The Gemini PDA Brings Back the Handheld PC

LAS VEGAS–Fans of historic handhelds will thrill to this. Today at CES, we saw the Planet Gemini PDA, a folding clamshell Android-based computer that looks like a Psion or Windows CE device from 15 years ago.

Are portable keyboards having a tiny renaissance? The Gemini is the third time we heard about QWERTY returning to our pockets here at CES: first with the promise of more keyboarded phones from BlackBerry , and then from a Moto Mod with a 5-row QWERTY.

Are portable keyboards having a tiny renaissance? The Gemini is the third time we heard about QWERTY returning to our pockets here at CES: first with the promise of more keyboarded phones

The Gemini is the most luxurious of all. Spec wise, it’s a smartphone with a keyboard: 6-inch, 1080p 18:9 screen, Mediatek Helio X27 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage plus a MicroSD card. It can boot into either Android 7.1, or a Linux command-line–the latter function will make it a dream troubleshooting device for sysadmins and IT professionals.

It’s connected, of course. There’s GSM, LTE, and CDMA connectivity, making it, in theory, compatible with all four US carriers, as long as Sprint and Verizon don’t pull shenanigans and block it. You can make calls using a speakerphone mode or a Bluetooth headset, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera supports video chat. The battery is 4220mAh.

There are two USB-C ports on the sides, for charging and–peripherals! Planet’s will have an HDMI adapter and a USB-A/Ethernet dongle for the device. The plugs together will cost $75.

ports on the sides, for charging and–peripherals! Planet’s will have an HDMI adapter and a USB-A/Ethernet dongle for the device. The plugs together will cost $75.

But oh man, the reason you’re getting this is the keyboard. Now, I don’t find this the most awesome form factor, personally. At 6.7 inches, it’s a little bit too wide for me to comfortably thumb-type on. But folks with bigger hands will thrill to the scissor-like depth of the keys and the sculpted, laptop-like key edges. Chiclets these ain’t.

Planet went ahead and skinned Android with some software that adds an application “dock” to the Android UI, letting you jump between apps quickly.

Sure, it’s a niche device. But it’s great! Dual-window multitasking is a blast on the Gemini, and that command line is going to thrill coders and geeks. But … I can’t shake the idea that this is almost too good to be true. The Gemini is currently rolling out from Indiegogo , where it costs $399 for the next two weeks; it’ll be $599 at retail after that, and it arrives in March. We’ll see if that happens, and if the device works when it does.

Sure, it’s a niche device. But it’s great! Dual-window multitasking is a blast on the Gemini, and that command line is going to thrill coders and geeks. But … I can’t shake the idea that this is almost too good to be true. The Gemini is currently rolling out

, where it costs $399 for the next two weeks; it’ll be $599 at retail after that, and it arrives in March. We’ll see if that happens, and if the device works when it does.

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announced the MC3300 as a thoroughly modernized and updated next generation of the company’s very popular MC3x00 line of rugged wireless handhelds that has sold well over a million units over the years. While earlier updates to the original MC3000 platform mostly concentrated on technology updates and enhancements that leveraged the inherent usefulness of the device, the new MC3300 takes a bolder step forward with full commitment to the Android OS and all the technology required to make it shine. [See

Full lineup of Xplore rugged tablet solutions now available for purchase through GSA IT Schedule 70 Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its full portfolio of rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged mobile computing solutions is now available for purchase by government agencies through Solvix Solution’s General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract #GS-35F-088HA / 47QTCA18D002C. Federal, state and local agencies looking for a highly secure and fully-featured computing experience will now benefit from the fast, easy procurement of Xplore’s 10″ and 12″ tablet-based “mobile office” systems. They will also benefit from the expert guidance of Solvix Solutions, a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that has successfully supplied the U.S. Government with top quality workforce technologies for more than 3 years. [ See Xplore press release ] — Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

(NASDAQ: XPLR) announced that its full portfolio of rugged, fully rugged and ultra-rugged mobile computing solutions is now available for purchase by government agencies through Solvix Solution’s General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract #GS-35F-088HA / 47QTCA18D002C. Federal, state and local agencies looking for a highly secure and fully-featured computing experience will now benefit from the fast, easy procurement of Xplore’s 10″ and 12″ tablet-based “mobile office” systems. They will also benefit from the expert guidance of Solvix Solutions, a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that has successfully supplied the U.S. Government with top quality workforce technologies for more than 3 years. [

Handheld launches the Nautiz X9 outdoor-rugged Android PDA Handheld Group , a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the new NAUTIZ X9 , a 5-inch, Android 7 “Nougat”-powered ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. [See description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X9 ] — Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018

, a 5-inch, Android 7 “Nougat”-powered ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. [See

Spectre and Meltdown In a blog post entitled Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems , Terry Myerson, Executive VP, Windows and Devices Group, explains the impact of the recently published chip vulnerabilities, as well as Microsoft’s preliminary benchmarks on performance impact of updates and fixes: “With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns, but we dont expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds. With Windows 10 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), some benchmarks show more significant slowdowns, and we expect that some users will notice a decrease in system performance. With Windows 8 and Windows 7 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance.” For a good explanation of the overall issues, see Meltdown, Spectre, and the State of Technology . — Posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018

, Terry Myerson, Executive VP, Windows and Devices Group, explains the impact of the recently published chip vulnerabilities, as well as Microsoft’s preliminary benchmarks on performance impact of updates and fixes: “With Windows 10 on newer silicon (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPU), benchmarks show single-digit slowdowns, but we dont expect most users to notice a change because these percentages are reflected in milliseconds. With Windows 10 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), some benchmarks show more significant slowdowns, and we expect that some users will notice a decrease in system performance. With Windows 8 and Windows 7 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), we expect most users to notice a decrease in system performance.” For a good explanation of the overall issues, see

Intel announces 8th Gen Core processors with integrated Radeon graphics It’s been eight years since Intel began integrating their own Intel HD graphics right into their processors. Many thought that would be the end of separate graphics subsystems, but that didn’t turn out to be the case as graphics-intensive applications continued to require dedicated graphics cards. As a result, “discrete” graphics modules are often available as an option in rugged laptops. Now Intel announced 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Will this bring greatly improved graphics performance to mobile systems? Probably not just yet, as the new chips start at 65 watt DTP (thermal design power), far more than the typical 15 watts in modern high-performance rugged laptops and tablets. [ See Intel press release ] — Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

