Fujitsu launches four new LIFEBOOKs introducing its first-ever PalmSecure-models and Intel Broadwell CPUs

Today, Fujitsu announced the launch of four new devices of which two will be available with a PalmSecure option. Although, there were some laptops with PalmSecure before, the new series will be the first one to provide this feature from beginning in a normal configuration.

The company also introduces its first-ever Broadwell-based notebooks supporting Intel’s newest CPU generation. While the first three devices will be widely available, the last one can only be ordered on project-basis.

The LIFEBOOKs U745, S935 and T725 will be shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March and are partly successors of current devices.

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The LIFEBOOK U745 follows the steps of the U904 and offers a wide field of configuration options. Based on a HD+ (1.600x900px) display you can order it with several Intel CPU’s and hard drive options. You can also choose NFC to be available.

A full list of available configuration can be found here and here.

s935As a successor of the S904, the LIFEBOOK S935 is sticking to the 24 hours-battery runtime but now also provides PalmSecure and NFC.

With a weight of 1.25kg, Fujitsu again offers a lot of configuration and IGZO-displays with a resolution of up to 2.560x.1.440px.

A full list of configuration options can be found here and more information here.

t725

The LIFEBOOK T725 is something you could see as Fujitsu keeping connections to its root. The 12.5-inch 2in1 can be used with a port replicator model which is shared by 8 models. It also provides the modular bay letting you replace the optical drive by either a second battery or hard drive for example.

The display has a pretty low resolution of 1.366x768px and again offers a lot of configurations although NFC will not be available.

The full list can be seen here.

t935

The LIFEBOOK T935 will success the LIFEBOOK T904 and be only available on project-basis, meaning that Fujitsu only produces on order.

It keeps its 2.560×1.440px IGZO-display but also can be ordered with newest hardware, PalmSecure and NFC.

More information can be found here.

So far there are no full informatio on pricing and availability. We will keep you updated!

 

CES: Intel presents new Broadwell CPU generation

Today, Intel officially announced the fifth generation of Intel Core CPUs based on a 14nm architecture.

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The portfolio consists of 14 new CPUs and is based on the Broadwell-chipset.

10 out of 14 chips have a TDP of 15W. Those chips also include a GPU with Intel’s well known HD Graphics.

The other 4 have a TDP of 28W but also provide Intel’s new Iris Graphics.

According to Intel the portfolio is designed to provide chips for Notebooks, 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, Chromebooks, All-In-One and Mini-PCs.

Of course, Fujitsu will use the new Broadwell generation from some point on, too. As soon as we get knowledge of that, we will inform you too, of course!

Until then you can get more information here. A table of all chips with technical details is listed here for the i7, here for the i5 and here for the i3.

Happy new year 2015!

This is just a short post to say Thank you to all my readers, supporters (especially Fujitsu) and everyone who participated in making this blog possible.

I really enjoy blogging for you and I hope that 2015 will bring a lot of news and reviews. Happy new year!

STYLISTIC Q555: Fujitsu launches new versatile tablet

During Fujitsu Forum 2014, Fujitsu launched a new tablet-PC: the STYLISTIC Q555.

The new STYLISTIC Q555 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2014

The new STYLISTIC Q555 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2014

Based on Intel’s Quad Core Atom CPU with 2.4 GHz (BayTrail-T chipset) and up to 128GB of eMMC storage, the Q555 is a nice tablet for general business tasks with a battery runtime of up to 10 hours.

A dual digitizer supports both pen and finger input and possible configurations include a fingerprint or SmartCard scanner. As for the connectivity, LTE and NFC are available.

The back of the STYLISTIC Q555

The back of the STYLISTIC Q555

If you need a physical keyboard, Fujitsu provides a dockable solution. You can also get a cradle which is basically a stand with additional ports.

I asked Markus Seifart from Fujitsu to give us a short insight into the device in the following video:

The Q555 is at the moment only available on project basis which means that you have to contact a partner to order the device with your desired configuration.

More information on the Q555 can be found here.

Fujitsu Forum 2014 Day Zero: Innovation and coffee

Fujitsu Forum officially opens its doors tomorrow but journalists and bloggers already got some insights tonight which I want to share with you.

The entrance of the ICM Munich

The entrance of the ICM Munich

After my arrival which was a little bit too early, I spent some time at the press room where I was already confronted with Fujitsu’s first demo: a coffee machine which uses your Palm veins to identify you.

Fujitsu's combined PalmSecure scanner for two factor authentication

Fujitsu’s combined PalmSecure scanner for two factor authentication

Now, as you may remember, I reviewed the technology just days ago and found out that it’s extremely fast.

