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Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units

The latest mobile computers for public safety are pumped up with some serious processing power.

October 24, 2011  |  by - Also by this author


Getac was born when GE Aerospace formed a joint venture with Taiwan's MITAC computer company. The company has been making rugged computers for the U.S. Military for more than 20 years and for law enforcement for more than 15 years. Its latest offering is the V100 rugged computer.

The V100 is a combination notebook and tablet PC with a standard 10.4-inch touch screen display. Converting the notebook to a tablet is a simple matter of rotating the display. Versatile and tough, the V100 is protected by a magnesium alloy case and it meets MIL-STD 810F for vibration and shock and IP54 for liquid resistance.

The V100 has been souped up considerably over earlier versions. It now boasts an Intel Core i7 processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. Turbo Boost Technology pumps that up to 2.26GHz with a 4MB L3 Intel Smart Cache. The RAM can also be enhanced from 2GB to 8GB. Wireless connectivity is provided by a fast 802.11n wireless card. There's also Bluetooth and 3G connections.

General Dynamics Itronix

General Dynamics Itronix introduced its latest fully rugged notebook the GD8200 in June. The GD8200 is a serious contender for state of the art in this market.

Designed for portability, the GD8200 is both light at 7.5 pounds and compact with a 13.3-inch display. But it's also very tough. General Dynamics Itronix has subjected the machine to 35 environmental tests. And it passed every one of them, meeting MIL-STD 810G for shock, vibration, temperature, and altitude; MIL-STD 461F for electromagnetism; and IP65 for dust and water ingress. It's even specified for helicopter vibration, so it will easily handle life in a patrol car. In other words, you can take this thing to hell and back and still expect it to run.

And it runs really fast. The GD8200 boasts a second-generation Intel Core i7 vPro processor with a clock speed of 2.2GHz and an Intel Turbo Boost feature that pumps up the power to 2.9GHz. The processor is supported by 8GB of RAM and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 card. Storage starts at a 500GB conventional hard drive and a solid state drive is available

Wireless connectivity options are plentiful on the GD8200. It offers 802.11
a/b/g/n "high power" wi-fi. It's also one of the first rugged notebooks for public safety to feature 4G LTE wireless data transfer.

But what's likely to impress users most about the GD8200 is the display. General Dynamics Itronix is debuting its DynaVue II touch screen on the GD8200. The display is so easy to read in direct sunlight that it exceeds MIL-STD 3009 for outdoor contrast ratio.

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