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Symbol PDT8100 Portable Data Terminal

Tap, Type, or Scan–Maximum Versatility in a Portable Data Terminal

The PDT 8100 Series 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 8100 is a versatile, large-screen handheld that delivers the functionality of Pocket PC with the convenience of tactile, key-based data entry.

Understanding and Anticipating Diverse Business Needs

Designed to meet mobile data management demands in an array of markets, the PDT 8100 offers features and options to suit diverse applications and business needs. For instance, multiple keyboard options are available for maximum data entry efficiency in different environments. Route accounting professionals may prefer the 28-key numeric keyboard, whereas retail customers may opt for either a 37- or 47-key alphanumeric keyboard.

Sealed to IP54 standards, the rugged durability of the PDT 8100 meets the needs of many industrial environments. This, coupled with communication options that include batch, Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) connectivity, enables the PDT 8100 to deliver data where and when it's needed, enhancing productivity where business is conducted – whether taking inventory in the warehouse, or checking on an order from a customer site. 

Ease of use and reliability are benefits that are valued across all markets. The PDT 8100 features a large, easy-to-read 1/4 VGA display, backlit keyboard and rechargeable, extended-use lithium-ion battery, which contribute to the PDT 8100's dependability and universal market appeal.

Power and Performance for Today and Tomorrow

The innovative PDT 8100 Series is a powerful handheld that combines the strength of Microsoft's Pocket PC platform with the power of the Intel® StrongARM processor, operating at 206 MHz. Equipped with 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM, the PDT 8100 is designed to keep pace with your business: a keyboard and touch-screen provide multiple modes of data entry to ensure maximum efficiency. Reinforcing this are the expansion possibilities offered by the user-accessible CF slot, which can accommodate a flash memory card. 

With the dynamic PDT 8100 Series, route accounting professionals are able to conduct business and complete transactions while on site with a customer. Retail clerks can perform price checks and inventory counts conveniently and accurately. When combined with the optional magnetic stripe reader, the PDT 8100 can also be used for line busting or Portable POS applications. Healthcare workers can manage patient data through bar code scanning, key-based input or touch-screen selection. The list of markets and applications for this feature rich handheld is virtually unlimited. 

Features                               Benefits

Microsoft® Pocket PC Platform

Portable convenience and a familiar, flexible computing platform

Rugged construction–sealed to IP54 standards with 4 ft./1.2 drop to concrete

Operates in harsh environments

WLAN or WWAN communication

Anytime, anywhere information access

Symbol's miniature scan engine

High-performance scanning even in bright light

64 MB RAM, 32 MB ROM

Ample storage capacity for data and applications

1/4 VGA display

Large, easy-to-read display (color optional)

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Maximum usage between charges

Keyboard and touchscreen data entry

Multiple modes of data entry for maximum efficiency

Multiple keyboard options (Choice of 28-, 37- and 47-key)

Optimized features, functionality and key layout for mobile applications

Back-lit keyboard

Usable under low-light conditions

IrDA port

Enables data transfer to peripherals such as printers

User-accessible Compact Flash card slot

Provides flexibility for expansion and storage; protection against data loss

PDT 8100 Series Specification Highlights

Physical Characteristics


Overall: 8.4" L x 3.7" W x 1.8" D/213 mm L x 93.9 mm W x 45.7 mm D;
Grip Area: 3.0" W x 1.0" D/76.1 mm W x 25.4 mm D

Weight (including battery):

14.5 oz./410 g w/battery (batch version);
15.5 oz./440 g (wireless version)

Drop Specification:

4 ft. (1.2m) to concrete


1/4 VGA (320 x 240 portrait) with16-level grayscale, optional 64k color


1550 mAh lithium-ion

Environmental Sealing:

IP54 (windblown dust and rain)

Operating Temperature:

 -4° to 122° F/-20° to 50° C (or better depending on the application)
 32° to 122° F/0° to 50° C (or better depending on the application)

Storage Temperature:

-13o to 122o F/-25o to 50o C


5% to 90% RH noncondensing

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

8 kVdc air; 4 kVdc contact

Expansion Capabilities:

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

Back-lit Display:


Back-lit Keyboard:



Choice of 28-, 37-, 47-keys; plus 2 side scan keys

Performance Characteristics


Intel SA1110 @ 206MHz

Operating Platform:

Microsoft® Pocket PC


 64 MB RAM/32 MB ROM

Application Development:

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


IrDA 1.1; RS-232

Wireless Data Communications

Wireless Local Area Network:

Optional IEEE standards-based Spectrum24 802.11 or 802.11b

   Data Rate:

2 Mbps (frequency hopping) and 11 Mbps (direct sequence)

   Frequency Range:

Country dependent; typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz

   Output Power:

500 mW U.S.; 100 mW international

Wireless Wide Area Network:

Monochrome only: Optional CDPD, GSM/GPRS; user-accessible SIM socket for GSM/GPRS


Internal (WLAN), External (WWAN)

Peripherals and Accessories


1 slot serial charge cradle; 4 slot Ethernet charge cradle;
Vehicle cradle (spare battery charge, terminal charger data interface)

Communication and Charging Cables:

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


Integrated, plus headset jack

Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR):

Snap-on serial connection swipe reader attachment

4-Slot Universal Battery Charger (UBC):

Simultaneous charge of 1-4 batteries; requires adapters for PDT 8100 batteries

Other Accessories:

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


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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