Motion Computing Announces the F5 Tablet PC

Motion Computing has announced the new F5 tablet PC. The F5, a new entrant into the tablet PC market, is a balance between commercial-grade devices and fully-rugged PCs that have costly features only required in a small percentage of field applications. The F5 addresses issues encountered by mobile workforces across industries like field service, manufacturing, government and construction. Organizations within these industries are seeking to reduce the number of devices technicians carry, improve workflow, reduce data collection errors and ensure users can communicate with host systems and each other, in the field or in an office.

The F5 design enhances productivity with key features that include:
- Intel Centrino processor technology with the Intel Core Solo;
- IP54 rated and designed to withstand exposure to dust and moisture;
- Field-ready slate design that includes a magnesium frame, View Anywhere outdoor display, built-in handle and easily cleaned protective covering;
- Shock mounted hard drive and combined accelerometer designed to detect drops and shocks in order to reduce the possibility of data loss;
- Optional SanDisk 32GB solid state drive (SSD) providing further enhanced durability, reliability, higher performance and power efficiency;
- Fully-integrated technologies to improve workflow and increase productivity: digital camera, RFID and optional barcode scanner;
- Embedded wireless broadband for continuous data access away from the office;
- Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition; Windows Vista Business.

The F5 is IP54 rated to meet the demands of the job from dusty warehouses to the occasional drop from a vehicle or exposure to a rainstorm. In fact, the F5 is designed to protect from the top three causes of notebook damage, which continue to be drops, liquid spills and objects being dropped on to notebooks. Durable enough to withstand exposure to these elements, the F5 is the first semi-rugged mobile computing device to focus on delivering a complete solution for mobile professionals, including the mobile platform, software, wireless capabilities, and integrated data capture and services.

Additional F5 capabilities include:
- Thin and light with high performance capabilities (approximately 3 lbs.);
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional integrated mobile broadband;
- Shock, drop, vibration and temperature resistance;
- Vehicular docking capabilities;
- Intuitive buttons and triggers;
- Integrated barcode scanner (optional);
- Integrated RFID reader offering quick and simple inventory tracking and management;
- 2.0 megapixel camera;
- Integrated fingerprint reader to simplify password management while increasing data security;
- Natural handwriting interface for convenient data capture while standing or walking;
- Speak Anywhere audio technology for convenient access to voice notes and advanced communication.

The F5 began shipping in February 2008, and is currently available through Motion's network of value-added resellers and distributors.

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