Trimble Yuma Ubuntu Computer

In need of a ‘rugged, military-grade tablet’ running Ubuntu? Well you’re not the only one apparently…

SDG Systems, a self-described reseller of ‘value-added reseller of rugged computing products, have launched an Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition version of their (somewhat aged) Trimble Yuma tough tablet.

Our customers have told us that they need a rugged, military-grade, tablet computer running Linux. We are pleased to provide that option for them,” said the company’s President Todd Blumer.

How‘rugged‘ is rugged?

The Trimble Yuma is both water and dust proof, is tested to MIL-STD-810F standards (just in-case you we’re tempted to take one into a warzone/throw one out of a plane) and shields its internals in a magnesium alloy shell capable of withstanding extreme cold (-22F) to searing heat (140F).

Specification wise the Yuma packs mediocre-sounding but seriously-sensible innards: –

  • Intel Atom Z530 @ 1.60ghz
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 7″ Sunlight readable resistive touchscreen display (1024×600)
  • 32GB SSD
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Outward facing 2MP camera (with geotagging)
  • Inward facing 1.3MP camera (with geotagging)
  • GPS
  • SDIO Card slot
  • 34 pin Expresscard Slot
  • headphone/microphone jacks
  • 8 hour battery (4 hour dual batteries)


Devices such as the Yuma won’t be popping up on the shelves of your local PCWorld. They are primarily aimed at military, scientific, and business/governmental organisations who require ‘on the go’ computing for data collection, research, and various other purposes.

But if you’re in the middle of renovating an underground bunker or your volcano-side getaway then you’ll need to have a spare $3695 to hand inorder to bag a piece of this bad-ass kit.

More information on the Yuma can be found online @

Image Credits: SDG Systems LLC;

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