updated 02:25 pm EDT, Fri May 25, 2007
Toughbook Santa Rosa
Edging its systems closer to North America since their Japanese updates, Panasonic today upgraded two of its Toughbook models for the European audience. The 13.3-inch CF-74 is semi-rugged and includes its own handle for use in the field; nevertheless, the upgraded system will be fast using a Core 2 Duo with the 800MHz Santa Rosa bus as well as 802.11n wireless and a flash-based Turbo Memory cache. Specifications weren't included but should net an 8-hour battery life similar to the outgoing model thanks to improved power management.
Accompanying the T5 is the CF-52, a revision of the CF-51 (pictured). It should keep the 15-inch size of its predecessor but will similarly get the extra speed of a Santa Rosa CPU. Advanced remote management control should also come through optional use of Intel's Centrino Pro platform to diagnose systems or lock down files and folders.
Neither system has received a price. Panasonic anticipates releasing full details of both systems near their shipping dates, which are set at June for the CF-74 and July for the CF-52.