Dynabook Americas, Inc., formerly the Toshiba PC Company, today announced the next-generation of its Tecra® A Series laptops with the 14-inch Tecra A40-J and 15-inch Tecra A50-J. Dynabook completely redesigned these new professional grade laptops to address the needs of the modern, flexible worker while reducing the strain on IT managers. Reliable, secure, and easy to manage, this lightweight and stylish duo are the latest additions to Dynabook’s well-established Tecra product line.
“The new modern designs of the Tecra A40 and A50 truly stand out from the crowd,” said Philip Osako, vice president, marketing and engineering, Dynabook Americas, Inc. “These new laptops incorporate the power and performance of a professional-grade laptop with a premium style that looks great in any work environment.”
First introduced by the Toshiba PC Company (now Dynabook) 25 years ago, the Tecra brand is a staple of the company’s portfolio of business computing solutions offering customers with the features and technologies to compete and succeed in the modern workplace.
Both laptops feature a new sleek and stylish Mystic Blue chassis with a distinctive raised wave detail on the lid. The laptops also incorporate an EPA-approved antimicrobial paint additive called IONPURE® IPL1 to help inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Secure and manageable for both IT manager and worker Each device has been carefully engineered to address the security and manageability challenges posed by the accelerated shift towards flexible working patterns. Thanks to Dynabook’s in-house BIOS with extensive security features, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, enterprise-grade encryption and optional Windows Hello fingerprint and face authentication, both devices help protect users against data, device and identify threats. Both the Tecra A40-J and A50-J meet Microsoft’s Secured-core PC requirements and expand Dynabook’s portfolio of highly-secure laptops. An optional smart card reader adds an additional layer of security where needed.
Even with a dispersed workforce, IT departments can support and manage these Tecra devices through intelligent manageability capabilities. The Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT) enables easy management of devices – even remotely. Dynabook’s proprietary BIOS can also be upgraded and managed remotely to maintain high levels of security.
Polished performance The Tecra A40-J and A50-J are both packed with performance-enhancing features so users can get the job done – fast. In addition to high-powered 28W variants of the latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, a selection of memory and storage capabilities are available, including up to 32GB of RAM on 2x SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Moreover, Intel® Iris® Xe powered graphics technology boosts performance further, complemented by new quiet dual fan cooling technology. The duo also delivers an impressive battery life rating – up to 10.4 hours measured with Mobile Mark™ 2018. Dynabook offers a quick charge function to provide up to 40 percent battery charge in just 30 minutes.
Work in comfort and in style Both the Tecra A40-J and A50-J have been developed to balance portability and performance with a distinct, premium design. With mobility at its core, the Tecra A40-J weighs 3.24 lbs.2 (1.45kg) and boasts a large non-glare 14-inch HD or FHD screen in an 18.9mm thin package. While its 15-inch sibling, the Tecra A50-J, offers a larger screen in a thin 19.9mm design and weighs 3.64 lbs.2 (1.65kg), for the modern hybrid user. The Tecra A50-J is now 22-percent lighter and 17-percent thinner than its predecessor.
The pair feature a slim-bezel display design and an easy-to-open hinge for a quick start up. The screen of each device can also be folded flat to 180 degrees for easy document sharing. The 14-inch Tecra A40-J also offers touchscreen options for further usability. At the same time, a large and lowered backlit keyboard with SecurePad on both devices enables comfortable, all day typing. The Tecra A50-J is also equipped with a numeric keypad.
Stay in touch and on track The new Tecra duo gives users an abundance of tools for a productive and collaborative working day – no matter their location. An HD camera with a privacy shutter, Cortana-enabled dual noise-suppressing mics, and quality stereo speakers with DTS® audio processing all combine to enable seamless video or audio conferencing.
The full connectivity toolkit At the office desk, the home study or even the kitchen table, both devices offer all the connections a workforce needs to plug into their environment and the wider world. Two Thunderbolt™ 4 enabled USB-C® ports provide fast charge, data transfer and the ability to connect to four external monitors. Users can connect to additional accessories with ease and speed via other full-size ports including HDMI® 2.0, LAN and additional USB-A 3.2 ports, plus a microSD™ slot. For fast and reliable wireless connection, the devices boast Intel® 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6).
