General Dynamics Itronix Hits Market with Smallest, Lightest Rugged Notebook Computer

Rugged from the ground up for field-deployed workers, the GoBook MR-1

delivers exceptional durability, performance, multi-wireless capability and

outdoor screen clarity in a compact, game-changing form factor

Jun 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from General Dynamics Itronix

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Itronix
 announced today a full-featured, fully rugged computer in the
 "ultra-mobile" category that is designed to meet the portability and
 durability needs of industrial, commercial, military and government
 customers. The GoBook MR-1 is a two-pound, full-function rugged notebook
 measuring 4.3 inches by 6 inches, allowing users to work on a portable,
 lightweight, reduced-footprint machine, with a superior outdoor viewable
 display, wherever duty takes them.
     "We are seeing market interest in smaller, more portable devices that
 still have all the functionality of a full-fledged notebook," said David
 Daoud, research manager, United States Quarterly PC Tracker and Personal
 Systems, IDC. "The GoBook MR-1 is likely to find a receptive audience among
 the highly mobile workforce in segments such as government, utilities,
 communications, and field services in need of a fully functional PC in a
 ruggedized ultra-small form factor."
     Mike DiBiase is vice president of computing technologies for General
 Dynamics C4 Systems. "This ultra-mobile notebook was developed with the
 needs of both defense and commercial users in mind," DiBiase said. "The
 development and successful launch speaks to the company's ability to
 address the rugged computing needs of customers in virtually all conditions
 and operating environments."
     The 5.6-inch SVGA-W GoBook MR-1 runs with the full Windows XP Pro
 operating system (and Vista by the end of 2007), which helps to reduce
 training and support costs by providing users and IT management with a
 familiar interface. The GoBook MR-1 also features the new patent-pending
 DynaVue(TM) touchscreen display technology as an option. This innovative
 display technology, announced in May, provides dramatically improved
 outdoor screen viewability while optimizing battery life and processing
 power for ultra-mobile end users.
     "The GoBook MR-1 new notebook form factor provides extreme portability
 and mobility, without sacrificing any of the features of a full-size rugged
 notebook, and best of all, it will also run on Vista utilizing the latest
 in today's technology," said John Ball, general manager, U.S. Systems
 Builder, Microsoft. "I am excited that a key manufacturer is delivering
 such innovation to users who require computing solutions in many extreme
     GoBook MR-1 Product Features
     The GoBook MR-1 packs the capabilities of a full notebook computer into
 a clamshell notebook small enough to fit into a coat pocket. The GoBook
 MR-1 is as powerful and rugged as it is ergonomic and portable, sporting
 the lightest and smallest footprint of any rugged, ultra-mobile notebook.
 The GoBook MR-1 also provides the user multiple navigational input devices
 through a touchpad interface as well as a micro joystick for optimal
 flexibility in cursor navigation and selection.
     The GoBook MR-1 is built with state of the art technology, giving it
 the power to leverage multi-threaded applications, graphics commonly found
 in field deployed workforce environments such as public safety and field
 service, or military, and boost overall speed and performance:
     --  1.2Ghz Intel Core Solo(TM) U1400 Processor ("Napa" chipset).
     --  533 MHz front side bus.
     --  Up to 1 GB of RAM.
     --  3D Intel Extreme Graphics with up to 128MB of graphics memory (both
         shared and dedicated).
     --  3- and 6-hour battery life options: 4000 mAH (29W) Lithium Polymer
         main battery or optional 8000 mAH (59W) Lithium Polymer extended
         battery pack.
     Built for fully rugged mobility, the GoBook MR-1 features:
     --  Smallest and lightest rugged notebook form factor -- weighs only 2 lbs
         and comes in an easy to use 1.56" (H) x 6.0" (W) x 4.33" (D) rugged
         clam-shell device.
     --  5.6" wide SVGA outdoor viewable LCD display, built with optional
         DynaVue patent-pending touchscreen display technology for unmatched
         outdoor viewability.
     --  Ergonomically designed, sealed keyboard.
     --  Dual navigational options include touchpad/micro joystick.
     --  Office dock and vehicle mounting options.
     --  Standard hard drive heater.
     --  16 GB or 32 GB solid state hard disk drive option.
     The GoBook MR-1 provides the highest level of durability, designed to
 meet or exceed MIL-STD 810F for temperature and drop, as well as vibration
 testing. The unit is also IP-54 rated for dust and humidity making it
 suitable for use in harsh and unpredictable environments. The GoBook MR-1
 was designed to be rugged from the inside out and meant to survive in
 harsh, unpredictable environments. The unit features shock-mounted display
 and key internal components, and is housed in a magnesium alloy clamshell
 case with impact absorbing bumpers. The GoBook MR-1 will be vehicle-mount
 crash-tested for in-vehicle safety. Additionally, the GoBook MR-1 will be
 compliant with Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) UL1604 Class I, Division 2,
 Group A, B, C & D.
     Wireless Connectivity
     Like all GoBook notebooks, the GoBook MR-1 features the ability to
 manage multiple embedded wireless radios and standards, with upgrade
 protection to accommodate new wireless standards as they emerge:
     --  Up to four wireless radios, simultaneous  WLAN, PAN, GPS and WWAN
         (Dec. '07)
         --  Leading edge, high-speed data transfer with worldwide 3G and EVDO
             cellular support.
     --  Seamless roaming for uninterrupted coverage, even in fringe areas.
     --  Upgradeable wireless support to accommodate existing as well as future
         wireless technologies.
     The GoBook MR-1 was built to offer unmatched data and asset protection,
 with support for multiple user and network authentication options. Security
 features include a user-removable 40 GB or optional 80 GB shock mounted
 hard drive (with optional solid state hard drives in 16 GB and 32 GB),
 fingerprint reader, TPM 1.2, and file/folder locking capabilities, and
 stealth-mode keyboard and display settings for secure environments, as well
 as configurable access to all input/output devices for data transfer
 restriction and multiple asset protection features.
     Modular flexibility
     The GoBook MR-1 is engineered to include modular, innovative expansion
 module ("slice") architecture. The expansion module enables users to
 integrate legacy I/O interface functionality and additional accessories.
 The expansion module/slice can be customized for additional expansion such
 as PCMCIA. An expansion module ("slice") is required for the 80 GB hard
 drive option as well as the TPM 1.2 security feature.
     Availability, /Pricing and Service
     The GoBook MR-1 base configuration will be generally available in
 September 2007 at the suggested USD retail price of $4,450. The unit is
 backed by a three-year warranty and supported by end-to-end customer care
 services including value programs like "one-call" Mobility Help Desk for
 enterprise and government customers. The notebook may be purchased through
 a General Dynamics Itronix channel partner or directly by calling (800)
     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. More information about the company can be found online at
     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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