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Rugged Trimble tablet gains Linux option

May 16, 2014 — by Eric Brown 1,639 views

SDG Systems launched a Linux version of Trimble’s 7-inch Yuma 2 tablet, featuring an Atom N2600, sunlight readability, and MIL-STD-810G and IP65 protection.

SDG Systems has long offered the useful service of porting rugged Windows-based tablets and handhelds to Linux. Spin-offs include a 2008 port of the TDS Nomad handheld. This time, it’s the Windows 7-based Trimble Yuma 2 tablet that is being tuxified. The supplied Ubuntu 12.04 LTS distro is not to be confused with the most recent LTS release, last month’s Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The default configuration is a dual-boot system with Windows, although you can ask for an all-Linux look as well.

Yuma 2 with Ubuntu 12.04

Trimble’s Yuma 2 tablet, which starts at a pricey $2,995, is ideally designed to collect field data or interface to field or factory equipment, says SDG Systems. The tablet is equipped with the dual-core, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 of the circa-2012, 32nm “Cedar Trail” generation. The N2600 features lower power consumption than the previous 45nm “Pineview” Atoms and offers improved graphics by way of a 400MHz PowerVR SGX 545 GPU from Imagination Technologies.

Yuma 2 in action
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The Trimble Yuma 2 is further equipped with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and either a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive. The 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel, capacitive touchscreen “has one of the best outdoor-readable tablet displays in the industry,” says SDG Systems. A front-facing 5-megapixel camera includes geo-tagging support.

WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are standard, while 3.75G GSM cellular and GPS connectivity are optional. The 50-channel, “high-precision” GPS receiver offers SBAS support for 2-4 meter accuracy, says the company. I/O includes dual USB ports, an HDMI port, and an audio jack.


The 2.6-pound, 1.5-inch thick tablet runs on a pair of 7.5V 3000mAh batteries for all day duration, and there’s an optional extended battery option with hot swap. Ruggedization features include support for -30 to 60°C temperatures, plus resistance to water, dust, drops, vibration, and various other exposures per MIL-STD-810G and IP65. Numerous accessories are available, including vehicle mounting options, a docking station, and a rugged USB keyboard.

Why Linux?

Todd Blumer, CEO of SDG Systems, provides a good explanation of why a Linux-based enterprise tablet makes sense:

    “Linux offers three main areas of advantage for our customers: flexibility, security, and maintenance. Linux is flexible, offering a variety of free office and productivity tools, programming environments, and the ability to configure the OS as needed for a project. For security, Linux includes GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG), Open Secure Shell (OpenSSH), and supports a variety of VPNs and other encryption software. Linux is significantly less subject to malware attacks than other operating systems. Linux is also maintainable. It makes better use of hardware resources (uses less RAM and disk space), and performance won’t degrade over time. Standard tools, like SSH, allow secure remote access for administrators to troubleshoot problems.”

Yuma 2 specs summary

Specifications listed for the Trimble Yuma 2 include:

  • Processor:
    • Intel Atom N2600 (2x x86 cores @ 1.6GHz)
    • 400MHz PowerVR SGX 545 GPU
    • Intel NM10 chipset
  • Memory — 4GB DDR3 RAM; 64GB or 128GB SSD
  • Display — 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel multitouch capacitive, sunlight readable touchscreen
  • Camera — 5-megapixel front-facing autofocus with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Optional 3.75G cellular data (Penta-Band GSM)
    • GPS/SBAS high-sensitivity, 50-channel receiver (2-4 meter accuracy); optional external antenna
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB host
    • HDMI
    • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Other standard features — Mic; speaker; buttons; track control; LEDs; Kensington security; TPM accelerometer; E-compass; capacitive stylus; hand strap
  • Optional features — Vehicle hard and soft mounts; pole mount; screen protectors; carrying case; capacitive touch gloves; rugged USB keyboard; docking station
  • Operating temperature — -30 to 60°C
  • Ruggedization:
    • Water, dust protection — IEC 60529, IPx5 (water); IEC 60529,IP6x (dust)
    • Drops — Multiple 4 ft. (1.22 m), MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6 Proc, IV
    • Vibration — MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6, Proc. I and II
    • Other ruggedization — MIL-STD-810G altitude, solar, and humidity exposure; chemical exposure resistance
  • Battery 2x 7.5V 3000mAh, 22 Wh; optional extended battery (7.5W 6000mAh, 45Wh) with hot swap
  • Weight — 2.6 lb with standard batteries, 3.0 lb with extended
  • Dimensions — 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.5 in. (246 x 160 x 40mm)
  • Operating system — Ubuntu 12.04 LTS; other Linux available by request, with volume commitment or engineering payment; available with dual-boot Windows config.

Further information

The Linux version of the Trimble Yuma 2 is available now at prices ranging from $2,995 to $4,345. More information may be found at the SDG Systems Yuma 2 product page and the Trimble Yuma 2 product page.

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