EDO Introduces Rugged Mini Tablet Computer: Situational Awareness in the Soldier's Pocket


September 12, 2005

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September 13, 2005 EDO Corporation is introducing its new MINI-T Rugged Mini-Tablet Computer at the Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) Exhibition, which is being held this week in London. The one-kilogram, personal-digital-assistant (PDA) design offers "situational awareness in the soldier's pocket" that is useable from the Antarctic to the desert. Typical PDA screens tend to be too small for situational awareness information needed in the battlefield and thus have been limited mainly to sending messages. The MINI - T rugged computer solves this problem with as much as twice the usable screen area as a PDA, powered by substantially faster digital-signal processing. It includes a 6.4 inch sunlight-readable touch screen and dual processing with a 200MHz RISC/DSP.

The MINI-T is ideal for use with maps and imagery, including ISTAR applications for downloading UAV visuals. It employs mobile telephone technology, which enables it to exploit future commercial innovations. Specific cards can be inserted to perform different or additional functions.

The MINI-T rugged computer can be used in close proximity to a radio without interference, and can operate in any environmental condition from -30(degree) to + 75(degree)C. It can even be submersed in water as EDO will demonstrate at DSEi.

With nearly 80 years of experience in providing products for the military, EDO recognizes the importance of a flexible design in producing wearable-computer products. The MINI-T can be custom packaged to suit each customer's usage and stowage requirements. For example, if weight and soldier mobility are of greater importance, EDO offers the same processor with a 2.8 inch wrist-worn display. EDO believes that no other military PDA product can match the functionality, user friendliness and reliability of the MINI-T rugged computer.

The MINI-T is a variant of EDO's line of wearable computer products and is the latest addition to the company's full line of genuinely rugged portable computers, which includes the Termite. EDO's rugged computer products are on display at stand 1379 of the DSEi Exhibition. Additional information is also available at

EDO MBM Technology Ltd produces weapon carriage and release systems, rugged portable computers and flexible circuits for the aerospace and defense industries.

EDO Corporation designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for the defense industry and commercial markets, and provides related engineering and professional services.

Major product groups include: Defense Electronics, Communications, Aircraft Armament, Undersea Warfare, and Integrated Composite Structures. EDO's advanced systems are at the core of the transformation to lighter, faster, and smarter defense capabilities.

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