General Dynamics Itronix Introduces Next Generation Rugged Notebook

By PRESS RELEASE — March 17, 2009


The new GD8000 notebook computer by General Dynamics Itronix is now available for military personnel, field service workers and first responders who require high-performance computing while working in extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and rain-soaked environments.

The GD8000 -- successor to the company's award-winning GoBook XR-1 rugged notebook -- pushes mil spec testing standards further than traditional boundaries, making it truly the 'most rugged,' rugged notebook available.

"Our customers told us that to perform their mission-critical duties, they needed a notebook that was more rugged, had longer battery run-time and was equipped with a display they could see in all lighting conditions. We responded by producing the GD8000, a unit with the industry's best drop protection, rain resistance, battery run-time and display viewability," said John Schneider, business unit director for General Dynamics Itronix.

Engineered to operate in extreme conditions, the GD8000 kept working after multiple 42-inch drops onto a hard surface, operated in the rain for more than four hours and successfully booted-up in freezing and scorching temperatures. Powered by the Intel low-voltage Core2Duo processing architecture, the GD8000 is housed in a user-friendly, ergonomic casing with a 13.3-inch DynaVue touchscreen display. The GD8000 delivers uncompromising performance from command centers, to helicopters, to tactical vehicles and everywhere in between.

GD8000 specifications overview

  • Magnesium chassis and impact absorbing polycarbonate casing
  • Hazardous Location Class 1 Division 2 (UL 1604)
  • Operating temperature from -22deg.F to 140deg.F

Meets MIL-STD 810F including:
  • Drop test from 42 inches onto plywood over concrete; 26 drops/1 unit
  • 'Watertight' 30 gallons of water blown at 40 mph over 4 hours while the unit is operating
GD8000 features
  • 13.3" DynaVue touchscreen display for outdoor/direct sunlight viewability
  • Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 processor, 120 GB hard-drive, 4 GB memory (DDR III)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Ergonomic design, weighs 7.9 pounds fully-equipped
  • Optional backlit keyboard
  • Integrated Gobi 2000 WWAN ready
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Integrated GPS and wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi (WLAN), optional high-powered WLAN and Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint, Smartcard, and Super Password security
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 and optional embedded Computrace software
  • EnergyStar and EPEAT certified
General Dynamics Itronix is a leading developer of wireless, rugged computing solutions for mobile workers, offering a full range of field computing systems including laptops, ultra mobile notebook PCs and tablet PCs. The company is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

GD-Itronix, whose rugged products have been 'in the trenches' with mobile workers for more than 20 years, has a number of firsts to its credit:
  • First to use a magnesium (hardened) case
  • First to meet mil spec testing standards
  • First to build integrated WWAN and GPS capabilities into their notebooks
  • First to introduce revolutionary outdoor touchscreen display technology, DynaVue (this award-winning, patent-pending technology is proprietary to GD-Itronix)
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.


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