Panasonic announced updates to its business-rugged Toughbook notebook computer line with the introduction of the thin-and-light F8 and upgrades to the tablet alternative T8 and the ultraportable W8.

8 Series Toughbook mobile computers will also include the Gobi 3G mobile broadband (WWAN) solution from Qualcomm, which allows connection to high-speed mobile Internet services offered by network operators virtually anywhere in the world.

The new Toughbook F8 has a 14.1-inch-wide display and an internal optical drive. It weighs 3.7 pounds and has an integrated handle for maximum portability. It also has Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM, bright widescreen LCD and a 160GB shock-mounted hard drive. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor W8, T8 and F8 notebooks offer a combination of the latest computing power and long battery life.

The 8 Series business-rugged products offer a range of embedded wireless options for anytime, anywhere connectivity, including 802.11a/b/g/draft-n and Bluetooth 2.0. The 8 Series will ship with optional embedded Gobi 3G technology. The 8 Series will be certified on all major networks worldwide, allowing workers to stay connected regardless of network availability in their current location and whether the network is using CDMA2000 EV-DO or HSPA/UMTS/GPRS technologies.

The Panasonic CSA will allow IT administrators maximum flexibility in the management of wireless notebooks. Gobi is designed to lower IT procurement, qualification, support and management costs.

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