Panasonic has upgraded its fully rugged Toughbook CF-D1 industrial-grade tablet for field workers, adding Intel's Skylake 6th Generation Core processor technology to deliver longer battery life, along with improved communications and the Windows 10 Pro operating system.
Available immediately, the mk3 version of the Toughbook CF-D1 is a 13.3in tablet aimed at professionals such as technicians performing diagnostics on engines and other machinery, or emergency services command and response teams, according to Panasonic.
To this end, the device's widescreen HD IPS display has been specifically designed for crystal clear clarity in internal environments and outside in bright sunlight, while the resistive touchscreen allows easy data input using fingers, gloved hands or a stylus.
The Toughbook CF-D1 is now based on an Intel Core i5-6300U processor, a dual-core chip with a base clock speed of 2.4GHz. This is from the latest Skylake processor family, which offers up to 2.5 times the performance and up to three times the battery life of previous generations.
This delivers a 50 per cent improvement in battery life for the Toughbook CF-D1, offering up to 12 hours of operating time between charges from the 6.2Ah lithium Ion battery pack. Other specifications include up to 16GB of memory and a 500GB shock-protected hard drive.
Panasonic marketing manager Jan Kaempfer said that the Toughbook CF-D1 has long been the "go-to" device for technicians at companies such as vehicle manufacturers.
"With their feedback, the latest generation Toughbook CF-D1 is now better than ever suited to their needs with more computing power, longer working time and better screen visibility," he said.
Wireless communications support has also been updated with Intel's dual-band Wireless-AC 8260 WiFi adapter that offers 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility. The Toughbook CF-D1 now ships with Windows 10 Pro as the default operating system, with downgrade rights to Windows 7 Professional.
The system has a configurable triple bay for additional ports, including specialist ports for diagnostic data transmission. The bay ports can be configured to meet specific requirements such as serial or VGA interfaces, a second Ethernet LAN port or up to two rugged USB connectors, according to Panasonic.
Other accessories include spare battery packs, desktop cradles and vehicle docks, as well as carrying cases and shoulder straps for wearing the device while operating it.
The Toughbook CF-D1 has been drop tested to a height of 90cm, and is rated for water and dust resistance to IP65 specifications. Prices start at £1,960.
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