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Zebra revolutionizes field worker productivity with new durable smartphone
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, announced the launch of the TC25: a new rugged smartphone specifically designed for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The TC25 empowers field mobility workers to scan barcodes on parts, manage routes, and complete invoices on the spot. [See Zebra press release and RuggedPCReview's description, specs and analysis of the Zebra TC25] -- Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Faytech's Open Frame Touch Monitors
Most industrial Panel PCs use heavy, solid construction since they'll be used in tough industrial settings. But that's not always so; many panels are simply mounted into, well, panels, and all the extra heft behind the panel really isn't needed. And that's why faytech introduced their new line of open frame touch monitors, lightweight models without a back case other than think zinc-coated steel. Panels are available in 21.5" 32", 43" and 55" display sizes. [See faytech Open Frame Touch Monitors] -- Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018

RuggON announces the Rextorm PX501 tablet, a versatile and rugged Jack-of-all-Trades
RuggON Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacturing of ruggedized computing products, launched the third generation Rextorm PX501 for any data collection, control, and management application, even in the harshest environments. The Rextorm PX501 is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, a range of seamless connectivity and data capture options, and a touch screen display with bright, 1000 nits, sunlight readable display. Thanks to its massive battery life, ubiquitous GNSS coverage, and custom accessories allow for maximum mobility and off-base operation, while being backed by RuggON's hallmark uncompromising ruggedness, it allows for extended off-base operation. [See RuggON press release] -- Posted Friday, February 9, 2018

Trimble reports Q4 and full year 2017 results
Trimble fiscal 2017 revenue of US$2.7 billion was up 12% as compared to fiscal 2016. Buildings and Infrastructure revenue was $834.9 million, up 12%. Geospatial revenue was $661.2 million, up 4%. Resources and Utilities revenue was $476.9 million, up 21%. Transportation revenue was $681.2 million, up 16%. GAAP operating income was $246.0 million, up 36% as compared to fiscal 2016. Q4 2017 revenue of $708.4 million was up 21% as compared to Q4 of 2016. Buildings and Infrastructure revenue was $209.6 million, up 18%. Geospatial revenue was $176.4 million, up 11%. Resources and Utilities revenue was $131.6 million, up 38%. Transportation revenue was $190.8 million, up 24 percent. GAAP operating income was $62.8 million, up 14% as compared to Q4 of 2016. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Friday, February 9, 2018

Xplore: Is the business market finally folding on laptops?
In its always interesting blog, Xplore Technologies discussed the position of the laptop in today's business markets. The latest market numbers show that traditional laptops are no longer the “one” computer that can go anywhere – or that professionals really want to lug around everywhere. This is driving OEMs to increasingly invest in 2-in-1 tablet designs that can serve as laptop replacements – and research shows that businesses are buying into these tablet-based alternatives given the numerous benefits to both end-users and IT (i.e. the business’ bottom line). [See Xplore bog] -- Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

Full review: ARBOR Technology G60 Mobile Inspection Assistant with integrated thermal imaging
Arbor Technology's G60 "Mobile Inspection Assistant" is quite unique. Yes, it's a rugged Android handheld computer and phone, but it's also so much more. Integrated FLIR-based thermal imaging allows all sorts of inspection work where detection of heat signatures is required for the job. An internal mPCIe expansion slot means there can be both public and private mobile broadband communication. Optional via expansion modules include a high speed or long range barcode reader, UHF reader, and a laser distance reader. We're impressed. [See full review of the ARBOR G60 Mobile Inspection Assistant] -- Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

Refined Toughbook 20 delivers more features, more value in a rugged 2-in-1 package
Panasonic, an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing solutions that are purpose-built for the way people work, announced the U.S. launch of the latest 2018 version of its popular and critically-praised 2-in-1 detachable laptop, the Toughbook 20. At only 3.9 pounds, this fully-rugged laptop is perfect for today's workers on-the-go, with the features and rugged construction to keep working, no matter what challenges it meets. Now equipped with a refreshed processor — the Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, the Toughbook 20 laptop is more capable than ever before. And with a 256GB SSD standard on all models — and an option to expand to 512GB — workers can store more data on-the-go and access it with the speed they need. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018

