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Panasonic semi-rugged Desktop Replacement Toughbook with embedded 3G wireless

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June 4, 2007

Panasonic semi-rugged Desktop Replacement Toughbook with embedded 3G wireless

Panasonic semi-rugged Desktop Replacement Toughbook with embedded 3G wireless

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June 5, 2007 In an important product announcement, Panasonic has extended its Toughbook mobile computer range to include a semi-rugged, wireless-ready desktop replacement notebook, the Toughbook 52. Built on the new Santa Rosa chipset from Intel, the Toughbook 52 offers all the processing power of a desktop replacement notebook in a form factor engineered from the ground up for mobility and making sure your window to the world remains in pristine order thanks to embedded 3G access. The 15.4 inch widescreen laptop can withstand drops of up to 2.5 feet on all six sides, has a spill-resistant keyboard, six hours of battery life and a removable hard drive which can handle a drop of three feet. The MIL-SPEC-certified notebook incorporates magnesium alloy cases, flexible internal connectors and shock-mounted hard drives and LCDs.

“In an increasingly wireless world, organizations large and small need to know that the tools they count on to stay connected and productive are up to the task of mobility. The semi-rugged desktop replacement Toughbook 52 is both a cost-effective and reliable mobile computing solution,” said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “Our customers play a significant role in the development of Toughbook products. In this case, requests from a broad range of users, from the Department of Defense to some of the world’s largest insurance companies, were heard loud and clear by Panasonic design engineers. The result is a semi-rugged notebook that has the power to run the most complex applications, yet is designed for double-duty as a mobile PC in support of all types of field operations.”

“Durability and reliability can only be proven in terms of hardware failure rates,” added Poehler. “Panasonic is the only computer manufacturer to routinely share failure rate information because we know that Toughbook notebooks are many times more reliable than the industry average. You can only achieve this kind of reliability by heavily investing in design, engineering, manufacturing and testing. And we back it all up with one of the industry’s best warranties and US-based service and support.”

Reliable Mobility and Wireless Connectivity

The Toughbook 52 is constructed of magnesium alloy and includes a shock-mounted screen and easily removable hard drive for extra physical data security. With battery life of approximately 4-6 hours, depending on use environment, the semi-rugged Toughbook is certified to the MIL-STD-810F standard, tested to withstand drops of up to 2.5 feet on all six sides. The hard drive itself is tested to withstand a drop of 3 feet. The Toughbook 52 also includes a spill-resistant keyboard.

Panasonic was a pioneer in the integration of next generation wireless solutions and is the only manufacturer to offer a complete portfolio of computing devices, from rugged to semi-rugged and business-rugged computers, engineered for optimized 3G wireless performance. All Toughbook notebooks incorporate a wireless-ready design that allows customers to initially purchase, or later upgrade to, embedded access to next-generation data networks, including UMTS/HSDPA-based solutions from Cingular Wireless and the EV-DO Rev. A networks of Sprint or Verizon. The Toughbook 52 will initially ship with optional embedded access to the EV-DO Rev. A. mobile broadband network of Verizon Wireless. Integrated WLAN and Bluetooth also ensure that users stay connected, wherever their work takes them.

Enhanced Security Features

To safeguard valuable data and enable customers to comply with increasing data security regulations, the new Toughbook 52 is equipped with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM v1.2) security chip, the Computrace software agent in BIOS and an optional fingerprint scanner and SmartCard reader.

Superior Warranty, Support and Professional Services

Every Panasonic Toughbook is sold with a standard three-year limited warranty which includes around-the-clock U.S.-based phone support for the entire life of the product. Panasonic provides customers an average call center hold time of less than one minute. In addition, in the unlikely event of a hardware-related failure, Panasonic covers the cost of overnight shipping to and from its national service center, where the average turnaround time for repairs is less than two days. Panasonic also offers a full range of professional services, including image management, asset management and online service analysis, to support enterprise customers before, during and after deployment.

The wireless-ready semi-rugged Toughbook 52 will be available in July in two configurations, standard (estimated street price of US$1,699) or optimized for improved video and Vista-performance, including a faster CPU, 512MB dedicated VRAM and a larger 120GB hard drive (estimated street price of US$2,499).

All Toughbook notebooks are customizable and available through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide, “buy now” resellers accessible online via www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/purchase.asp and at MicroCenters nationwide or the RCS Experience store in midtown Manhattan (Madison Avenue at 56th Street). Please visit www.panasonic.com/toughbook for more information.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Semi-rugged, Wireless-Ready Desktop Replacement Notebook Computer: Select Features and Specifications

CF-52 (Optimized Configuration), Estimated Street Price: $2,499.00 CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0G, T7300 Chipset PM965 Memory DDR2 1GB (Max.2GB+2GB) LCD 15.4" WUXGA Video AMD X2300 VRAM 512MB HDD 120GB (SATA) MP Multi-drive I/O Serial, IEEE1394a, VGA, Giga LAN, Modem, USB x4 Card PC Card x1, Express card x1, SD Security TPM 1.2 / Smart Card (Op) / Finger Print (Op) Wireless Wireless LAN 802.11abg Bluetooth Ver. 2.0 + EDR (Std) WWAN-Ready (Optional EV-DO or HSDPA) AC Adapter 120W Battery 85W, approximately 4.5 hours, depending on usage, environment Dimensions 11.3" x 14.0" x 2.0" Weight 7.4 lbs (w/handle)

CF-52 (Standard Configuration), Estimated Street Price: $1,649.00 CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8G, T7100 Chipset GM965 Memory DDR2 1GB (Max.2GB+2GB) LCD 15.4" WXGA Video Intel Embedded VRAM (UMA up to 128MB) HDD 80GB (SATA) MP Multi-drive I/O Serial, IEEE1394a, VGA, Giga LAN, Modem, USB x4, PC Card x1, Express card x1, SD Security TPM 1.2 / Smart Card (Op) / Finger Print (Op) Wireless Wireless LAN 802.11abg Bluetooth Ver. 2.0 + EDR (Op) WWAN-Ready (Optional EV-DO or HSDPA) AC Adaptor 120W Battery 85W, approximately 7.5 hours, depending on usage, environment Dimensions 11.3" x 14.0" x 2.0" Weight 7.3 lbs (w/handle)

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