.1inch tablet, as well as their ROCKY DB6 handheld. [See AMREL media release and Night Vision page]. -- Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Interview with Peter M. Poulin, CEO of Motion Computing
On February 5th RuggedPCReview had a chance to speak with Peter Poulin, who was appointed Motion Computing's CEO on December 11, 2014. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the public and private sectors, the company's press release said Poulin's goal will be to capitalize on the company’s deep mobility expertise and aggressive investments in the design and development of ruggedized tablet platforms and integrated mobility solutions to expand its reach within target vertical markets. [read interview] -- Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Five years faytech Tech
faytech Tech. Co. — which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of rugged industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs — reported that over the past five years, the company morphed from just being a German importer of touchscreen monitors to an ISO 9001:2008 certified China-based manufacturer of touch devices with over 70 employees, offering Germany based engineering, service and sales support. -- Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Corning plans to add sapphire-like scratch resistance to Gorilla Glass concept
At the annual investor meeting of Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning, Corning Glass Technologies president James P. Clappin noted that the cover glass market is expected to grow, in part due to more and growing smartphones, and increasing business in emerging markets. Clappin also said “we have developed a new product that will provide sapphire-like scratch resistance while maintaining the legendary toughness and break resistance of Gorilla Glass.” The new glass is supposed to become available later in 2015.[ See Corning press release] -- Posted Monday, February 9, 2015

Datalogic signs multi-year agreement with NCR on its Jade X7 retail scanning technology
NCR stands for National Cash Register, and though retail checkout technologies have changed dramatically, NCR remains the global leader in consumer transaction technologies. Datalogic now announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with NCR to supply NCR with its Jade X7 automated scanner as a component of NCR's ScanPortal checkout system. The Jade 7 uses advanced imaging systems that read the barcode and identify of items at much higher speed than traditional checkout systems. [See Datalogic press release] -- Posted Thursday, February 5, 2015

Handheld announces major upgrade to Algiz 10X rugged tablet
Handheld Group announced a major upgrade to its Windows 8.1 Pro-based Algiz 10X rugged tablet computer. Processing power now comes from a 1.83 GHz Intel quad-core N2930 CPU with 2.16 GHz boost, more than doubling performance of the prior Atom N2800-based model. Wireless communication support has been upgraded to include dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and LTE WWAN. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Motion releases Broadwell-based C5m and F5m rugged tablets
Motion Computing unveiled the next generation of its popular F5 and C5 rugged tablets. Both get a substantial performance increase with a switch to Intel "Broadwell" 5th generation Core processors (i3, i5, and i7 versions available), ultra-fast Gobi 4G XLTE WWAN, 802.11ac WiFi, m.2 instead of mSATA solid state disks, twice the base and maximum RAM, a higher resolution user-facing camera, and optional self-encrypting drives. The big news is the two generation processor leap, from Ivy Bridge to Broadwell, bringing higher processor performance, much more powerful graphics, and a 40% increase in battery life. [See Motion press release] and Motion CEO Poulin's blog] -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015

iPhone 6 Plus isn't so big after all
Blast-from-the-past department: while Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is considered huge, it is actually dwarfed by Apple's Newton MessagePad 2000, which was introduced in 1997. Equipped with two full-size PC Cards and four AA batteries, the MP2000, which was considered small and handy at the time, weighs 1.48 pounds, almost four times as much as the sleek iPhone 6 Plus. Also of note: last used in 1998, the MP2000 came right up upon inserting four new AAs, all data intact. Will the 6 Plus do that in the year 2032? -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HarvestMaster opens new office in Wels, Austria
HarvestMaster, which is a brand of Juniper Systems, announced the opening of a new office location in Wels, Austria. The new office will provide sales, marketing, and service support to HarvestMaster’s European partners and customers. In total, this makes HarvestMaster’s third location, with offices also located in Logan, Utah and Kansas City, Missouri. The new office will HarvestMaster better serve its European partners and customers with faster response times, more immediate communication, and ultimately, more excellent service to its international customers. [See press release and HarvestMaster European location] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