It’s been eight years since Intel began integrating their own Intel HD graphics right into their processors. Many thought that would be the end of separate graphics subsystems, but that didn’t turn out to be the case as graphics-intensive applications continued to require dedicated graphics cards. As a result, “discrete” graphics modules are often available as an option in rugged laptops. Now Intel announced 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Will this bring greatly improved graphics performance to mobile systems? Probably not just yet, as the new chips start at 65 watt DTP (thermal design power), far more than the typical 15 watts in modern high-performance rugged laptops and tablets. [

Juniper Systems partners with ProStar Geocorp to create an affordable, high-accuracy underground utility locate solution Juniper Systems and ProStar Geocorp have recently joined forces to produce an affordable, efficient solution for capturing precise cable and pipe locating data. Combining Juniper Systems’ Cedar CT7G Rugged Tablet and Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver with ProStar’s patented Pointman(r) software, utility locate professionals are equipped with a powerful, yet user-friendly underground utility locate solution. [ See Juniper press release ] — Posted Monday, January 8, 2018

Juniper Systems partners with ProStar Geocorp to create an affordable, high-accuracy underground utility locate solution

have recently joined forces to produce an affordable, efficient solution for capturing precise cable and pipe locating data. Combining

and Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver with ProStar’s patented Pointman(r) software, utility locate professionals are equipped with a powerful, yet user-friendly underground utility locate solution. [

Review: Bezalel wireless charging products Bezalel is a company that concentrates on wireless power. Their goal is “empowering all people to live free from the entanglement and chaos of all cords.” Here at RuggedPCReview we’ve been using several of Bezalel’s products for a few months, and so we’ll report on our thoughts about wires and cord cutting first, and then of our experiences with Bezalel’s wireless charging technology and products. [See Bezalel’s wireless power products Wire-free charging is coming of age ] — Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

is a company that concentrates on wireless power. Their goal is “empowering all people to live free from the entanglement and chaos of all cords.” Here at RuggedPCReview we’ve been using several of Bezalel’s products for a few months, and so we’ll report on our thoughts about wires and cord cutting first, and then of our experiences with Bezalel’s wireless charging technology and products. [See

Featured blog: Juniper Systems’ Get Rugged Juniper Systems ‘ Get Rugged blog has been around for almost five years. Juniper started it as a way for discussing the data collection industry and related news, goings-on at their company, and helpful how-tos, among many other topics. Recent blogs included Creating a Topographic Survey with the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet , Water Asset Mapping in Accordance with the New Jersey Water Quality Accountability Act , Android AOSP: What You Need to Know , and The Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver Put to the Test Under Dense Forest Tree Canopy . [See the Juniper Systems Get Rugged blog ] — Posted Sunday, January 7, 2018

‘ Get Rugged blog has been around for almost five years. Juniper started it as a way for discussing the data collection industry and related news, goings-on at their company, and helpful how-tos, among many other topics. Recent blogs included

Peter Trosien takes over CEO position at faytech faytech Tech. Co., Ltd. , which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs, announced that Peter Trosien, who had a 23-year career at German IT solutions firm Pyramid Computer, has taken over the CEO position at the company, starting January 1, 2018. faytech founder Arne Weber, who had held the CEO position, will concentrate on handling strategy, co-operation and technical development of the company. [ See faytech new ] — Posted Friday, January 5, 2018

, which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs, announced that Peter Trosien, who had a 23-year career at German IT solutions firm Pyramid Computer, has taken over the CEO position at the company, starting January 1, 2018. faytech founder Arne Weber, who had held the CEO position, will concentrate on handling strategy, co-operation and technical development of the company. [

Iridium NEXT launch campaign reaches its halfway point with a fourth successful launch Many remember Iridium as a futuristic satellite phone system that went live two decades ago, but was quickly overtaken by the explosive growth of land-based cellphone technology. Iridium, though much slower and much more expensive than modern wireless data, lived on in niche markets that absolutely require full global availability. Well, Iridium may soon become more attractive again thanks to Iridium NEXT. In December, SpaceX took the fourth set of ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, reaching the halfway point to a system that will replace the original Iridium constellation, providing better voice quality and much faster data communication. [ See Iridium press release ] — Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Many remember Iridium as a futuristic satellite phone system that went live two decades ago, but was quickly overtaken by the explosive growth of land-based cellphone technology. Iridium, though much slower and much more expensive than modern wireless data, lived on in niche markets that absolutely require full global availability. Well, Iridium may soon become more attractive again thanks to Iridium NEXT. In December, SpaceX took the fourth set of ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit, reaching the halfway point to a system that will replace the original Iridium constellation, providing better voice quality and much faster data communication. [

Global mobile industry ready to start full-scale development of 5G NR The 3GPP TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T;, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019. [ See Intel/3GPP press release ] — Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TSG RAN Plenary Meeting in Lisbon successfully completed the first implementable 5G NR specification. AT&T;, BT, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Uplus, MediaTek Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sprint, TIM, Telefonica, Telia Company, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, and ZTE have made a statement that the completion of the first 5G NR standard has set the stage for the global mobile industry to start full-scale development of 5G NR for large-scale trials and commercial deployments as early as in 2019. [

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Jan. 2013 In January 2013, Sprint launched the Kyocera Torque as their first ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone. Sony showed the water- and shatterproof Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone. Datalogic announced preliminary 2012 annual sales of 462 million Euros. Motorola Solutions announced full-year 2012 sales of US$8.7 billion. We reviewed the Winmate E430T rugged 4.3-inch Android PDA and the TabletKiosk eo a7400 7-inch enterprise Windows tablet. Gammatech introduced the semi-rugged Durabook CA10 tablet, and Panasonic the 7-inch Toughpad JT-B1 and the 10.1-inch Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1. [ See full January 2013 archive ] — Posted Monday, January 1, 2018

In January 2013, Sprint launched the Kyocera Torque as their first ultra-rugged 4G LTE Android smartphone. Sony showed the water- and shatterproof Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone. Datalogic announced preliminary 2012 annual sales of 462 million Euros. Motorola Solutions announced full-year 2012 sales of US$8.7 billion. We reviewed the Winmate E430T rugged 4.3-inch Android PDA and the TabletKiosk eo a7400 7-inch enterprise Windows tablet. Gammatech introduced the semi-rugged Durabook CA10 tablet, and Panasonic the 7-inch Toughpad JT-B1 and the 10.1-inch Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1. [

Need for Speed — AMG takes the lead with RuggON PX-501B rugged tablets RuggON Corporation , a supplier of fully rugged computers, announced their sponsorship of the German Haribo Racing Team which is part of the customer racing program of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Pit crews are using the RuggON PX-501B rugged Windows tablet for vehicle diagnostics, on-the-spot repairs, and vehicle tuning on the famed Nurburgring race course in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Sharing the racing team’s emphasis on reliability, performance, and durability, the RuggON PX-501B proved to be a perfect complement to Mercedes-AMG’s supercars. [ See RuggON news ] — Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017

which is part of the customer racing program of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Pit crews are using the RuggON PX-501B rugged Windows tablet for vehicle diagnostics, on-the-spot repairs, and vehicle tuning on the famed Nurburgring race course in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Sharing the racing team’s emphasis on reliability, performance, and durability, the

