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Rugged Android handheld does RFID, bar code scanning

Nov 22, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Adlink announced a ruggedized Android handheld computer with IP65 protection and and optional 1D scanning and 2D bar code imaging. The TIOT 2000 runs Android 2.3 on an ARM11-based 800MHz Qualcomm processor, and is further equipped with a 3.5-inch, 320 x 240-pixel resistive touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera, plus a full slate of wireless features including 3G and optional RFID.

For years, LinuxDevices has regularly reported on rugged Adlink devices ranging from last week's CoreModule 720 single board computer (SBC) to this summer's MXE-3000 fanless industrial computer. Now, the embedded device manufacturer is turning for the first time to handheld computers, offering a rugged, IP65-compliant TIOT 2000 Android handheld.

TIOT 2000

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The TIOT 2000 is not only Adlink's first handheld device, but also appears to be its first device to run Android, and one of a relatively few number of Adlink systems that use an ARM processor. Nevertheless, the product was announced quietly — we heard about it in this Rugged PC Review story. Judging from the Chinese language data sheet, it does not appear to primarily target the U.S. market.

The TIOT 2000 (pictured) runs the modern Android 2.3 operating system on an old-school, ARM11-based Qualcomm MSM7227 processor clocked at 800MHz. The modest CPU is supported with an equally unassuming 256MB of DDR RAM and 512MB of NAND flash. Storage is supported via a microSDHC slot that can hold 32GB, says Adlink.

The 3.5-inch, 320 x 240-pixel resistive touchscreen is also dated, but is said to offer enhanced sunlight readability. Below it sits a 28-key keypad, augmented with four side buttons.

The TIOT 2000 is intended as a field collection device, and accordingly offers numerous wireless and imaging technologies. Standard Android offerings include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a SIM slot for WCDMA+ EDGE cellular service, including HSDPA and HSUPA 3G support, says Adlink. In addition, an RFID radio is said to be available as an option.

The device includes a five-megapixel camera, along with an optional 1D laser scan function and optional 2D CMOS imager for bar code reading, says Adlink. A USB 2.0 OTG port and audio I/O are also said to be available.

The 6.38 x 3.16 x 1.21-inch device weighs 13.4 ounces and runs on a 3000mAh battery, with a 4000mAh model available as an option, says Adlink. A charging cradle is also said to be available (pictured at right).

The device is compliant with IP65 resistance against water and dust, and can survive drops to concrete of just under five feet, claims the company. Operating temperature is said to range from 14 to 140 deg. F.

Features and specifications listed for the TIOT 2000 include:

  • Processor — Qualcomm 7227T (ARM11, 800MHz)
  • Memory — 256MB DDR RAM; 512MB NAND flash
  • Expansion — microSDHC slot up to 32GB; SIM slot
  • Display — 3.5-inch, 320 x 240 (QVGA) TFT resistive touchscreen; sunlight-readable; accelerometers
  • Keypad — 28 x numeric push keys; 4 x side push keys
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Class 2
    • WCDMA+ EDGE cellular with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA (5.8Mbps and 384Kbps)
    • GPS/aGPS
    • RFID HF 13.56MHz (ISO15693, ISO14443A , ISO14443B)
  • Imaging:
    • 5-megapixel autofocus, adjustable flash camera
    • 1D laser scan engine
    • 2D CMOS imager
  • USB — USB 2.0 OTG (host and client)
  • Audio — 3.5mm earphone jack, speaker, mic, duplex recording and voice output
  • Ruggedization:
    • 14 to 140 deg. F (-10 to 60 deg. C) operating range
    • IP65 ingress protection (water and dust)
    • resists 1.5-meter (4.92 feet) drop onto concrete
  • Battery — 3000mAh (optional 4000mAh)
  • Dimensions — 6.38 x 3.16 x 1.21 inches (162 x 80.2 x 30.8mm)
  • Weight — 13.4 oz. (380 g) with battery


Pricing or availability were not listed for the TIOT 2000. More information may be found at Adlink's TIOT 2000 product page, as well as its general handheld page.

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