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Intermec CN30

A state-of-the-art and very flexible ruggedized PDA
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Note: On December 10, 2012, Intermec announced that it will be acquired by Honeywell. [See Intermec press release]

When it was introduced, the Intermec CN30 was the company's most state-of-the-art model that established a new approach and set new standards. The CN30 has a blazing 520MHz PXA272 processor, uses Windows Mobile 5.0, and features a large 3.7-inch transflective display with full 480 x 640 resolution.

The CN30 uses a modular concept that allows customers to change attributes and configurations based on user preferences or application requirements. Initially, customers have a choice between a 14-key navigational module or a 56-key full alphanumeric module. Others will follow, and all can be changed anytime. The CN30 can also be operated with or without a pistol grip handle. Wireless communication is via fast 802.11b/g or Bluetooth. A powerful 18 Watt-Hour battery provides full-shift operation. Despite its avant-garde electronics and features, the CN30 is also rugged enough to handle plenty of abuse.

As of June 2009, the CN30 was no longer listed as an active product despite its seemingly future-oriented specs and design. Perhaps the modular concept didn't work out in the real world.

Added/changed Updated 06/2009: no longer listed as active product
Form-factor Ruggedized PDA/flashlight
CPU Speed Intel PXA272/520 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 5.0
Card slots 1 SD
Display type Transflective TFT
Display size/res 3.7"/480 x 640
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 14 or 56-key module
Navigation directional control, triggers
Housing plastic/metal
Operating Temp 14 to 122F
Sealing IP54
Shock Multiple 5 foot drops
Size (WxHxD) 3.3-3.5 x 6.8-9.5 x 1.35
Weight NA
Power 7.4V, 2,400 mAH Li-Ion ("8+ hrs.")
Interface USB, RS232, EV15 linear imager
Wireless 802.11b/g, BT
List price Inquire
Contact www.intermec.com
Windows Mobile Info
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  • Windows Mobile 5
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  • Windows Mobile 2003
  • Windows CE .Net
  • Windows for Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC intro 2000
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