GD-Itronix Falcon UMPC: Rugged FlipStart for soldiers
Well, it’s not officially a rugged version of Vulcan’s FlipStart handtop, but GD-Itronix did license some technology from the company to build its upcoming UMPC.
Codenamed the Falcon and designed for military use, the 4.5" x 6.1" x 1.4" clamshell will have a 5.6" display (1024 x 600) viewable outdoors, 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB RAM, at least a 40GB hard drive, EV-DO Rev A or HSDPA connectivity, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth, and "ultra high sensitivity" GPS. And since it’s intended to be used in the field, it of course meets "military standard 810F for drop, vibration, rain, dust and temperature."
Scheduled to begin shipping in August, the Falcon will cost between (if you’re used to consumer prices, hold on to your jaw) $3,600 to $4,500. A vehicle mount and 1GB RAM option will be available in December.
Photo snagged from Applefritter and retouched.[DefenseNews via Tablet PC Talk]