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Symbol MC9090-G

Rugged flashlight-style RFID Reader
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The Motorola (formerly Symbol) MC9090-G builds on the superb MC9000 platform by incorporating technology updates as well as voice and data connection to co-workers, clients, and associates. On the technology side, the MC9090-K uses the 624MHz version of Marvell's XScale PXA270 processor, 64MB of RAM and 128MB Flash, and a SD Card slot for memory expansion. It has onboard 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 1.2, and PAN connectivity, and several alpha and numeric keypad options.

The MC9090-G has an RFID reader that supports US frequencies, APAC frequencies and the European standard ETSI EN 300 220. It can also accommodate an omnidirectional 1D/2D imaging engine that not only reads symbologies but also captures grayscale images and signatures. The MC9090-G uses the Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition OS platform.

Since this handheld can be used in demanding environments, it offers IP64 sealing and an impressive 6-foot drop specification. Motorola also states a "tumble spec": 2,000 3-foot tumbles at room temperature. An operating temperature range of -4 to 122 degree Fahrenheit facilitates use in just about any environment. The powerful 15.8 watt-hour battery delivers full-shift operation. A pistol grip reduces fatigue in extended bar code scanning and RFID tag reading applications.

In April of 2010, Motorola announced what seems extended capabilities for the MC9090-G in the form of the MC9090-G RFID ER handheld reader that "leverages the award-winning features of the existing MC9090-G and adds extended range (ER) bar code scanning to increase productivity across the supply chain." ER offers the ability to capture 1D bar codes from as close as four inches to as far as 40 feet - eliminating the need and associated costs of using multiple devices for disparate and specific work tasks.

Added/changed Added 03/2008, updated 04/2010, 03/2011
Form-factor Rugged flashlight-style handheld
CPU Speed Marvell PXA270/624 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition or 6.1 Premium
Card slots SD/MMC Card
Display type TFT
Display size/res 3.8"/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 28/43/53-key numeric and alpha keypads
Navigation directional control, triggers
Housing impact-resistant plastic
Operating Temp -4 to 122F
Sealing IP64
Shock 6 foot drop
Tumble 2,000 one-meter tumbles at room temperature (4,000 hits)
Size (WxHxD) 3.6 x 9.1 x 2.2
Weight Unit: 22-25 ounces depending on configuration; 36 oz with battery, scanner and radio
Power Li-Ion 7.2V, 2200mAh
Interface RFID ER reader, 1D/2D imager, dock
Wireless 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 1.2
List price Inquire
Contact MC9090-K webpage
Windows Mobile Info
  • Windows Embedded Handheld
  • Windows Phone 7
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows CE 6.0
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • Windows CE 5.0
  • 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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