General Dynamics Itronix Announces Semi-Rugged GoBook(R) VR-2 Notebook

First semi-rugged notebook optimized for vehicle-deployed workforces with

new DynaVue(TM) all-light viewable display technology

Jun 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from General Dynamics Itronix

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Itronix
 introduced today its next-generation semi-rugged notebook computer, the
 GoBook VR-2, featuring the new Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor T7300 at
 2.0 GHz and superior ergonomic and wireless features. Designed to meet the
 demanding needs of mobile workers in a variety of commercial, field
 service, public safety and military markets, the GoBook VR-2 offers a
 unique 13.3-inch display featuring DynaVue(TM) -- a recently announced
 patent-pending display technology -- that offers superior touchscreen
 viewability in all lighting conditions, even direct sunlight.
     "This next-generation semi-rugged product represents the culmination of
 our expertise in designed-in ruggedness, integrated wireless capabilities
 and performance, with cutting-edge display innovation for unparalleled
 outdoor touchscreen display viewability," said Ben Thacker, vice president
 of strategic marketing for General Dynamics Itronix. "Based on customer
 input, these features were designed to deliver a best-in-class, semi-rugged
 notebook that is flexible and well suited for vehicle-based and
 office-based mobile workers," Thacker said.
     "Companies with mobile workers require attributes in their rugged
 mobile computing devices such as wireless signal strength and radio
 choices, overall durability, high performance processing power, and outdoor
 viewability," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., vice president and chief analyst,
 Mobile and Wireless, Frost & Sullivan. "The GoBook VR-2 notebook from
 General Dynamics Itronix delivers significant functionality in all of these
 key attribute areas and, for the first time, an astonishing degree of
 outdoor viewability on a touchscreen. I was amazed at the clarity of the
 new DynaVue technology as it was displayed on the GoBook VR-2's touchscreen
 in bright sunlight. I realized then that to produce a great outdoor viewing
 solution, it isn't about generating more backlight power. It's about
 reducing reflection and focusing on contrast ratio. General Dynamics
 Itronix has done just that, and produced a superior outdoor viewing result
 with its DynaVue display technology."
     GoBook VR-2 Product Features
     The GoBook VR-2's capabilities and features distinguish it as the
 fastest, most durable semi-rugged, outdoor-viewable wireless notebook
     Brightness Beyond "Nits" -- The DynaVue Difference
     The DynaVue display technology virtually eliminates internal
 reflections that wash out touchscreen displays and DynaVue dramatically
 improves direct sunlight contrast ratio for improved viewability and fine
 details definition. DynaVue also helps optimize the notebook's battery and
 processor performance without adding extra weight. Prior to DynaVue,
 computer display manufacturers tried various methods to increase display
 brightness. Some attempts came with undesirable side-effects -- like
 diminished battery life, distorted colors and reduced contrast. DynaVue
 employs an innovative approach for inside and outside work environments and
 provides a proper balance between brightness and contrast ratio.
     The only semi-rugged notebook with external antenna connections and a
 built-in global positioning system (GPS), the GoBook VR-2 works even in
 challenging environments. On the motherboard, the Intel Core2 Duo processor
 T7300 2.0GHz and Intel(R) 965GM Express chip set provide outstanding
     "By using the newest Intel Core2 Duo processor, the GoBook VR-2
 notebook provides the high level of performance required by public safety
 professionals, utilities technicians and others who have demanding, mission
 critical computing needs," said Erik Reid, marketing director, Intel Mobile
 Platforms Group.
     At a mere 6.2 pounds, with a full-size, spill-resistant keyboard, the
 GoBook VR-2 offers more carry and docking options than any other
 semi-rugged notebook. With a dedicated office dock and an external
 keyboard, as well as an optional dedicated vehicle dock, the GoBook VR-2
 easily makes the transition from the office to the outside, making it ideal
 as a true dual-purpose laptop for road warriors as well as industrial and
 military users.
     The GoBook VR-2 provides the highest level of drop protection of any
 semi-rugged notebook, with a published drop spec of 6 drops from 30 inches.
 Designed from the ground up to be the most rugged, semi-rugged notebook,
 the VR-2 meets military specifications for temperature, dust, and humidity
 for fully rugged systems (IP 5x), making it suitable for use in harsh and
 unpredictable environments and is optimized for vehicle-docked applications
 like those in law enforcement and select industrial markets.
     The VR-2 includes integrated wireless WWAN that provides wide area
 wireless coverage across the globe; an integrated five-band antenna for
 worldwide roaming capability; and Bluetooth Class 2 connectivity, with a
 range of up to 33 feet (10 meters). The only semi-rugged notebook with
 external antenna connections, the VR-2 is the first semi-rugged system to
 include integrated wireless 802.11n-level WiFi connectivity, in addition to
 802.11 a/b. The GoBook VR-2 is also the only semi-rugged notebook with
 integrated GPS for mapping and workforce management applications, and
 features a quadra-helix antenna for faster and more accurate "fixes."
     The GoBook VR-2 incorporates multiple levels of both physical and
 software security:
     -- TPM 1.2 secure micro-controller with added cryptographic
        functionalities. It works with supporting software and firmware to
        prevent unauthorized access to a notebook computer. The TPM contains a
        hardware engine to perform up to 2048-bit RSA encryption/decryption and
        uses a built in RSA engine during digital signing and key wrapping
     -- Stealth mode lets the user turn off the screen, audio, LEDs, task
        light, fan, WWAN, WLAN and Bluetooth to ensure safe performance in
        critical environments (available August 2007).
     -- With a "super password," the user can individually disable hardware
        that could be used to transfer data and selectively disable PC card
        slots, CD, DVD, Ethernet, Express, WLAN, WWAN, Bluetooth and the
        communications and USB ports (available August 2007).
     -- A BIOS pre-boot password, to keep thieves out of sensitive data by
        forcing a password prior to Windows boot-up (available August 2007).
     -- Optional biometric fingerprint reader enables high security and the
        gradual elimination of numerous passwords.
     -- Optional vehicle dock includes a three-point locking system that
        ensures a solid connection and deters theft.
     The GoBook VR-2 semi-rugged notebook is available for immediate
 shipment; suggested U.S. list price for a base configuration is $3,500. A
 custom vehicle dock is available for $499. Through the Corporate Branding
 Program, customers who order a minimum quantity of 200 systems can have the
 notebooks customized with their organization's colors, label and logo.
     About General Dynamics Itronix
     A world-class developer of wireless, rugged computing systems,
 applications and technology for mobile workers in a variety of commercial
 field service markets, the government and military, General Dynamics
 Itronix exemplifies the computing technologies capabilities of General
 Dynamics and offers a full range of wireless field computing systems, from
 handhelds to notebooks to tablet computers, mobile servers and thin
 clients. General Dynamics Itronix is based in Spokane Valley, Wash., with
 European-based operations in Coventry, England. General Dynamics Itronix is
 a part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a leading integrator of secure
 communication and information systems and technology. Additional
 information about products and services is available at
     About General Dynamics
     General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs
 approximately 82,600 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1
 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
 expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and
 marine systems; and information systems and technologies.
     Itronix, GoBook and DynaVue are registered trademarks or pending
 trademarks of General Dynamics Itronix. All other brands, products or
 service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective

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