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01 Jun 04. Itronix Corp has introduced the GoBook* Q-200 handheld computer, the industry’s first truly “ultra-rugged,” advanced wireless handheld computing device. The GoBook Q-200 supports up to three wireless networks concurrently, operates on the Microsoft Windows CE.NET operating system, and is powered by a 400-MHz Intel XScale processor. The GoBook Q-200, which is backed by Itronix’s award-winning iCare(tm) Implementation services, will be available for delivery in June 2004. The Q-200 exceeds military test specifications which means it can withstand the hostile environment that a mobile workforce will encounter. In addition to drops, the Q-200 complies with an Ingress Protection (IP)rating of IP67 for dust and water penetration. Built with a die-cast magnesium casing and Xenoy high impact plastic for structural components, the GoBook Q-200 can operate in temperatures ranging from -20° to 60°C (-4° to 140°F) and can be stored at temperatures ranging from -51° to 71°C (-60° to 160°F).
01 Jun 04. DRS Technologies, Inc. has received a new contract to develop a prototype high-speed, engineering demonstration model generator to be installed in various Naval vessels. An integral part of the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Electrical Power Systems program, this generator will be capable of supporting the Navy’s next-generation electric drive and mechanical drive ships, as well as the retrofit of existing ships. The contract, valued at $5.9 million, was awarded to DRS by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Washington, D.C. Work for this order will be accomplished by all three of the company’s power systems units located in Hudson and Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Delivery of the initial system is expected in mid-2005.
02 Jun 04. Sun Microsystems plans to convert the software that lies at the heart of its computer systems into an open-source product, turning an important part of the company’s strategy on its head. The declaration is one of the most dramatic signs yet of the upheaval in the technology world caused by the emergence of the Linux computer operating system. While Sun’s software is the first to have come under direct assault from Linux, analysts said the same pressures that are forcing it to change course could one day apply to makers of other computer operating systems, including Microsoft’s Windows. Open-source software such as Linux is based largely on the work of volunteer computer programmers and is available free of charge, though most users still pay a technology company to test the software, package it with other programs and provide support. Sun’s Solaris operating system, like Linux, is a version of the Unix operating system that was developed by AT&T more than 30 years ago. (source: FT)