Rugged notebook/tablet PC Atex-certified

21st February 2013

Getac is upgrading its popular V100 fully rugged convertible notebook/tablet PC with new performance features. The latest enhancements to Getac's V100 include processor and memory upgrades, greater storage capacities and enhanced bandwidth and wireless capabilities. The new enhanced V100 will also boast Atex (Category 3, Zone 2) certification.

Peter Molyneux, business development director at Getac UK, comments: "With better performance, memory, storage and wireless capabilities, the V100 offers the most advanced rugged mobile computing technology for mobile field workers and users of rugged PCs throughout the military, government, transportation, utility, public safety, field service, manufacturing and healthcare industries. By complying with the complex Atex directive, we are also able to provide bespoke solutions to industries where suitable equipment is scarce. Atex-certified, the V100 now meets the needs of users working in environments where explosive gases are present, such as oil refineries, pipelines, petro-chemical and mining."

New performance-enhancing features include a processor upgrade from 1.2GHz Intel Merom to 1.4GHz Intel Penryn. The front side bus has been increased from 533MHz to 800MHz and the 2MB L2 cache has been increased to 3MB. Optional memory on the V100's RAM has increased to 4GB. Storage capacities have been increased from a minimum HDD of 120GB to a minimum of 160GB and a maximum capacity increase from 250GB to 320GB. In addition, the V100's wireless networking capabilities have been upgraded to include draft 802.11n and the V100 now offers a Smart Card Reader in the standard configuration.

The transformable Getac V100 features a swivelling LED screen, allowing users to switch between notebook and tablet modes. It also features a magnesium alloy casing, shock-mounted hard disk drive and sealed I/O caps and doors to prevent damage from solid particles. Although it weighs a mere 2.2kg, the V100 is said to withstand even the harshest working environments. It is fully compliant with MIL-STD 810F and IP54 standards for ruggedness and ingress protection, including the ability to withstand heavy rain, airborne dust and debris. For further protection, the convertible notebook/tablet PC has a removable hard drive that is shielded by a special mechanism to prevent damage during operation: anti vibration compounds serve as a shock absorber during transport, and an anti-shock housing provides further protection if the unit is bumped or dropped.

In addition, the V100 offers Getac's Sunlight Readable Technology and can be upgraded to a super-bright 1200cd/m2 display that is claimed to provide unmatched outdoor viewability and screen brightness while decreasing reflectivity, thus preserving battery life. Combined with an active anti-reflective process based on circular polarisation to absorb reflective light, the V100's Sunlight Readable Technology enables viewability that is said to be more than six times better than competing screens. Other features include 10/100/1000 Ethernet, integrated GPS and Bluetooth. It also features a waterproof keyboard and an SD card slot.

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