Tuesday, August 15, 2006

General Dynamics GOBOOK XR-1: GWD! (Geek's Wet Dream)

Apart from Apple's release of their ICBMs (Intel-Chip Based Mac), I've never gotten hyped up over a portable computer until....

GoBook XR-1 Notebook

The announcement of the GOBOOK XR-1. Made by General Dynamics, this ruggedized notebook may set the bar for other manufacturers seeking to release similar portable computers. Here's some of its ruggedized features (directly lifted from their website):

* Passes rigorous MIL-STD 810F testing
o Temperature: Boot and General Operating: -10°F to 140°F (-23°C to 60°C)
o Vibration (MIL-STD 810F 514.5 C-17 & C-18)
o Water and dust intrusion (exceeds MIL-STD 810F 506.4)
o Drop/Shock (MIL-STD 810F 516.5): 26 3-foot drops
o Altitude/Low Pressure (MIL-STD 810F 500.4)
o Humidity (MIL-STD 810F 507.4)
* IP54 sealing for dust and water intrusion -- fully sealed unit
* Truck Transport Vibration
* Extensive ESD testing
* Mechanical Life testing
* Hazardous Location certification for combustible environments
* Sealed input/output ports for improved ruggedness
* Bleach solution immersion capable - necessary for high toxicity environments

Now couple that sturdiness with these tech specs:

* Intel® Core™ Duo - 1.83GHz, FSB 667Mhz, 2MB L2 Cache
* 512 to 2048 MB DDRII SDRAM
* ATI M22-CSP/32 external graphics controller: 32MB dedicated memory, 96MB shared memory
* Removable, shock-mounted, encased, SATA disk drives with built in drive heater for secure boot up and performance in extreme-cold temperatures
* Power management software
* Programmable application launch button
* Microsoft Vista® operating system capable
* Up to three concurrent radios modems (WAN, WLAN, BlueTooth)
o Simultaneous co-location provides multiple wireless network options
o Optional seamless IP when roaming
* PLUS -- Fully-integrated GPS
o SiRFXTrac High sensitivity software for extended range
o Quadra-helix antenna for faster and more accurate fixes
o Best performing GPS in the rugged notebook market
* CRMA™-Express (Common Radio Module Architecture) upgradeable wireless technology: form factor that supports newer technologies and enables field upgrades
* Designed for expansive RF Coverage: internal antennas, magnesium case provides RF shielding, RF noise filtering designed into system

Now, if I'm planning a trip to the boonies and plan to blog my travel, the GOBOOK XR-1 would be the first thing on my pre-trip shopping list.

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