Motion adds SSD to LS800

Ls800Exciting news from the good folks at Motion Computing who report adding a 32 GB SSD to the ultra-portable LS800 Tablet PC.  The LS800 is Motion’s smallest slate Tablet PC and the replacement of the hard drive with an SSD will show a big boost to both battery life and performance.  Like other devices with an SSD, consumers will have to pay the price for the flash drive as prices are still not down where we’d like them to be, but that is something I expect will change as more devices begin using them.  Having used a 32 GB SSD in a Samsung Q1 with a Celeron processor, I can personally attest to the fact that it made a huge impact on performance, making it as fast or faster than a Pentium M equipped Q1, and battery life was very nice.  I can’t wait to see one of these LS800s with the SSD onboard.  Motion says the SSD will run $599 on new LS800s and current owners of an LS800 can have one retro-fitted by a Motion Certified Maintainer.  Full press release after the jump.

Motion Computing Offers Solid State Drive for LS800 Tablet PC
Flash memory improves durability, increases reliability on ultra-mobile tablet PC

AUSTIN, Texas, May 8, 2007 – Motion Computing®, a leader in ultra-mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced the availability of a 1.8-inch 32GB solid state drive (SSD) for its award-winning LS800 Tablet PC.

With this flash-based memory offering, Motion™ is delivering a more durable and better-performing ultra-mobile computing solution to vertical industries including aviation, mobile gaming, and field sales and service.

An SSD is a hard drive alternative based on flash memory. Unlike a traditional HDD which uses spinning discs and read/write heads, an SSD is designed with flash memory, having no moving parts. The new drive has the same shape and size as a HDD and uses the same connectors for integration into existing systems.

“Solid state is an excellent storage technology option for ultra-mobile computers,” said Jillian Mansolf, vice president of marketing at Motion. “From casinos interested in offering a portable gaming experience to field service workers computing while walking and standing, the LS800 with SSD helps protect data despite everyday knocks, bumps and jolts.”

Motion engineering tests show that the SSD reduces power consumption to give the LS800 about 10 percent longer battery life. Motion tests also show the LS800 runs approximately 40 percent more efficiently with an SSD, with faster data access time. 1

Additionally, Motion believes the SSD is will help reduce costs associated with hard drive failures. Analyst firm Gartner reports a failing hard drive is one of two top sources of system malfunctions in mobile computers, and accounts for up to 45 percent of total hardware failures. 2

"The LS800 is the primary platform for the VistaNav synthetic vision navigation system for general aviation pilots. In cooperation with Motion, we have successfully tested the SSD version at 25,000 and 40,000 feet," said Philippe Roy, General Manager of the Avionics & Unmanned Systems Group at Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. “The LS800 with an SSD represents a significant advance for VistaNav since our customers can now operate above 10,000 feet without worry."

The SSD drives are available worldwide today on new LS800s for $599. Current LS800 customers can upgrade their tablet PC to include an SSD by working through one of Motion’s Certified Maintainer partners. For more information, please call 1-866-MTABLET or visit <> 

About Motion Computing
Motion Computing is a mobile computing and wireless communications leader, combining world-class innovation and industry experience so professionals in vertical industries such as healthcare, field sales and service and government can use computing technology in new ways and places. The company’s enhanced line of tablet PCs, mobile clinical assistants and accessories are designed to increase productivity for on-the-go users while providing portability, security, power and versatility. Motion combines those products with services and unique vertical market knowledge to deliver complete solutions – platforms, peripherals, services and wireless – customized for the needs of a particular industry. For more information, visit <> 

1 Based on a Mobile Mark 2005 benchmark test performed by Motion Computing in April 2007 on a Motion LS800 Tablet PC configured with Intel Centrino ULV 753 (1.2GHz CPU), 512MB DDR2 memory, Intel GMS 915 integrated graphics, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and 30GB 1.8-inch HDD vs. the same configuration with 32GB SSD. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

2 Gartner: “Benchmarking PC Hardware Reliability,” Leslie Fiering. June 2006.