Pentium Silver and Gold Intel, seemingly, will stop at nothing to make their byzantine processor lineup even more, well, byzantine. The company has now announced Pentium Silver and Gold processors, where the Gold varieties use big Kaby Lake cores whereas the Silver versions are now based on “Gemini Lake” (which is the successor to Apollo Lake, which was the successor of Braswell, which was the successor of Bay Trail). There are actually also Celeron-branded new chips in Gemini Lake. Intel’s idea here seems to use Celeron and Pentium to offer something that covers the big gap between high-end Atom and low-end Core processors, both in terms of cost, performance, power usage and features. For a table of the new chips, see here . [See Intel press release ] — Posted Monday, December 18, 2017

Intel, seemingly, will stop at nothing to make their byzantine processor lineup even more, well, byzantine. The company has now announced Pentium Silver and Gold processors, where the Gold varieties use big Kaby Lake cores whereas the Silver versions are now based on “Gemini Lake” (which is the successor to Apollo Lake, which was the successor of Braswell, which was the successor of Bay Trail). There are actually also Celeron-branded new chips in Gemini Lake. Intel’s idea here seems to use Celeron and Pentium to offer something that covers the big gap between high-end Atom and low-end Core processors, both in terms of cost, performance, power usage and features. For a table of the new chips, see

Full review: GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3 RuggedPCReview performed a full analysis of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 and found it to be a semi-rugged, super-solid notebook computer designed to be substantially tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the high cost of a fully rugged model. It’s a very trust-inspiring, albeit rather heavy, machine with a bright, reflection-free 14-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, very good battery life, and excellent performance thanks to a recent upgrade to 7th generation Intel Core processors. [See full review of the GammaTech DURABOOK SA14 R3 ] — Posted Friday, December 15, 2017

DURABOOK SA14 and found it to be a semi-rugged, super-solid notebook computer designed to be substantially tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the high cost of a fully rugged model. It’s a very trust-inspiring, albeit rather heavy, machine with a bright, reflection-free 14-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, very good battery life, and excellent performance thanks to a recent upgrade to 7th generation Intel Core processors. [See full review of the

Datalogic introduces the Skorpio X4 mobile computer Datalogic , a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud to announce the Skorpio X4 mobile computer representing the next generation of the highly-successful Skorpio mobile computer line from Datalogic. This rugged mobile computer is especially suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving. [See Datalogic press release and RuggedPCReview’s description, analysis and specs of the Datalogic Skorpio X4 ] — Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017

, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud to announce the Skorpio X4 mobile computer representing the next generation of the highly-successful Skorpio mobile computer line from Datalogic. This rugged mobile computer is especially suitable for mobile commerce solutions in the retail environment both in-store and back-end receiving. [See

RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle terminal There’s much efficiency to be gained from fleet management, asset management, and Electronic Logging (ELD) applications. The RuggON MT7000 all-in-one vehicle panel computer, available with either Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Android, is an interesting and well-executed example of the rapidly growing class of IoT building blocks, devices that merge sensor, communications, processing and advanced human interface technologies to offer unprecedented tracking, control, and opportunity in organically connected IoT systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON MT7000 ] — Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

There’s much efficiency to be gained from fleet management, asset management, and Electronic Logging (ELD) applications. The

MT7000 all-in-one vehicle panel computer, available with either Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Android, is an interesting and well-executed example of the rapidly growing class of IoT building blocks, devices that merge sensor, communications, processing and advanced human interface technologies to offer unprecedented tracking, control, and opportunity in organically connected IoT systems. [See

Empowering the connected colleague Interesting coverage of an Essential Retail webinar on the topic of connected retail. The webinar, sponsored by Datalogic , discussed the retail automation market that’s worth almost US$11 billion per year and is set to rise by 10% annually up to 2022. [See Empowering the connected colleague ] — Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

, discussed the retail automation market that’s worth almost US$11 billion per year and is set to rise by 10% annually up to 2022. [See

Featured blog: Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research More and more rugged technology firms have blogs, and most do a great job in presenting basics, specifics and examples of rugged computing technology to their customers and interested parties. Today’s highlight is on DT Research’s Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research blog. Established in its current form in July 2016, the nicely formatted blog covers a new topic or issue on average once a week. Recent topics include 4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers , How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Services , The Three Types of First Responders Who Need Rugged Tablet Solutions , and Why 4G LTE is the Future of Tablet Tech Communications . [visit Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research ] — Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

More and more rugged technology firms have blogs, and most do a great job in presenting basics, specifics and examples of rugged computing technology to their customers and interested parties. Today’s highlight is on DT Research’s Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research blog. Established in its current form in July 2016, the nicely formatted blog covers a new topic or issue on average once a week. Recent topics include

Full review: ARBOR FPC-7900 series of robust Intel 7th generation powered Box PCs with available PCI/PCIe expansion Performance used to be a secondary consideration in industrial computers, but the emergence of Industry 4.0, the IoT, and factory automation have changed that. State-of-the-art performance must now be available in Box PCs, as well as the kind of extensive onboard I/O needed in industrial settings. ARBOR Technology ‘s new FPC-7900 line of robust Box PCs offers all that, and also special form factors that can accommodate PCI expansion. [See full review of the ARBOR FPC-7900 series of high-performance industrial Box PCs ] — Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Full review: ARBOR FPC-7900 series of robust Intel 7th generation powered Box PCs with available PCI/PCIe expansion

Performance used to be a secondary consideration in industrial computers, but the emergence of Industry 4.0, the IoT, and factory automation have changed that. State-of-the-art performance must now be available in Box PCs, as well as the kind of extensive onboard I/O needed in industrial settings.