However, in a modern world one factor-authentication is not enough. Modern security algorithms require two factors. In this case, the scanner first asks for your card and then asks you to provide your hand.

This way also offers a great feature concerning data privacy. Instead of having to record palm vein patterns on a central server, you can for example take the card itself.

To show you this techonology in action, I captured a short video with Isabelle from Fujitsu:

Afterwards, the actual event began and Duncan Tait started the official press conference where he talked about Fujitsu’s current structure and the market situation.

After this short introduction, Dr. Joseph Reger, CTO of Fujitsu, gave us some insights on his current topics:

Dr. Joseph Reger talking about digitalizing business

Dr. Joseph Reger talking about digitalizing business

His main topics were the Internet of Things, Social Innovations, Digitalizing Business and in the end he presented his news highlights.

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Later on, Joseph ca”s me back to hold an open discussion which was extremely interesting.

Under the title “What’s on the CTO’s mind?” he just walked around the room and let the journalists ask him several questions.

Since one topic was the amount of growing machine-to-machine communication, I asked him on his opinion on net neutrality which he responded in a very interesting way.

When talking about content providers, he defends net neutrality since this concept shouldn’t be misused to make money.

However, when it comes to essential services, there should be a common regulation. Just imagine two cars communicating with each other in a very critical situation and the connection is busy. In this case, a priority system could be very useful.

A 3D version of Joseph Reger

A 3D version of Joseph Reger

He concluded his talk with making clear that IT becomes more and more important to everyone of us and used a 3D-statue of him to paint an image of that.

All in all, the first day was very interesting and gave us great insights into what Fujitsu is to show at this year’s forum.

Stay tuned for more and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Fujitsu PalmSecure: Vein scanner and Workplace Protect review

Thanks to Fujitsu I got the chance to review one of Fujitsu’s newest technologies: PalmSecure.

Fujitsu's PalmSecure vein scanner

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure vein scanner

While fingerprint scanners are currently the most widespread biometric authentication method, they are not always secure.

Other biometric factors could be your eyes, your voice or your face. Or in this case: your palm veins.

Vein patterns are very unique and so they are a very reliable authentication key.

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology isn’t only more reliable, it is also contact-less and therefore more hygienic.

Especially in situation like virus outbreaks, technologies like PalmSecure offer a good solution.

This stand makes it easier to use the scanner.

This stand makes it easier to use the scanner.

However, contact-less also means that you have to position your hand correctly. Therefore, Fujitsu also provides a stand in this case.

You can also find PalmSecure in other forms, an example would be this solution:

This picture shows a laptop with a built-in scanner.

This picture shows a laptop with a built-in scanner.

I shot a short video demonstrating this technology and Fujitsu’s Workplace Protect:

If you want to find out more about PalmSecure, click here. Also, click here to get more information on Fujitsu’s Workplace Protect solution.

Disclaimer: Fujitsu provided me this device for free for a limited time to review it. 

What being a Fujitsu Digital Influencer and Silver Insider means for FujitsuFans

Since I ran this blog I always made clear, that I’m representing my own opinion. However, since 2010, I participated in several Fujitsu projects and visited the company which can be interpreted wrongly.

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

I also received some devices from Fujitsu either to test them or as part of projects in which these devices were reviewed.

All this time, I paid attention to clearly stay with my view on Fujitsu related topics, especially when my information source was Fujitsu itself. It was and still is the highest priority to deliver you honest news from an unbiased point of view.

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You may have seen this badge in the right sidebar of this blog and you may have wondered what this means.

Fujitsu has a special program for bloggers and tech-related people from all over the world where said persons are engaging in several projects like Master Your Business. Those project usually consist of the participant who receives a device to test and review. There are also some tasks which require the participant to discuss a feature of the device or office related topics. Those tasks are usually solved at the platform itself.

Members who are very comitted to projects like MYB have the chance to become a Silver Insider which is a higher rank than a normal Insider or Digital Influencer. This doesn’t mean that the person wrote more articles which are friendly to Fujitsu or made special advertisements. This means that the person took time to cover Fujitsu related topics in a detailed manner and covered multiple point of views.

For me and FujitsuFans, being part of Fujitsu’s Silver Insider program is very important. It allows me to serve you neutral news and still get information very early and directly from the source. There is at no point any obligation to blog about Fujitsu in a positive way and disclosure is a very important topic, too. Fujitsu activley asks us to disclose our relationship in order to avoid misunderstandings.

I wrote this article now because the Digital Influencer program is pretty new and I thought this may be a good point to clarify some things. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment on this article or send me an e-mail via the contact form.

