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Advantech and DLoG come together for rugged tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

October 21 2011

Taiwanese OEM Advantech bought the German electronics manufacturer DLoG Gmbh for €12.85 million last year, and the companies have now collaborated to create their first semi-rugged tablet.

The Advantech DLoG S10A has a 10.4” 1024 x 768 resolution, resistive touchscreen display, runs Windows XP Embedded and is said to be ideal for architects, construction workers, airport staff, and health care employees. It can be also be used for compiling logistics or damage reports.

The S10A, which was spotted at IT Europa’s Tablet in Enterprise event in London last week, has an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor, offers 1GB of RAM and a 4GB CF storage card and has connections for VGA, two USB ports, an SD card slot, a microphone and speaker, as well as a LAN port for an RJ45 connection. The tablet supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, while GPS and 3G are optional.

Advantech and DLoG designed the tablet to be rugged and productive, and the model is IP53/54 certified, meaning it can survive a three foot fall. This certification also means that the tablet can work in temperatures from 0°C to 45°C.

The S10A is already being used by Triumph, for warehouse management system, and by Hitachi, for its product picking car trolley.

The tablet has a raft of security features, like a fingerprint scanner, and offers a variety of optional extras, like an external 3800mA/42.2W battery pack, a barcode scanner, a magnetic stripe card reader, a VESA wall mount and docking station. Other extras include a hand strap, a shoulder strap, a carry bag and a vehicle power cable.

The tablet is sold with a stylus, AC power adaptor, power cord, rubber bumpers and two CDs for manual and driver, the finger print software and the user manual. The tablet, which can be configured with a sunlight readable touchscreen and comes with a 2MP webcam, is now available from DLoG Gmbh. Price details are available upon request.

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