ACME offers ruggedized PC for serious situations


ACME introduces small rugged portable computer

ACME Portable Machines, Inc. announced a rugged portable computer about the size of a fat attaché case which still has plenty of internal space for application-specific customizing. The FLP-200 features an Intel T2500 2GHz Core Duo processor backed by a minimum of 512MB of memory (expandable to 2GB), ideal for applications such as testing, data logging and video recording for seismic, flight line, in-flight, and factory floor environments where the power and flexibility of a desktop is required. Its ruggedness makes it also ideal for fire, police, emergency medical response, construction, trucking, and off-road applications.

Dual Lithium ion batteries provide a total of 100 watts of output power and 190 watt-hours of capacity – roughly three times the capacity of a conventional notebook – and are hot-swappable for continuous battery operation. The FLP-200 can also use 120v/220v power when available, and recharge its batteries while operating off wall power.

A 100GB hard drive is included and space is provided for an additional pair of hot-swappable RAID drives that size. The base system also includes a DVD-RW drive; Firewire, four USB 2.0 ports, and Ethernet connections up to 1000 base Tx for communications; a full-size keyboard; and a 15-inch anti-glare LCD screen. The total package size is 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (325 x 420 x 165mm); weight is 20lb (9kg) with the standard dual batteries.

The FLP-200 with 512MB of memory, a single 100GB disk, and a dual-battery pack is priced at US$3,999. Deliveries are less than 30 days after receipt of order.

SMC now shipping new draft 802.11n-compliant wireless networking products

SMC Networks today that the first in its new line of wireless networking products that comply with the 802.11n draft v1.0 specification for wireless networking are shipping and available. Bringing the speed, distance and bandwidth advantages of 802.11n, along with mission-critical backward and cross-vendor compatibility with 802.11b/g wireless, the SMC Barricade N Wireless 4-port Broadband Router (SMCWBR14-N), the EZ Connect N Wireless PCI Adapter (SMCWPCI-N) and EZ Connect N Wireless Cardbus Adapter (SMCWCB-N) are all available now, at MSRPs of US$119.99, US$89.99 and US$79.99.

Designed to excel in demanding applications like gaming, high-definition video streaming, file sharing and VoIP, the new draft 802.11n products are capable of achieving data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps-25-times the rate of standard 802.11b devices and five times the rate of 802.11g.

For more information about these products from SMC Networks, or any of the company’s products, visit, or call 800-SMC-4YOU (800-762-4968)

Data management

Process incoming credit card payments on your PC with kCharge

K Software has released kCharge v. 2.0, a powerful Windows application that provides a fast, safe, and secure way to process incoming credit card payments on your PC. kCharge works with your existing credit card merchant account and all of the major Internet gateways to provide real-time approval of your customers’ credit card payments. Unlike most payment systems that require a dedicated telephone line, kCharge uses your Internet connection to provide quick, secure payment verification of your customers’ credit card payments.

By storing customer information on your computer, kCharge makes it easy to handle recurring charges. Your regular customers need not give you their credit card information each time they place an order. kCharge is fully VISA CISP compliant, ensuring that customer information is stored safely and securely. The program’s reporting system provides you with summary information of all of your clients’ payments.

kCharge v. 2.0 runs under Windows 2000/XP/Vista and costs $79(US) for a single-user license. It also requires .NET Framework 2.0 or higher, and a dialup or high-speed Internet connection. There are no ongoing or hidden fees for the software. You can download a trial version of kCharge from

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