Toughbook laptops get Centrino 2 technology

Following on the heels of Intel's announcement of the availability of Centrino 2 processor technology, Panasonic yesterday announced upgrades to its semi-rugged mobile laptop PCs, the Toughbook CF-52 and the Toughbook CF-74, that feature the new Centrino platform.

The new Toughbooks have increased video and graphics capability, hard drive capacity up to 160 gigabytes and expanded Wi-Fi capabilities that include 802.11 Draft N.

The Toughbook CF-52 has a 15.4-inch screen, while the Toughbook CF-74 has a 13.3-inch display that's viewable outdoors. They both incorporate a carrying handle and optional embedded access to mobile broadband networks from major wireless carriers. The drop- and spill-tested Toughbooks also include durable design features such as magnesium alloy cases, flexible internal connectors, shock-mounted hard drives and spill-resistant keyboards, Panasonic said.

The upgraded Toughbook laptops will be available in August. The Toughbook CF-52 will come in a value version that sells for $1,949, and a premium version that will cost $2,849. The Toughbook CF-74 will sell for about $3,199.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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