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DT Research WebDT 310

Lightweight mobile information appliance
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

DT Research, Inc., with headquarters in San Jose, California, develops and manufactures information appliances including tablet devices and digital signage solutions for vertical markets. There was a time when "web tablets" were supposed to be the next big thing and even Microsoft got into the act with its "Mira" platform. That did not go anywhere, but today products like the DT Research WebDT 310 and the slightly smaller WebDT 360 are being used as light and handy solutions for many mobile computing applications.

What separates "information appliance" products like the WebDT 310 from more traditional Tablet PCs is that they are usually based on less powerful but more energy-efficient x86-compatible processor families from AMD, VIA and Intel. The WebDT 310 is based on the AMD Geode LX 800 processor that runs at 500 MHz and supports Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, or standard Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Depending on the OS, the WebDT 310 uses Flash, a hard disk, or a solid state disk. DT Research offers the WebDT Device Manager, a comprehensive software management tool to remotely manage networked WebDT appliances.

The WebDT 310 is smaller and lighter than it looks. Its magnesium-aluminum alloy housing has a footprint of 10.3 x 8.3 inches and is just 0.8 inchs thick (the protective rubber bumpers add some thickness). Weight is just over two pounds. The 10.4-inch XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) display has a resistive touch screen and can be ordered in a outdoor-viewable version. Standard connectivity includes USB, LAN, microphone and headset jack, video-out, and onboard Bluetooth and WiFi.

Options such as a magnetic stripe card reader, a 2-megapixel camera, and 1D and 2D barcode scanners allow configuration for a wide variety of uses in many fields including inventory and warehousing, education, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, retail, control and monitoring, and hospitality. It can either be carried arround, used in a variety of cradles, or mounted via standard VESA mounts in vehicles, on arms, carts, walls or just about anywhere else.

Added/changed Added 02/2008
Form-factor Mobile tablet
OS Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Processor AMD Geode LX 800
CPU Speed 500 MHz
Chipset AMD Geode CS5536
Standard/Max RAM 256/1024MB
Disk/drive 64MB-8GB Flash; 40MB hard disk; 32GB solid state disk
Card slots unknown
Display type TFT with outdoor-viewable option
Display size/res 10.4-inch/1024 x 768 pixel
Digitizer/pens resistive touch/1
Keyboard/scale Onscreen and optional 88-key mini-USB keyboard
Ruggedness unknown
Housing Magnesium-aluminum alloy with protective rubber bumpers
Size (WxHxD) 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.8
Weight 2.05 lbs.
Power Li-Ion (14 watt-hour); optional external (28 watt-hour)
Interface 2 x USB 2.0, RJ45, audio in/out, video; optional: mag strip reader, 2-megapixel camera, 1D and 1D/2D barcode scanner
Wireless 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth
List price Inquire
Contact www.dtresearch.com
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