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An 802.11b Notebook for All Seasons

Spokane, Wash.-based Itronix Inc., a subsidiary of Acterna Corp., Wednesday announced the immediate availability of an integrated, 802.11b wireless LAN option for its ruggedized GoBook notebook PC.

The 802.11b connectivity is provided by the integration of Cisco's Aironet 350 Series of Wi-Fi/802.11b products.

The company claims that the combination of the GoBook's integrated dipole antenna with the Cisco product's high transmitter power should result in WLAN performance and range specs unmatched by other WLAN solutions.

Itronix also announced its partnership with Wireless Matrix Corporation to support the latter's Wireless Matrix Mobile Base Station (MBS). Itronix stated that this solution will enable ubiquitous, wireless, wide area network (WAN) data coverage by combining satellite and terrestrial data networks for coverage in North America. This scenario involves linking GoBooks with vehicle-mounted MBSs via WLAN. Itronix claims that this should result in connectivity up to several hundred feet from the vehicle, including from deep within buildings.

Last May, Itronix also announced an upgrade to the GoBook to a Pentium III 700 Mhz processor, making it what the company claims is the fastest, fully ruggedized mobile computer on the market.

Matthew A. Peretz is senior editor of sister site, allNetDevices.