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Symbol MC70

Rugged enterprise digital assistant
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Following up on the superb MC50 Series, in January of 2006 Symbol Technologies introduced the MC70 Series of "Enterprise Digital Assistants" or EDAs. The very compact handhelds (6 x 3 x 1.5 inches and weighing 11-12 ounces) combine PDA functionality with mobile phone, wireless communicator, scanner and imager into a single device designed to withstand significant environmental punishment. Sealing is up to IP54 standards, the devices can withstand four to five foot drops to concrete, and operate within a range of 14 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Symbol chose a state-of-the-art 624MHz Intel XScale processor to provide maximum computing power and provided adequate storage with 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM. The MC50 runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium or Premium Phone Edition, again state-of-the-art. The display is a 3.5-inch diagonal transflective TFT with a glass analog resistive touch screen. A powerful 3.7V, 1900 mAH battery comes standard. An optional 3.7V, 3,800 mAH smart battery in an extended battery cap is available. Expandability is via a user accessible SDIO slot. Onboard connectivity includes USB 1.1, RS-232, speaker, microphone, headset jack. Ethernet is available via cradle. On the wireless voice and data communications side, the MC70 supports eGPRS/GSM (850, 900. 1800 and 1900 MHz) as well as tri-mode 802.11a/b/g WiFi. The MC70 is fully Voice-over-IP ready. It also comes with Bluetooth. For data capture, the MC70 offers 1D linear and 2D imagers. The Linear 1D scanner uses the SE800HP engine whereas the 2D Imager is based on the SE 4400 engine that has a 640 x 480 optical resolution. For operation, the MC70 offers multiple QWERTY and numeric keypad options. As always, Symbol offers a wealth of peripherals, including trigger handle, vehicle and single slot cradles, belt clips, magnetic stripe reader attachment, numerous cables, and also multiple unit cradles and charger.

Symbol designed the MC70 to provide mobile workers with everything they need to increase productivity and efficiency indoors and outdoors, from m field workers reading meters and repairing equipment to drivers delivering packages, hospital workers checking lab results and medication orders, and more. According to the company, the MC70 is their fastest-selling rugged mobile computer as of mid 2007.

On October 2nd, 2007, Motorola introduced introduced a new version of the MC70 with integrated SiRF III-based GPS capability. This new option of Motorola's fastest-selling rugged mobile computer will allow organisations with field-based employees, such as postal companies, to track and manage dynamic, real-time tasking, as well as verify specific locations of activities and provide mobile workers with pinpoint navigation support to improve location-based productivity. [MC70 at Symbol's website] [larger picture of MC70]

Added/changed Changed 10/2007: new model with GPS
Form-factor Enterpise Digital Assistant
CPU Speed Intel PXA270/624 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium/Phone
Card slots 1 SDIO
Display type Transflective color TFT LCD
Display size/res 3.5-inch/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 26-key numeric or 44-key QWERTY
Navigation nav controls, stylus
Housing impact-resistant plastic
Operating Temp 14 to 155F
Sealing IP54
Shock 4-5 feet to concrete
Size (WxHxD) 6.0 x 3.0 x 1.5
Weight 11.2/12.0 oz.
Power 3.7V, 1,900mAH Li-Ion
Interface USB, RS232, mic, speaker
Wireless 802.11a/b/g, BT, sGPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900, SiRFF III GPS
List price inquire
Contact www.symbol.com
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