Industry sponsors:
View my Flipboard Magazine.

Select Category
Rugged PC Blog | Tech Primers | Case Studies | Peripherals | Full reviews | Windows Mobile | Testing | Test Videos | Map | Q&A | Advertising
RuggedPCReview Industry Sponsors:
Advantech | Arbor Technologies | Cedar | Dell Rugged | Durabook | Handheld Group | Havis | Getac | Janam
Juniper Systems | MobileDemand | Ruggedbook | RuggON | Trimble | Winmate | Xplore Technologies | Zebra
Rugged PC Review Monthly News Archive [ Back to news index]

December 2006

Fuzzy widebodies
Not only are Americans getting ever bigger and wider, our notebook screens do, too. According to the market research firm DisplaySearch, the 15.4-inch panel size with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is currently by far the most popular in the US, grabbing 44.2% of the share. The Japanese are more modest, still favoring 15-inch displays with a measly 1024 x 768 resolution. Frankly, both puzzle us here at Pen Computing. After having worked with 12.1-inch 1400 x 1050 resolution on our Toshiba notebooks for years, giant low-res screens seem rather lame. -- Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Motion signs up with ASUS
Motion Computing announced a manufacturing agreement with ASUSTeK, Inc., a leading provider of computers, communications and consumer electronics based in Taipei, Taiwan. ASUS will become an original design manufacturer of Motion tablet PCs and peripherals. New Motion products built by ASUS will be released beginning in 2007. This new agreement augments Motion's existing relationship with Compal Electronics based in Taiwan and China. Compal will continue as a strategic partner for Motion, including manufacturing of Motion's current award-winning product family as well as developing new Motion designs. Our take: Hmmm. Interesting, but a somewhat odd announcement. -- Posted Thursday, December 21, 2006

Panasonic adds Sprint Broadband to more Toughbooks
Panasonic announced that the business-rugged Toughbook W5 and T5 notebooks will now feature built-in support for Sprint Mobile Broadband services, including its upgraded EV-DO Revision A service where available. The ultraportable and reliable W5 and T5 join other 3G enabled Toughbooks, including the fully-rugged CF-29 notebook, CF-18 convertible tablet and semi-rugged CF-74, as part of Panasonic's portfolio of mobile broadband enabled notebooks. With this certification, users will have the option to access Sprint Mobile Broadband service running on the Sprint Power Vision Network in more than 220 communities (with a population of more than 100,000) and 725 airports across the US, a coverage area that encompasses more than 180 million people. -- Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2006

NEC readies a new rugged Tablet PC convertible, maybe
NEC certainly has a long history in pen, rugged and mobile systems, going all the way back to the beginning of pen computing where the NEC Versa pen convertible once played a not inconsiderable role. NEC also was among the first to embrace WindowsCE and was an innovator in that arena for several years. When Microsoft reinvented the Tablet PCs, NEC showed the impressive, ultra-thin Versa LitePad slate. And NEC Japan tantalized us with a few other rather impressive vertical market offerings along the way. Sadly, with the exception of the laudable Windows CE project, most of NEC's efforts quickly fizzled or never really made it over here at all. That may now change with the introduction of the latest NEC vertical machine, the ShieldPRO FC-N21S. Yes, it looks a lot like the Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 that's been around for four years or so, and at first look, the specs aren't that impressive. Core Solo chip, 10.6 x 10.1 x 1.9 inch body to accommodate a 12.1-inch screen, 5.5 pounds, IP54 rating. We'll see, but it's good to know NEC hasn't given up. -- Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2006

RFID Anywhere 3.0 inludes Information Location System
Sybase iAnywhere announced the latest version of RFID Anywhere, an extensible environment for developing and managing sensor network applications including RFID solutions. Version 3.0 adds a context-aware Location Information System. that allows businesses to not only track assets from a range of data collection points [such as passive RFID, active RFID, real-time location systems (RTLS), barcode, global positioning systems (GPS) and environmental sensors], but also enhance the value of this data by associating environmental inputs (e.g., temperature) along with the location data. An included web services layer allows organizations to transform static business information into business- aware intelligence. [see full release] -- Posted Monday, December 4, 2006

New at RuggedPCReview
RuggedPCReview Blog
Editors are talking
Whatever's rugged and tough, we discuss it here, the good, the great, and the ugly. We're not pulling any punches. Also look for news and opinions.
Sponsored Company Links
Advantech
Arbor Technology
Cedar Tree Technologies
Dell Rugged
Durabook
Getac
Handheld Group
JLT Mobile Computers
Juniper Systems
MobileDemand
Motion
Panasonic
RAM Mounts
Ruggedbook
Trimble
Winmate
Xplore Technologies

Definitions/Primers
  • Active vs passive digitizers
  • What does "rugged" mean?
  • Rugged Specs Primer
  • FIPS 201
  • Intrinsic Safety
  • NEMA Ratings
  • NVIS standards
  • IEC 60601
  • IP Rating
  • RFID
  • RFID vs. Bar Code
  • RFID viruses and worms
  • RoHS
  • Outdoor-readable LCDs 2007
  • UL 1604
  • MIL-STD-3009
  • Wide-angle LCDs '04
  • Our Newsletters
  • 2013 Fall
  • 2013 Summer
  • 2013 Spring
  • 2012 Summer
  • 2012 Spring
  • 2011 Fall
  • 2011 Summer
  • 2011 Spring
  • 2010 Summer
  • 2010 Spring
  • 2010 Winter
  • 2009 Fall
  • 2009 Summer
  • 2009 Spring
  • 2009 Winter
  • 2008 Fall
  • 2008 Summer
  • 2008 Spring
  • 2008 Winter
  • Features
    Industry Q&A: Opportunities for rugged tablets as a result of the iPad
    Sign up for email news
    Get Rugged PC Review news by email.
    Advertising/Sponsorship
    RuggedPCReview.com is 100% dedicated to rugged and industrial computing. Our online advertising and sponsorship packages provide direct access to potential customers. View PDF Media Kit or contact us.
    Submit your news!
    If you are a vendor or developer and would like for RuggedPCReview to announce and carry your news, tech articles, white papers, videos, tutorials or other pertaining content contact us.
    About RuggedPCReview
    The editor and co-founder of Pen Computing Magazine launched RuggedPCReview.com late 2005 as a website dedicated to providing news and information about rugged mobile computer technology and its applications. The site aims to be an industry clearinghouse for rugged computing equipment hardware reviews as well as an information source on rugged computing terminology, definitions, testing, and enabling technologies.

    "Over the many years that we have been testing and reviewing rugged mobile computers, and in our professional careers prior, we have noticed that there is very little standardization and that potential clients are often confused where and what to buy," said Dr. Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, Editor-in-Chief of RuggedPCReview.com and former CIO of the New York State Dormitory Authority. "We hope that our new service will answer many questions and provide all the answers a client needs to make an informed decision."