Panasonic Announces AMD FirePro M5100-powered Toughbook CF-54 Notebook

If you work with videos like we do, a rig that’s specifically built for editing is a great help. Additionally, if you shoot and edit in places that are a bit ‘gadget unfriendly’ or if your just really really clumsy then a durable  laptop is a must. So Panasonic, in partnership with AMD, have released a new Toughbook CF-54 featuring the AMD FirePro M5100.

“Together AMD and Panasonic are offering customers a mobile workstation solution for professional rugged computing,” said Jan Kaempfer, Marketing Director for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe. “In a wide variety of environments, Panasonic Toughbook Laptop customers can depend on AMD FirePro professional graphics combined with robust driver and application support for even those most demanding projects.”

Other than the AMD FirePro M5100 graphics card, the Toughbook CF-54 also comes with Intel’s Core i5  or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 14-inch HD or Full HD display, either an SSD or HDD, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, optional 4G LTE and dedicated GPS connectivity, and a battery life of up to 11 hours, among others. Additionally, since this is a Toughbook laptop, it comes in a semi-rugged MIL-STD-810G design in a magnesium alloy case with handle that features 3-inch drop, shock, vibration, dust, altitude, high/low temperature, temperature shock, and humidity protection.

As for the AMD FirePro M5100 inside the Toughbook CF-54, it features the company’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture as well as a slew of Intelligent Power features including AMD’s Endure technology which allows the FirePro M5100 to optimize battery life based on power requirements, AMD’s Powertune technology that monitors and manages power draw for optimized clock speeds, and AMD’s ZeroCore Power technology which allows the AMD FirePro GPU to consume barely any power when idle.

The AMD FirePro M5100 should be available sometime in the next quarter although the company did not divulge specifics on local pricing and availability.