U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center launches DT Research rugged tablets
DT Research, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced that the U.S Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) has selected the DT Research DT311 Rugged Tablets for deployment to U.S. Navy personnel working at various shipyards across the country. The purpose-built tablets designed by Silicon Valley-based DT Research can be used for technical maintenance management, warehouse and fleet inventory control, field testing and training, and other field-office data operations. With seamless office-to-field workflow, productivity significantly improves, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel. [See DT Research press release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Broadcom still wants to take over Qualcomm
According to Reuters, in the battle of chipmakers, Broadcomm plans to unveil a new approximately $120 billion offer for Qualcomm, aiming to ratchet up pressure on its U.S. semiconductor peer. [See Reuters press release] -- Posted Monday, February 5, 2018

IDC: tablet unit sales dropping, but detachables grow
According to IDC, the worldwide detachable tablet market was 49.6 million units in Q4 2017, down from 53.8 million in Q4 2016. Of those, detachables grew about 10% to 6.5 million, which means that pure tablets dropped from about 48 million to 43 million. Apple remained the clear leader both in Q4 2017 and for all of 2017. But in Q4, Amazon passed Samsung. Overall, the big 5 (Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo) grew even more dominant, accounting for 2/3 of all tablets in 2017. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Monday, February 5, 2018

Trimble announces new MX9 mobile mapping system for surveying, engineering and geospatial professionals
Trimble announced the release of the Trimble MX9 mobile mapping solution. The Trimble MX9 combines a vehicle-mounted mobile lidar system, multi-camera imaging and field software for efficient, precise and high-volume data capture for a broad range of mobile mapping applications such as road surveys, topographic mapping, 3D-modeling and asset management. [See Trimble press release] -- Posted Monday, February 5, 2018

Honeywell to host live broadcast to unveil new connected solutions to power supply chains and protect workers
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Honeywell will host a live online broadcast to unveil how it is leveraging leading edge technologies – from powerful software and sensors, to rugged hardware and smart automation – to help connect assets, workers and supply chains for greater insight, productivity, efficiency, and safety. The growth of analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence is making a significant impact across business and commerce worldwide. Honeywell will highlight new software and automated solutions to operate and manage modern distribution centers, new connected mobile devices that bring greater efficiencies and productivity, as well as innovative solutions to keep workers safe. [More information on the live Honeywell broadcast] -- Posted Friday, February 2, 2018

Motorola Solutions reports full-year 2017 financials
Motorola Solutions reported 2017 full-year sales of USS$6.38 billion, up 6% from US$6.04 billion in 2016. 2016 operating earnings were US$1.28 billion, up 20% from 2016's US$1.07 billion, with a 2017 net loss of US$155 million vs. net earnings of US$560 million in 2016. The product vs. services sales breakdown was about 59:41. For full-year 2018, Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 5%. [See Motorola Solution financials] -- Posted Friday, February 2, 2018

Zebra study reveals nine in ten clinicians to use mobile technology at bedside by 2022
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, announced the results of its Future of Healthcare: 2022 Hospital Vision Study, revealing the impact of mobile technology use in acute care hospitals. The research, which incorporates feedback from nursing managers, IT decision-makers, and patients, offers a unique perspective from the front-line of patient care. It also highlights the transformational power clinical mobility is expected to have on global health services within the next five years. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DRG predicts total PCs and tablets per user will peak in 2019
Daniel Research Group, a market research firm specializing in forecasting technology markets announces the publication of its United States Personal Device 2018-2022 Forecast 2017 Q4 Updated Report. The report is available on DRG's website, Overall, the report sees a decline both of traditional laptops and desktop PCs, but a significant increase in convertible PCs. On the tablet side, DRG sees a sharp decline in pure tablets and moderate growth in detachables. Stephen Daniel, President of DRG, said, "Detachable Tablets and Convertible Mobile PCs provide the same basic functionality and will merge into one form factor -- Hybrid PCs. [See Daniel Research Group] -- Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Panasonic’s latest ATEX Zone 2 certified fully rugged Windows tablet designed for versatile mobile computing in potentially explosive industries
Panasonic announced the latest version of its popular ATEX certified, 10.1 inch fully rugged Windows tablet with up to 14 hours battery life and even more computing power. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 ATEX tablet has been certified for above ground, Zone 2 Working Space use in potentially explosive environments*, such as the chemicals, oil and gas industries. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Handheld announces CAN bus module for ALGIZ 8X rugged tablet
Handheld Group today announced a CAN bus expansion module accessory for its ALGIZ 8X ultra-rugged tablet. The module allows the ALGIZ 8X to communicate directly with machines and appliances using the CAN bus communication protocol. Designed for the automotive and industrial control industries, Handheld's new CAN bus expansion module facilitates efficient communication between the 8-inch Algiz 8X rugged tablet computer and devices that operate over a CAN interface, such as sensors, controllers and actuators. The CAN interface has a high tolerance for electromagnetic interference, making it ideal for use in vehicles. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Monday, January 29, 2018

