General Dynamics Itronix Announces Semi-Rugged GoBook(R) VR-2 Notebook



    
    First semi-rugged notebook optimized for vehicle-deployed workforces with
    new DynaVue(TM) all-light viewable display technology
    

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., June 5 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Itronix
introduced today its next-generation semi-rugged notebook computer, the GoBook
VR-2, featuring the new Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor T7300 at 2.0 GHz and
superior ergonomic and wireless features. Designed to meet the demanding needs
of mobile workers in a variety of commercial, field service, public safety and
military markets, the GoBook VR-2 offers a unique 13.3-inch display featuring
DynaVue(TM) -- a recently announced patent-pending display technology -- that
offers superior touchscreen viewability in all lighting conditions, even
direct sunlight.
    "This next-generation semi-rugged product represents the culmination of
our expertise in designed-in ruggedness, integrated wireless capabilities and
performance, with cutting-edge display innovation for unparalleled outdoor
touchscreen display viewability," said Ben Thacker, vice president of
strategic marketing for General Dynamics Itronix. "Based on customer input,
these features were designed to deliver a best-in-class, semi-rugged notebook
that is flexible and well suited for vehicle-based and office-based mobile
workers," Thacker said.
    "Companies with mobile workers require attributes in their rugged mobile
computing devices such as wireless signal strength and radio choices, overall
durability, high performance processing power, and outdoor viewability," said
J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., vice president and chief analyst, Mobile and Wireless,
Frost & Sullivan. "The GoBook VR-2 notebook from General Dynamics Itronix
delivers significant functionality in all of these key attribute areas and,
for the first time, an astonishing degree of outdoor viewability on a
touchscreen. I was amazed at the clarity of the new DynaVue technology as it
was displayed on the GoBook VR-2's touchscreen in bright sunlight. I realized
then that to produce a great outdoor viewing solution, it isn't about
generating more backlight power. It's about reducing reflection and focusing
on contrast ratio. General Dynamics Itronix has done just that, and produced a
superior outdoor viewing result with its DynaVue display technology."

    
    GoBook VR-2 Product Features
    
    The GoBook VR-2's capabilities and features distinguish it as the
fastest, most durable semi-rugged, outdoor-viewable wireless notebook
available.

    
    Brightness Beyond "Nits" -- The DynaVue Difference
    
    The DynaVue display technology virtually eliminates internal reflections
that wash out touchscreen displays and DynaVue dramatically improves direct
sunlight contrast ratio for improved viewability and fine details definition.
DynaVue also helps optimize the notebook's battery and processor performance
without adding extra weight. Prior to DynaVue, computer display manufacturers
tried various methods to increase display brightness. Some attempts came with
undesirable side-effects -- like diminished battery life, distorted colors and
reduced contrast. DynaVue employs an innovative approach for inside and
outside work environments and provides a proper balance between brightness and
contrast ratio.

    
    Performance
    
    The only semi-rugged notebook with external antenna connections and a
built-in global positioning system (GPS), the GoBook VR-2 works even in
challenging environments. On the motherboard, the Intel Core2 Duo processor
T7300 2.0GHz and Intel(R) 965GM Express chip set provide outstanding
performance.
    "By using the newest Intel Core2 Duo processor, the GoBook VR-2 notebook
provides the high level of performance required by public safety
professionals, utilities technicians and others who have demanding, mission
critical computing needs," said Erik Reid, marketing director, Intel Mobile
Platforms Group.

    
    Ergonomics
    
    At a mere 6.2 pounds, with a full-size, spill-resistant keyboard, the
GoBook VR-2 offers more carry and docking options than any other semi-rugged
notebook. With a dedicated office dock and an external keyboard, as well as an
optional dedicated vehicle dock, the GoBook VR-2 easily makes the transition
from the office to the outside, making it ideal as a true dual-purpose laptop
for road warriors as well as industrial and military users.

    
    Ruggedness
    
    The GoBook VR-2 provides the highest level of drop protection of any
semi-rugged notebook, with a published drop spec of 6 drops from 30 inches.
Designed from the ground up to be the most rugged, semi-rugged notebook, the
VR-2 meets military specifications for temperature, dust, and humidity for
fully rugged systems (IP 5x), making it suitable for use in harsh and
unpredictable environments and is optimized for vehicle-docked applications
like those in law enforcement and select industrial markets.

    
    Connectivity
    
    The VR-2 includes integrated wireless WWAN that provides wide area
wireless coverage across the globe; an integrated five-band antenna for
worldwide roaming capability; and Bluetooth Class 2 connectivity, with a range
of up to 33 feet (10 meters). The only semi-rugged notebook with external
antenna connections, the VR-2 is the first semi-rugged system to include
integrated wireless 802.11n-level WiFi connectivity, in addition to 802.11
a/b. The GoBook VR-2 is also the only semi-rugged notebook with integrated GPS
for mapping and workforce management applications, and features a quadra-helix
antenna for faster and more accurate "fixes."

    
    Security
    
    The GoBook VR-2 incorporates multiple levels of both physical and
software security:

    
    -- TPM 1.2 secure micro-controller with added cryptographic
       functionalities. It works with supporting software and firmware to
       prevent unauthorized access to a notebook computer. The TPM contains a
       hardware engine to perform up to 2048-bit RSA encryption/decryption and
       uses a built in RSA engine during digital signing and key wrapping
       operations.

    -- Stealth mode lets the user turn off the screen, audio, LEDs, task
       light, fan, WWAN, WLAN and Bluetooth to ensure safe performance in
       critical environments (available August 2007).

    -- With a "super password," the user can individually disable hardware
       that could be used to transfer data and selectively disable PC card
       slots, CD, DVD, Ethernet, Express, WLAN, WWAN, Bluetooth and the
       communications and USB ports (available August 2007).

    -- A BIOS pre-boot password, to keep thieves out of sensitive data by
       forcing a password prior to Windows boot-up (available August 2007).

    -- Optional biometric fingerprint reader enables high security and the
       gradual elimination of numerous passwords.

    -- Optional vehicle dock includes a three-point locking system that
       ensures a solid connection and deters theft.

    Availability/pricing
    
    The GoBook VR-2 semi-rugged notebook is available for immediate shipment;
suggested U.S. list price for a base configuration is $3,500. A custom vehicle
dock is available for $499. Through the Corporate Branding Program, customers
who order a minimum quantity of 200 systems can have the notebooks customized
with their organization's colors, label and logo.

    
    About General Dynamics Itronix
    
    A world-class developer of wireless, rugged computing systems,
applications and technology for mobile workers in a variety of commercial
field service markets, the government and military, General Dynamics Itronix
exemplifies the computing technologies capabilities of General Dynamics and
offers a full range of wireless field computing systems, from handhelds to
notebooks to tablet computers, mobile servers and thin clients. General
Dynamics Itronix is based in Spokane Valley, Wash., with European-based
operations in Coventry, England. General Dynamics Itronix is a part of General
Dynamics C4 Systems, a leading integrator of secure communication and
information systems and technology. Additional information about products and
services is available at http://www.gd-itronix.com.

    
    About General Dynamics
    
    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs
approximately 82,600 people worldwide and had 2006 revenues of $24.1 billion.
The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary
combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and
information systems and technologies.

    Itronix, GoBook and DynaVue are registered trademarks or pending
trademarks of General Dynamics Itronix. All other brands, products or service
names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.





For further information:

For further information: Denise Nelson of General Dynamics Itronix, 
+1-925-837-6277, fax +1-925-837-6324, ix@ventanapr.com

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