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DSEI 2019: Durabook reveals new rugged laptop

3rd September 2019 - 10:05 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast

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Twinhead International Corporation will display its new Durabook Z14I rugged laptop for the first time at the DSEI exhibition in London. 

The laptop is designed to be adaptable for military users through its ‘expansion box’. For example, it can be turned quickly into a portable workstation or a remote control/radio system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the company states.

The Z14I was initially launch at the end of July 2019, DSEI will be the first time it is shown to the public.

Speaking to Shephard, Twinhead CEO Fred Kao said this adaptability was built with the future in mind, ‘ensuring it has maximum flexibility because we don’t know what the technology curve will be’ in the coming years.

Kao said the system is more rugged than earlier devices due to a combination of new materials, production processes and different designs to the form factor. 

The system has been chosen by the US Air Force as the fully rugged laptop for the USAF’s Client Computing Solutions (CCS-2) programme in the second half of 2019, he added, with other Durabook systems selected in a number of other categories.

This means that for the second half of 2019 if someone in the USAF wants to buy a regged device they would be getting a Durabook solution. 

Twinhead is planning a number of other upgrades to its systems in the coming year, Kao said, which it will discuss at DSEI. This includes upgrades to its semi-rugged laptop, the 15.6” S15AB, including new USB connectors that will allow for higher-speed data transfer. These new USB interfaces and a number of other upgrades will ‘deliver wider functionality’, Kao added.

The rugged laptop has an 8th Generation Intel Core processor and graphics capabilities, according to the company, as well as protection against water and dust ingress, MIL-STD 810G certification, and resistance up to a six feet drop. The company said the device has also been tested for explosive atmospheres, solar radiation and a number of other factors.

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