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May 25, 2011

Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook 31

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today announced a series of upgrades to its Toughbook® 31 fully-rugged laptop. The updated device features new Intel® Core™ i5 and i3 processors, increased RAM and hard drive capacity as well as speed, up to 20 hours of battery life, a brighter sunlight-viewable screen and more.

With these improvements, the MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified Toughbook 31 continues to be the ideal solution for mobile professionals in mission-critical environments, including first responders, military personnel, and field workers in industries such as telecommunications, utilities and energy.

Panasonic Toughbook 31

Panasonic Toughbook 31

Now powered by a new Intel Core™ i5 (2540M or 2520M depending on the model) or i3 (2310M) processor, the Toughbook 31 delivers desktop-class performance alongside its world-class reliability. The availability of discrete graphics from an ATI Radeon™ HD6750 card also delivers significant improvements in 3D graphics, important for GIS and other graphic-rich applications.

The Toughbook 31 is the sixth generation of flagship Toughbook clamshell notebooks, which have been the gold standard in rugged computing since 1993, boasting the lowest failure rates in the industry. The device is certified by an independent third party testing lab to meet nineteen MIL-STD-810G tests, including shock, drop, vibration, extreme temperature and high altitude. In fact, the Toughbook 31 offers protection from drops of up to six feet and has achieved an IP65 rating for unparalleled protection from water and dust. The device also meets requirements for use high-vibration (ASTM D4169-04) environments.

“The Toughbook 31 is used in some of the most demanding environments laptops can be found in,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “On top of that, failures and poor performance have significant, real-world consequences to our customers in markets like public safety, the military and utilities. The improvements made to the Toughbook 31 allow us to exceed the ever increasing demands of our customers, allowing them to do their jobs with one less thing to worry about.”

By leveraging Panasonic’s advanced battery technology, the Toughbook 31 now offers up to 13.5 hours of battery life despite its brighter screen and more powerful processor.

The 13.1-inch XGA LCD touchscreen on the Toughbook 31 features optional Panasonic CircuLumin™ technology, allowing for full-circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch darkness. Panasonic has increased the brightness on the standard screen to 1,200 nits, offering excellent viewability, even in direct sunlight. Screen brightness can also be dropped as low as 2 nits for concealed nighttime use which is critical to the safety of military and public safety users.

By leveraging Panasonic’s advanced battery technology, the Toughbook 31 now offers up to 13.5 hours of battery life despite its brighter screen and more powerful processor. With the optional extended life media bay battery, the device can deliver up to 20 hours of life.

Embedded Wireless Connectivity

The Toughbook® 31 offers a variety of embedded wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, optional Bluetooth® 2.1 and Gobi2000™ 3G mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. The device is certified on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, allowing workers to stay connected virtually all of the time. With certifications coming later this year, the Toughbook 31 will also offer embedded support for 4G networks.

Platform Stability

The Toughbook 31 continues to maintain a platform footprint virtually identical to past flagship products. This marks 13 consecutive years of consistent vehicle docking capabilities, allowing customers to upgrade Toughbook computers without replacing vehicle docks, and significantly lowering the total cost of ownership.

The Toughbook 31 also supports numerous security features, including options for an insertable SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader, using biometrics to protect mission-critical data.

Pricing and Availability

The upgraded Panasonic Toughbook 31 will be available worldwide starting June 2011. In the United States, the Toughbook 31 is expected to be available starting at an estimated street price of $3,299 from authorized Panasonic resellers.

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