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Toshiba launches most secure and ruggedised business notebook

  • 02 November, 2005 10:22

<p>World’s first RoHS compliant PC paves the way to the future of environmental protection</p>
<p>Sydney, 2 November 2005: Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD), has combined the newest innovations in notebook security and protection into its flagship business notebook, the Tecra S3, launched today.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s objective with the Tecra S3 was to bring to the business market the most durable and secure mobile PC. With Toshiba’s comprehensive suite of EasyGuard security features, it includes integrated software RAID, fingerprint reader, a three-axis ‘accelerometer’ for hard disk drive (HDD) protection, spill resistant keyboard, anti-theft timer and extensive cushioning to protect the most crucial components of the machine.</p>
<p>In addition, the Tecra S3 is the world’s first computer to fully comply with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances[i] (RoHS) directive for environmentally-friendly electronic equipment. The Tecra S3’s compliance precedes the compliance as set out in the RoHS directive by seven months, and Toshiba intends for its entire range to be compliant by April 2006. As the RoHS ruling covers all imports of electrical equipment into Europe, it will become the default standard for electrical equipment worldwide.</p>
<p>Focus on security and protection in line with CIO demands
Mark Whittard, general manager, Australia and New Zealand, Toshiba ISD, said: “The single greatest concern for CIOs and IT departments is the protection of data - and with good reason. Research has shown that it can take up to three weeks and $20,000 to reproduce 20 megabytes of lost data, particularly that from critical functions such as accounting.”</p>
<p>“With more and more organisations realising the productivity advantages associated with mobile computing, it is imperative that they consult mobile specialists and consider technologies specifically designed for this requirement. The security requirements of desktop computing cannot simply be transferred to mobile computing,” he said.</p>
<p>Toshiba has included a level one inbuilt RAID on the Tecra S3, which automatically duplicates information on the primary hard drive to the secondary hard drive (optimal 9.5mm Slim SelectBay) thereby preventing the accidental loss of data. In addition to this mirroring, Toshiba has included a utility, which will automatically check the integrity of data on each drive and correct any corrupted data on either drive.</p>
<p>Other features included as part of the EasyGuard protection model include:
- Fingerprint reader: Using the latest in biometric innovation, the fingerprint reader ensures user authentication and secure access, and also saves authorised users from remembering multiple passwords;
- Anti-theft timer: A time-activated BIOS password utility for preventing system access in the event of theft;
- HDD protection through 3D motion sensors: Toshiba offers a unique sensor which detects motion across three axis and will disengage the hard disk drive when the notebook is dropped or bumped, preventing the corruption of data;
- Ruggedised design: This includes protruding corners on models to absorb the shock from knocks and protect the data within, as well as cushioning around the hard drive and screen; and
- Spill resistant keyboard.</p>
<p>The Tecra S3 offers business users a consistent software image for a standard operating environment (SOE) and long life to maximise total cost of ownership (TCO). The stable image means that machines are easy to deploy and manage, an imperative in large fleet environments. The Tecra S3 comes with a three-year international warranty, which includes a pick-up and delivery courier service.</p>
<p>The RRP of the Tecra S3 is $4,400 including GST.</p>
<p>In addition to the new Tecra S3, refreshes have been made to the following five machines.</p>
<p>Tecra A4 : Widescreen desktop replacement (RRP $2,750 inc. GST)
- A step up from the new Tecra A3X, the Tecra A4 is a 15.4-inch widescreen desktop replacement for individual users and small-medium businesses.
- The processing power of this model has been upgraded; it is now equipped with a Pentium M 760 (2.0Ghz) processor.
- Now featuring DDR2 memory improves the speed of the operating system and the application performance, and a SATA HDD (Serial ATA) for continued speed enhancements over the classic parallel ATA bus technology.
- It also offers a wide-range of mobility features including longer battery life and a full range of wireless connectivity options.</p>
<p>Tecra M3: Premium business notebook with privacy screen (RRP from $2,695 inc. GST)
- The Tecra M3 is a lightweight, durable notebook designed for businesses looking for mobile and performance with low TCO.
- The Tecra M3 now comes in four models with TPM (Trusted Platform module), an encryption chip based on standards from TCG (Trusted Computing Group) , designed to make notebooks more secure.
- One model (PTM30A-17N002) now includes a unique privacy screen, which when activated, prevents other people ‘peeping’ over one’s shoulder to view the information on the screen. This is particularly useful for those who use their notebook in public such as on aeroplanes or public transport.
- Advanced engineering is a focus in the Tecra M3, with Toshiba incorporating a strong magnesium alloy case, advanced thermal management, and a patented cooling system to lengthen the life and protection of the product.</p>
<p>Portégé M200: Wireless tablet PC (RRP $4,070 inc. GST)
- The Portege M200, Toshiba’s most popular wireless tablet PC, is for the travelling executive and workers who appreciate the value of pen-based computing.
- The upgraded Portege M200 has been fitted with a new wide view screen to improve users ability to view the screen at any angle. This is particularly useful when the tablet is being used in ‘slate’ mode.</p>
<p>Satellite M60: Powerful, multimedia PC (RRR $3,300 inc. GST)
- The Satellite M60 is Toshiba’s top-of-the-line multimedia business machine with a 17-inch widescreen for design-oriented professionals wanting a notebook to manage graphic, sound and digital content;
- The Satellite M60 has also been given a performance boost with a Pentium M processor 750 (1.86Ghz);
- Its chassis design has also been updated – now incorporating Toshiba’s turquoise blue casing.</p>
<p>[1] Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
The EU RoHS directive covers the same scope as the directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). From 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment has to contain substitute materials for potentially hazardous materials like lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium currently used in notebook PC manufacturing. Toshiba has been an industry leader in environmental conscious design since the launch of the first halogen-antimony free PCB notebook in 1998 and with the Tecra® S3 creates the first notebook which is compliant with RoHS directive. By April 2006, Toshibas entire range will be fully RoHS compliant.
The complete directive can be found at this web address:
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2003/l_037/l_03720030213en00190023.pdf</p>
<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s ISD is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Australian mobile computing market leader, Toshiba ISD is unique among vendors, specialising exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.25 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:</p>
<p>Linda Vo or Caroline Hendra
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3810
Email: pr@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>Kristie O’Dwyer
Toshiba ISD P/L
Ph: 02 9887 8120
Email: KODwyer@Toshiba-TAP.com</p>

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