‘s new FPC-7900 line of robust Box PCs offers all that, and also special form factors that can accommodate PCI expansion. [See full review of the

McElroy selects Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet to be a part of DataLogger(r) 6 solution for measuring accuracy and efficiency in pipeline fusions McElroy , the leading manufacturer and innovator of pipe fusion equipment, has selected the Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet, to be incorporated into the company’s DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The ZX70 was ultimately selected for its lightweight, fully rugged design, Android 6.0 platform, custom RS232 adapter and exceptional customer service. [ See Getac/McElroy press release ] — Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

McElroy selects Getac ZX70 fully rugged tablet to be a part of DataLogger(r) 6 solution for measuring accuracy and efficiency in pipeline fusions

fully rugged tablet, to be incorporated into the company’s DataLogger 6 solution for quality assurance in the field. The

was ultimately selected for its lightweight, fully rugged design, Android 6.0 platform, custom RS232 adapter and exceptional customer service. [

Sonim raises $37 million in capital to extend leadership in ultra rugged phones Sonim Technologies , maker of the world’s toughest cell phones, today announced it has raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company, through its operating subsidiaries B. Riley FBR, Inc. and B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility. As a leading manufacturer of phones that will survive the toughest conditions, Sonim is poised for rapid growth across multiple industries, with a focus on the public safety sector. [ See Sonim press release ] — Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

, maker of the world’s toughest cell phones, today announced it has raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company, through its operating subsidiaries B. Riley FBR, Inc. and B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility. As a leading manufacturer of phones that will survive the toughest conditions, Sonim is poised for rapid growth across multiple industries, with a focus on the public safety sector. [

Case study: Handheld Group’s Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer Alex Bellini, an Italian explorer and environmental advocate, accompanied by Handheld Group Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet’s frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini’s expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajokull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read Handheld Group’s Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer ] — Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Case study: Handheld Group’s Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer

Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet’s frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini’s expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajokull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read

Handheld Group’s Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Dec. 2012 In December 2012, we reviewed the Motion CL910 tablet and the SDG Systems Rampage 6, one of the earliest Android-based rugged handhelds which was based on Juniper Systems’ Mesa. Sprint added the rugged Sonim XP STRIKE phone, Getac upgraded their V100/200 and B300 lines to 3rd gen Core processors, and Gammatech supplied their T7Q rugged tablets to Victory Police Motorcycles. Datalogic introduced the Lynx PDA, Xplore sold 900 iX104C5M rugged Windows tablets to the US military, and Honeywell acquired Intermec. [ See full December 2012 archive ] — Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

In December 2012, we reviewed the Motion CL910 tablet and the SDG Systems Rampage 6, one of the earliest Android-based rugged handhelds which was based on Juniper Systems’ Mesa. Sprint added the rugged Sonim XP STRIKE phone, Getac upgraded their V100/200 and B300 lines to 3rd gen Core processors, and Gammatech supplied their T7Q rugged tablets to Victory Police Motorcycles. Datalogic introduced the Lynx PDA, Xplore sold 900 iX104C5M rugged Windows tablets to the US military, and Honeywell acquired Intermec. [

Havis introduces upgraded universal laptop and tablet cradle line for a wide variety of devices Havis Inc. , a leading designer and manufacturer of in-vehicle mobile office solutions for mobile professionals, has announced a new, upgraded line of universal cradle solutions for a wide range of tablet and laptop models. The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the UT-2000 Series, and the UT-301 Cradles, are lighter yet still ultra-rugged and allow for more mounting options. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. [ See Havis press release ] — Posted Friday, December 1, 2017

, a leading designer and manufacturer of in-vehicle mobile office solutions for mobile professionals, has announced a new, upgraded line of universal cradle solutions for a wide range of tablet and laptop models. The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the UT-2000 Series, and the UT-301 Cradles, are lighter yet still ultra-rugged and allow for more mounting options. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. The new Universal Cradle line is made from high-performance, injection-molded materials and some feature a durable, powder coat painted top plate. The thin, low profile design of the cradles maximizes mobile office space and enhances visibility. The rugged construction of the Havis Universal Cradles allows for longer service life and future redeployments. [

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality inspectors go fully paperless with Xplore’s HazLoc-certified rugged tablets Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are now using the Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets as their primary workstation in the office, vehicle and field. The State agency wanted to transition its field team to a fully paperless operating environment, and Xplore’s C1D2-certified Windows tablets were the only mobile computers in their class that could safely be used in vehicle as well as in-hand at inspection sites where combustible gasses and flames are present. [See Xplore press release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality inspectors go fully paperless with Xplore’s HazLoc-certified rugged tablets

(NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are now using the Xplore XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets as their primary workstation in the office, vehicle and field. The State agency wanted to transition its field team to a fully paperless operating environment, and Xplore’s C1D2-certified Windows tablets were the only mobile computers in their class that could safely be used in vehicle as well as in-hand at inspection sites where combustible gasses and flames are present. [See

Global manufacturer Morganti Spa deploys Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets to warehouse staff Italian manufacturing company Morganti Spa, famous for the design and manufacture of power tools, workwear and safety devices found across building sites worldwide, has partnered with Panasonic to digitalize its former paper-based logistics department and arm its staff across three warehouses with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets . [ See Panasonic press release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Italian manufacturing company Morganti Spa, famous for the design and manufacture of power tools, workwear and safety devices found across building sites worldwide, has partnered with Panasonic to digitalize its former paper-based logistics department and arm its staff across three warehouses with fully rugged

IDC: Phablets to overtake regular smartphones by 2019, with Phablets expected to hit 1 billion units by 2021 IDC also published the latest issue of their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker and says that overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, with phablets (5.5 to See IDC press release] — Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IDC: Phablets to overtake regular smartphones by 2019, with Phablets expected to hit 1 billion units by 2021

and says that overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, with phablets (5.5 to See IDC press release]

IDC sees slow decline in PC device market next five years International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.0% for global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) — composed of traditional PCs (desktop, notebooks and workstations) and tablets (slates, detachables). Traditional PCs will drop from 260 million in 2016 to 248 million in 2021, due to a steep desktop PC decline. Tablets will drop from 175 million to 146 million, with only detachable tablets showing growth (from 21.5 to 37.1 million, with half being Windows-based). [ See IDC press release ] — Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017

forecasts a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.0% for global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) — composed of traditional PCs (desktop, notebooks and workstations) and tablets (slates, detachables). Traditional PCs will drop from 260 million in 2016 to 248 million in 2021, due to a steep desktop PC decline. Tablets will drop from 175 million to 146 million, with only detachable tablets showing growth (from 21.5 to 37.1 million, with half being Windows-based). [

Review: Teguar TRT-5180 12-inch rugged Windows tablet Sometimes you need a tough Windows tablet with some extra screen real estate and plenty of connectivity for complex work in the field. Teguar ‘s TRT-5180 is one of them, with a sharp 12.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active pen, excellent onboard connectivity, an Intel 7th generation Core processor, and a very functional optional 2-in-1 keyboard and kickstand. And it’s rugged enough to take on the job, wherever that may be. [See review of Teguar Computer’s TRT-5180 rugged 12.2-inch Windows tablet ] — Posted Monday, November 27, 2017

Sometimes you need a tough Windows tablet with some extra screen real estate and plenty of connectivity for complex work in the field.

