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Rugged Color Pocket PC with 802.11, Bluetooth

Intermec Monday announced its 700-Series Color model, as an addition to its existing 700-Series products, which are designed for industrial, mobile, and retail environments. The color model uses the Intel X-Scale PXA250 processor and runs Windows Pocket PC 2002.

Up to three radios can be integrated into each unit, including 802.11b and Bluetooth technologies. Optional scanning technologies are available. Intermec stated that the device's battery capacity ensures up to 10 hours of operation between rechargings. The 700 Series Color weighs approximately 17 ounces, depending on configuration.

The 700 Color uses a reflective TFT display that is designed to function both indoors and out. The 3.8-inch (97 mm) (diagonal) display is 20% larger than most other devices on the market, according to the company.

Testing done by Intermec shows that the 700 Color is capable of withstanding multiple 5-ft. (1.5 m) drops to concrete and is sealed against rain and dust to IP64 standards. The ergonomic case design is sculpted and balanced for user comfort in long-term use; radio and scanner options are integrated, not add-ons. This means they are tested to the same ruggedness standards as the rest of the device.

Wired and wireless connectivity options:

  • On-board wired Ethernet is standard, and true Ethernet speeds are maintained all the way to the device.
  • Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) Integrated into the 700 Series, this 802.11b radio option provides up to 11 Mb/sec throughput
  • Wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) Integrated options include radios for GSM/GPRS and CDMA/1xRTT networks
  • Bluetooth Personal Area Networking Allows cable-free communications with peripheral devices such as printers over a 10-meter range.

The 700 Color can be configured with up to three radio options in the same device. For example, a worker may spend part of his or her day on premise using LAN access points to operate applications for cross docking or load planning. The same device also could use a WAN network when taken off-premise in a delivery vehicle, covering a much larger area, all the while using Bluetooth-compatible wireless communications to print.

The 700 Color is available with linear imaging or laser scanning technologies. The 2D-imager option reads two-dimensional matrix codes, as well as omnidirectional 1D bar codes. The 2D imager also can take black and white photographs for applications such as proof of delivery, market surveys or field inspections. Linear 1D and PDF417 laser scanners complete the scanning lineup.

The 700 Color comes equipped with a 14.4 watt-hour lithium-ion battery. In addition, the built-in Flash ROM folder allows permanent storage of applications, drivers and start-up files on non-volatile flash memory.

Reprinted from allNetDevices.