Xplore has just released its iX104 C5* rugged tablet computer based on embedded Intel® architecture and certified to MIL-STANDARD-810G for harsh environments. Formidable Computing Environments, Meet Formidable Technology Xplore relies on Intel® embedded solutions to develop a rugged new tablet PC with the performance and stability to satisfy its most demanding customers Overview At Xplore Technologies Corp., business as usual means dealing with some very tough customers. Tough, because they want computers that can withstand exposure to shock, dust, water, mud, extreme tempera- tures, and constant vibration. Tough, because they want computers that can be bumped, knocked, struck, or even dropped from four feet onto a concrete slab. And still work, of course. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Xplore is a leading developer of rugged mobile wireless computing systems for harsh environments. Xplore’s durable tablet PCs are engineered to perform on the front lines in work settings that aren’t suited to traditional mobile computing solutions. The company’s products are targeted to mobile professionals in sectors such as field services, manufacturing, warehousing, public safety, the military, transportation, and utilities, where the tablets operate as mobile devices or in docking stations in vehicles, forklifts, or rolling carts. Xplore recognizes that its customers need mobile computing tools that match tough on-the-job require- ments, whether those jobs take them deep underground, high above power lines, or out in the trenches. For this reason, Xplore insists on leading-edge technologies such as the Intel® Core™ processor family that can be trusted to deliver performance and stability. Xplore recently took advantage of Intel® processors, chipsets, solid- state drives, and wireless solutions to develop its new iX104 C5* tablet, an integrated computing system for the long product lifecycles that customers demand. Besides maintaining Xplore’s reputation for ruggedness, portability, ease of use, and performance, the iX104 C5 raises the bar in the fast-growing tablet marketplace by supporting robust data protection and best-in-class display and thermal solutions. According to Xplore, running on Intel® silicon is a must for hardware manufacturers in the rugged mobility space — both for the scalable technology benefits that engineers appreciate and the time-to- market benefits that business people appreciate. The Challenge: Long Life, Harsh Environments Xplore Technologies was founded in 1996 to develop a new breed of rugged tablet PCs for vertical markets. With the recent advent of consumer-oriented devices such as the Apple iPad,* companies have become increasingly interested in the tablet PC form factor as a general-purpose computing device for line-of-business applications. Xplore sees this as a sign that the tablet PC industry is poised for rapid growth. A Tough Standard for Tough Conditions Xplore’s iX104 C5* rugged tablet computer is designed, tested, and certified to MIL-STD-810G for use in harsh environments. Officially known as the Department of Defense Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests, the MIL-STD-810G standard was created specifically for DoD Read the full Case Study Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel® Celeron® Mobile Processors Mobile Intel® QM57 Express Chipset Intel® Solid State Drive Tablet PC Systems.