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Ruggedized Windows tablet is surprisingly small and light

Ruggedized Windows tablet is surprisingly small and light

General Dynamics Itronix released a rugged Windows 7 tablet with a 10.4-inch, sunlight-readable screen. The GD3015 includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, a 160GB hard disk or 64GB solid state drive (SSD), five-hour battery life, and the ability to withstand three-foot drops, according to the company.

Itronix recently released the GD2000, a ruggedized clamshell portable designed for military or law enforcement use. Now, it’s joining the ranks of those companies who believe there’s a market for a tablet computer that can take a beating.

The company’s new GD3015 is a Windows 7 tablet that doesn’t have to be babied like consumer-oriented devices. It has rubber bumpers with flaps that protect its ports, achieving an IP54 rating for sealing against water and dust, and MIL-STD-810F compliance to boot.

According to Itronix, the GD3015 works in temperatures from 32 to 104 deg. F and survives multiple three-foot drops. All of this qualifies it for use “by mobile professionals working in public safety, utilities, transportation, warehousing and industry field services,” the company says.

Like its more tenderfooted counterparts, the GD3015 has a 10.1-inch display, with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. The touchscreen is resistive, for operation via gloves or in inclement conditions, and there are three programmable function keys, plus a enter button and another button that invokes a software keyboard.

The GD3015 is powered by the familiar Intel Atom Z530 processor, clocked at 1.6GHz, and is available with either a 64GB SSD or a 1.8-inch, 160GB hard disk drive. Fixed storage may optionally be provided by an 8GB CompactFlash card, which is apparently not externally accessible.

Itronix says the GD3015 has a fingerprint reader as well as several levels of password security (pre-boot, supervisor). It includes a TPM (trusted platform module) and Intel’s TXT (trusted execution technology), and is available with an optional smart card reader, the company adds.

Also noted are a number of other optional accessories: a two megapixel camera; a GPS receiver; a 1D barcode scanner; a magnetic stripe reader (MSR); and an RFID reader.

Wireless local and personal area networking (802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0) are standard, and a internal GPRS/HSDPA cellular modem is also available. Wired connectivity is ample, including two USB 2.0 host ports, a VGA port, an RS232 port, and audio I/O, and the GD3015 also offers an SD slot and a Type II PC Card slot, according to Itronix.

At 2.7 pounds, the GD3015 isn’t particularly hefty, and it has a competitive footprint of 10.4 x 8.4 x .7 inches. An 1,880mAh battery is standard, while an external 3,750mAh battery is optional — Itronix cites five hours of operation but doesn’t say whether this operating time requires both.

Specifications listed for the GD3015 by General Dynamics Itronix include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom Z530 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — SCH US15WXL
  • Memory — 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Storage — 1.8-inch, 160GB hard disk drive; 64GB SSD; or 8GB CompactFlash
  • Display — 10.1-inch resistive touchscreen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
  • Camera — 2 megapixel (optional)
  • Expansion:
    • SD slot
    • Type II PC Card slot
    • docking connector
  • Networking:
    • WLAN — 802.11b/g/n
    • PAN — Bluetooth 2.0
    • WWAN — GPRS/HSDPA (optional)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • VGA
    • 1 x RS232
    • audio — microphone in, headphone out
  • Power — 1,880mAh battery standard; 3,760mAh optional; five-hour life
  • Operating range — 32 to 104 deg. F
  • Dimensions — 10.4 x 8.4 x 7 inches
  • Weight — 2.7 pounds

Ruggedized Windows tablet is surprisingly small and light on May 15, 2016 rated 4.4 of 5

Release ID: 1953

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