ARBOR releases ARTS-1450 intelligent in-vehicle PC for surveillance and fleet management
ARBOR Technology announced its new fanless ARTS-1450, a compact Intel quad-core E3845-powered in-vehicle computer for in-vehicle surveillance and fleet management applications in police cars, buses, ambulances and trucks. The ARTS-1450 offers dual SIMs and dual WWAN modules to allow seamless switching between different carriers. There are 3 mini-PCIe sockets for extra expansions, optional embedded CAN BUS2.0B, 4-channel CCTV, as well as an ultra-wide operating temperature range and MIL-STD-810G compliance for drop and vibration. [See ARBOR press release] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Handheld Group strengthens product management
The Handheld Group announced it has strengthened its product management department with two new appointments: Johan He'd (left) is the company’s new Director Product Management and joins Handheld’s management team, while Johan Sätterman (right) is appointed Handheld’s new Product Manager. The new appointments are part of Handheld’s increased focus on product development and product management. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Print-style PDFs of Motion CL920 and Motion R12 rugged tablet reviews now available
In addition to publishing our detailed reviews online, we also generate "print-style" PDFs of select full reviews in PDF format. These can be used by sponsors, resellers, etc., as promotional materials, handouts, at trade shows, for client presentations, etc. We just completed PDF versions of our recent reviews of the Motion CL920 and Motion R12 tablets. [See Motion CL920 PDF and Motion R12 PDF] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Panasonic Toughbook CF31 now with Intel Broadwell power
Panasonic has not seen a need to physically redesign its long-running Toughbook CF31 in many years. The company, however, has kept its flagship rugged notebook computer meticulously current with periodic technology updates. The latest upgrade brings an Intel 5th generation ("Broadwell") Core i5-5300U (see here) processor that also includes Intel HD5500 graphics. The latest CF31 also supports high-speed 802.11ac WiFi and Panasonic states improved battery life of up to 18 hours on the main battery alone. Pricing starts at US$3,699. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015

They had wireless handhelds back in '94? They did.
Dusting off stuff in the RuggedPCReview archives we came across a bunch of old product review pics for our old Pen Computing print magazine from the dawn of mobile computing. The two little handhelds in the picture are the Motorola Marco and the Motorola Envoy back in 1994. One ran Apple's Newton Intelligence OS, the other General Magic's Magic Cap. Both communicated wirelessly. See our Facebook page for more handheld and tablet pics from 1994 (and like us while you're there!). -- Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Xplore Technologies introduces camera software for Bobcat and XC6 rugged tablets
Xplore Technologies announced Xplore xCapture Pro camera software for its Bobcat and XC6 Windows-based tablet PCs. The new camera software offers photo editing, geotagging and enhanced barcode scanning functionality, reducing the need for additional devices in the field and offers functionality to enhance the productivity of mobile workforces. The Xplore xCapture Pro software is loaded on all currently shipping Bobcat and XC6 models. It is also available for download for existing customers. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Advantech offers handy Industrial Switch Selector Tool
Advantech announced it's new Industrial Switch Selector Tool. The tool is designed to make it easy for customers to quickly locate, filter, examine, configure and compare its lineup of 80+ industrial switch products -- managed and unmanaged, standard up to extreme temperature range, copper or fiber, various power types -- all backed by a 5-year warranty. [See Advantech Industrial Switch Selector Tool] -- Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Microsoft reports promising smartphone and tablet financials
While it doesn't have a direct impact on rugged mobile computing markets, it's interesting to monitor the fortunes of Microsoft's smartphones and Surface tablets, as their success or failure can has an impact on rugged markets that have remained with Microsoft software more than mobile consumer markets. As is, Microsoft reported that for their quarter ending December 31, 2014, they had phone hardware revenue of $2.3 billion, with 10.5 million Lumia units sold driven by growth in affordable smartphones (i.e. low-end ones, not the ones with the super-high res cameras), and that they had Surface revenue of $1.1 billion, up 24%, driven by Surface Pro 3 and accessories. [See Microsoft release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Heavy duty rugged storage from Winchester Systems
A few decades ago, the term "Winchester" was as synonymous for "hard disk" as "xeroxing" was for making copies. Well, a company named Winchester Systems is still around today, providing rugged high-performance server and storage systems to commercial, government and military clients. The company just introduced the RR1P hardened, field-deployable data storage unit that features a compact and lightweight removable canister holding 24 SSDs with up to 19.2 TB of storage. The RR1P has passed numerous MIL-STD and can handle extreme vibration in part through the use of SSDs instead of HDDs. [See Winchester press release] -- Posted Friday, January 23, 2015

