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Symbol PDT 8142 Handheld Computers - 802.11

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Optimized features, functionality and key layout for mobile applications

The PDT 8142 from Symbol Technologies bridges the gap between pure pen-based and key-based mobile data collection solutions. The first Pocket PC device available with multiple keyboard options the PDT 8142 is a versatile large-screen handheld that delivers the functionality of Pocket PC with the convenience of tactile key-based data entry.

The Symbol PDT 8142 is also known as the Symbol Technologies PDT 8142

PDT 8142 Options
Symbol PDT 8142 (PDT8142-T2B94TUS)
PDT 8142, Portable Data Terminal (2 Mbps, Color Display, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, 1D Scanner, Merlin, HC and 47 key Keyboard)
Symbol PDT 8142 (PDT8142-T2B930US)
PDT 8142, Portable Data Terminal (2 Mbps, Color, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, 1D Barcode scanner and 37 key Keyboard)
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Symbol PDT 8142 Details

Rugged Mobile Computing, Maximum Mobility

The PDT 8142 from Symbol Technologies is a compact, ergonomic Pocket PC mobile computing device with integrated wireless communications and barcode data capture. Created to meet the needs of mobile workers, the PDT 8142 is rugged enough for use anywhere along the supply chain, and provides the speed, power and functionality needed to effectively manage data at the point of activity.

Features and Functionality

The PDT 8142 features the Intel® XScale processor and the Microsoft® Pocket PC operating system. This combination, plus the custom Symbol ASIC, enables the PDT 8142 to deliver the high performance, low power consumption and fast throughput business applications demand. Flexible memory options, a crisp, color VGA display—the largest available in this product class — and a host of enhanced multimedia capabilities provide the capacity for advanced mobile solutions and application flexibility.

The PDT 8142 offers Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) specifically GPRS and dual-mode GPRS/WLAN options, or Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) communication options, enabling the delivery of information when and where it's needed—whether it's checking on an order while at a customer site or downloading route data prior to driver departure. And, with its integrated barcode scanner, touch-screen and 23-key keypad, the PDT 8142 facilitates convenient data management for any job, which translates into increased accuracy and enhanced productivity.

Durable and Dependable

Designed to exceed real-life use and abuse, the PDT 8142 is one of the most rugged handheld computing devices available. It is shock tested and built to survive multiple 5 ft./1.5 m drops to concrete, and sealed against dust and moisture to industry standard IP54. The world-class durability and operational dependability of the PDT 8142 reduces down time and helps ensure maximum return on investment.

Reliability, functionality and flexibility make the PDT 8142 the device of choice for mobile businesses in a variety of industries. It is ideal for route accounting and supply chain applications and has quickly become a top mobile solution in retail, government and logistics. An extensive line of accessories and peripherals enables a complete solution for a broad range of application needs.

To learn how the PDT 8142 can work for you, or to find out more about Symbol's products and services, contact us at any of the locations listed on the back panel, or visit

PDT 8142 Features

PDT 8142 Benefits

Rugged construction

Durable enough to operate in harsh environments and tolerate the rigors of everyday use

WLAN, WWAN, or WPAN communication

Efficient information exchange for maximum productivity

WWAN: GPRS and dual-mode GPRS/WLAN support

Anytime, anywhere wireless connectivity beyond the enterprise

Integrated Symbol scan engine

High-performance data capture minimizes input error

Intel® XScale™ PXA250 processor @ 400 MHz

Premium performance and functionality including support for video and audio

Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002

Familiar, flexible platform for users and developers; upgradeable for investment protection

128 MB RAM/64 MB ROM

Ample storage capacity for data and applications

3.9 in./99mm, 1/4 VGA color display

Large, bright, easy to read display for indoor and outdoor use

User-accessible CompactFlash™ card slot

Expand memory or functionality

IrDA and RS-232 ports

Enables data transfer to peripherals such as printers

USB client

"Plug and play" connectivity with USB V1.1

PDT 8142 Series Specification Highlights

PDT 8142 Physical Characteristics:


Overall: 7.25 in. L x 3.6 in. W x 1.75 in. D 184 mm L x 91.4 mm W x 44.5 mm D

Grip Area:

3.53 in. W x 1.35 in. D 89.7 mm W x 34.3 mm D

Weight (including battery):

17.5 oz /496 g (batch version) 20.8 oz /589 g (WLAN version) 23 oz/652 g (WWAN version)

Drop Specification:

5 ft. / 1.5 m to concrete

Tumble Specification:

.5M: 3000 Cycles (6000 drops) 1M: 750 Cycles (1500 drops)


3.9 in./99 mm, 1/4 VGA (320 x 240 portrait) with 64k color


7.4 V 1130 mAh lithium-ion

Environmental Sealing:

IP54 (industry standard for dust and water sealing)

Operating Temperature:

14º to 122º F/-10º to 50º C (or better depending on the application)

Storage Temperature:

-13º to 158º F/-25º to 70º C


5% to 90% relative humidity (noncondensing)

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

8 kVdc air; 4 kVdc contact

Expansion Capabilities:

Type 2 PC (internal); Type 2 CF (user-accessible)

Back-lit Display:

Yes, CCFL (color)



PDT 8142 Performance Characteristics:


Intel® XScale™ @ 400 MHz

Operating Platform:

Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002 Premium Edition


128 MB RAM/64 MB ROM

Application Development:

Fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs; Symbol SDK available to support barcode scanning


IrDA 1.1; RS-232, USB V1.1

Wireless Data Communications

Wireless Local Area Network:

Optional IEEE standards-based Spectrum24 802.11b

Wireless Wide Area Network:

Optional GPRS, dual mode WLAN/WWAN

Data Rate:

11 Mbps (direct sequence)

Frequency Range:

Country dependent; typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz

Output Power:

100 mW U.S.; 100 mW international

Antenna (Internal):


Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN):

Optional 3rd party Socket Bluetooth™ module

PDT 8142 Peripherals and Accessories


1-slot serial charge cradle w/spare battery charging; 1-slot modem cradle w/spare battery charging; 4-slot USB/Ethernet charge cradle w/spare battery charging; 4-slot charge cradle with and without spare battery charging; Vehicle cradle (spare battery charge, terminal charger data interface)

Communication and Charging Cables:

DEX cable; auto-charge cable; serial/charge cable; printer cables; USB charge cable


Integrated, plus headset jack, voice recognition capable

Magnetic Stripe Reader:

Snap-on serial connection swipe reader attachment

4-Slot Universal Battery Charger (UBC):

Simultaneous charge of 1-4 batteries; requires adapters for PDT 8142 batteries

PDT 8142 Other Accessories:

Snap-on land line modem; carrying case; portable printer (8.5 in. format) with terminal slot

PDT 8142 Regulatory:

Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No 950, EN60950/IEC950


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2

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