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Unitech PA950

Economical industrial keypad PDA
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Unitech America is a subsidiary of Taiwanese automatic data collection specialist Unitech, founded in 1979. The PA950, shown here, is the company's Pocket PC 2003-based economical data collection solution. It has a reflective indoor/outdoor color display, comes with a handy 19-key numeric keypad, can accommodate a variety of internal WLAN and WWAN radio options via CF and SD expansion slot for real-time data transactions, and incorporates a laser diode bar code scanner. Tech specs are all up-to-date. Despite its modest size and weight, the PA950 (also available as a CE .NET device with an older processor) carries an IP54 rating and can survive 4 foot drops. Unitech also offers the PT930S, a Windows CE-based, no-nonsense ruggedized industrial data collection handheld with an integrated 1D/2D barcode laser diode scanner.

Update March 2008: The PA950 is discontinued and has been replaced by the technologically updated PA962/PA963 that uses the same housing as the PA950. The above-referenced PA930S is also discontinued.

Added/changed 03/2008: Replaced by 960 Series
Form-factor Industrial keypad PDA
CPU Speed Intel PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows Mobile PPC 2003/CE .NET
Card slots 1 CF, 1 SD
Display type Reflective TFT
Display size/res 3.5-inch/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 19-key keypad
Navigation keypad/stylus
Housing impact-resistant plastic
Operating Temp 23 to 122F
Sealing IP54
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 3.25 x 7.2 x 1.15
Weight 12.5 oz.
Power 7.4V, 740mAH Li-Ion (6 to 10 hrs.)
Interface USB, RS232, IR, bar code scanner
Wireless optional
List price Inquire
Contact www.ute.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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