Industrial Computer features low power consumption.

Press Release Summary:

Available with Celeron M or Pentium M processor, Rugged Mini computer consumes 6 W of power in standby mode, 18 W when idle, and 37 W at 100% utilization. It is fan-less and utilizes convection-based passive cooling system that provides long operating time per charge cycle. Measuring 9 x 7 x 2 in., system can be wall mounted or attached to display screen via mounting flanges. Computer provides VGA and DVI output and is WiFi compatible.

Original Press Release:

Tangent Ships the Rugged Mini -- A New Industrial Strength PC with Radically Lower Power Consumption

BURLINGAME, CA (October 19, 2006) - Tangent Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare, education and government markets, has developed a unique mobile computing solution, called the Rugged Mini, which solves the high power consumption problem faced in many mission critical applications.

The Tangent Rugged Mini significantly extends battery life and reduces time between re-charges. It consumes only six watts in standby mode, 18 watts in the "on" position while idle, (using Intel's Enhanced Speed Step) and 37 watts at 100 percent utilization. This compares to a typical PC using 75-125 watts. The solution provides a long operating time per charge cycle due to a fan-less, cool running design.

"Power consumption is a big problem with current mobile computing especially in medical, public utility, AV and industrial environments," said Douglas Monsour, Tangent's President. "Such applications drain so much energy that it's difficult complete a task without re-charging. With the Rugged Mini there's no need to worry about it stopping during critical times."

The Rugged Mini has a sleek design, small footprint and is lightweight (9"W x 7"L x 2"H, and less than 4 lb.). This solid state PC is industrial grade with only one moving part, the hard drive. It is fan-less and utilizes a convection-based passive cooling system.

Tangent's Rugged Mini is available with Celeron M or Pentium M. The Rugged Mini can be used stand alone in place of a full integrated system. It can be easily wall mounted or attached to a display screen via its mounting flanges.

Tangent's design integrates broad compatibility with current WiFi standards. It uses an industry standard Intel 2915 ABG WiFi card that is Cisco LEAP compatible. It offers a variety of WiFi antenna options. The Rugged Mini also has VGA and DVI output so it can be easily connected to a touch screen or regular LCD monitor.

The Rugged Mini comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows XP Pro. Tangent backs the Rugged Mini with a one-year parts and labor warranty and optional one year on-site service. It is available direct from Tangent at Base price is $1,395-1,495 (US).

About Tangent, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Tangent provides technology solutions to education, government, corporate, and healthcare markets. Tangent's award-winning technology includes desktops, notebooks, wireless labs, thin clients, and servers. Tangent products have earned numerous awards, including eight Editor's Choice awards from PC Magazine.

Len Fernandes

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