VarTech adds 21.5-inch 1080p rugged Panel PCs
VarTech Systems reports that the company continues to expand its line of industrial grade Panel PCs with the release of the 21.5 inch industrial NEMA 4 (IP65) black powder coat and NEMA 4X (IP66) 316-stainless steel models. The new panels offer full 1080p 1920 x 1080 pixel HD resolution, and are available with various touch screen technologies (including VarTech's Armor Touch), as well as a vast range of processor choices, various display technologies, and numerous configuration options. [See VarTech's industrial Panel PC lineup] -- Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015

Janam introduces rugged handheld with multi-OS support
Janam Technologies introduced the XM5, a rugged handheld weighing just ten ounces. The IP65-sealed XM5, which has a 600 nit 3.5-inch full VGA display and a choice of two different keyboards, combines legacy functionality with current trends by being capable of running both Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 or Android 4.2. The XM5 has embedded RFID and NFC reading capabilities and is available with integrated industrial-grade imagers and scanners. [See description, analysis and secs of the Janam XM5] -- Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spectralink PIVOT 87-Series: rugged 4.3-inch Android enterprise Voice-over-WiFi handheld for when BYOD is not an option
The PIVOT 87-Series from Spectralink may look like a standard Android smartphone, but it's much tougher and primarily designed to provide the best possible voice quality on internal Voice-over-WiFi networks. It's an IT-friendly enterprise communication tool with commercial-class support and deployment management. If Bring-Your-Own-Device is not an option, a Spectralink PIVOT system may well be the solution. [See description, analysis and specs of the Spectralink PIVOT 87-Series] -- Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Datalogic preliminary Q4 2014 sales up 3.8%
Datalogic reports preliminary Q4 2014 revenues of €124.6 million, up 3.8% from Q4 2013. Datalogic's Automatic Data Capture division (which includes the former Datalogic Mobile) saw its revenues grow by 4% to €82.9 million compared to Q4 2013. For all of fiscal 2014, preliminary sales revenues reflect the gradual improvement achieved by the two main divisions, and came in at €464.4 million, with a growth of 3.1% compared to the full fiscal 2013. [See Datalogic financials press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Xplore scores another US$2 million order for ultra-rugged tablet
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured a $2 million dollar order for its XC6 DMSR ultra-rugged Windows tablets from a company providing infrastructure services to utility and telecommunication companies. This newest order expands on a relationship with the company that began in 2008. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Monday, January 19, 2015

RAM's new GDS Technology with IntelliSkin can truly be The Last Dock You'll Ever Need
With tablets and handhelds becoming ever more popular in the workplace, there's an ever greater need to have those devices communicate with desktops and other backend systems. Which usually means numerous docks and cables. RAM Mounts addresses this problem with their new GDS Technology with IntelliSkin. Billed as "The Last Dock You'll Ever Need," GDS sets a new standard in tablet and smartphone docking, mounting and protection. IntelliSkin is custom designed to fit all popular models of tablets and smartphones and features a molded integrated connector making it compatible with any GDS dock. [See RAM's GDS Technology with IntelliSkin] -- Posted Sunday, January 18, 2015

