General Dynamics Itronix Hits Market with Smallest, Lightest Rugged Notebook Computer



    
    Rugged from the ground up for field-deployed workers, the GoBook MR-1
    delivers exceptional durability, performance, multi-wireless capability
and
    outdoor screen clarity in a compact, game-changing form factor
    

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., June 12 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Itronix
announced today a full-featured, fully rugged computer in the "ultra-mobile"
category that is designed to meet the portability and durability needs of
industrial, commercial, military and government customers. The GoBook MR-1 is
a two-pound, full-function rugged notebook measuring 4.3 inches by 6 inches,
allowing users to work on a portable, lightweight, reduced-footprint machine,
with a superior outdoor viewable display, wherever duty takes them.
    "We are seeing market interest in smaller, more portable devices that
still have all the functionality of a full-fledged notebook," said David
Daoud, research manager, United States Quarterly PC Tracker and Personal
Systems, IDC. "The GoBook MR-1 is likely to find a receptive audience among
the highly mobile workforce in segments such as government, utilities,
communications, and field services in need of a fully functional PC in a
ruggedized ultra-small form factor."
    Mike DiBiase is vice president of computing technologies for General
Dynamics C4 Systems. "This ultra-mobile notebook was developed with the needs
of both defense and commercial users in mind," DiBiase said. "The development
and successful launch speaks to the company's ability to address the rugged
computing needs of customers in virtually all conditions and operating
environments."
    The 5.6-inch SVGA-W GoBook MR-1 runs with the full Windows XP Pro
operating system (and Vista by the end of 2007), which helps to reduce
training and support costs by providing users and IT management with a
familiar interface.  The GoBook MR-1 also features the new patent-pending
DynaVue(TM) touchscreen display technology as an option. This innovative
display technology, announced in May, provides dramatically improved outdoor
screen viewability while optimizing battery life and processing power for
ultra-mobile end users.
    "The GoBook MR-1 new notebook form factor provides extreme portability
and mobility, without sacrificing any of the features of a full-size rugged
notebook, and best of all, it will also run on Vista utilizing the latest in
today's technology," said John Ball, general manager, U.S. Systems Builder,
Microsoft. "I am excited that a key manufacturer is delivering such innovation
to users who require computing solutions in many extreme environments."

    
    GoBook MR-1 Product Features
    
    The GoBook MR-1 packs the capabilities of a full notebook computer into a
clamshell notebook small enough to fit into a coat pocket. The GoBook MR-1 is
as powerful and rugged as it is ergonomic and portable, sporting the lightest
and smallest footprint of any rugged, ultra-mobile notebook. The GoBook MR-1
also provides the user multiple navigational input devices through a touchpad
interface as well as a micro joystick for optimal flexibility in cursor
navigation and selection.

    
    Performance
    
    The GoBook MR-1 is built with state of the art technology, giving it the
power to leverage multi-threaded applications, graphics commonly found in
field deployed workforce environments such as public safety and field service,
or military, and boost overall speed and performance:
    
    --  1.2Ghz Intel Core Solo(TM) U1400 Processor ("Napa" chipset).
    --  533 MHz front side bus.
    --  Up to 1 GB of RAM.
    --  3D Intel Extreme Graphics with up to 128MB of graphics memory (both
        shared and dedicated).
    --  3- and 6-hour battery life options: 4000 mAH (29W) Lithium Polymer
        main battery or optional 8000 mAH (59W) Lithium Polymer extended
        battery pack.

    Ergonomics
    Built for fully rugged mobility, the GoBook MR-1 features:
    --  Smallest and lightest rugged notebook form factor -- weighs only 2 lbs
        and comes in an easy to use 1.56" (H) x 6.0" (W) x 4.33" (D) rugged
        clam-shell device.
    --  5.6" wide SVGA outdoor viewable LCD display, built with optional
        DynaVue patent-pending touchscreen display technology for unmatched
        outdoor viewability.
    --  Ergonomically designed, sealed keyboard.
    --  Dual navigational options include touchpad/micro joystick.
    --  Office dock and vehicle mounting options.
    --  Standard hard drive heater.
    --  16 GB or 32 GB solid state hard disk drive option.

    Ruggedness
    
    The GoBook MR-1 provides the highest level of durability, designed to
meet or exceed MIL-STD 810F for temperature and drop, as well as vibration
testing. The unit is also IP-54 rated for dust and humidity making it suitable
for use in harsh and unpredictable environments. The GoBook MR-1 was designed
to be rugged from the inside out and meant to survive in harsh, unpredictable
environments. The unit features shock-mounted display and key internal
components, and is housed in a magnesium alloy clamshell case with impact
absorbing bumpers. The GoBook MR-1 will be vehicle-mount crash-tested for
in-vehicle safety. Additionally, the GoBook MR-1 will be compliant with
Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) UL1604 Class I, Division 2, Group A, B, C & D.

    
    Wireless Connectivity
    
    Like all GoBook notebooks, the GoBook MR-1 features the ability to manage
multiple embedded wireless radios and standards, with upgrade protection to
accommodate new wireless standards as they emerge:
    
    --  Up to four wireless radios, simultaneous  WLAN, PAN, GPS and WWAN
        (Dec. '07)
        --  Leading edge, high-speed data transfer with worldwide 3G and EVDO
            cellular support.
    --  Seamless roaming for uninterrupted coverage, even in fringe areas.
    --  Upgradeable wireless support to accommodate existing as well as future
        wireless technologies.

    Security
    
    The GoBook MR-1 was built to offer unmatched data and asset protection,
with support for multiple user and network authentication options.  Security
features include a user-removable 40 GB or optional 80 GB shock mounted hard
drive (with optional solid state hard drives in 16 GB and 32 GB), fingerprint
reader, TPM 1.2, and file/folder locking capabilities, and stealth-mode
keyboard and display settings for secure environments, as well as configurable
access to all input/output devices for data transfer restriction and multiple
asset protection features.

    
    Modular flexibility
    
    The GoBook MR-1 is engineered to include modular, innovative expansion
module ("slice") architecture. The expansion module enables users to integrate
legacy I/O interface functionality and additional accessories. The expansion
module/slice can be customized for additional expansion such as PCMCIA. An
expansion module ("slice") is required for the 80 GB hard drive option as well
as the TPM 1.2 security feature.

    
    Availability, /Pricing and Service
    
    The GoBook MR-1 base configuration will be generally available in
September 2007 at the suggested USD retail price of $4,450.  The unit is
backed by a three-year warranty and supported by end-to-end customer care
services including value programs like "one-call" Mobility Help Desk for
enterprise and government customers. The notebook may be purchased through a
General Dynamics Itronix channel partner or directly by calling (800)
441-1309.

    
    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.
More information about the company can be found online at
http://www.generaldynamics.com.

    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.





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For further information: Denise Nelson, +1-925-837-6277, Fax, 
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