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U.S. Air Force taps Getac for Quantum Enterprise Buy program

The firm’s B300 rugged use notebook computer is selected for the initiative.

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 01, 2012 10:05 AM

Irvine-based Getac, a designer and manufacturer of rugged computers that are built for field-based operations, has been selected as a supplier for the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Quantum Enterprise Buy (QEB) program. Specifically, the rugged Getac B300 notebook computer has been selected by the USAF to fulfill the program’s laptop computer category.

The Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council was in charge of the selection process, evaluating vendor products for the program on the basis of quality, performance and price. Another major criterion was whether the products met the Air Force’s stringent security requirements. The Getac B300 was selected for the program for meeting all of these criteria, as well as its superior performance in all environmental conditions. Compatibility, price and quality were all contributing factors in the decision.

“We have had a fantastic relationship with the Air Force and are very excited to have the B300 selected for the QEB program," said Jim Rimay, president of Getac. "Our ability to consistently produce high quality products that meet the strict guidelines of government agencies is certainly something in which we take a lot of pride. Reliability in extreme conditions, especially in remote locations, is the top consideration for everyone using rugged devices, and the Air Force is certainly no exception.”

Getac’s field-use notebook computers are designed to operate in and withstand all environments and conditions. The B300 features a dual battery system that offers up to 30 hours of battery life in the field and advanced security features that include a fingerprint scanner and an optional smart card reader. The computer’s built-in magnesium alloy case and sealed input/output caps and doors offer the best protection against solid particles and moisture. It also features a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and Turbo Boost Technology of up to 3.2 GHz. The USAF QEB commission includes the optional QuadraClear LED display, which is readable in bright sunlight, 100 mW high-power wi-fi, and a 120 GB solid state hard drive with 128-bit encryption.

As part of the Quantum Enterprise Buy program, the Getac B300 will be manufactured by Viginia-based NCS Technologies under a license agreement with Getac.

"Receiving the QEB contract for the B300 fully rugged notebook computer represents the consistent quality that Getac products bring to the market, along with NCS's world class service, engineering and manufacturing prowess, to deliver the highest-performance rugged computing platforms to the Air Force," said An Nguyen, president of NCS Technologies.

More information about the Getac B300 QEB configuration can be found here.

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