Panasonic Launches Toughbook 31 Featuring Intel Core i5 or i3 processor

Enhanced computing capabilities, screen brightness
and battery life with unrivaled durability

Panasonic Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable
Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, today introduced
the Panasonic Toughbook 31, the most powerful fully-rugged notebook
computer on the market. With an Intel Core i5 or i3  processor,
1,100 nit touchscreen display and rugged certifications beyond
MIL-STD-810G and IP65, the new device enables superior data access and
productivity for any mobile professional facing extreme environments.
These professionals include first responders, military personnel, and
field workers in industries such as telecommunications, utilities and

Desktop-Class Performance in a Fully-Rugged

The Toughbook 31 is the sixth generation of flagship Toughbook
clamshell notebooks, which have become the gold standard of rugged
computing over the past 14 years, boasting the lowest failure rates in
the industry. Now, powered by a new Intel Core i5 or i3 processor, the
Toughbook 31 offers desktop-class performance alongside world-class
reliability. The availability of discrete graphics from an ATI Radeon
HD5650 card also delivers significant improvements in 3D graphics,
important for GIS and other graphic-rich applications.

The Toughbook 31 continues Panasonic’s tradition of delivering
no-compromise reliable computing for mission critical users. Additional
processing power using the Core i5 is made possible by a unique new
hybrid cooling system that keeps the internal temperature
down while still maintaining optimal protection from liquids, dust and
other environmental hazards. The Toughbook 31 provides unrivaled ruggedness and shock protection, and is certified to
MIL-STD-810G and beyond. The notebook is protected from drops of up to
six feet and has achieved an IP65 rating for unparalleled protection
from water and dust.

“The Toughbook 31 combines the best of three
worlds – mobility, performance and ruggedness,” said Erik Reid, mobile
client marketing director, Intel Corporation. “This is achieved by
combining the high performance of the Intel Core i5 and i3 Processor
technology with the ruggedness of the Panasonic design which enables
users to perform compute intensive applications in almost any kind of

Touchscreen, Long Battery Life

The Toughbook 31 includes a 13.1-inch XGA LCD touchscreen and
is available with Panasonic CircuLumin™ technology, allowing for
full-circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch darkness.
The notebook features the brightest standard screen available, at 1,100
nits, but can drop 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 offers up to 11 hours of battery life despite its brighter
screen and more powerful processor. New LED backlighting generates lower
power consumption and delivers superior performance in cold weather.
Charging time has been significantly reduced as well: the battery fully
charges up to 47 percent faster than its predecessor, the Toughbook 30.

Extensive Embedded Mobile
Broadband Options

Panasonic has over 14 years experience designing embedded
wireless products to provide customers with superior mobile connectivity
and throughput. The Toughbook 31, like all Toughbook mobile computers,
helps maximize mobile productivity through a variety of embedded
wireless technologies. Each device combines Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and
Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR, with an option for WiMAX capability and Gobi2000
mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. Gobi
simplifies complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT
departments and allows improved connectivity options for mobile
employees traveling at home or abroad. By matching embedded mobile broadband with the Toughbook 31’s
new optional built-in webcam, workers can easily transmit video in
real-time from anywhere back to their field office or dispatch.

“As richer data becomes more available to first-responders and
field workers, greater computing power is needed without sacrificing
ruggedness,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Solutions
Company. “Like all of our products, the Toughbook 31 was designed based
on vast customer input because the performance of each device is
mission-critical. The Toughbook 31 is the first device of its kind to
perfectly blend performance and durability. It combines the speed of
desktop computers with the reliability of a rugged mobile computer,
helping end-users work with richer data in a variety of challenging
environments. The no-compromise approach of Panasonic’s engineers
enables us to deliver the industry’s best display with the long battery
life our customers have always valued.”

Platform Stability Lowers TCO

In accordance with customers’ requests, the Toughbook 31
maintains a platform footprint virtually identical to past flagship
products. This marks 11 consecutive years of consistent vehicle docking
capabilities, allowing customers to upgrade Toughbook computers without
replacing vehicle docks, and significantly lowering the total cost of

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.


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