Getac is launching a ruggedised satnav device for those that need to find their way in extreme environments.

The Getac PS535E is a Windows Mobile 5.0-based PDA with built-in GPS and a magnesium alloy and rubber-clad exterior.

More commonly known for manufacturing ruggedised laptops, Getac's PS535E is the first PDA (personal digital assistant) that the company has launched, though it has included GPS receivers in its laptops in the past.

Measuring 144x82x29mm and weighing just 300g, the PDA takes on the magnesium alloy and rubber styling featured on Getac's range of laptops.

The Getac PS535E PDA features a 400MHz processor, 64MB flash memory and 2GB embedded memory storage.

Running Windows Mobile 5.0, it comes with integrated Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi capability and an embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, which allows users to collect, save and transmit data while also providing accurate positioning data for navigation.

Compliant with the US' MIL-STD-810F and IP54 durability standards, the Getac PS535E is protected against heavy rain, dust and debris. Depending on the specification chosen, the PS535E comes with either a standard 3.5in LCD touchscreen display or a screen featuring sunlight-readable technology so onscreen information remains readable under intensely bright lighting.

According to Getac, the PS535E's rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to eight hours continuous use. It will be available from although price has yet to be confirmed.

Getac PS535E ruggedised satellite navigation device

Getac PS535E ruggedised satellite navigation device