November 2008

Fujitsu unveils its own Mobile Clinical Assistant
Shortly after Panasonic announced its mobile clinical assistant, Fujitsu-Siemens unveiled its own MCA, the Esprimo MA. Like Motion Computing's pioneering C5, the Esprimo MA is based on Intel's MCA reference platform that prescribes a 10.4-inch display in a light and handy tablet with an integrated handle. The Atom Z530-powered Esprimo has an integrate camera, dual SmardCard reader, touch and digitizer, as well as optional 1D/2D barcode reader and RFID. The hot-swappable battery lasts four hours and the device weighs less than three pounds. [See description and specs of the Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo MA] -- Posted Friday, November 21, 2008 by chb

Fujitsu also updates P-Series LifeBook Tablet PC
Fujitsu also mildly updated its super-compact 2.2-pound LifeBook P-Series with Centrino 2 class processor, chipset and wireless (Atheros XSPAN also available), larger capacity and faster SATA hard disks (or a larger 64GB solid state disk). As before, the 8.9-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA display has a touchscreen and rotates both ways. Base price, however, is a steep US$2,179. [Read description and specs of the Fujitsu LifeBook P1630] -- Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by chb

Fujitsu updates mini notebook with Atom chip, GPS, more
Fujitsu released the Lifebook U820, a nicely updated version of the still available Lifebook U810. Instead of the old Intel A110 you now get a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 chip, bigger disks, faster WiFi, an improved keyboard and integrated GPS with Garmin Mobile PC software. With a 5.6-inch display and weighing just 1.3 pounds, the U820 is smaller than EeePC-class of computers, and it offers tablet convertible capabilities, but it is also more expensive (starting at US$1049). [Read detailed description and specs of the Fujitsu Lifebook U820.] -- Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by chb

Panasonic announces Toughbook H1 Mobile Clinical Assistant
Panasonic has introduced the 3.2-pound Panasonic H1 Mobile Medical Assistant, a machine designed specifically for medical/clinical environments where disinfection is as, or more, important than tech specs. The H1 uses an Atom Z540 processor for long battery life, includes an RFID reader, a sunlight-readable display, as well as dual intelligently switching digitizers. The machine features IP54 sealing and can handle 3-foot drops. [Read description and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook H1] -- Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by chb