- August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010 ‚Äì LXE announced its Marathon field computer. The Marathon field computer introduces a new form factor in mobile computing, with a larger screen size and greater computing power than a PDA, smaller size than a laptop, and multiple data-capture and connectivity options. Taken together, the Marathon field computer provides new levels of usability for the mobile worker in field-force automation, route accounting, and public safety. The Marathon field computer weighs less than a kilogram, and is powered by an Intel Atom processor that runs full Windows 7 or Windows XP operating systems. It combines multiple built-in data-entry options, including a 7‚Äù outdoor-visible touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, integrated fingerprint reader that doubles as a mouse, and a high-resolution color camera. The unit‚Äôs available desk and vehicle SmartDock cradles allow one-handed undocking and user-friendly peripheral interfaces. Additional bolt-on accessories include a mag stripe reader, 2D imager, and extended life batteries for 8- and 12-hour continuous operation, all of which attach securely to the unit while maintaining the overall IP-65 rating for protection against dust and water. The Marathon field computer connects via Gobi WWAN radio. The Gobi technology means the Marathon computer can connect through either GSM- or CDMA-based mobile carriers. The computer can also connect to a local area Wi-Fi network via 802.11 a/b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity provides users with the potential to connect various peripherals wirelessly.