Panasonic accelerates push into rugged handheld market with appointment of global technology provider ScanSource in Europe
Panasonic today appointed global technology provider ScanSource to help accelerate its growth in the European rugged handheld market. ScanSource has been a long-time partner with Panasonic in the United States and will bring its extensive experience to support Panasonic's business in the rugged handheld market, where it aims to build on its leadership in the European rugged notebook and rugged tablet market. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 25, 2018

Should RuggedPCReview do product awards? Let us know.
Here at we not only follow rugged computing technology exclusively, we also test and examine numerous rugged products every year right here at our lab. As a result, a lot of readers have asked why we're not doing Annual "Best" awards. First, it's because there are so many truly great products, declaring one the best makes one company happy and all others disappointed. Then why not break it into 987 different categories so that everybody wins something? We don't quite believe in that. We'd like our readers' opinion on doing or not doing product awards. Email us and let us know. -- Posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cool Technologies Mobile Generation (MG) systems to integrate Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets
Cool Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:WARM), an innovator in efficient mobile power generation and thermal dispersion technologies, announced today that the company's Mobile Generation systems will incorporate Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets to run Cool Tech's patented (HAST E899WO) MG software system. This application is the first example of Cool Technologies using Panasonic devices. [See Cool Technologies press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Chassis Plans announces military grade CLX 1U layflat LCD keyboard
Designed and built in the USA, Chassis Plans' new 1U CLX military grade rackmount display is designed to perform and engineered to last. Meeting military standards such as 901E and 810G for ruggedization, its 5052-H32 aluminum construction and locking stainless steel hardware make the display inherently rugged and reliable for both military and industrial harsh environment applications. The CLX offers two LCD screen sizes: the standard 19" display offering a native 1280 x 1024 resolution or a 17.3" wide screen display offering a 1920 x 1080 native resolution. Both the 19" and 17.3" panels offer high bright options for daylight readability applications. [See Chassis Plans press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Review: Teguar TS-5010 Series of stainless steel waterproof high-performance industrial Panel PCs
Industrial Panel PCs come in all sorts of forms and sizes for a wide variety of applications. Teguar's new trio of stainless steel, Skylake-powered waterproof panels are designed specially for applications that require full ingress protection and can even handle frequent high-pressure hot water washdowns. took a detailed look at the 15- and 22-inch versions of these impressivel wellmade panels. [See review of the Teguar TS-5010 Series of waterproof stainless steel Panel PCs] -- Posted Monday, January 22, 2018

Xplore improves full-year revenue outlook on strong december quarter sales, customer wins and robust backlog
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced it expects revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, to be approximately $85 million, at the high end of its previously announced revenue outlook of $75 to $85 million. This confidence is the result of preliminary fiscal third quarter revenue of $23.8 million, strong backlog entering the fiscal fourth quarter and continuing sales wins. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Friday, January 19, 2018

