Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® computers, today announced it will offer Qualcomm's new Gobi(TM) global mobile Internet solution in its entire line of rugged laptops. Toughbook mobile computers featuring the multi-mode Gobi solution can take advantage of high-speed mobile Internet services offered by leading network operators in virtually all parts of the world.
In addition, two of Panasonic's Gobi-enabled, fully rugged laptops, the convertible tablet Toughbook 19 and flagship Toughbook 30 notebook, have received certification from Verizon Wireless for use on its CDMA2000® EV-DO network.
With Gobi-enabled Toughbook portable computers, mobile workers benefit from the worldwide high-speed data capabilities of multiple cellular broadband networks, while IT managers can streamline their operations by leveraging a single hardware and software solution for all of their nationwide and global branch office locations.
The combination of the embedded Gobi solution and Panasonic's Carrier Selection Application software enables Toughbook laptops to operate on both CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) wireless networks and allows seamless network selection within a single device. Gobi's software-defined modem saves IT managers from having to physically remove notebooks from the field to make changes, which simplifies operations and management of field assets and helps maintain business continuity. Should a network change become necessary, Panasonic's connection manager software's intuitive "point-and-click" interface enables field workers to connect seamlessly to new mobile broadband networks in geographic areas where their usual wireless service provider might not offer coverage.
"Adopting Gobi as the sole 3G mobile broadband technology for our new products allows Panasonic to provide our customers with reliable and innovative wireless connectivity," said Victoria Obenshain, director, wireless strategy, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "In addition, the certification of our fully rugged Toughbook notebooks on the Verizon Wireless network reflects our successful integration of Qualcomm's Gobi radio and our newly developed Carrier Selection Application designed to optimize the customer mobile broadband experience. Our expertise, combined with the experience of Qualcomm and our operator partners, will result in a new era of freedom and flexibility in mobile data access."
"For mobile and enterprise users, the need for widely available access to the Internet has become critical to productivity. Gobi technology allows for flexibility and efficiency in managing global mobile broadband access," said Mike Concannon, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Toughbook rugged laptops with embedded Gobi technology will offer IT managers and mobile workers the benefits of flexible service options, global roaming and a growing base of Gobi-compatible mobility software, such as Panasonic's Carrier Selection Application."
The Gobi-enabled Toughbook 19 and Toughbook 30 laptops will be available exclusively through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide beginning in October 2008. Panasonic anticipates it also will secure Gobi certification from Sprint. The company plans to introduce Gobi technology into all of its mobile computing products by the end of the first quarter of 2009.