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Duo-Touch II rugged PC

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February 24, 2008

Dynavue display in action

Dynavue display in action

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February 25, 2008 General Dynamics Itronix has announced the availability of the Duo-Touch II, the second generation of the company’s lightweight rugged tablet PCs. Combining processing power with an ergonomic tablet design for one-handed operation, the Duo-Touch II enables rugged, high-performance computing for mobile professionals in industries such as public safety, telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance. The unit also features Dynavue display technology that meets military standard for cockpit displays for direct sunlight viewability.

The Duo-Touch II features patent-pending Dynavue display technology which utilizes an innovative touchscreen design to increase outdoor viewability and fine detail definition, even in direct sunlight, by eliminating the internal reflections which wash out display clarity. DynaVue technology provides the critical balance between brightness and contrast, resulting in optimum viewing for outdoor work environments as well as indoor and in-vehicle use, without the sacrifices of diminished battery life and processor performance that come from simply increasing screen brightness. DynaVue is also the only display technology on the market, which meets the MIL-HDBK-87213 Rev A military standard for electronically generated airborne (cockpit) displays for direct sunlight viewability.

Employing an Intel Core Duo Processor U2500 running at 1.2 GHz with 2MB of L2 cache memory, the Duo-Touch II Tablet PC is available with up to 2048MB of DDR2 RAM and offers an optional fingerprint scanner to ensure systems can only be used by their authorized operators and to reduce the risk of data being compromised should the tablet be lost or stolen. With multiple integrated wireless technologies, including support for EDGE/GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, EV-DO, 802.11 a/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS networks, the Duo-Touch II can support up to three RF modems and GPS simultaneously, while an upgradeable, modular design lets users configure the Duo-Touch II in various combinations.

The Duo-Touch II is equipped with both an active digitizer and passive touchscreen modes to ensure reliable computing with either a pen or the touch of a finger. The active digitizer allows for accurate signature capture and adding notes to drawings or maps, while the passive touchscreen mode can be used for simple navigation in Windows and other custom applications which utilize user-friendly kiosk-style selection “buttons”. The Duo-Touch II can be mounted on a desk or in a vehicle via a docking station and can be paired with an optional keyboard for text heavy applications. The unit is also equipped with a Kensington lock slot, serial port, USB, and external monitor connections. The magnesium unit has been crash-tested for in-vehicle safety, meets or exceeds MIL-STD 810F durability standards, and is sealed against water and dust intrusion.

General Dynamics Itronix is currently accepting orders for the Duo-Touch II Tablet PC, which will be available for delivery in March 2008. The unit has a limited three-year warranty and will have an MSRP of USD$3,595.

For further info visit General Dynamics Itronix.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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