Tough and tested Designed and built in Dynabook’s in-house research and development centers, the Tecra A40-J and A50-J are engineered to last. Each lightweight chassis has been designed in accordance with the newest MIL-STD-810H drop, temperature, humidity, vibration and shock testing standards to endure virtually any working environment.
The laptop leader also conducts Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) and other stress tests across the chassis, hinge, keyboard and ports of these laptops to deliver the perfect blend of rigidity and flexibility within these lightweight designs. A spill-resistant frameless keyboard helps provide further protection against potential liquid damage.
Dynabook is extending its +Care Service® warranty3 with On-Site to include the Tecra A40-J and A50-J. +Care Service®warranty with On-Site is Dynabook’s industry-leading premier warranty, delivering a unique level of service flexibility for Dynabook’s customers. Designed to keep businesses moving forward, +Care Service warranty with On-Site is available for three-years on feature configurations and four-years on Build-to-Order (BTO) models.
In addition to multi-year warranties, Dynabook customers get access to the organization’s service and support network. This new standard warranty service offers Technical Phone Support, Depot Repair, Carry-In, On-Site and Customer Replaceable Parts. Dynabook +Care Service warranty helps businesses boost productivity, cut downtime and reduce IT costs.
Dynabook will offer featured configurations of the Tecra A40-J and A50-J, or users can customize the laptop’s processor, memory, storage, screen and security options via the Dynabook’s BTO program. Both the Tecra A40-J and A50-J will be available at http://us.dynabook.com or from Dynabook’s network of resellers starting in July 2021.
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About Dynabook Americas, Inc. (formerly Toshiba America Client Solutions, Inc.) Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Dynabook Americas, Inc., provides a diverse portfolio of enterprise-grade hardware and software offerings, including awarding-winning mobile computers, innovative wearable devices, augmented reality applications and security solutions. Dynabook designs, engineers and manufactures its offerings in its own-operated facilities to ensure quality and reliability. Dynabook Americas is an independent operating company wholly owned by Dynabook, Inc., of Japan, a wholly owned company of Sharp Corporation. For more information on Dynabook Americas, visit https://us.dynabook.com/.
About Dynabook Inc. (formerly Toshiba Client Solutions Co., Ltd.) For over 30 years, Dynabook laptops and technologies have set the standard for innovation, quality and reliability. Now wholly-owned by Sharp Corporation, Dynabook Inc., continues that tradition by delivering rich value and services that support our partners and customers in achieving their goals.
Antimicrobial. IONPURE® IPL (EPA Reg. No. 731148-3) is an EPA-approved antimicrobial substance designed to be incorporated into various materials to help them inhibit the growth of bacteria. IONPURE IPL is incorporated into the paint applied to the Dynabook lid cover, palm rest, display bezel and bottom casing. The antimicrobial properties do not protect users or others against bacteria or other disease organisms.
Weight. Weight may vary depending on product configuration, vendor components, manufacturing variability and options selected.
Kaliber Gaming, a gaming and eSports-focused division of IOGEAR, today announced KeyMander 2 Mobile support for many Android™-powered smartphones and tablets. This news builds upon the recent release of the mobile version of the company’s hot-selling KeyMander 2 line of gaming control adapters. The new support offers mobile gamers the ability to use a keyboard and mouse on most mobile game titles, as well as with mobile streaming services like Google Stadia, NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
The KeyMander 2 Mobile lets gamers take control of their gameplay by enabling keyboard and mouse control that can be fine-tuned to match user preferences, ultimately providing mobile gamers that prefer a desktop-style gaming experience the maximum advantage. The adapter enables gamers to play popular mobile shooter titles like Call of Duty®: Mobile and Fortnite™ and other popular titles like Genshin Impact®, Minecraft™, Roblox™ and others with customized desktop controls with the added advantage of increased accuracy, speed and functionality over traditional touch controls.
With added Android support, the KeyMander 2 Mobile offers the keyboard and mouse experience to most of the mobile gaming market. Now users can play most mobile and cloud streaming games with their favorite keyboard and mouse, whether the game natively supports it or not. They can even transfer their PC gaming keyboard and mouse skills to any Android device running popular cloud streaming services, as well mobile apps for mainstream consoles like Xbox or PlayStation Remote Play apps.
