Sprint certifies Panasonic Toughbooks

Sprint announced today that it has certified two CDMA 1XRTT rugged Panasonic (NYSE: MC) Toughbook laptops for use on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Under the agreement, Panasonic willwork with Sprint to market and sell the CF-M34 and CF-28 Toughbook-series laptops through the PCS Business Solutions program, targeting field service and public safety organizations.

“Sprint is pleased to add two Panasonic Toughbook??, rugged Notebook PCs to the device line available to enterprise customers as part of the PCS Business Solutions Program,” said Phil Bowman, vice president of business marketing for the PCS Division of Sprint. “This new relationship further enhances our ability to meet the specialized needs of vertical and horizontal markets as well as maximize the efficiencies and productivity gains resulting from access to mobile applications via the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.”

Panasonic now has two CDMA, 1xRTT, rugged laptops certified for use on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS network. Based on the Sierra Wireless SB-555 OEM module, the two laptop models, CF-M34 and the CF-28, are primarily geared toward field service and public safety. However, they also appeal to various other vertical and horizontal markets.

The Panasonic CF-M34, a wireless- and GPS-ready, Third-Generation Toughbook?? Notebook PC, includes:

  • Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel?? Pentium?? III 866MHz Processor featuring Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology
  • 8.4-inch, 800 x 600 (SVGA) transflective, sunlight-readable TFT Active Matrix color LCD with touchscreen
  • Moisture- and dust-resistant LCD, keyboard and touchpad
  • Sealed port and connector covers
  • 1.7 inches (H) x 7.4 inches (D) x 9.0 inches (W)
  • 3.8 lbs. (including battery and hand strap)
  • Vibration and drop shock resistant design
  • Designed using MIL-STD-810F test procedures

The CF-28, a wireless- and GPS-ready, Third-Generation Toughbook, includes:

  • Intel?? Mobile Pentium?? III 800MHz Processor featuring Intel?? SpeedStep technology CPU
  • 13.3-inch, 1024 x 768 (XGA) transmissive, anti-reflective, outdoor viewable, TFT Active Matrix color LCD with touchscreen
  • Redesigned water-, dirt- and dust-resistant chassis with sealed ports and multimedia drive bay
  • 2.3 inches (H) x 9.5 inches (D) x 11.8 inches (W)
  • 9 lbs. (including battery, FDD and handle)
  • Vibration and drop shock resistant design
  • Designed using MIL-STD-810F test procedures

“In order to meet the increasing demands of today’s mobile professionals, Panasonic will offer its customers the next generation of wireless data communications technology. We are excited towork with Sprint and integrate Toughbook?? fully ruggedized notebook PCs with CDMA 1XRTT,” said Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “These new wireless certifiedportable computers will provide greater productivity through high speed wireless data communications and field tested reliability utilizing Panasonic’s legendary ruggedization.”

The PCS Business Solutions Program (BSP) was designed to provide significantly more opportunities and flexibility for Sprint business customers to acquire and deploy core wireless data solutions including wireless email and connection cards, as well as more complex offerings that typically satisfy the needs of vertical markets. PCS BSP members include leading system integrators, independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers in the IT industry.

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