‘s TRT-5180 is one of them, with a sharp 12.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active pen, excellent onboard connectivity, an Intel 7th generation Core processor, and a very functional optional 2-in-1 keyboard and kickstand. And it’s rugged enough to take on the job, wherever that may be. [See review of

Pegasus Airlines saves EUR135,000 per aircraft per year with Panasonic collaboration Turkish low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, has enjoyed dramatic savings of EUR135,000 per aircraft, per year thanks to its partnership with Panasonic. The relationship, which has seen Pegasus Airlines’ flight crews equipped with fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets, coupled with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, has resulted in annual savings of EUR11m thanks to reductions in paper, printing and copying costs as well as the crew’s ability to work in a faster, more dynamic and cost effective manner. [ See Panasonic press release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Turkish low-cost airline, Pegasus Airlines, has enjoyed dramatic savings of EUR135,000 per aircraft, per year thanks to its partnership with Panasonic. The relationship, which has seen Pegasus Airlines’ flight crews equipped with fully

tablets, coupled with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) software, has resulted in annual savings of EUR11m thanks to reductions in paper, printing and copying costs as well as the crew’s ability to work in a faster, more dynamic and cost effective manner. [

Juniper Systems launches EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution Juniper Systems announced EmberEquine, an ultrasound hardware/software system that allows equine veterinarians to examine and image unborn baby horses in a mare’s womb as well as record and communicate pertaining data. The system consists of a special Juniper version of the Draminski 4VetJ Ultrasound screen and scanner and a Juniper Mesa 2 rugged tablet running Juniper’s EmberEquine software. [See Juniper EmberEquine equine reproduction ultrasound solution ] — Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

announced EmberEquine, an ultrasound hardware/software system that allows equine veterinarians to examine and image unborn baby horses in a mare’s womb as well as record and communicate pertaining data. The system consists of a special Juniper version of the

Process optimization in the automotive industry: Volkswagen AG trusts in Getac’s robust hardware In close cooperation with Volkswagen AG, Getac has developed two robust, latest-generation computer solutions for use in international and group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications. With the “Professional” diagnostic device, the VAS 6150E notebook based on the Getac S410 and the “Premium” VAS 6160E tablet based on the new Getac A140 , the Volkswagen Group’s workshops now have a new benchmark for the highly efficient diagnostics of vehicles for the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat brands as well as for the VW utility vehicles. [ See Getac press release ] — Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In close cooperation with Volkswagen AG, Getac has developed two robust, latest-generation computer solutions for use in international and group-wide vehicle diagnostics and other production applications. With the “Professional” diagnostic device, the VAS 6150E notebook based on the

, the Volkswagen Group’s workshops now have a new benchmark for the highly efficient diagnostics of vehicles for the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat brands as well as for the VW utility vehicles. [

Zebra Technologies participates in Senate hearing on advancement of Internet of Things Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, participated in the Nov. 7 Senate hearing on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities before the Communications, Technology, Innovation and Internet Subcommittee. Mike Terzich, Chief Administrative Officer of Zebra Technologies, discussed how Zebra is a global leader in bringing enterprise IoT solutions to the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Government (B2G) markets. Zebra leads the growing category of Enterprise Asset Intelligence which describes the ability of businesses to track critical assets within their operations and to know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.[ See Zebra press release ] — Posted Monday, November 20, 2017

(NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, participated in the Nov. 7 Senate hearing on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities before the Communications, Technology, Innovation and Internet Subcommittee. Mike Terzich, Chief Administrative Officer of Zebra Technologies, discussed how Zebra is a global leader in bringing enterprise IoT solutions to the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Government (B2G) markets. Zebra leads the growing category of Enterprise Asset Intelligence which describes the ability of businesses to track critical assets within their operations and to know exactly what they are, where they are and their condition so they can make smarter, faster decisions that improve their bottom line.[

Case study: Fast, discreet radiation monitoring with Handheld Group’s NAUTIZ X8 ultra-rugged mobile computer Radiation is a naturally occurring process harnessed into many helpful applications, from medical imaging to food preservation to cancer treatment. But exposure can be very harmful to the human body. Hundreds of Handheld Group’s rugged Nautiz X8 handhelds are currently deployed as part of the AT6101C backpack-style mobile spectrometer from Belarus-based ATOMTEX . These solutions are used to halt illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials at customs and border crossings, ensure radiation control at public events, and monitor many other worksites including nuclear facilities, building sites and scientific research environments. [Read Fast, discreet radiation monitoring inconspicuous NAUTIZ X8 makes it easy ] — Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

Case study: Fast, discreet radiation monitoring with Handheld Group’s NAUTIZ X8 ultra-rugged mobile computer

Radiation is a naturally occurring process harnessed into many helpful applications, from medical imaging to food preservation to cancer treatment. But exposure can be very harmful to the human body. Hundreds of Handheld Group’s rugged Nautiz X8 handhelds are currently deployed as part of the

. These solutions are used to halt illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials at customs and border crossings, ensure radiation control at public events, and monitor many other worksites including nuclear facilities, building sites and scientific research environments. [Read

Tenth annual Zebra shopper survey reveals one-half of millennial shoppers better connected than retail associates Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its 2017 Global Shopper Study, the 10th annual survey analyzing shopper satisfaction and retail technology trends. The body of research revealed that while 44 percent of surveyed shoppers are still not satisfied with staff availability and customer service, overall shopper satisfaction has significantly improved since the study’s inception a decade ago. [ See Zebra press release ] — Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tenth annual Zebra shopper survey reveals one-half of millennial shoppers better connected than retail associates

(NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its 2017 Global Shopper Study, the 10th annual survey analyzing shopper satisfaction and retail technology trends. The body of research revealed that while 44 percent of surveyed shoppers are still not satisfied with staff availability and customer service, overall shopper satisfaction has significantly improved since the study’s inception a decade ago. [

The Juniper Systems Geode sub-meter GPS receiver put to the test under dense forest tree canopy For most of us, most of the time it’s better to be approximately right than completely wrong. That, however, doesn’t apply to surveyors and other GIS professionals for whom to be “approximately right” simply isn’t good enough. That’s where sub-meter GPS receivers like Juniper System ‘s Geode come into play. A recent entry in Juniper’s ever interesting Get Rugged blog describes how the Geode was put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy. [See The Geode sub-meter GPS Receiver put to the test under a dense forest tree canopy ] — Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

For most of us, most of the time it’s better to be approximately right than completely wrong. That, however, doesn’t apply to surveyors and other GIS professionals for whom to be “approximately right” simply isn’t good enough. That’s where sub-meter GPS receivers like

VIA announces VIA ARTiGO A630 enterprise IoT gateway system VIA Technologies, Inc. , announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A630, an ultra-slim fanless gateway system with flexible customization options for a broad spectrum of commercial M2M and IoT applications. ” The VIA ARTiGO A630 bolsters our already diverse range of ARTiGO Series M2M and IoT gateway systems, ” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. ” Providing a rich mix of connectivity and performance in an ultra-compact design that can be rapidly customized, will help customers speed time-to-market and unlock the full potential of their IoT deployments. ” [ See VIA press release ] — Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017

, announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A630, an ultra-slim fanless gateway system with flexible customization options for a broad spectrum of commercial M2M and IoT applications. “

The VIA ARTiGO A630 bolsters our already diverse range of ARTiGO Series M2M and IoT gateway systems,

Providing a rich mix of connectivity and performance in an ultra-compact design that can be rapidly customized, will help customers speed time-to-market and unlock the full potential of their IoT deployments.

