Itronix Corp. has introduced the Duo-Touch Tablet PC, a rugged slate tablet PC for mobile professionals in industries such as telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance.
The name “Duo-Touch” refers to the new dual-mode touch panel, which provides both a passive touch screen and standard digitizer, or “active,” touch screen. The Duo-Touch Tablet PC will be available for delivery in June 2005.
The Duo-Touch Tablet PC is based on the Intel Pentium M processor 733 and the Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset, making it faster than the original GoBook Tablet PC. The company says as a result the system delivers better performance without compromising battery life, as well as superior thermal management. The Duo-Touch utilizes the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system.
In addition to faster speed and better performance, the Duo-Touch includes a memory boost and better video processing power with up to 1280MB of DDR SDRAM and 128MB of shared video RAM.
The Duo-Touch has been designed with integrated wireless communications that can concurrently support up to three different wireless networks, including 802.11b/g (wireless LAN), Bluetooth, and wireless WAN technologies such as 1x EV-DO (with EVDO approval anticipated in July) and GPRS/EDGE. In addition, the Duo-Touch supports an (optional) integrated high-performance, 12-channel GPS receiver (featuring the same high performance quadrifilar Helix antenna used on the GoBook III) to enable real-time, accurate location capture for applications such as automated vehicle location (AVL), vehicle routing and mapping, and field asset management.
This tablet PC comes with an all magnesium case for better RF performance and drop/shock durability.
Users and companies planning to deploy this new model will be also be able to use an optional hard-drive heater that extends cold start-up conditions as low as –20 degrees Celsius.
Itronix is currently accepting orders for the Duo-Touch Tablet PC, which will be available for delivery in June 2005. The unit has a limited three-year warranty and will have an MSRP of US$3,195.