A pair of rugged tablet PCs take on competition

Itronix GoBook Tablet

The military-grade tablet PC market has a new vendor: JLT Mobile Computers Inc.

The Chandler, Ariz., company's rugged G-Force 850, a 2.87-pound PC, has a 600-MHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5400 processor, 64M of RAM and a battery that can last up to eight hours, and it comes loaded with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Like other new trimode devices, the G-Force 850 can tap IEEE 802.11b, Bluetooth, Global Positioning System and other assorted wireless signals.

Meanwhile, Itronix Corp. this month unveiled its rugged GoBook Tablet PC. The GoBook weighs 3.7 pounds with battery and will be available in late August for about $3,000.

The magnesium-cased GoBook tablet meets Mil-Std 810F requirements and supports IEEE 802.11b, Bluetooth and wireless WAN connectivity. It comes with an 866-MHz Mobile Pentium III processor, a hard drive expandable to 30G and synchronous dynamic RAM up to 640M.

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