DURABOOK improves performance, graphics, battery life and security of R8300 rugged laptop GammaTech Computer Corporation , the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its fully rugged DURABOOK R8300 laptop. The device now features Intel(r) 7th generation Core processors, improved graphics capabilities, increased battery life and the elevated security offered by Windows 10. The proven R8300 is used around the world by military forces, public safety agencies, and field service organizations, including companies in the oil & gas, logistics, utilities, and telecommunications markets. [See GammaTech press release and RuggedPCReview’s description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK R8300 ] — Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017

, the North American branch of Twinhead International Corporation, today announced upgrades to its fully rugged DURABOOK R8300 laptop. The device now features Intel(r) 7th generation Core processors, improved graphics capabilities, increased battery life and the elevated security offered by Windows 10. The proven R8300 is used around the world by military forces, public safety agencies, and field service organizations, including companies in the oil & gas, logistics, utilities, and telecommunications markets. [See

The Dell Latitude Rugged Race Ever since 1995, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race sees a fleet of identical yachts sail around the world in eight legs. This year, the third stage, officially known as the Dell Latitude Rugged Race, started on October 31 with a dozen teams, all having Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme laptops on board, sailing almost 5,000 nautical miles from Cape Town towards Fremantle, Australia. Teams are expected there the fourth week of November. ” As we continue to watch the brave crews and skippers of the Clipper Race, reasons for choosing Dell Latitude Rugged surface as they face gruelling race conditions and environments unfriendly to normal PCs, ” says Shannon Mackay, vice president Dell Rugged, Client Product Group. [See Skippers thoughts ahead of Dell Latitude Rugged Race 3 ] — Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

Yacht Race sees a fleet of identical yachts sail around the world in eight legs. This year, the third stage, officially known as the Dell Latitude Rugged Race, started on October 31 with a dozen teams, all having Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme laptops on board, sailing almost 5,000 nautical miles from Cape Town towards Fremantle, Australia. Teams are expected there the fourth week of November. “

As we continue to watch the brave crews and skippers of the Clipper Race, reasons for choosing Dell Latitude Rugged surface as they face gruelling race conditions and environments unfriendly to normal PCs,

Winmate launches 15-inch industrial Panel PC and display versions of its Multi-Touch Chassis series With full computer functionality now so small that it can practically fit anywhere, it makes sense to offer displays both as monitors to be hooked up to an external PC and as fully integrated Panel PCs. Winmate is doing just that with its Multi-touch Chassis Series of industrial PCs and displays. There’s the R15L100-PTC3 display version, the R15IB3S-PTC3 Windows-based Panel PC version, and the R15FA3S-PTC3 that runs Android 6.0. All measure a compact 13.9 x 10.8 x 1.8 inches and have an IP65-sealed front panel. [See Winmate Industrial Panel PC and Display with 15-inch Multi-touch Chassis ] — Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

With full computer functionality now so small that it can practically fit anywhere, it makes sense to offer displays both as monitors to be hooked up to an external PC and as fully integrated Panel PCs.

is doing just that with its Multi-touch Chassis Series of industrial PCs and displays. There’s the R15L100-PTC3 display version, the R15IB3S-PTC3 Windows-based Panel PC version, and the R15FA3S-PTC3 that runs Android 6.0. All measure a compact 13.9 x 10.8 x 1.8 inches and have an IP65-sealed front panel. [See Winmate

JLT Mobile Computers selected by Steketee for smart farming precision agriculture solutions to increase farmers’ efficiency JLT Mobile Computers , a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces that it has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using JLT VERSO+ 10 rugged computers to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide. [ See JLT Mobile press release ] — Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

JLT Mobile Computers selected by Steketee for smart farming precision agriculture solutions to increase farmers’ efficiency

, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, announces that it has entered into a partnership with Machinefabriek Steketee B.V., who are using

to integrate their Smart Farming solutions for precision agriculture. Steketee is a leading developer of high-tech weeding and soil cultivation machines, used by arable farmers and horticulturalists worldwide. [

Qualcomm Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom’s unsolicited proposal Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) (“Qualcomm” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited (“Broadcom”) on November 6, 2017. ” It is the Board’s unanimous belief that Broadcom’s proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company’s leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects, ” said Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Qualcomm Incorporated. [ Our take: Broadcom, a roughly US$16 billion semiconductor company launched a bid to buy Qualcomm, a roughly US$24 billion company semiconductor company in a deal worth over US$100 billion. Why? Because Qualcomm — which older readers remember as a then small company that purchased the popular Eudora email client in 1991 — holds numerous essential comms patents, makes the SnapDragon processors that power a large percentage of smartphones, and holds many keys to the upcoming move to 5G and beyond. So by taking over Qualcomm, Broadcom would get all this and control a major competitor. Can’t blame them for trying.] [ See Qualcomm press release ] — Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

(NASDAQ: QCOM) (“Qualcomm” or the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited (“Broadcom”) on November 6, 2017. “

It is the Board’s unanimous belief that Broadcom’s proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company’s leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects,

Broadcom, a roughly US$16 billion semiconductor company launched a bid to buy Qualcomm, a roughly US$24 billion company semiconductor company in a deal worth over US$100 billion. Why? Because Qualcomm — which older readers remember as a then small company that purchased the popular Eudora email client in 1991 — holds numerous essential comms patents, makes the SnapDragon processors that power a large percentage of smartphones, and holds many keys to the upcoming move to 5G and beyond. So by taking over Qualcomm, Broadcom would get all this

