Itronix Unveils the GoBook Rugged Wireless Tablet PC

Press Release: Itronix Corp., recently introduced the GoBook Tablet PC, a uniquely designed, truly portable, wireless, rugged slate Tablet PC. Designed to support mobile professionals in industries such as telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance, the mid-sized GoBook Tablet PC weighs only 3.7 pounds, making it the smallest and lightest Tablet PC in the rugged category. The GoBook Tablet PC can support up to three wireless networks concurrently, operates on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, and is powered by an Intel ultra-low voltage 866-MHz mobile Pentium III processor. The GoBook Tablet PC will be available for delivery in September 2003.

“Offering our customers quality is paramount. By delivering a portable, rugged slate tablet in addition to our advanced wireless, rugged laptops and handelds, our customers – whether they are field service technicians, insurance adjusters, or soldiers — know they can depend on Itronix for all of their wireless, rugged mobile computing needs,” said Matt Gerber, vice president of marketing and business development for Itronix. “Developed specifically for field workers who spend their days and nights on the road, the GoBook Tablet PC fits like a hand in a glove, enabling users to always stay connected and remain productive.”

Sized to the requirements of mobile field workers, the rugged GoBook Tablet PC’s ergonomic footprint and light weight, optimizes it for the truly mobile user. Like Itronix’s other wireless, rugged mobile computing devices, such as the GoBookÒ II and the GoBook MAX™ laptops, the GoBook Tablet PC can withstand any situation a mobile workforce may encounter, including rain, snow, wind, dust, shock, vibration, and chemical exposure. Designed to exceed Mil Spec 810F test standards, the GoBook Tablet has a die-cast magnesium casing and sealed I/O ports, and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20o to 60o C (-4o to 140o F).

“In both its sturdy design and its exceptional versatility, the Itronix GoBook® Tablet PC is a great addition to the growing array of mobile PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition,” said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Tablet PC division at Microsoft. “Itronix has created a unique, mid-sized slate that will allow mobile users to remain productive and connected in more places than ever.”

Compact Size and Light Weight Ensure True Mobility
Itronix designed the GoBook Tablet PC to support “feet on the street” mobile workers in vertical markets who require a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use mobile computing device. At 10.6 x 7.2 x 1.65 inches (27.0 x 18.4 x 4.2 cm) and weighing only 3.7 pounds (1.7 kg) with battery, the GoBook Tablet PC is the smallest and lightest rugged Tablet PC available. It comes with a unique hand-strap, shoulder strap, and carrying case for hands-free use and portability.

Staying Connected While on the Go

Like the Itronix GoBook II wireless laptop, which was launched in December 2002, the GoBook Tablet PC is designed with integrated wireless communications that can concurrently support up to three different wireless networks, including 802.11b (wireless LAN,; Bluetooth, and wireless WAN technologies such as CDMA 1xRTT and GPRS. This integrated support allows the user to maintain seamless, wireless connectivity and communication while roaming from any location and under any circumstance.

Latest PC Technology

The GoBook Tablet PC uses Intel’s ultra-low voltage mobile Pentium III processor, which enables mobile workers to maximize battery life while experiencing 866 MHz of power and speed. The new system includes a 30-GB hard drive and delivers up to 640 MB of SDRAM, with expandable memory modules.

Award-Winning Implementation Services

To ensure end-user satisfaction and provide companies with a single source for service and support, the GoBook Tablet PC is backed by Itronix’s award-winning iCare™ Implementation programs. The best end-to-end life cycle support available in the mobile computing industry, the iCare Implementation programs include project consulting, workforce management, application development, training, comprehensive deployment programs and help desk support, all designed to maximize mobile workforce productivity.

Availability

Itronix is currently accepting orders for the GoBook Tablet PC, which will be available for delivery in September 2003. The unit has a limited three-year warranty and will have an MSRP of $2,995, making it the first tablet PC under $3,000. Itronix is currently offering a special offer that includes a GoBook Tablet PC and bundled support packages for customers that are interested in testing the product. All Itronix products are available worldwide through strategic Itronix partners and directly through Itronix by calling 1.800.441.1309 or by emailing sales@itronix.com.

“The wireless rugged market is experiencing explosive growth – in fact, VDC forecasts that worldwide shipments for rugged mobile computers will grow from over $2.9 billion in 2002 to almost $4.8 billion in 2007. Contributing to this growth is increasing demand for ruggedized mobile solutions as tools for increasing productivity, improving customer service and improving profitability,” said David Krebs, senior analyst, Venture Development Corporation. “With the addition of the GoBook Tablet PC to its suite of ‘fully’ rugged products, Itronix is positioned to address many of the emerging application opportunities for tablet PCs.”


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