Added: Datalogic Falcon X3+
The Datalogic Falcon is a rugged, conventional flashlight-style Windows CE/Windows Embedded Handheld-based real-time data capture handheld that has recently been upgraded to Falcon X3+ status. The latest version includes a faster processor, more storage, faster WiFi, better sealing, a higher capacity battery, a higher resolution display for WEHH versions, and also a wider selection of 1D scanners or 1D/2D imagers. [See description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Falcon X3+] -- Posted Sunday, January 18, 2015

Added: Opticon H-32
While consumer smartphones charge ahead at a breathtaking pace, much of the work back in the trenches continues to be done by "legacy" handhelds based on comparatively basic technology. Opticon released such a workhorse tool with its H-32, a no-nonsense handheld for all those unheralded warehousing and inventory managing tasks. [See description, analysis and specs of the Opticon H-32] -- Posted Friday, January 16, 2015

96% of retailers are ready for the Internet-of-Things, according to Zebra Technologies' commissioned survey
Zebra Technologies Corporation, which now includes the former Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business, released survey results that revealed nearly all retailers are ready to make the changes required to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT). The survey, conducted in October 2014 by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Zebra Technologies, also showed that a majority of retailers believe IoT will be the most important technological initiative of the decade. [Read Internet-of-Things Solution Deployment Gains Momentum Among Firms Globally] -- Posted Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winmate G-WIN IP67 19-inch panel
Sometimes one needs something that seems nearly impossible. Like a totally sealed, rugged 19-inch panel computer that also offers Intel Haswell-level performance. Fortunately, that is precisely what Winmate's new G-WIN IP67-sealed 19-inch panel offers. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate G-WIN IP67 19-inch Panel PC] -- Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Panasonic introduces robust enterprise-class 7-inch Windows mobile POS tablet with full EMV reader capabilities
Panasonic took the occasion of the 104th annual National Retail Federation Big Show to launch the Toughpad FZ-R1 with integrated EMV reader, billed by the company as the industry's first 7-inch all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1 for retail environments. The Intel Bay Trail N2807-powered tablet also includes MSR, a capacitive ATM-style pad, NFC, and enterprise-class security and management capabilities. [See description, analysts and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sabtech changes name to IXI Technology
Sabtech, a designer, manufacturer and supporter of tactical data communications solutions, specialized interface boards, and rugged computer systems for military and government agencies, announced that it has changed its name to IXI Technology. The new name comes on the heels of a change in ownership, and reflects a strategic approach to advanced technology as well as entering new industrial markets. -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

Juniper Systems’ Class I, II, & III, Division 2 Archer 2 for hazardous locations now shipping
Juniper Systems' Archer 2 rugged handheld for hazardous locations is now shipping. The Archer 2 Hazloc with its 4.3-inch procap display and 20+ hours of runtime is certified Class I, II, & III, Division 2 for areas where flammable gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, or fibers and flyings may be present. [See Juniper press release and Archer 2 HazLoc PDF brochure] -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

Peter M. Poulin appointed CEO of Motion Computing
Motion Computing announced it has appointed Peter M. Poulin, who has served as Motion’s vice president of marketing since July 2012, as its Chief Executive Officer. With more than 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the public and private sectors, Mr. Poulin will capitalize on the company’s deep mobility expertise to expand Motion’s reach within target vertical markets. Our deep domain expertise radically reduces deployment risks, and users are able to complete their work more efficiently, accurately, and safely. Companies benefit by lowering their operational costs, preserving their existing investments in IT infrastructure, and improving customer service levels.” Poulin said. [See Motion press release] -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

Honeywell shows retail back-of-store operations and point-of-sale technologies at 2015 NRF
Honeywell said it will unveil an innovative new suite of Voyager scanners, designed to empower retailers to better connect with customers and minimize checkout time, at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show in New York City. The new scanner products, as well as Honeywell’s full portfolio of retail solutions, including an in-store voice workflow solution running on Honeywell’s next generation mobile platform supporting the Microsoft® Windows Embedded 8.1 and Android 5.0 operating systems, will be on display in booth #2735. -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

