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Touch Star/Olympus R1000

Novel industrial PDA
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Now for something really interesting: TouchStar, in a partnership with Olympus, is offering the R1000 rugged handheld.

Named a TDA--"Tough Digital Assistant"--it looks like a standard Pocket PC (and is just a bit larger) but is really a different animal. Its Freescale (a Motorola company) MC9328MXL ARM920T core processor can run both Windows CE .NET and Qtopia Linux. It comes with a very generous amount of RAM and ROM, a 3.5-inch transflective TFT, integrated Bluetooth and WiFi and the common Pocket PC controls including four programmable function keys, but it really isn't a Pocket PC but a very flexible enterprise handheld with amazingly robust environmental specs. How many Pocket PCs sport an IP54 rating and can survive 4-foot drops? The only drawback is the lack of an expansion slot.

Note: the R100 was introduced sometime in 2005. We do not know whatever became of it, or if Olympus is still in this market at all.

Form-factor Industrial PDA
CPU Speed Freescale MC9328MXL
OS Windows CE .NET or Linux
RAM/ROM 64-128MB/64-128MB
Card slots none
Display type Transflective TFT
Display size/res 3.5-inch/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys on-screen
Navigation keyboard/stylus
Housing metal/plastic
Operating Temp 14 to 122F
Sealing IP54
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 3.0 x 5.2 x 0.6
Weight 6.4 oz.
Power 1,500mAH Li-Polymer ("up to 12 hrs.")
Interface USB, IR
Wireless 802.11b, Bluetooth
List price US$999
Contact www.touchpc.com
Windows Mobile Info
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
  • Windows CE H/PC Pro 1998
  • Windows CE 2.0 1997
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