D3348-B: Fujitsu presents new high-end ATX mainboard for 24/7 operation

When it comes to 24/7 operation, many people don’t realize how important the right hardware is. While you usually turn off your computer at night or when you don’t use, 24/7 systems provide services all the time. That means that the hardware of such systems is always active and working.

Normal end-consumer products are not built for this usage. Of course, they don’t immediately break but they are just not meant for it.

Fujitsu ATX Mainboard D3348-B

 

The D3348-B is Fujitsu’s newest high-end ATX mainboard in the Exended Lifecycle series.

It’s based on Intel’s C612 chipset and supports up to 128GB DDR4 2133 SDRAM which also includes ECC memory.

Fujitsu implemented the LGA-2011-R3 socket which supports Intel Xeon and Intel Core i7-CPUs up to 160W TDP.

The mainbaord also provides stunning 7 PCI-e slots, three of them Gen2 and four of them Gen3. Of course, it also supports USB 3.0.

Also customers who attach a lot of hard drives to the mainboard won’t be disappointed. There are 10 SATA III 600 interfaces for that.

And what if the mainboard breaks or gets damaged? In that case, Fujitsu guarantees an availability of at least 3 years.

The D3348-B will be available as of October 2014. For more information read the datasheet below.

Fujitsu D3348-B datasheet

Save the date: Fujitsu Forum 2014

On November 19th and 20th it’s time again for Europe’s biggest IT event: the Fujitsu Forum 2014.

This year's slogan: 'Human Centric Innovation'

This year’s slogan: ‘Human Centric Innovation’

More than 10.000 people participate in this event anually and there a lot of reasons why you should go, too! First of all, check out my impressions from last year!

This year’s slogan is ‘Human Centric Innovation’ which Fujitsu explains in the follwing:

It expresses Fujitsu’s focus on a safe and prosperous future through innovations in information and communication technology. These ICT innovations strongly support enterprises, public organizations and individuals in creating wealth and value.

 

The event location is Munich and the dates are November 19th and 20th. It offers four different types of talks which you can attend.

Keynotes

They are the largest talks at the Fujitsu Forum. This year speakers from Fujitsu and NetApp will talk on current IT topics. Mr. Tango Matsumoto, Executive Vice President & Head of Global Marketing Fujitsu, will hold the opening keynote and focus on the slogan ‘Human Centric Innovation’ where he talks about business growth and social challenges. Over the two days there will be seven in keynotes in total. Read more on them here.

Breakout Sessions

In about 50 presentations at the Fujitsu Forum, speakers will discuss current topics in small rounds. Those sessions are very practical as they focus on planning, implementation and operation. Read a short description here.

Expert Talks

Those talks are very specific. They are about different IT topics and as a Fujitsu customer you can even contact your Fujitsu sales rep to reserve a time slot with him or her. For a list of the Experts Talks click here.

Partner exhibition

You can also take some time off from all the talks and visit the partner exhibition. There, partners from Fujitsu and Fujitsu itself present the newest innovations and devices of the IT market. You can directly talk to product managers and find out everything about their new solutions.

Oktoberfest

Wait, a fifth thing? Let’s leave this one uncommented. :-)

There a lot of simultaneous events at the Forum which could make it hard to organize the events of your choice. To make sure you get everything you want to hear you can use the schedule builder.

If you don’t live near Munich, you can use this special offer by Deutsche Bahn and travel to Fujitsu Forum.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the event website now and register for the event for free!

Fujitsu Forum 2014

Submit your idea to Fujitsu’s PalmSecure Innovation Contest and win great prizes

Last year, Fujitsu won UniCredit as a customer for their new PalmSecure technology which replaces current authorisation methods with brand new biometrical technology.

Fujitsu's PalmSecure technology uses biometrical features

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology uses biometrical features

PalmSecure uses the veins in your hand to identify you which is way more safer than your fingerprint for example. More information can be found here.

Just imagine what could be done with this new technology. Cardless entry into buildings, fast and easy authentication, banking at ATMs etc.

As you can see there are a lot of possibilites and Fujitsu wants to know from you what technology can achieve. So they want you to answer the following questions:

What are the application areas for a match-on-device system with Fujitsu PalmSecure™ technology? Which use cases can you imagine in the fields such as government, finance, enterprise, automotive, retail, energy, industry 4.0 or others for this technology? How can the device appear in the different usage scenarios? Where can the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ sensor technology be applied in general?

In combination with this Idea contest, Fujitsu also rewards the three best ideas with these great prizes:

  1. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 with PalmSecure sensor
  2. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U574
  3. Fujitsu STYLISTIC M702

So head over to the website and read the detailed Challenge Description. If you are interested in taking part and head over to the following website:

Fujitsu PalmSecure Innovation Contest

FujitsuFans.com wishes you all the best luck!

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