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SwitchBack-PC is Rugged and Ultra Mobile

Posted in PCs by Quagmire on September 26th, 2006

SwitchBack-PCBlack Diamond Advanced Technology has announced the launch of the SwitchBack-PC, the world’s first rugged Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC). The SwitchBack-PC is designed to meet military requirements for shock, vibration, dust, moisture and extreme temperatures.

The SwitchBack-PC has a tidy footprint at 7.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″ and weighs in at a slender three pounds, yet packs the power of a traditional desktop into a portable, rugged, handheld solution.

The SwitchBack is designed to meet the demands of users working in the field or in harsh environments. The housing is magnesium reinforced with rubber isolators and shock-mounted electronics. Some of the other key features include:

  • The first rugged UMPC to have a built-in thumb keyboard.
  • Up to 60GB removable hard drive.
  • A 5.6-inch WSVGA sunlight-viewable touchscreen with stylus that can be can be viewed outdoors in all lighting conditions.
  • Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS wireless capabilities.

The SwitchBack also accommodates upgrades nicely with Extendable Modules. The SwitchBack has a detachable/attachable Module on the back of the unit which can be used to extend functionality by adding additional hardware interfaces. Some of the current modules include:

  • Additional processor, hard drive or battery.
  • Custom I/O Options (data transfer, interface extensions).
  • Fingerprint reader
  • RFID, Barcode Scanner or Mag Stripe Reader
  • Radio(s), terrestrial
  • Digital camera
  • GPS receiver
  • Breathalyzer, Laser Range Finder

The SwitchBack-PCs are sure meet and exceed the unique demands of users working in harsh environments. SwitchBack-PCs available in the fourth quarter of 2006 direct from Balck Diamond and will initially be Windows XP systems only.

SwitchBack-PC Press Release [Black Diamond]