Demand for mobile medical care to take off
Along with mature development of ECG (electrocardiography) and PPG (photoplethysmograph) sensing technologies, ICT firms are keen on developing monitoring devices for use in mobile medical care, which is expected to see demand take off, according to DigiTimes. Mobile medical care will be initially applied to diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia, Digitimes Research said. Global market value for mobile medical care will increase to US$189 billion in 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.3% during 2017-2025, research organizations have forecast. -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ulcer and wound treatment revolutionised by new technology combining GPC 3D WoundCare software and Panasonic rugged tablets
The effective treatment of patients suffering from debilitating pressure ulcers, burns and other wounds is being revolutionised by new 3D imaging software that runs on rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablets and has been developed by Swansea-based health informatics company GPC. Running on a lightweight, yet rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Standard tablet with an integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera, the 3D WoundCare software captures the ulcer image using a simple point and click process. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Zebra brings Android to vehicle-mounts with new VC80x
Unlike handhelds where Android is coming on very strong, panels and vehicle-mounts are generally still mostly using Windows. That may be changing as more enterprises seek compatibility across their mobile platforms. For that reason, Zebra introduced the Android 7-based VC80x vehicle-mount computer. Using the same design and hardware (except processor and related electronics) as the existing Windows-based VC80, Zebra offers the VC80x as a proven platform to migrate material handling vehicles to the next generation platform for warehouse mobility. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra VC80x] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kyocera DuraTR launches at Sprint, offering military-grade ruggedization and support for new sprint direct connect plus PTT service
Kyocera International Inc., the leader in rugged mobile solutions, today announced the Kyocera DuraTR, a 4G LTE ruggedized, waterproof feature phone with a candy-bar form factor and military-grade durability. It joins Kyocera's DuraForce PRO and DuraXTP as the first devices on the market that will support the new Sprint Direct Connect PlusTM push-to-talk (PTT) service. The DuraTR is available now for just $13.50 per month with Sprint Flex lease. [See Kyocera press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Zebra launches vastly upgraded rugged MC3300 with Android 7.0
Zebra announced the MC3300 as a thoroughly modernized and updated next generation of the company's very popular MC3x00 line of rugged wireless handhelds that has sold well over a million units over the years. While earlier updates to the original MC3000 platform mostly concentrated on technology updates and enhancements that leveraged the inherent usefulness of the device, the new MC3300 takes a bolder step forward with full commitment to the Android OS and all the technology required to make it shine. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra MC3300] -- Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

Zebra helps retailers meet omnichannel demands and strengthen store operations
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today announced new retail solutions designed to help retailers outperform their competition, elevate the customer experience, and strengthen their operations. Zebra will be showcasing these new solutions publicly for the first time in Booth #1603 at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO on Jan. 14-16, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. [See Zebra press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

Full lineup of Xplore rugged tablet solutions now available for purchase through GSA IT Schedule 70
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its full portfolio of rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged mobile computing solutions is now available for purchase by government agencies through Solvix Solution's General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract #GS-35F-088HA / 47QTCA18D002C. Federal, state and local agencies looking for a highly secure and fully-featured computing experience will now benefit from the fast, easy procurement of Xplore's 10" and 12" tablet-based "mobile office" systems. They will also benefit from the expert guidance of Solvix Solutions, a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that has successfully supplied the U.S. Government with top quality workforce technologies for more than 3 years. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Handheld launches the Nautiz X9 outdoor-rugged Android PDA
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the new NAUTIZ X9, a 5-inch, Android 7 "Nougat"-powered ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. [See description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X9] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Spectre and Meltdown
In a blog post entitled Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems, Terry Myerson, Executive VP, Windows and Devices Group, explains the impact of the recently published chip vulnerabilities, as well as Microsoft's preliminary benchmarks on performance impact of updates and fixes: "With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns, but we don’t expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds. With Windows 10 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), some benchmarks show more significant slowdowns, and we expect that some users will notice a decrease in system performance. With Windows 8 and Windows 7 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance." For a good explanation of the overall issues, see Meltdown, Spectre, and the State of Technology. -- Posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Intel announces 8th Gen Core processors with integrated Radeon graphics
It's been eight years since Intel began integrating their own Intel HD graphics right into their processors. Many thought that would be the end of separate graphics subsystems, but that didn't turn out to be the case as graphics-intensive applications continued to require dedicated graphics cards. As a result, "discrete" graphics modules are often available as an option in rugged laptops. Now Intel announced 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Will this bring greatly improved graphics performance to mobile systems? Probably not just yet, as the new chips start at 65 watt DTP (thermal design power), far more than the typical 15 watts in modern high-performance rugged laptops and tablets. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Juniper Systems partners with ProStar Geocorp to create an affordable, high-accuracy underground utility locate solution
Juniper Systems and ProStar Geocorp have recently joined forces to produce an affordable, efficient solution for capturing precise cable and pipe locating data. Combining Juniper Systems' Cedar CT7G Rugged Tablet and Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver with ProStar's patented Pointman® software, utility locate professionals are equipped with a powerful, yet user-friendly underground utility locate solution. [See Juniper press release] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Bezalel wireless charging products
Bezalel is a company that concentrates on wireless power. Their goal is "empowering all people to live free from the entanglement and chaos of all cords." Here at RuggedPCReview we've been using several of Bezalel's products for a few months, and so we'll report on our thoughts about wires and cord cutting first, and then of our experiences with Bezalel's wireless charging technology and products. [See Bezalel's wireless power products — Wire-free charging is coming of age] -- Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

