Panasonic ToughBook tablet PC for medical use
Panasonic Corporation unveiled its new version of PC tablet for medical use, based on company’s ToughBook technology know how. This PC is made to be chemical resistance which is a demanding feature from the hospital and medical facilities staffs. The PC beside its chemical resistance feature is also resistance to water and dust and shock. It comes with an easy to carry design. The medical PC market is a fairly new market in the PC industry but with a growing need and dependency on IT in medical facilities needs for specific feature PC is growing. The chemical resistance feature is achieved through use of special material that covers the surface which was developed internally by Panasonic and the shock resistance feature is in compliance with “MIL-STD-810F 516.5″ standard. The dust and water resistance feature is through fan less design which eliminates the need for air circulation. The tablet is featured with water proof sheet which has been integrated with buttons. This tablet PC comes with up to eight hours of battery life to fulfill the needs of uninterrupted medical activities. It comes with a pair of 2900mAh battery and Intel low power microprocessor “ATOM”, this is through Intel effort based on PC platform specific for Medical industry referred to as MCA (mobile clinical assistant). MCA platform encompasses features such as screen size of 10 inch or more with PEN input functionality. The MCA emphasis on the communication side is on wireless connection base on WiFi/Bluetooth. There are other specific features set by MCA which among them are fingerprint authentication, RF-ID/barcode reading functionalities. Panasonic planned release for this PC tablet is March of 2009 with no retail price set yet. The expected price would be probably around 260,000 yen.