U.S. Air Force selects Samsung Series 7 Slate network tablet

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., 27 Sept. 2012. U.S. Air Force officials selected the Samsung Series 7 Slate tablet computer as the first device under the new network slate tablet category under the Client Computing and Servers blanket purchase agreement (BPA).

Samsung Slate tablet
Samsung Slate tablet

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., 27 Sept. 2012. U.S. Air Force officials selected the Samsung Series 7 Slate tablet computer as the first device under the new network slate tablet category under the Client Computing and Servers blanket purchase agreement (BPA).

The Air Force added the Samsung Series 7 Slate to the BPA effective immediately. The Samsung Series 7 Slate is available for deployment at U.S. bases worldwide from Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Intelligent Decisions (ID) Inc.

“Highly mobile government agencies such as the U.S. Air Force are increasingly looking for mobile PC alternatives that can meet their stringent purchasing requirements and give their personnel the computing power they need for maximum productivity anywhere they go,” affirms Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “Samsung engineered the Series 7 Slate with the needs of government in mind, from meeting strict security and network compatibility requirements to durability, quality and TAA-compliance.”

The Series 7 Slate, sporting an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB1 of DDR3 system memory, meets the Air Force’s Gold Master standards for computing performance, says a spokesperson. The Samsung Series 7 Slate is compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), a requirement for government agencies and educational institutions purchasing products with government funds. For agencies such as the Air Force with strict security requirements, the basic input/output system (BIOS) of the Series 7 Slate is NIST SP800-147-compliant and supports secure BIOS integrity measurement mechanisms.

The Samsung Series 7 Slate provides the standard desktop configuration implementation of Windows 7 Professional, supports the same programs as a full-size PC in a slim tablet form-factor, measures a half-inch thick, and features an 11.6-inch touch screen. The Samsung Slate is delivered with a Trusted Computing Group-certified Trusted Platform Module 1.2 chip.

“The Samsung Series 7 Slate combines high-end design and graphics with the strength and capabilities of a full-size PC,” explains ID President and CEO Harry Martin. “Productivity will never be easier for all levels of U.S. Air Force employees who want the convenience of a tablet without having to compromise when it comes to programs, power, and capabilities.”

The Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, catalog of systems is available through AFWAY, a Web-based Air Force system for purchasing information technology (IT) that provides a one-stop resource. For more, visit https://www.afway.af.mil/.

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