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Unitech PA982

Ultra-rugged mobile computer with laser scanner
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The PA982 is a heavily ruggedized Windows CE 5.0-based mobile computer with either a wide-angle or long range 1D laser scanner. It is based on the older 400MHz Marvell PXA255 processor and comes with 64MB of RAM and 64MB of Flash ROM.

This is a very rugged device that can handle 4-foot drops even without bumpers or protective case. It has an internal heating system that lets it operate within a very wide temperature range of between -22 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit's housing is vaccuum-sealed and carries an IP67 rating. This means it is totally sealed against dust and can even handle complete immersion in water.

For quick and easy data entry, the PA982 has a backlit backlit 19-key keypad that is programmable for one-touch operation. The rubber keys are large enough to be handled with gloves on. The unit is also available with a gun grip that can accommodate an additional Li-Ion battery. As is, the PA982 has a 15 watt-hour battery and a separate 1.7 watt-hour backup battery.

The PA982 communicates via Bluetooth or serial connection. USB host and client is available via its cradle. 802.11b/g WiFi and GSM/GPRS can be added via the units PC Card slot.

The Unitech PA982 is designed for applications in food transportation, military shipyards, airports, harbors, or other warehousing and stock control applications in extreme environments.

Update April 2011: product no longer listed as active on Unitech website.

Added/changed Added 03/2008; moved to EOL 04/2011
Form-factor Ultra-rugged mobile computer
CPU Speed Marvell PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 5.0 Professional Plus
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II
Display type Backlit TFT
Display size/res unknown/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 19-key keypad with water resistant, backlit, alphanumeric keys and two scan trigger buttons
Navigation keypad/stylus
Housing impact-resistant plastic
Operating Temp -22 to 122F
Sealing IP67
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 3.9 x 8.7 x 2.1
Weight 1.5 lbs (1.9 lbs with gun grip)
Power 7.4V, 2080mAH Li-Ion (up to 12 hrs), 3.7V/450mAh backup, optional 7.4V/2200mAh in gun grip
Interface IR 1.2, RS232, wide or long range linear bar code scanner; USB client and host via cradle
Wireless Bluetooth; optional WiFi or GSM/GPRS via expansion slot
List price Inquire
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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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