Handheld Group appoints Myra Long as Director of Development Handheld Group , a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced that Myra Long has been promoted to Director of Development. As Director of Development, Long is responsible for managing new product development, integrating improvements for existing products, and verifying build-processes. Long started with Handheld Group in a project management consultant role in 2011 and officially joined the Handheld team as a program manager in 2014. She brings expertise in military and mobile product research, development and management from Lockheed Martin, Oregon State University, SRI International and Hewlett Packard. [ See Handheld press release ] — Posted Thursday, November 9, 2017

, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced that Myra Long has been promoted to Director of Development. As Director of Development, Long is responsible for managing new product development, integrating improvements for existing products, and verifying build-processes. Long started with Handheld Group in a project management consultant role in 2011 and officially joined the Handheld team as a program manager in 2014. She brings expertise in military and mobile product research, development and management from Lockheed Martin, Oregon State University, SRI International and Hewlett Packard. [

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2018 financials Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2018. Revenue was US$22.7 million compared to US$20.0 million for fiscal Q2/2017. Xplore reported a net profit of $397,000 for the quarter, compared to a net loss of US$536,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Xplore Acting CEO Tom Wilkinson said “We are pleased to significantly increase profitability on improved revenue in the second fiscal quarter, demonstrating the high operating profit leverage embedded in Xplores cost-efficient business model.” [ See Xplore media release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2018. Revenue was US$22.7 million compared to US$20.0 million for fiscal Q2/2017. Xplore reported a net profit of $397,000 for the quarter, compared to a net loss of US$536,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Xplore Acting CEO Tom Wilkinson said “We are pleased to significantly increase profitability on improved revenue in the second fiscal quarter, demonstrating the high operating profit leverage embedded in Xplores cost-efficient business model.” [

Winmate launches modular EAC Mini IoT Gateway With IoT — the Internet of Things — rapidly assuming ever greater importance, there is a mounting need for inexpensive, flexible gateway computers that can receive massive amounts of data from sensors and peripherals and pass it on to cloud servers from processing, interpretation and action. Winmate ‘s new EAC Mini is such a modular device, capable of being stacked and configured in dozens of different configurations. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate EAC Mini IoT gateway ] — Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

With IoT — the Internet of Things — rapidly assuming ever greater importance, there is a mounting need for inexpensive, flexible gateway computers that can receive massive amounts of data from sensors and peripherals and pass it on to cloud servers from processing, interpretation and action.

‘s new EAC Mini is such a modular device, capable of being stacked and configured in dozens of different configurations. [See description, analysis and specs of the

Added: Honeywell Dolphin CT60 In mid October 2017, Honeywell launched their Dolphin CT60 handheld computer, a roughly iPhone8-sized, Android-based rugged smartphone and mobile computer. What’s special here is not only the CT60’s state-of-the-art technology, but it’s also Honeywell’s first on their new hardware and software “Mobility Edge Platform” that offers a long product lifecycle by supporting current and future Android versions. [See RuggedPCReview’s description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell CT60 ] — Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In mid October 2017, Honeywell launched their Dolphin CT60 handheld computer, a roughly iPhone8-sized, Android-based rugged smartphone and mobile computer. What’s special here is not only the CT60’s state-of-the-art technology, but it’s also Honeywell’s first on their new hardware and software “Mobility Edge Platform” that offers a long product lifecycle by supporting current

Zebra Technologies to testify during Senate hearing on IoT advancement Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, will testify on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural America to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. [ See Zebra press release ] — Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

(NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, will testify on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural America to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. [

First look: Getac EX80 intrinsically safe rugged tablet With their new EX80, Getac announced its first-ever Class 1 Division 1 intrinsically safe device, the rugged 8-inch Windows 10-based EX80 tablet. It’s a handy design with a bright IPS capacitive multi-touch screen, impressive ruggedness, and, of course, the kind of “intrinsic safety” that makes it safe to use in areas where there are flammable gases, vapors, dusts or fibers. [Read RuggedPCReview’s description, analysis and specs (and an intrinsic safety primer) of the Getac EX80 ] — Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

announced its first-ever Class 1 Division 1 intrinsically safe device, the rugged 8-inch Windows 10-based EX80 tablet. It’s a handy design with a bright IPS capacitive multi-touch screen, impressive ruggedness, and, of course, the kind of “intrinsic safety” that makes it safe to use in areas where there are flammable gases, vapors, dusts or fibers. [Read

Getac EX80 fully rugged tablet is intrinsically safe and certified for Zone 0: ATEX, IECEx and UL913-certified for use in the most hazardous and explosive environments Getac is introducing the EX80 fully rugged tablet, its first Zone 0 device — ATEX / IECEx Zone 0 and UL913-certified (Class I / II Division 1) for use in environments with the highest risk of explosion. Zone 0 environments are deemed as areas where explosive gas is continuously present in the atmosphere or present for long periods of time. Designed for use in hazardous and explosive environments, including those found in oil & gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, and munitions depots, the Getac EX80 incorporates a sealed anti-static exterior with surface temperature control to limit the possibility of explosion due to electrostatic charges, hot surfaces, heat energy or friction. [ See Getac press release ] — Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Getac EX80 fully rugged tablet is intrinsically safe and certified for Zone 0: ATEX, IECEx and UL913-certified for use in the most hazardous and explosive environments

is introducing the EX80 fully rugged tablet, its first Zone 0 device — ATEX / IECEx Zone 0 and UL913-certified (Class I / II Division 1) for use in environments with the highest risk of explosion. Zone 0 environments are deemed as areas where explosive gas is continuously present in the atmosphere or present for long periods of time. Designed for use in hazardous and explosive environments, including those found in oil & gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, and munitions depots, the Getac EX80 incorporates a sealed anti-static exterior with surface temperature control to limit the possibility of explosion due to electrostatic charges, hot surfaces, heat energy or friction. [

Zebra Technologies announces Q3 2017 financials Zebra Technologies reported sales of US$935 million in Q3 of 2017 compared to US$904 million in Q3 of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment (i.e. what used to be the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions) were US$611 million in Q3 2017 compared with $605 million in Q3 2016. Net loss for Q3 2017 was US$12 million, compared to a net loss of US$83 million in Q3 2016. [ See Zebra press release ] — Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017

reported sales of US$935 million in Q3 of 2017 compared to US$904 million in Q3 of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment (i.e. what used to be the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions) were US$611 million in Q3 2017 compared with $605 million in Q3 2016. Net loss for Q3 2017 was US$12 million, compared to a net loss of US$83 million in Q3 2016. [