Featured blog: Juniper Systems' Get Rugged
Juniper Systems' Get Rugged blog has been around for almost five years. Juniper started it as a way for discussing the data collection industry and related news, goings-on at their company, and helpful how-to’s, among many other topics. Recent blogs included Creating a Topographic Survey with the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet, Water Asset Mapping in Accordance with the New Jersey Water Quality Accountability Act, Android AOSP: What You Need to Know, and The Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver Put to the Test Under Dense Forest Tree Canopy. [See the Juniper Systems Get Rugged blog] -- Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

Peter Trosien takes over CEO position at faytech
faytech Tech. Co., Ltd., which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs, announced that Peter Trosien, who had a 23-year career at German IT solutions firm Pyramid Computer, has taken over the CEO position at the company, starting January 1, 2018. faytech founder Arne Weber, who had held the CEO position, will concentrate on handling strategy, co-operation and technical development of the company. [See faytech new] -- Posted Friday, January 5, 2018

Iridium NEXT launch campaign reaches its halfway point with a fourth successful launch
Many remember Iridium as a futuristic satellite phone system that went live two decades ago, but was quickly overtaken by the explosive growth of land-based cellphone technology. Iridium, though much slower and much more expensive than modern wireless data, lived on in niche markets that absolutely require full global availability. Well, Iridium may soon become more attractive again thanks to Iridium NEXT. In December, SpaceX took the fourth set of ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, reaching the halfway point to a system that will replace the original Iridium constellation, providing better voice quality and much faster data communication. [See Iridium press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Global mobile industry ready to start full-scale development of 5G NR
The 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019. [See Intel/3GPP press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Jan. 2013
In January 2013, Sprint launched the Kyocera Torque as their first ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone. Sony showed the water- and shatterproof Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone. Datalogic announced preliminary 2012 annual sales of 462 million Euros. Motorola Solutions announced full-year 2012 sales of US$8.7 billion. We reviewed the Winmate E430T rugged 4.3-inch Android PDA and the TabletKiosk eo a7400 7-inch enterprise Windows tablet. Gammatech introduced the semi-rugged Durabook CA10 tablet, and Panasonic the 7-inch Toughpad JT-B1 and the 10.1-inch Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1. [See full January 2013 archive] -- Posted Monday, January 1, 2018

Need for Speed — AMG takes the lead with RuggON PX-501B rugged tablets
RuggON Corporation, a supplier of fully rugged computers, announced their sponsorship of the German Haribo Racing Team which is part of the customer racing program of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Pit crews are using the RuggON PX-501B rugged Windows tablet for vehicle diagnostics, on-the-spot repairs, and vehicle tuning on the famed Nürburgring race course in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Sharing the racing team's emphasis on reliability, performance, and durability, the RuggON PX-501B proved to be a perfect complement to Mercedes-AMG's supercars. [See RuggON news] -- Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pentium Silver and Gold
Intel, seemingly, will stop at nothing to make their byzantine processor lineup even more, well, byzantine. The company has now announced Pentium Silver and Gold processors, where the Gold varieties use big Kaby Lake cores whereas the Silver versions are now based on "Gemini Lake" (which is the successor to Apollo Lake, which was the successor of Braswell, which was the successor of Bay Trail). There are actually also Celeron-branded new chips in Gemini Lake. Intel's idea here seems to use Celeron and Pentium to offer something that covers the big gap between high-end Atom and low-end Core processors, both in terms of cost, performance, power usage and features. For a table of the new chips, see here. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Monday, December 18, 2017

