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PDT 3200, PDT 3240 Portable Data Terminal
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Symbol Technologies Symbol PDT 3200 and Symbol PDT 3240 Portable Data Terminal

Symbol Technologies offers the Symbol PDT 3200 Portable Data Terminal, a series of scanner-integrated, hand-held computers that provide fast and accurate data management along with improved flexibility, ease-of-use, durability and ergonomic comfort. DOS-based, the Symbol PDT 3200 series is available in several models, including batch and radio frequency (RF) versions, both with integrated laser scanning. Each model provides excellent value and outstanding performance.

Open Architecture and Expandable Memory
The Symbol PDT 3200 features an integrated, PC-compatible, 32-bit, 386 microprocessor with programmable speed of up to 25 MHz that accelerates data collection and then quickly redistributes the data into your network. The Symbol PDT 3200 complies with open architecture standards and features the latest ROM-DOS 6.22 operating system, so there's no need to learn proprietary programming languages.

With 2 MB RAM and 1 MB of Flash memory, the Symbol PDT 3200 is ideal for data-intensive applications. By placing an ATA Flash card into its user-accessible PC card slot, the Symbol PDT 3200 holds up to 64 MB of memory to support the most demanding batch applications. Or, simply install Symbol's Spectrum24 PC Card to integrate Symbol's latest generation wireless LAN technology.

Spectrum24 is Symbol's frequency-hopping spread spectrum cellular network designed to operate within the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz bands around the world and is designed to comply with the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless LANs. Spectrum24 enables easy, real-time access to applications and information anywhere on your network with ease of installation, high throughput, expandable capacity and superior interference immunity.

Symbol PDT 3200 Portable Data Collector Features:

The Symbol PDT 3200's high performance integrated laser scanner has two side-mounted triggers and a rotating head to quickly adapt for right- or left-handed operation. The working distance for scanning 55 mil labels is 36" (91.4 cm) and or 5 mil labels from 3" (7.6 cm).

  • User-accessible PC card slot for memory expansion, network connectivity or a fax/modem card.
  • 41 alphanumeric, splash-resistant keys. The Symbol PDT 3200's large numeric keys include 10 function keys, providing quick and easy touch data entry.
  • A backlit LCD display that provides easy-to-read graphics capability. The Symbol PDT 3200 also offers an adjustable font size of up to 8 lines by 21 characters.
  • Three AA alkaline or a rechargeable NiMH or NiCad battery pack, together with the Advance Power Management system provide enough power for hours of operation. A rechargeable lithium backup battery preserves data for several hours. In addition, the Symbol PDT 3200 can be recharged in just two hours with its stand-alone battery charger and conditioner.

Symbol PDT 3200 Specifications:

Physical Characteristics

  • Dimensions:
    • Without Laser: 8.2" L x 1.5" D x 3.5" W at top (2.7" W at grip),
      (208 mm L x 38 mm D x 89 mm W at top (69 mm W at grip)
    • With Laser: 9.3" L x 1.5" D x 3.5" W at top (2.7" W at grip )
      (236 mm L x 38 mm D x 89 mm W at top (69mm W at grip)
  • Weight (includes battery pack):
    • PDT 3200 Batch w/laser: 16.7 oz. (473 gm)
    • PDT 3200 RF w/laser: 18.6 oz. (527 gm)

User Environment

  • Drop: unit functions normally after 4 ft (1.2m) to concrete
  • Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4 to 158F (-20 to 70 C)
  • Construction: industrial, high-strength polycarbonate/ABS blend plastic; chemical and splash resistant
  • Ambient Light Immunity: immunity to direct exposure from normal office and factory-level lighting

Performance Characteristics

  • Operating System: ROM-DOS 6.22
  • Microprocessor: AMD lan™ Am386 SC300 low power, 32-bit microprocessor with system logic; programmable speeds from 1 to 25 MHz
  • Real-Time Clock & Calendar: time and date stamping under software control
  • Memory: expandable up to 64 MB with ATA Flash PC card
  • Flash Memory: 1 MB or 2 MB (system, applications, data)
  • RAM Memory: 2MB (system operation, virtual-disk data)
  • Keypad: 41 alphanumeric keys, conductive rubber keypad; 10 function keys; direct Western-European characters support; 2 programmable side triggers
  • Display: supertwist graphics LCD backlit programmable time out; 128 x 64 pixels; up to 8 lines x 21 characters
  • PC Card: user-accessible PC Card Type I/II slot; supports ATA Flash cards, fax/modem cards, network cards and Spectrum24 wireless LAN radio cards
  • Speaker: software programmable for volume, duration and pitch
  • Advanced Power Management: Sleep/off mode with programmable time out, doze mode, low battery indicator (audio and display)
  • Integrated Laser Module: SE 1200 scanning module rotates 180 for right- or left-handed operation

Software Tools

  • Configuration: Windows -based configuration and installation programs
  • Developer's Toolkit: Includes run-time libraries and technical reference manual
  • Applications: Applications can be written using any x86-supported compiler (C, Basic, etc.)


  • Batteries: 3 AA alkaline batteries; rechargeable NiCad/ NiMH battery packs
  • Backup Battery: rechargeable lithium backup battery, retains memory for 2 hours to 24 hours

Batch Communications

  • RS-232: full RS-232C communications capable of transmission speeds from 150 bps to 115 Kbps (software optional); RJ-45 10-pin connector (COM1 serial port and docking)
  • Protocols: ACK/NAK with drivers for MS-DOS, Macintosh, UNIX, X modem, Y modem, COM1 and COM2 with full DOS UART; Access support up to 115 Kbps

RF Data Communications

  • Network: Spectrum24
  • Output Power: 100, 230, 500, mW (approx.) (varies by country)
  • Antenna: external
  • Frequency: 2.4 - 2.5 GHz (varies by country)
  • Spreading Code: multiple, software controlled
  • Data Rate (effective): 1 Mbps
  • Compliance: FCC part 15 in U.S., ETSI 300.328 in Europe, RCD STD-33 in Japan; designed to comply with the IEEE 802.11 standard for LANs


  • Communications Cable: provides RS-232-C signals to D9 or D25 connector
  • Single-Slot Cradle: standard RS 232 D-25 male DTE connector; LED indicators for trickle charge; recharges NiCad/NiMH battery packs



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