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Rugged tablet PC slate
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

GETAC was established in 1985 as a 50/50 joint venture between General Electric and Taiwanese Mitac. The company specializes on rugged notebook PCs and tablets for all-purpose, industrial, and military use. Sold as a "Ruggedized Tablet PC" and now optionally equipped with an active Wacom digitizer, the CA27, while still compact, is larger and more substantial than the picture suggests. It is a full-function PC in every respect, from a mobile low-voltage Pentium Dotham processor to a full complement of built-in ports, to a notebook- style "X-Bay" that can accommodate a variety of drive and wireless options.

Thanks to a magnesium alloy housing, the CA27 can take a beating, and despite its many ports achieves an IP54 rating. A port replicator provides additional USB ports in addition to legacy serial PS/2 and parallel port support. The CA 27 is also available with a sunlight-readable display. View the GETAC CA27 as a ruggedized, full-function notebook computer without a keyboard (GETAC offers wireless keyboards with pointing devices both in standard and ruggedized versions).

Specifications Getac CA27
Added/updated Updated 03/2007
Form-factor Rugged Slate
OS Windows XP Professional, Tablet PC Edition
Processor Intel Pentium M Dotham LV
CPU Speed 1.6 GHz, 400 MHz FSB
Chipset Intel 855GM
Standard/Max RAM 256MB/1024MB
Disk/drive 40GB shock-mounted, 120GB and low-temp heater optional
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II
Display type Transmissive TFT (daylight-readable optional)
Display size/res 10.4-inch/1024x768
Digitizer/pens Touch screen or optional Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale Optional external wireless
Ruggedness IP54, 3-foot drop, 0-50C
Housing Magnesium alloy, sealed ports
Size (WxHxD) 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.7
Weight 5.1 lbs. w/o battery
Power Li-Ion 4,400mAH (optional 2nd battery)
Interface 1 USB 2.0, CCD USB, RS-232, IR, dock
Communications 802.11b/g, 56K V90 modem; various wireless radio options via X-Bay
Interface WLAN, IEEE1394, USB, GPS, GPRS/GSM, BT via X-Bay
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