JLT Mobile adds the MT2010 rugged tablet for warehousing, logistics, transportation and port markets to its offering JLT Mobile Computers , a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, is adding the fully rugged MT2010 tablet to its existing product portfolio. Offering the same high level of support and services that JLT is renowned for, the expansion leverages JLTs extensive rugged tablet knowledge in response to customer demand and is in line with the companys strategy to increase business value to existing customers. Target industries are warehousing, food and beverage, transportation, and ports, where JLT already has a strong position. [See JLT Mobile press release and RuggedPCReview’s description, analysis and specs of the JLT MT2010 ] — Posted Monday, November 6, 2017

JLT Mobile adds the MT2010 rugged tablet for warehousing, logistics, transportation and port markets to its offering

, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, is adding the fully rugged MT2010 tablet to its existing product portfolio. Offering the same high level of support and services that JLT is renowned for, the expansion leverages JLTs extensive rugged tablet knowledge in response to customer demand and is in line with the companys strategy to increase business value to existing customers. Target industries are warehousing, food and beverage, transportation, and ports, where JLT already has a strong position. [See

5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets In its October 26, 2017 entry, the “Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research” blog presents 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets. DT Research argues that technological advances in healthcare pave the way for new, updated technologies in both consumer markets and almost every other field. In terms of treatment, diagnosis, and research, new discoveries in technology are almost always implemented in healthcare first. [Read 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets ] — Posted Friday, November 3, 2017

In its October 26, 2017 entry, the “Rugged Tech Talk with DT Research” blog presents 5 reasons more healthcare professionals than ever choose medical tablets. DT Research argues that technological advances in healthcare pave the way for new, updated technologies in both consumer markets and almost every other field. In terms of treatment, diagnosis, and research, new discoveries in technology are almost always implemented in healthcare first. [Read

Trimble introduces ISOBUS-compatible GFX-750 display system with advanced guidance controller for agriculture applications Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced the Trimble GFX-750 display system for agriculture applications. The display system comes with the simple-to-install, roof-mounted NAV-900 guidance controller featuring Trimble’s most advanced multi-constellation GNSS receiver. The satellite coverage provides farmers with more robust signal availability which means more active working time especially in hilly terrain. [ See Trimble press release ] — Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

Trimble introduces ISOBUS-compatible GFX-750 display system with advanced guidance controller for agriculture applications

(NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced the Trimble GFX-750 display system for agriculture applications. The display system comes with the simple-to-install, roof-mounted NAV-900 guidance controller featuring Trimble’s most advanced multi-constellation GNSS receiver. The satellite coverage provides farmers with more robust signal availability which means more active working time especially in hilly terrain. [

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Nov. 2012 In November 2012, Microsoft revealed pricing for its Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets, NPD Group reported that Windows 8 was off to a slow start, and RuggedPCReview wrote about Windows RT’s suitability for vertical markets. Getac upgraded its S400 semi-rugged notebook to 3rd gen Core processors, and Winmate began offering some of its handhelds and tablets with Android. Xplore reported US$7.5 million and Intermec US$193 million revenue for the quarter. We reviewed the Winmate M700D, the Panasonic Toughbook C2, MobileDemand’s xTablet T1200, DAP’s MT1010 tablet, and Getac’s PS336 handheld. [ See November 2012 RuggedPCReview archive ] — Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

In November 2012, Microsoft revealed pricing for its Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets, NPD Group reported that Windows 8 was off to a slow start, and RuggedPCReview wrote about Windows RT’s suitability for vertical markets. Getac upgraded its S400 semi-rugged notebook to 3rd gen Core processors, and Winmate began offering some of its handhelds and tablets with Android. Xplore reported US$7.5 million and Intermec US$193 million revenue for the quarter. We reviewed the Winmate M700D, the Panasonic Toughbook C2, MobileDemand’s xTablet T1200, DAP’s MT1010 tablet, and Getac’s PS336 handheld. [

Xplore’s Android rugged tablets driving warehouse management and inventory operations for one of world’s top dietary supplement companies Xplore Technologies Corp . (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that a global dietary supplement manufacturer has begun upgrading its forklift mobility solutions to the Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged Android tablet. The 10.1″ Intel(r)-powered, forklift-mounted mobile computers now serve as the primary information source for a number of warehouse management workflows, including inventory picking. Additional XSLATE D10 orders are anticipated as the manufacturer continues to upgrade its mobile technology in other production and warehousing facilities. [ See Xplore press release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Xplore’s Android rugged tablets driving warehouse management and inventory operations for one of world’s top dietary supplement companies

. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that a global dietary supplement manufacturer has begun upgrading its forklift mobility solutions to the Xplore XSLATE D10 fully rugged Android tablet. The 10.1″ Intel(r)-powered, forklift-mounted mobile computers now serve as the primary information source for a number of warehouse management workflows, including inventory picking. Additional XSLATE D10 orders are anticipated as the manufacturer continues to upgrade its mobile technology in other production and warehousing facilities. [

Zebra study: Nearly 50% of enterprises have only achieved half of their ‘intelligence’ potential Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its inaugural “Intelligent Enterprise Index.” This global survey analyzes where companies are on the journey to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise; how they are connecting the physical and digital worlds to improve visibility, efficiencies and growth. Forty-eight percent are on the path to becoming intelligent enterprises, scoring between 50-75 points on the overall index. Only five percent exceeded 75 points on the index. [ See Zebra press release ] — Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017

(NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today revealed the results of its inaugural “Intelligent Enterprise Index.” This global survey analyzes where companies are on the journey to becoming an Intelligent Enterprise; how they are connecting the physical and digital worlds to improve visibility, efficiencies and growth. Forty-eight percent are on the path to becoming intelligent enterprises, scoring between 50-75 points on the overall index. Only five percent exceeded 75 points on the index. [

Group Mobile awarded multiple contracts to support recent win with large Arizona fire department Group Mobile , a rapidly expanding premier provider of innovative, full-service mobile technology solutions today announced they have secured a contract with a large Arizona fire department. Group Mobile will be providing Getac rugged technology for approximately 100 vehicles in the fleet. [ See Group Mobile press release ] — Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017

, a rapidly expanding premier provider of innovative, full-service mobile technology solutions today announced they have secured a contract with a large Arizona fire department. Group Mobile will be providing Getac rugged technology for approximately 100 vehicles in the fleet. [

Added: Second generation Getac S410 semi-rugged laptop We added description, analysis and specs of the second gen Getac S410 semi-rugged notebook computer. The major difference between the original S410 and the second gen model is upgraded security (even an IR camera for face recognition login) and availability of no fewer than four different Intel 8th-generation quad-core processors. [ See description, analysis and specs of the second generation Getac S410 ] — Posted Monday, October 30, 2017

S410 semi-rugged notebook computer. The major difference between the original S410 and the second gen model is upgraded security (even an IR camera for face recognition login) and availability of no fewer than four different Intel 8th-generation quad-core processors. [