Published on June 18, 2009

Winmate's latest addition to the Rugged Tablet PC Series powered by Intel's Atom CPU has received an excellent review from

In April 2009, Winmate delivered the latest I980 Rugged Tablet PC to for a 3rd party professional review. The I980 uses Atom Z530 w/ US15W, a powerful 1.6GHz performance CPU using just 5Watt TDP, which is designed for specific mobile pc applications., the professional online magazine for mobile pc applications and products, has reviewed this product in detail.

Extract from Rugged PC

Winmate's line of rugged Tablet PCs includes a variety of screen sizes, display technologies, and processor architectures. All share sturdy magnesium-aluminum housings and a basic, no-nonsense approach to tackling computing in the field under tough environmental settings. The I980 Series is built on the Intel Atom Z530 processor and thus represents one of the first rugged platforms to use this compact and highly ower-efficient processor that offers unparalleled performance per watt.

The Atom-based I980 Series is available in two sizes, a larger body that comes with a 10.4 or 12.1-inch screen, or a somewhat smaller 10.5 x 8.75 x 1.8 inch body with an 8.4-inch display. Our 8.4-inch test I980 weighed just over five pounds. The aluminum-magnesium alloy case is extremely solid and well executed, and there is extra protection in the form of large rubber bumpers. The I980 is sealed to IP54 specifications.

Winmate has a history of offering various processor architectures and options. The rugged Tablet PC platform is available with low power VIA and Intel Core 2 Duo chips, and now also with the immensely popular Intel Atom processors. The Atom Z530 CPU in the Rugged Tablet I980 is running at a clock speed of 1.6GHz. This chip, in conjunction with its complementing IntelUS15W chipset, is an extremely power-efficient solution for applications that do not require advanced computing performance. The I980 does not need a fan is required and barely heats up.

While the 8.4-inch version of the Winmate Tablet PC is somewhat more compact, it is currently limited to SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) resolution. For outdoor operation Winmate offers a sunlight-readable display option. The resistive touch screen is very responsive and highly configurable. An electromagnetic digitizer is not available. Compared to the larger V280 we also reviewed, the 8.4-inch version gives up some onboard connectivity. You get two USB 2.0 ports, RS232 serial, audio in and out, and a docking connector. An optional multi-function dock has four more USB ports, analog video, LAN and a charger for a second battery. The I980 has externally accessible SD Card and PCI Express 34 slots that can be used for expansion or for GPS or wide area wireless radio communication options. All ports are sealed with attached protective rubber plugs (make sure that all protective plugs are very firmly in place!).

Our review unit ran Windows XP Embedded on a 2GB Flash-In-Disk module and 1GB of RAM. Depending on the operating system, machines can also be configured to run on aa standard hard disk.

While facing well-established competition in the industrial tablet market, the Atom-based Winmate I980 offers a clean and highly configurable rugged tablet computing platform that is well suited for a wide variety of challenging jobs in field service, law enforcement, fire/emergency, transportation & distribution, construction, utility and energy, warehousing, patient information, and retail. This platform is certainly an opportunity for OEM/ODM relationships and rebranding partners. -- Conrad H. Blickenstorfer

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