Panasonic Embedding Gobi2000 Technology Into Entire Rugged Computer Line

By PRESS RELEASE — March 29, 2010

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, announced it would deploy Gobi2000 technology across its line of rugged mobile computers. Toughbook mobile computers featuring the upgraded multi-mode Gobi2000 solution can take advantage of increased global connectivity options, faster data-transfer rates and integrated GPS. The company will deploy the latest Qualcomm Gobi technology with the help of Sierra Wireless.

"The move to Gobi2000 technology is indicative of our continued effort to provide the best mobile broadband experience to our customers," said Victoria Obenshain, director, wireless strategy, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "For our customers, consistent Internet access is a business necessity. The Gobi2000 solution is the top global mobile Internet solution and maximizes productivity for our customers."

With Gobi2000-enabled Toughbook computers, mobile workers benefit from the high-speed data capabilities of leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world, while IT managers can streamline their operations by leveraging a single hardware and software solution for all of their nationwide and global branch office locations.

The combination of the embedded Gobi2000 solution and Panasonic's Carrier Selection Application software enables Toughbook laptops to operate on both CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) wireless networks and allows seamless network selection within a single device. Gobi's software-defined modem saves IT managers from having to physically remove notebooks from the field to make changes, which simplifies operations and management of field assets and helps maintain business continuity. Should a network change become necessary, Panasonic's connection manager software's intuitive "point-and-click" interface enables field workers to connect seamlessly to new mobile broadband networks in geographic areas where their usual wireless service provider might not offer coverage.

"Having 'always-on' connectivity gives enterprises a significant advantage in their mobile workers' productivity and workplace efficiency," said Barry Matsumori, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are delighted to be working with Panasonic and Sierra to bring next-generation Gobi2000 technology to Toughbook users."

Panasonic will offer Gobi2000 technology across its line of Toughbook mobile computers. Devices that will feature embedded Gobi2000 mobile broadband include the Toughbook 19, U1, H1 Health, H1 Field, 52 and C1. Other models will be announced later in the year. Panasonic will continue to offer a range of other wireless connectivity options for its Toughbook line, including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

Sierra Wireless provides the module, a Gobi support interface, and professional services including integration, testing and certification support for Panasonic. The company has a track record of leading the way with new wireless technology and solutions, and focuses on wireless devices and applications. With sales, engineering, and research and development teams located in offices around the world, Sierra Wireless offers a network of experts in mobile broadband and M2M integration to support customers worldwide.

"Sierra Wireless has been working with Panasonic for many years, integrating reliable, high quality wide area wireless connectivity in their devices and offering professional services to support their go-to-market requirements," said Mike Ardelan, vice president, North American OEM sales, Sierra Wireless. "We value our collaboration with Panasonic and look forward to providing their mobile customers with integrated broadband connections that allow them to work from wherever they are."

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