General Dynamics debuts rugged Tadpole notebook

Tadpole Topaz meets military standards for cold, heat, shock

General Dynamics has unveiled a new rugged notebook PC designed for military users, first responders and federal workers. The Tadpole Topaz notebook PC uses commercial-off-the-shelf components and supports network connectivity at multiple security levels, the company said.

The notebook complies with Mil-Std 810F and Mil-Std 461E standards, having passed tests for exposure to high and low temperatures, vibrations and water resistance. Three separate Ethernet ports let users access multiple networks that operate on different security levels, General Dynamics said.

The Tadpole Topaz has an Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processor and up to 8G DDR3 SDRAM; a 15.1-inch DynaVue daylight viewable display with optional touch screen; and three segregated Gigabit Ethernet ports. It’s compatible with Windows, Linux and Solaris applications.

As notebook PCs go, the rugged Tadpole Topaz is on the heavier side, weighing in — with battery — at 11 pounds.

Tadpole is part of General Dynamics Itronix, a developer of wireless, rugged PCs for mobile workers.

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