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Datalogic Rhino-NET

Vehicle mount computer
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

For applications that require an ultra-rugged vehicle mount computer with a large display and the ability to operate in an extremely wide temperature range, Datalogic offers the Rhino-NET. This is an "open book" design that combines a large half-VGA display and a full alphanumeric keyboard into one unit.

As the name implies, the Rhino-NET was probably originally designed specifically for the Windows CE.Net operating platform, also adopting the 640 x 240 pixel half-VGA screen format that was very common in earlier Windows CE clamshell and "open book" computers. The machine is still offered with Windows CE.Net 4.2, an industrial-strength embedded OS.

Devices such as the Rhino-NET are designed for use in warehouse management, cold storage and harsh outdoor applications, manufacturing, shop floor, and similar. Ruggedness and legacy compatibility (interface, emulations) are more important than the latest processors and screens. The Rhino-NET is therefore designed to operate in an extremely wide temperature range of -22 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It is sealed to IP65 specifications and can withstand intense shock and vibration.

As a vehicle mounted device, the Rhino-NET uses 11 to 60 Volt DC vehicle power, but also has an internal backup battery. It's 8.8-inch display is large enough for easy viewing. The 57-key alphanumeric keyboard has constant illumination for easy data entry. For expansion, there are two PC Card Type III slots as well as two RS232 serial ports.

Datalogic offers a variety of cordless and tethered scanners for use with the Rhino-NET. For software development, there is the standard Windows CE SDK as well as the Datalogic Mobile Developer Assistant, the MCL-Collection, and a variety of Datalogic utilities.

Added/last update Added July 2009
Form-factor Vehicle mount computer
CPU Speed Marvell XScale PXA255/400 MHz
OS Windows CE.Net 4.2
Card slots 2 PC Card Type III
Display type Color TFT
Display size/res 8.8"/640 x 240
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 57-key alphanumeric keypad with constant illumination
Navigation directional control, stylus
Housing unknown
Operating Temp -22 to 122F
Sealing IP65
Shock 25g peak pulse, duration 6 ms, 1000 impulses on each axis
Vibration 3g RMS, 5Hz to 1000 Hz, 60 min duration on each axis
Size (WxHxD) 12.6 x 9.8 x 3.5
Weight 7.7 pounds
Power 11 to 60 Volt DC, Lithium backup battery
Interface 2 RS232, optional tethered and cordless scanners
Wireless 802.11b/g
List price Inquire
Contact www.mobile.datalogic.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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