Datalogic presents new retail technology at NRF 2015
At NRF in New York, Datalogic demonstrated the Magellan multi-plane advanced imaging scanner/scales, the Jade Automated Scanner, their new Joya X2 self-shopping device, the Falcon X3+ and Memor X3 mobile computers, as well as the Heron handheld imager. "Datalogic brought bar code technology to the retail checkout over 40 years ago revolutionizing the checkout process and solidifying Datalogic as a worldwide leader in data capture technology," stated Bill Parnell, CEO and President of Datalogic ADC. -- Posted Monday, January 12, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: January 2010
In January 2010, RAM announced its MDT-Mate vehicle mounting solution. ABI Research said ARM-based processor platforms would overtake the x86 chips by 2013. Xplore launched a military version of its iX104C4 rugged tablet. A Justice Assistance Grant was used to buy GD-Itronix computers for the Butte, Montana, Police Department. Getac opened a sales office in Germany, and announced a 5-year warranty. LXE upgraded its VX8 Kärf and VX9 Förj vehicle-mounts. MobileDemand announced the ultra-compact xTablet 7000. UPS and Honeywell teamed on a next-gen UPS delivery handheld. Intel showed Wireless Display Technology. Analyst firm Morningstar praised Motorola for buying Symbol in 2007. Oh, and Apple announced the iPad. -- Posted Friday, January 9, 2015

Winmate's M101 rugged tablet now available with Android
Winmate announced that as of January 2015, their popular thin-and-light M101 rugged tablet computer platform will also be available in an Android version. The Android 4.2-based M101M4 tablet shares the design, dimensions and 10.1-inch display with the initial Microsoft Windows-based M101B/H, but not the internal electronics which are optimized for Android. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M101M4 rugged Android tablet] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015

Full review: 5.5-inch ARBOR Gladius 5 rugged Android handheld
With the Android-powered Gladius 5, ARBOR Technology provides an interesting, elegant-but-rugged 5.5-inch/270 dpi "phablet" handheld suitable for emerging Internet of Things projects, but also as a technologically advanced multi-purpose dual-SIM handheld for numerous warehousing, transportation, healthcare, mPOS and general industrial and enterprise deployments. And its starting price is no higher than that of an iPhone 6 Plus. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius 5] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015

DigitTimes: Rising demand for enterprise tablets
DigiTimes reports an increase in enterprise-oriented tablets as large consumer smartphones and market saturation are slowing consumer tablet demand. Digitizes does not see a surge in demand for enterprise tablet, but a stable shipping performance. [See DigiTimes] -- Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015