Full review: GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3
RuggedPCReview performed a full analysis of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 and found it to be a semi-rugged, super-solid notebook computer designed to be substantially tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the high cost of a fully rugged model. It's a very trust-inspiring, albeit rather heavy, machine with a bright, reflection-free 14-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, very good battery life, and excellent performance thanks to a recent upgrade to 7th generation Intel Core processors. [See full review of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3] -- Posted Friday, December 15, 2017

Datalogic introduces the Skorpio X4 mobile computer
Datalogic, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud to announce the Skorpio X4 mobile computer representing the next generation of the highly-successful Skorpio mobile computer line from Datalogic. This rugged mobile computer is especially suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Skorpio X4] -- Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle terminal
There's much efficiency to be gained from fleet management, asset management, and Electronic Logging (ELD) applications. The RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle panel computer, available with either Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Android, is an interesting and well-executed example of the rapidly growing class of IoT building blocks, devices that merge sensor, communications, processing and advanced human interface technologies to offer unprecedented tracking, control, and opportunity in organically connected IoT systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON MT7000] -- Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Empowering the connected colleague
Interesting coverage of an Essential Retail webinar on the topic of connected retail. The webinar, sponsored by Datalogic, discussed the retail automation market that's worth almost US$11 billion per year and is set to rise by 10% annually up to 2022. [See Empowering the connected colleague] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Featured blog: Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research
More and more rugged technology firms have blogs, and most do a great job in presenting basics, specifics and examples of rugged computing technology to their customers and interested parties. Today's highlight is on DT Research's Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research blog. Established in its current form in July 2016, the nicely formatted blog covers a new topic or issue on average once a week. Recent topics include 4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers, How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Services, The Three Types of First Responders Who Need Rugged Tablet Solutions, and Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech Communications. [visit Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research] -- Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

Full review: ARBOR FPC-7900 series of robust Intel 7th generation powered Box PCs with available PCI/PCIe expansion
Performance used to be a secondary consideration in industrial computers, but the emergence of Industry 4.0, the IoT, and factory automation have changed that. State-of-the-art performance must now be available in Box PCs, as well as the kind of extensive onboard I/O needed in industrial settings. ARBOR Technology's new FPC-7900 line of robust Box PCs offers all that, and also special form factors that can accommodate PCI expansion. [See full review of the ARBOR FPC-7900 series of high-performance industrial Box PCs] -- Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017

McElroy selects Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet to be a part of DataLogger® 6 solution for measuring accuracy and efficiency in pipeline fusions
McElroy, the leading manufacturer and innovator of pipe fusion equipment, has selected the Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet, to be incorporated into the company's DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 was ultimately selected for its lightweight, fully rugged design, Android 6.0 platform, custom RS232 adapter and exceptional customer service. [See Getac/McElroy press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sonim raises $37 million in capital to extend leadership in ultra rugged phones
Sonim Technologies, maker of the world's toughest cell phones, today announced it has raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company, through its operating subsidiaries B. Riley FBR, Inc. and B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility. As a leading manufacturer of phones that will survive the toughest conditions, Sonim is poised for rapid growth across multiple industries, with a focus on the public safety sector. [See Sonim press release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Case study: Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer
Alex Bellini, an Italian explorer and environmental advocate, accompanied by Handheld Group Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet's frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini's expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajökull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer] -- Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Dec. 2012
In December 2012, we reviewed the Motion CL910 tablet and the SDG Systems Rampage 6, one of the earliest Android-based rugged handhelds which was based on Juniper Systems' Mesa. Sprint added the rugged Sonim XP STRIKE phone, Getac upgraded their V100/200 and B300 lines to 3rd gen Core processors, and Gammatech supplied their T7Q rugged tablets to Victory Police Motorcycles. Datalogic introduced the Lynx PDA, Xplore sold 900 iX104C5M rugged Windows tablets to the US military, and Honeywell acquired Intermec. [See full December 2012 archive] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

Havis introduces upgraded universal laptop and tablet cradle line for a wide variety of devices
Havis Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of in-vehicle mobile office solutions for mobile professionals, has announced a new, upgraded line of universal cradle solutions for a wide range of tablet and laptop models. The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the UT-2000 Series, and the UT-301 Cradles, are lighter yet still ultra-rugged and allow for more mounting options. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. [See Havis press release] -- Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

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