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For decades now rugged laptops have provided portable solutions enabling warfighters to interface with many military and aerospace systems. In more recent years rugged tablet computers have emerged filling those same needs while not replacing rugged laptops. Both devices deliver features and apps that a variety of powerful tools for both military users and military system developers.

Driving the demand is the fact that defense platforms today often require sophisticated graphical user interfaces. Whether in the form of rugged laptops or rugged tablets, these interfaces are how the warfighter gets the complex situational awareness data-maps, video, images and text-it requires and how they interface directly to military weapons platforms on networks. These have evolved in the past couple years to powerful systems such as complete laptop-based cloud severs, cockpit apps for tablets, and tablet based avionics test interfaces.

This month's Jeff's Pick section looks at rugged laptop and tablet products. For this month's Editor's Pick section COTS Journal evaluated several such products on three aspects: technology leadership, design innovation and market relevance. This month's Jeff's Pick is the T800 from Getac-a fully rugged tablet that the company designed to meet the needs of military technicians working in tight spaces and extreme environments (Figure 1). The T800 features a thin, ergonomic design, an optimally sized touchscreen for greater productivity. Its battery life is best-in-class but that's is enhanced thanks to an optional hot-swappable SnapBack battery for potentially limitless life.

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Jeff’s Pick is the T800 from Getac—a fully rugged tablet with a thin, ergonomic design and optimally sized touchscreen. Its battery life is enhanced thanks to an optional hot-swappable SnapBack battery for potentially limitless life.

Tablet for One Hand Use

The T800's thin, ergonomic design makes it comfortable to hold in one hand, and its 8.1-inch touchscreen provides ample real estate for document viewing and data entry with minimal scrolling. The sunlight-readable LumiBond 2.0 display delivers a responsive 10-point touch experience along with a 170-degree viewing angle and 16:10 aspect ratio for ideal reading from virtually any angle. Rain, glove and pen (hard-tip stylus + optional digitizer) touch modes provide just the right sensitivity for writing and signing on the tablet, while its rubber-armor exterior creates a non-slip, easy-grip surface that also protects it from drops and shocks.

Based on an efficient Intel Atom Processor, the T800 provides battery runtimes up to 10 hours using its standard battery and an additional 10 hours using a hot-swappable SnapBack battery option. Additional SnapBack options include a 2-in-1 SmartCard and RFID/NFC reader, or 2-in-1 SmartCard and magnetic stripe reader. For security the system takes full advantage of advanced Windows 10 security. TPM 2.0 monitors and protects system start-ups to ensure the device is tamper-free before releasing control to the operating system, while BitLocker protects data at rest, in use and in transit. Durability is synonymous with the Getac brand, and the T800 proudly continues that tradition. The T800 is MIL-STD810G and IP65-certified to survive drops up to 6 feet, rain, dust, vibrations, shock and extreme temperatures from -5.8 to 122 degrees F (operating temperature) and -40 to 160 degrees F (storage temperature).

Getac USA
Irvine, CA
(949) 681-2900


...And the Runners Up:

Rugged Notebook Features Quad Core Processing and 600 Gbyte SSD

The RW11 rugged notebook computer from MilDef incorporates a high-capacity Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor (Figure 2). It is designed for easy and reliable operation in the field, the highly ruggedized RW11 features a 15.6-inch sunlight readable display and a multi-touch capacitive touch pad. This SWaP-optimized unit houses a powerful Intel i7-3610QE CPU with an Intel HD graphics 4000 and multiple I/O ports are available to meet user specific requirements. Ideal for use as a mobile server in protected vehicles, vessels and aircrafts, the RW111 includes up to four removable SATAII/III SSDs with RAID and up to 600 Gbytes per drive as well as up to 32 Gbytes of DDR3L RAM operating at 1,600 MHz.

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The RW11 rugged notebook incorporates an Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor, 15.6-inch sunlight readable display, multi-touch capacitive touch pad and 600 Gbyte SSD.

The RW11 design builds on the foundation of the Dual Core MilDef RS11 and RV11 systems. It is a slim yet fully rugged mobile server enhancing the core design of the RV11, without sacrificing any of its rugged performance for military applications. According to MilDef, it is the only mobile notebook on the market with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M option, which helps balance processing across the CPU and GPU for enhanced system performance. Despite its low weight and size, the MilDef RW11 is designed for extreme environments and is made to be used in the field. MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certification is standard. The system is also compliant with CE, FCC, WEEE, REACH, WHQL, RoHS, and MIL-STD-461F.

Alexandria, VA
(703) 224-8835


Rugged 2-in-1 Tablet Serves up Enterprise-Grade Features

Panasonic this month announced the FZ-Q2 2-in-1 Toughpad tablet with a standard full-sized keyboard and built-in protection. The unit provides reliable 4G connectivity and includes a field-serviceable solid-state drive (SSD) and battery to ensure the device has a long and stable life cycle. Equipped with the latest 6th Generation Intel Core m5 vPro processor, the FZ-Q2 2-in-1 provides features like dual band 4G LTE wireless that are ideal for field service and transportation applications (Figure 3). The tablet comes standard with a full sized backlit keyboard to enable easy completion of heavy data entry tasks and can be easily detached to provide users with a lightweight, portable tablet. The spill-resistant keyboard uses a direct (non-wireless) interface with the tablet to ensure reliable connectivity in a variety of environments.

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Equipped with the latest 6th Ge Intel Core m5 vPro processor, the FZ-Q2 2-in-1 provides features like dual band 4G LTE wireless that are ideal for field applications.

Powered by the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Pro operating system, the FZ-Q2 offers a flexible form factor and is purpose built to withstand the daily wear and tear of any job, both in the office and out in the field. Unlike the delicate design of consumer tablets, the FZ-Q2 can withstand dust, drops and vibration-the most common sources of damage or failure. Like all Panasonic Toughbook computers and tablets, the FZ-Q2 includes a field serviceable battery. Offering a full HD display and anti-reflective touchscreen, the FZ-Q2 provides superior visibility under bright lighting conditions for workers that spend much of their time outdoors. An optional solid-state hard drive (SSD) heater suits the system for use in extremely cold environments.

Panasonic North America
Newark, NJ
(877) 803-8492


Check Out These Rugged Laptop and Tablet Products Too...

Eurocom has added support for the 250 Gbyte Samsung 960 Evo M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive on its high performance, professional grade laptops and mobile workstations. The 960 Evo M.2 SSD is equipped with AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption for maximum security.

Eurocom, Nepean, Ontario, Canada. (613) 224-6122. ...Figure 4

Figure 4

MobileDemand offers its xTablet T8650, an 8-inch rugged Windows tablet with an optional 3D camera. The Intel RealSense 3D rear facing camera, integrated seamlessly in to the tablet, captures 3D scenery and objects, overlaying virtual information into a live image feed.

MobileDemand, Hiawatha, IA. (319) 363-4121. Figure 5

Figure 5

Designed for military use, the XC6 M2 Ultra Rugged Sunlight Readable Tablet PC from Xplore Technologies has the ruggedized feature set to handle extreme environments. An integrated CAC reader adds an additional level of security against unauthorized data access.

Xplore Technologies, Austin, TX. (512) 637-1100. Figure 6

Figure 6