Xplore XC6 drop test engineering notes
The engineering team at Xplore Technologies has been designing and engineering rugged tablet PCs for more than a decade. Through 17 years of focused research, development and refinement, Xplore has tested numerous tablet prototypes using their in-house testing facilities located in Austin, Texas. A blog entry discusses their methods and includes an impressive drop test video. [See Xplore XC6 drop test engineering notes] -- Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Comark to exhibit at Surface Navy Symposium 2015
Comark, a provider of high performance, mission critical computer and display solutions, said it will be exhibiting at the Surface Navy Symposium on January 13th - 15th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. Surface Navy Association (SNA) is specifically designed to promote communication between the Military and Business communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. [See Comark press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Full review: Advantech ARK-3500 IPS with PCI/PCIe expansion
The Advantech ARK-3500 is a compact, fanless industrial PC specifically designed for those who need either PCI or PCIe expansion in their project. The ARK-3500 offers excellent onboard connectivity and a considerable range of Intel Ivy Bridge processor options as well as storage options, so as to suit the largest variety of possible deployments possible. [See full review of the Advantech ARK-3500 industrial PC] -- Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TCI to relaunch Palm as Silicon Valley company
Chinese electronics giant TCL announced that it has purchased the Palm trademark from HP and intends to relaunch Palm in the form of a US-based subsidiary. What that means, exactly, is unclear. TCL has smartphone expertise (they sell Alcatel OneTouch phones), but many of Palm's patents and technologies are now either gone or rest with different companies. Simply reusing the name of a once great brand doesn't necessarily guarantee success, but the prospect of a new Palm is at least intriguing. Rugged handheld historians will remember, though, the Palm-based rugged Symbol SPT 1550 and SPT 1800. -- Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Getac sees revenue growth in 2014
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology announced revenues of US$55 million for December 2014, up 23% compared to December 2013, rounding out 2014 with US$508 million in annual revenue, up 8% from 2013. About 45% of Getac's revenue is from rugged and IT product lines, 40% from chassis and internal parts, 15% from aerospace- and automobile-related components. Getac expects revenues from the rugged PC business to continue growing in 2015. Digitizes says that Getac is currently the third largest rugged PC vendor worldwide, following Panasonic and Dell. -- Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Intel unveils 5th gen "Broadwell" U-Series processors
Intel announced the 5th gen of Core processors for notebooks and similar. Codenamed "Broadwell" and using 14nm process technology, the initial lineup includes 14 mobile processors with 15 and 28 watt watt TDPs. Sold as "U Series" processors (as opposed to the already announced "Y" Series for tablets and ultrabooks), Broadwell-U has 1/3 more transistors on a die that over 1/3 smaller. Compared to Haswell, graphics can be up to 25% faster, video conversion up to 50% faster, and there's lower power draw. Integrated GPUs are now Intel HD Graphics 5500, HD Graphics 6000, and Iris Graphics 6200, the latter having EDRAM (embedded DRAM) and increased 3D performance. These enable 4K Ultra HD display, enhanced decode support for VP8, VP9 and HEVC, and support for DX 11.2, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Initial Broadwell-U chips come in dual-core/quad-thread i3/i5/i7 as well as dual core/dual thread Celeron and Pentium levels. Two new differentiations are i5 vPro and i7 vPro. [See Intel 5th gen fact sheet] -- Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winmate ultra-wide temperature range embedded rack server
Rack servers — those slim full-service PCs that can be inserted and stacked into standardized stationary or mobile racks — need to be rugged, too. Winmate knows that and offers its Intel Ivy Bridge powered 2U-size IV7 embedded server PC in an extremely wide -40 to 158° Fahrenheit operation temperature range. [See Winmate IV7 Embedded Server PC] -- Posted Monday, January 5, 2015

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    Dell Axim X5
    Palm Tungsten T
    AlphaSmart Dana
    ViewSonic V35
    Toshiba e335
    Toshiba e740
    New iPAQs
    Acer C100
    Compaq TC1000
    Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000
    Motion M1200
    Toshiba Portege 3500
    ViewSonic V1100
    T-Mobile PPC
    Sony CLIE SJ20 & SJ30
    Bluetooth vs Treo
    CLIE NR70V
    Treo 270
    Treo 90
    Panasonic 07
    Panasonic 01
    IBM TransNote
    Palm m515
    Palm m130
    Handspring Treo 180
    Palm i705
    Sony T415
    iPAQ 3800 Series
    Toshiba e570
    Casio E-200
    Sony S320 & MYLO
    Sony N610C
    Palm m125
    Visor Neo & Pro
    HP Jornada 568
    Casio IT-700
    Itronix GoBook
    Fujitsu 3500
    Sony Clie 710c
    NEC MobilePro 790
    Kyocera Smartphone
    Casio BE-300
    HandEra 330
    Palm m500 and m505
    HP Jornada 525
    Intermec Model 70
    UR There @migo
    Fujitsu LT C-500
    Handspring Visor Edge
    VisorPhone
    Palm m105
    All Palm devices