Xplore an­nounces deal with U.S. mil­i­tary

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

Xplore Tech­nolo­gies Corp., Austin-based man­u­fac­turer of rugged tablet com­put­ers, on Fri­day an­nounced it re­ceived its largest sin­gle pur­chase or­der from the U.S. mil­i­tary.

The com­pany said the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar award would in­clude more than 900 of its iX104C5M tablets, which are built to with­stand some of the harsh­est of con­di­tions.

“We ex­pect this or­der to be the first in a se­ries of pur­chase or­ders for the U.S. mil­i­tary in­volv­ing the de­liv­ery of sev­eral thou­sand de­vices, im­prov­ing our foot­print in the mil­i­tary space,” said Mark Holleran, Xplore’s pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

A com­pany spokes­woman de­clined to pro­vide pric­ing de­tails. How­ever, a 2011 re­view of the Xplore tablets pub­lished by RuggedPC.com listed a range of prices, start­ing at $3,299 for a “Dual-Mode Lite” model up to $7,299 for a “Dual-Mode Sun­light-Read­able Mil­i­tary” model.

Xplore’s shares jumped on the news, clos­ing Fri­day at $4.82, up 42 cents or 9.6 per­cent. In its most re­cent quar­ter end­ing Sept. 20, the com­pany re­ported a profit of $277,000 on rev­enue of $7.5 mil­lion.

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