Key benefits of KeyMander 2 Mobile include:
Easily switch back and forth between keyboard and mouse or controller;
Programmable macro functionality to easily create one-touch button combos;
Fully upgradable firmware, allowing KeyMander 2 Mobile to support the latest titles and get even better with time;
Bluetooth programming enables wireless, on-the-fly adjustments from the mobile app;
Over-the-air (OTA) updates via Android or iOS mobile apps.
“While mobile play of mainstream titles is increasing in popularity, many gamers still prefer the comfort of desktop-style game control with a keyboard and mouse,” said John Blair, IOGEAR BU Vice President at IOGEAR. “KeyMander 2 Mobile was created for that crowd. Today we’re pleased to extend the KeyMander experience to Android mobile device users, making the KeyMander 2 Mobile ideal for mobile games, regardless of your preferred mobile OS.”
Designed for shooter (FPS), role playing games (RPG) and real time strategy (RTS) games, the KeyMander 2 Mobile is available for $99.95 at Amazon.com, Newegg.com and B&H Photo Video.
IOGEAR, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., manufactures innovative information technology products for consumers and organizations of varying sizes that are designed to help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources and decrease clutter at home, in business, and on-the-go. IOGEAR meets a variety of user needs by offering a broad range of solutions including: KVMs, AV & Digital Home, Computer Accessories, Networking, Mobility and Gaming. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Sensory announces that TrulyHandsfree™, the company’s edge-based wake word and phrase recognition engine, now supports models for ‘Hey Siri’ for dozens of different countries. Developers licensing Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree SDK can request access to the Hey Siri models for integration into their prototypes and finished products. Sensory’s Hey Siri wake word has already been used in products that have received MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad) approval, now Sensory is releasing international versions, and the timing is perfect for Apple’s introduction of Hey Siri for third-party devices through HomeKit and Matter as announced in Ecobee with Hey Siri.
Sensory is recognized as the de-facto leader for custom branded wake words and earlier this year the company opened its online portal, VoiceHub, to developers for quick development of custom wake words. While demand for custom branded wake words continues to be strong, there is also a robust demand for tuned wake word models that support well-known virtual assistants like Alexa, Bixby, Cortana, Google, and Siri. With the release of the Hey Siri model, the company now supports all of the most popular virtual assistants in the USA. Looking beyond the USA, Sensory also provides wake word models for Tencent, Baidu, Naver, Rakuten, and others. The new Siri models support multiple languages across North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Every conversation with a virtual assistant, starts with a wake word, so accurate wake word performance across the world is mandatory for a positive user experience,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory CEO. “Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree wake word engine has shipped in billions of products, including mobile phones, smart speakers, wearables, smart appliances, and automobiles. All of that real-world experience provides a competitive advantage for Sensory models. Our wake words provide unparalleled accuracy with the acoustic challenges of background noise, accented speech, and far-field conditions.”
Sensory provides developers with the ultimate flexibility for virtual assistant wakes words: a preset library of popular tuned wake word models, support for two dozen languages/dialects, as well as the ability to create custom-branded wake words with VoiceHub. As a member of Amazon’s Voice Interoperability Initiative, Sensory is well-positioned to support the mission of providing customers choice and flexibility to interact with multiple voice services. Third-party device makers can create new products that integrate multiple virtual assistants with branded wake words and custom voice experiences. As stated by Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, “Multiple simultaneous wake words provide the best option for customers.”
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT, PCs, medical products, and various home electronics. Sensory’s product line includes TrulyHandsfree voice control, TrulySecure biometric authentication, and TrulyNatural large vocabulary natural language embedded speech recognition. Sensory’s technologies have shipped in over three billion units of leading consumer products.
SolidRun, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance edge computing solutions, today announced a new line of mini, embedded System-on-Module (SoM) solutions powered by the OCTEON TX2 CN9130 quad-core Arm Cortex A72 processors from Marvell. These full-featured, network-centric SoMs might be tiny, with a 50 x 35mm PCB footprint, but they’re equipped with a powerful CPU, power management subsystem, memory, flash storage, I/O and interconnected subsystems. Available in high-performance commercial and fanless industrial variants, this SoM delivers incredible network capabilities, while consuming just 11-Watts of power.
