Fujitsu Takes the Slate Route with the New ST6012 Slate Computer.

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Sometimes you have to meet the demands of the market, such as the insurance and medical industries, which demanded a slate PC – Fujitsu met those demands with the ST6012.

Portable PCs come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 15 pound desktop replacement behemoths to 1 pound sub-notebook replacements, with convertible tablets thrown in for good measure. Yet, there are industries that are not well served by the cornucopia of portable PC choices and need something a little different, something that fits more in the category of an electronic clip board.

Fujitsu is aiming to meet the needs of those unique industries with the ST6012 slate tablet PC. Announced today, the ST6012 features embedded biometric pre-boot authentication, improved processor performance, and a new semi-rugged sleek exterior.

The unit is less than one-inch thick with a 12.1-inch, anti-glare display and is designed to be comfortable-to-carry, making the unit ideal for on-your-feet computing markets including insurance, education, and healthcare, as well as retail/mobile sales. The unit offers an indoor/outdoor display that can mimic pen and paper, allowing users to write or sketch on the display, fill out digital forms, enter data and take orders. Plus, an optional rear mounted webcam captures images essential for reports such as insurance claims. The unit handles digital signature capture using automatic handwriting recognition and special software.

Features include:

-         Powered by the Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (1.4 GH), Intel(R) GS45 Chipset and Intel(R) GMA 4500M hard drive.

-         Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 with Intel(R) vPro(TM) Technology available on select configurations.

-         Bright 12.1"wide XGA transmissive indoor/outdoor display with 160 degree viewing angles and improved brightness delivering 300 nits.

-         Expanded hard drive to 320GB or solid state drive up to 64GB, and DDR3 800MHz dual-channel support memory.

-         Stay connected with Gigabit Ethernet and a choice of Intel(R) Wi-Fi Link 5300AGN (802.11a/b/g/draft-n) or Atheros XSPAN(R) (802.11a/b/g/draft n)

-         Optional 1.3 mega-pixel (640x480) webcam.

-         Optional wireless USB and Bluetooth v. 2.1 for added convenience.

-         Offers up to 11 hours and 40 minutes of battery life(2) with a nine-cell battery or 7.5 hours(2)  with a six-cell battery option.

-         Priced starting at $1,999 (1) for a base configuration. Users can choose from a recommended configuration, or they can customize their Stylistic ST6012 slate tablet PC using the Fujitsu Configure To Order (CTO) program. Available immediately through the Fujitsu website and select retailers/e-tailers.

-         Weighs 3.5 pounds.

-         Semi-rugged design with magnesium alloy lower casing and shock-mounted accelerometer-based hard drive for added durability.

-         One-touch application buttons including one-step display mode rotation.

-          Embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM), dedicated smart card slot, Fujitsu security application panel, two-level hard drive password, BIOS-enabled Computrace(R) LoJack theft recovery service and universal lock slot.

-          Optional tablet dock solution with choice of none, DVD-ROM, Combo or DL DVD+/-RW drives.

-          Pre-installed with Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(R) Business, Bonus Media or Windows Vista(R) Business, Downgrade Service (Windows (R) XP TPC), and bundled with Microsoft Office OneNote(R) 2007.

-          Dual digital microphone array with noise cancellation and echo suppression.


Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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