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4P FDA600

All-in-one Field Digital Assistant
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

4P Mobile Data Processing, hedquartered in Padova, Italy, has been designing and manufacturing specialized handheld terminals and computers for demanding field applications since 1989.

4P calls their FDA600 an "all-in-one" Field Digital Assistant, referring to the fact that this handheld includes just about everything one could ever need in field applications. Not only is the FDA a modern Windows CE.NET 5.0-based computer running on the 520MHz version of Marvell's PXA270 processor, but it also comes with peripherals and functionality that are available only as options in most competing devices, if they are available at all.

Measuring 3.25 x 8.9 x 2.9 inches and weighing about a pound, 4P manages to integrate a clamshell thermal printer, a 3-track magnetic card reader, a Smart Card reader, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a 1D/2D barcode scanner and a 13.56 MHz RFID reader. And that is on top of onboard Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, IrDA, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE cellular capability.

Despite all of this functionality, the FDA600 is rugged as well. It carries a IP54 ingress protection rating, can survive 4-foot drops onto concrete, and can operate in a fairly wide temperature range of between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The FDA600 has a 3.5-inch backlit touchscreen and also a alphanumeric keypad for navigation and rapid data entry. The device is powered by either a 8.2 or 16.4 watt-hour Li-Ion battery. An optional Ethernet/charging cradle provides landline network connectivity. A vehicle cradle is also available.

Added/changed Added 10/07
Form-factor Industrial PDA
CPU Speed Marvell PCA270, 520MHz
OS Windows CE.NET 5.0
RAM/ROM 128MB/64MB Flash
Card slots 1 SD Card
Display type Color LCD with LED backlight
Display size/res 3.5"/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 19-key alphanumeric keypad
Navigation stylus, navigation keys
Housing Plastic
Operating Temp 32 to 122F
Sealing IP54
Shock 4 foot to concrete
Size (WxHxD) 3.25 x 8.9 x 2.9
Weight 16 ounces
Power Removable 1,100m or 2,200AH 7.4V Li-Ion
Interface USB type A, B, LAN via cradle, 1D/2D barcode scanner, 13.56 RFID, clamshell thermal printer, 3-track magnetic card reader, Smart Card reader, 1.3mp camera
Wireless Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, IrDA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
List price Inquire
Contact www.4p-online.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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