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(January 2001) - Itronix Launches GoBook Notebook Computer To Bring Mobile Users Unparalleled Speed, Durability, Wireless Versatility

Industry Leader Sets New Standard for Affordable Toughness;

Powerful PC Technology Includes New CRMA Wireless Architecture

SPOKANE, WA—Itronix Corporation, a world leader in the design and manufacture of ruggedized, wireless mobile computing solutions, has unveiled the Itronix GoBook, the world’s fastest notebook PC for field-based mobile workforces. Designed for rugged indoor and outdoor use, GoBook combines cutting-edge PC technology with broad new wireless capabilities, placing them in one affordable computing solution that helps mobile workers become more productive than ever before.

"The new Itronix GoBook is both smart and rugged, making it perfect for portable or vehicle-based applications such as telecommunications, utilities, insurance, public safety, government, or field service," said Jeff Gibbons, Itronix VP/Marketing. "With features such as an Intel Pentium III or Celeron processor, an integrated peripheral bay, built-in fax modem, full-feature radio bay with LAN/PAN/WAN options, plus Bluetooth-ready architecture, the GoBook is the ideal choice for today’s high-performance mobile workforce."

GoBook is the most fully-featured PC notebook computer in its class, built to withstand the rigors and changing needs of remote field use. It sustains extremes for water, shock, drop, and temperature better than any competing notebook, including rainstorms and other harsh environments. To make the unit even more practical, Itronix has incorporated its new CRMA (Common Radio Module Architecture, pronounced "Karma") field-upgradable wireless capability that allows users to easily upgrade radio modems or change networks in the field, thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming depot returns.

Go Smart, Go Wireless
GoBook offers the latest in powerful PC laptop architecture. Standard specifications include an Intel Pentium III or Celeron CPU delivering 600+ Mhz of processing power, 256 MB SDRAM, a 2.5" 6/10/20 GB hard drive, and 12.1" SVGA TFT color display with three-button touchpad navigation.

Instant wireless communications are available via a number of integrated radio options including Motient, BellSouth Wireless Data, CDPD, GSM, or Wireless LAN—all field-upgradable. GoBook’s mini-PCI module supports both 56K V.90 fax/modem as well as combo 56K V.90 fax/modem and 10/100 MB Ethernet LAN for efficient landline and enterprise connectivity.

GoBook is also the first notebook computer in its category to be shipped Bluetooth-ready. Bluetooth, the new short-range radio standard, gives GoBook users the ability to wirelessly communicate with printers or other peripherals plus remotely tether to radio handsets, thus avoiding onboard radio alternatives. GoBook offers integrated RJ11 and RJ45 LAN connection jacks as well as other valuable features including a night viewable keyboard, multiple I/O ports, and a peripheral bay which accepts a 24x CD/ROM, 8x DVD/CD-ROM, 3.5" floppy drive, or second Li-ion battery pack.

Go Rugged, Go Affordable
With an MSRP of $4,495, the Itronix GoBook is a great new choice for customers who want a fully-featured, rugged notebook at a competitive price. "The field automation industry is looking for higher processing power and broadly compatible computing platforms to support modern CRM solutions," said Jack Gold, Vice President of the META Group, a leading market research firm. "By leveraging off-the-shelf technologies, vendors of ruggedized computers like Itronix are able to offer lower-cost mainstream devices, thereby exposing large numbers of new users to the benefits of a ruggedized solution."

GoBook has already been chosen by Sprint as its first field computing platform for the Sprint ION (Integrated On-Demand Network) workforce, plus a large number of Sprint Central Office field technicians. Nearly 1,500 Sprint mobile personnel will soon be equipped with GoBooks, giving them instant wireless communications and advanced PC technology.

"GoBook will be used by Sprint ION specialists to test ION connectivity at customer locations and to wirelessly connect to dispatchers," said Bob Welborn, Director, Sprint ION Installation and Repair. "Our GoBooks will eliminate manual call-ins for field assignments by our technicians due to GoBook’s wireless communications capability."

Go With Confidence
GoBook is backed by Itronix’ industry leading service, which includes factory-direct onsite support, a factory-run hot swap program, covered Field Preventable Returns (FPRs) and Itronix-operated service reporting, onsite training and quarterly reviews. The unit is backed by three-year warranty on case parts,
electrical components and connectors, as well as a one-year consumables warranty, with lifetime extension available. GoBook supports Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, and NT operating systems.

For more about the new Itronix GoBook notebook computer, visit www.itronix.com or call 877-438-5200.

About Itronix:
Itronix designs, manufactures and deploys mission-critical wireless, rugged computing devices that maximize the productivity of mobile applications in markets such as field services, telecommunications, utilities, government, aerospace, public safety, geophysical surveying, and meter reading. Itronix is a subsidiary of Acterna Corporation, a Burlington, MA based global communications equipment provider focused on leading-edge communications technology solutions. Itronix worldwide headquarters are located in Spokane, Washington. The corporation's European operations, Itronix Ltd., are located in Coventry, UK. Additional information can be found on Itronix' Web site at http://www.itronix.com.


Tamara Gruber
Marcy Manning
S&S Public Relations
847/955-0700, ext. 251

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