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Panasonic's disconnected PC

ProNote PC has wireless-linked display unit

Matsushita, best known for its Panasonic brand name, today unveiled its latest portable PC, the ProNote Air FG, which features a wireless touch-screen LCD (liquid crystal display) that can be used within a 50m range of the PC.

The product will be exhibited at TechXNY, formerly PC Expo, which starts in New York on 26 June. Matsushita will start taking orders from tomorrow for the product from customers in Japan, North America and Europe.

The ProNote Air FG incorporates support for the IEEE 802.11b wireless networking standard, which is how the display communicates with its base unit. In the event that the wireless connection is disrupted, the display can store up to 100 pages in its 8MB memory.

The display panel is also water resistant and both the handheld screen and PC base station can withstand falls from heights of up to 120cm, Matsushita said.

The wireless display capability of the ProNote Air FG is most suitable for some business and service applications, at least initially, such as police patrol motorcycles. Its Toughbook Mini PC unit can be mounted on the motorcycle and a highway patrol officer can take out the wireless touch-panel display when approaching a driver he has pulled over.

The ProNote Air FG's Mobile Data Wireless Display weighs 698g and measures 222x162x12.5mm.

Equipped with a 300MHz Pentium III microprocessor, a 5GB hard disk drive and 64MB main memory, the ProNote Air FG's main PC battery lasts for about four hours.

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