“Today’s networks are becoming increasingly more complex as services, analytics and network functions migrate to the edge,” said Dr. Atai Ziv, CEO at SolidRun. “Combining that complexity with the imminent proliferation of 5G, the need for ultra-high-performance networking appliances for the cloud, edge and everywhere in between becomes apparent. Our line of OCTEON TX2 CN9130-based SoMs and flexible carriers will fuel the development of these products, meeting the demands of next generation networking, enterprise, and data center applications.”
With the speed, compact size and deployment flexibility offered by the CN9130 mini SoM, SolidRun is providing the foundation for developers to create next-generation commercial and industrial intelligent networking, security and edge computing applications, such as 5G base stations, routers and gateways, edge servers, software-defined networking applications, as well as high-speed network storage. It features powerful networking connectivity, including high-throughput network, storage and security accelerators, 3x PCIe ports, 1x 10GbE port, 2x USB 3.0, 2x SATA 3.0 and more. It supports mainline Linux and OpenWrt operating systems, as well as provides full network virtualization capabilities.
SolidRun continues to develop its new SoMs taking into account footprint, pin compatibility and shared software resources in order to help customers future-proof their products. Sharing the same form factor and pin layout as SolidRun’s A38x SoM, the new CN9130 SoM provides customers a direct-replacement upgrade path for existing A38x-based products.
“In order to truly maximize the vast capabilities of modern high-performance data networks, hardware must be capable of significantly faster throughput and more robust security from the cloud to the network’s edge,” said Jeffrey Ho, Senior Marketing Manager of Infrastructure Processors Group at Marvell. “We’re thrilled about SolidRun’s latest CN9130 SoM as this is an ideal solution for accelerating the development of next-generation, high-performance networking hardware that puts the performance of our powerful OCTEON TX2 SoCs to work.”
For quick prototyping or expediting time-to-market for new products based on the CN9130 SoM, SolidRun offers two extremely flexible, network-centric carrier boards – ClearFog CN9130 Pro and ClearFog CN9130 Base. These carrier boards can be deployed as-is, allowing manufacturers to leapfrog the competition by dramatically reducing device engineering time, or can be utilized by developers to quickly prototype bespoke applications. Both carriers offer next-generation computing and networking performance, as well as flexible power and connectivity options. Additionally, both carrier platforms are well suited for commercial applications, and can be deployed in fanless configurations, supporting extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C.
Ideal for networking, routing, network storage and IoT gateway applications, ClearFog Pro pairs the CN9130 SoM with a vast arrangement of I/O options, including 5x switched ethernet ports and SFP+ cage for demanding networking applications. It also features Mini-PCIe and M.2 expansion slots which are useful for adding WIFI or LTE communications capabilities.
Perfect for advanced NFV applications at the edge, ClearFog Base delivers a ton of useful features in a compact footprint. It supports dual LTE and dual SIM cards for extended connectivity, and features 2x GbE ports and an SFP+ cage for heavy-duty networking, as well as USB 3.0 connectivity.
Specifications for SolidRun’s OCTEON TX2 CN9130 System on Module include:
Marvell OCTEON CN9130
4 x Cortex A72
2.2GHz Commercial – with fan
2.0GHz Industrial – fanless
up to 8GB 1200MHz DDR4
External Storage Support
1x 10/5 GbE port + 2x 1/2.5 GbE Ports or 2x5GbEPort+ 1x 1/2.5 GbE Port
Up to 2 (Host/Device)*
1 (Gen 3.0) x4 + 2 (Gen 3.0) x1*
Total of 3 controllers and up to 6 lanes
6 lanes; up to 18 lanes when expanded using Marvell Armada® 88F8215
2 (Gen 3.0)*
50 x 35 mm
3 x Hirose DF40 connectors
Commercial: 0°C to 70°C
Industrial: -40°C to 85°C
Humidity (non-condensing): 10% – 90%
(*) Configurable SERDESs based on Marvell CN913x processor specifications.
SolidRun is a leading provider of computing and network technology designed to streamline the deployment of edge computing infrastructure, support embedded and IoT markets and give rise to the vast adoption of AI and 5G. SolidRun’s innovative solutions are based on ARM and x86 architecture, and are available as off-the-shelf products and as components in the form of System-on-Modules and Single Board Computers.
By providing the edge computing, AI inference and networking building blocks needed to architect the connected future, SolidRun helps its customers to realize technology’s true potential for maximizing productivity. For more information, please visit www.solid-run.com.