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Datalogic Memor X3 HC

A healthcare version of Datalogic's light and pocketably handy mobile data collection computer
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

On July 27, 2017, Datalogic announced the Memor X3 HC, a special healthcare applications version of the company's standard Memor X3. The device has a special chemical-resistant housing that can withstand the strong cleaning and disinfecting solutions required in healthcare settings to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Where does the Memor X3 HC fit in? In any healthcare/clinical settings that require tough, rugged, industrial-strength mobile computers with laser scanning or 1D/2D imaging capabilities, but prefer minimal bulk and weight.

The Memor X3 HC's small 2.4 inch with 240 x 320 pixel QVGA resolution and its general shape and design remind that the Memor platform goes all the way back to 2009. We're not talking avant-garde technology here; this is a field-proven device designed to get the job done. And while the Memor is clearly a legacy handheld device, Datalogic has given the platform periodic updates, the first in 2011, then another in 2014 with a slight name change from Memor to Memor X3.

As is, given that it is an industrial-grade tool for the job, the Memor X3 is a handy device, measuring just 6.1 x 2.2 x 1.57 inches. That's about as long as an Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

On the OS side, the Memor X3 HC comes with the Windows CE 6.0 Pro. While this is also legacy technology, the software platform includes Wavelink terminal emulation and pre-licensed Avalanche Remote Control and SecurePlus; the SureFox locked web browser; Datalogic's Pal Application Library, and more.

Under the hood sits the 806MHz version of Marvel's XScale PXA310 processor, there's 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Class 2 Bluetooth v2.1 EDR, wired communication is via a mini-B USB port, and there's integrated RS232 serial. The healthcare version comes standard with the hi-capacity 8.5 watt-hour battery that's optional on standard Memor X3 models.

Compared to the standard Memor and Memor Xs versions, the Memor X3 HC is instantly recognizable due to its white housing made of chemical-resistant plastics capable of handling daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions.

What applications did Datalogic have in mind with this new version of its Memor platform? That includes patient bedside care (medical records, medication, administration, specimen collection, etc., laboratory (tracking, tests, diagnosis, etc.), pharmacy (inventory, dispensing, tracking, etc.), as well as admittance, accounting and billing.

A micro-SD Card slot, supporting SDHC, offers expansion, and the built-in barcode 2D area imager with Datalogic's patented "Green Spot" good read confirmation can read linear codes at 4 mils and 2D codes at 5 mils at a maximum speed of 60 frames/second.

Despite its light weight, the Memor X3 HC is built to hold up to use in demanding environments. It is sealed to IP54 specs, i.e. it's protected agains dust and water spray from all directions. It can also survive four-foot drops to concrete and operate within 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can now be used in refrigerated settings.

Datalogic targets the Memor X3 to applications such as inventory, shelf replenishment, price management, order entry, assisted sales, and line busting. Its scanner and integrated keypad certainly make data capture and entry quick and simple, and a variety of supplied software tools such as Wavelink terminal emulation, the Datalogic Pal Application Manager and locked Web Browser, as well as Wavelink Avalanche help make the most of the Memor's communications abilities.

Specifications Datalogic Memor X3 HC
Added/last update Added July 2017
Form-factor Pocket-size flashlight-style handheld
CPU Speed Marvell XScale PXA310/806 MHz
OS Windows CE 6.0 Pro
RAM/ROM 256MB RAM/512MB Flash
Card slots 1 micro-SD Card (up to 32GB)
Display type Reflective TFT touch screen with backlight
Display size/res 2.4"/240 x 320 pixel QVGA
Digitizer/pens Resistive touch
Keyboard/keys Backlit 25-key keypad, 2 programmable lateral keys
Navigation Stylus
Housing Magnesium chassis, polycarbonate chemical-resistant housing designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions
Operating Temp 14°F to 122°F (-10°F to 50°F)
Sealing IP54
Chemical resistance Isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, mild dish soap, Clorox bleach
Shock 4 foot drop onto concrete
Size (WxHxD) 2.2 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches (57 x 156 x 40 mm)
Weight 8.8 ounces (250 grams)
Power Removable, rechargeable battery pack 3.7V 2,300 mAh (8.5 Watt hours)
Interface mini-USB (Host 1.1 and Client 2.0), RS232, laser scanner or linear imager or 2D imager
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n, Class 2 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
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Datalogic Memor X3 HC