Panasonic upgrades Toughbook range and makes Windows 8 ready

Future proofing customer investment in europe’s most successful rugged computing range

Bracknell, UK.  16 JULY 2013

Panasonic today announced upgrades to its Toughbook range of notebooks and added Windows 8 capabilities to the European market-leading, rugged notebook range. Intel® CoreTM i5 vProTM processor, Windows 8 Pro operating system and upgraded camera technology to take advantage of Windows 8 functionality has been added to the range. The upgrades apply to the Toughbook CF-31, CF-19 and CF-H2 from the ultra durable Fully-rugged range and the CF-53 from the Semi-rugged range.

With this latest upgrade, business customers can continue to benefit from the rugged and ergonomic Toughbook platform and its comprehensive range of peripherals, whilst taking advantage of the latest improvements in user functionality and the enterprise benefits of the Windows 8 operating system. With Microsoft extended support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, the latest Windows 8 and 7 versions also offer a smooth migration option for businesses. The latest camera upgrade to the Toughbook devices ensures it functions seamlessly in the Windows 8 environment and is optimised for features such as web conferencing.

 

“For more than a decade, Panasonic Toughbook has dominated the European ruggedised mobile computing market by consistently delivering technological and user improvements to help transform the way mobile workers perform in the workplace,” said Jan Kaempfer, Marketing Director for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. “This latest upgrade further underlines our commitment to providing our customers with stable, longterm product lines that take advantage of technical innovation but continue to be compatible with the community’s extensive line of existing docking and peripheral solutions.”

 

The upgrades apply to the Toughbook CF-19, the market-leading, rotating screen, convertible notebook, which sets the benchmark in ruggedness; the Toughbook CF-31, the flagship of the range with the ultimate balance of screen, performance and rugged reliability; the Toughbook CF-H2, the Field and Health version of this rugged tablet; and the Toughbook CF-53, the Semi-rugged notebook aimed at mobile users with business critical applications who value total cost of ownership.

 

Last year, Panasonic Toughbook maintained its European dominance of the market sector for the 11th year in succession with  63% unit market share, according to analyst group VDC. Panasonic also became the European market leader for rugged business tablets with a 29% unit share of the market and a 400% year-on-year increase in units shipped.

 

The Toughbook and Toughpad success is due to factors such as their durable and rugged performance, ergonomic design, superior inside and outside screen viewing technology and tailored docking and peripheral solutions to meet the varied needs of the most demanding mobile workers.

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-19

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3340M vPro Processor
  • Windows® 8 Pro
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • Vibration and shock resistant (MIL-STD 810G)*
  • Water and dust resistant (IP65, MIL-STD 810G)*
  • Balanced lightweight at just 2.3kg
  • Extremely bright 10.1" transflective plus LCD with Touchscreen or Dual Touch (up to 6.500cd/m2 reflective brightness) with circular polariser
  • Long battery life of up to 10 hours
  • 3G mobile broadband optional (HSPA+, up to 14.4Mbps)

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-31

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3340M vPro Processor (Standard Model)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-3380M vPro Processor (Performance Model)
  • Windows® 8 Pro
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics (Standard Model), AMD® Radeon™ HD 7750M (Performance Model)
  • Vibration and shock resistant (MIL-STD 810G)*
  • Water and dust resistant (IP65, MIL-STD 810G)*
  • 13.1" high brightness outdoor display (up to 1.200cd/m²) with circular polariser
  • Up to 14.5 hours battery life (Standard Model, 12 hours Performance Model)
  • 3G mobile broadband optional (HSPA+, up to 14.4Mbps)
  • Backwards compatible with CF-30 docking stations and Car Mounter Kit**
  • High flexibility and connectivity through new configuration such as second LAN, camera or GPS

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-53

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3340M vPro Processor
  • Windows® 8 Pro
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • 14" HD display
  • Integrated DVD Super Multi Drive
  • Up to 11 hours battery life
  • High capacity "road warrior" Battery optional
  • 3G mobile broadband optional (HSPA+, up to 14.4Mbps)
  • Dedicated GPS Module optional
  • RFID Module optional
  • 2nd LAN, Firewire or Modem optional
  • Robust magnesium alloy display case
  • Shock-protected HDD
  • Low temperature HDD optional
  • Withstands drops from a height of 76cm***

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro processor
  • Windows® 8 Pro
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • Vibration and shock resistant (MIL-STD 810G, Field Model)*
  • Water and dust resistant (IP65, MIL-STD 810G)*
  • Easy to clean/disinfect and meets Hospital Safety Certifications (Health Model)****
  • Extremely bright 10.1" transflective plus LCD with Dual Touch (up to 6.500cd/m2 reflective brightness) and circular polariser
  • Lightweight form factor - weighing only 1.58kg
  • Dual hot swappable batteries providing up to 7 hours battery life
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, LAN and Serial Port (depends on model)
  • Integrated Barcode Reader optional
  • Smartcard Reader optional
  • Camera, GPS or RFID optional

 

* Tested by an independent third party lab following MIL-STD-810G and IEC 60529, Sections 13.4, 13.6.2, 14.2.5 and 14.3

** Limited functionality

*** Tested at Panasonic Factory

**** Safety Certifications list available at www.toughbook.eu

 

About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)

PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations efficiency and performance. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays and rugged mobile PCs. With around 500 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

 

The new PSCEU is made up of four business divisions:

•  Communication Solutions including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and HD video conferencing systems.

•  Visual System Solutions including projectors, interactive whiteboards, presentation aids and displays. Panasonic
is the European market leader in projectors with 28% revenue share.

•  Professional Camera Solutions including professional audio visual, security and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.

•  Computer Product Solutions including the Toughbook range of rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. Panasonic Toughbook had 63.3% unit share of the European rugged and durable notebook market and a 29.2 unit share of the rugged business tablet market in 2012 (VDC, March 2013).

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://www.toughbook.eu/.