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Symbol PDT7542 Hand Held Computer

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It is replaced by the Symbol MC9060 (MC9000 Series).
PDT7542 Options
Part # DescriptionAvailabilityPriceOrder
PDT7542-R1X43MUS PDT7542, 8MB RAM, 802.11, 49 keys, & touchscreen display. Includes 2D (PDF417) scanner & DOS 6.22 OS. Order cradle, power supply, battery, & cradle-to-host cable separately. See accessories. Check Availability Call for Details
PDT7542-R1X23MUS PDT7542, 8MB RAM, 802.11, 36 keys, & touchscreen display. Includes 2D (PDF417) scanner & DOS 6.22 OS. Order cradle, power supply, battery, & cradle-to-host cable separately. See accessories. Check Availability Call for Details

Symbol PDT7542 Details

Power and Performance for Extreme Environments

The feature-rich PDT7542 from Symbol Technologies thrives in the heat, cold and dust of even the harshest industrial environments. A pioneer in Symbol's line of products for extreme environments, the PDT7542 is a lightweight handheld terminal with advanced bar code scanning data processing and communications features. Built for productivity and comfort in demanding environments, the versatile PDT7542 links workers to data and to each other in transportation and logistics environments such as warehouses, docks, yards, and even on the road.

Designed for Extreme Environments

PDT7542 meet the most stringent industrial standards and are sealed to IP64 specifications for protection against water and dust. The terminals are fully functional in temperatures ranging from -13º to 122ºF/-25º to 50ºC and can withstand multiple drops of 6ft./1.8 m to concrete.

As innovative as it is rugged, the PDT7542 delivers the sophisticated ergonomic features customers need. Weighing only 19 oz./532 gm, the terminal is light enough for extended periods of use. The push-button keypad has color-coded keys to facilitate data entry, and the 1/8 CGA screen has a crystal-clear 240 x 160 pixel resolution and a generous 30 character by 20-line display. The backlit display is easily viewed – even in dimly lit areas. The innovative design includes a reverse grip and hand support that can be used in signature capture, important for proof of delivery and for tracking or tracing goods, parcels and packages.

Power and Performance for Large Jobs

The PDT7542 Series delivers the power and performance required for large jobs. The integrated high-speed SE 2200 scan engine incorporates advanced scanning for 1-D and 2-D bar code data capture. The device reads bar coded shipping manifests and pallet contents at 15 times the speed of most other scan engines. The conveniently placed scan trigger is easy to turn on and off during single-handed use. The optional SE 4200 imager extends the functionality of the PDT7542 by enabling the device to read matrix and Postal Codes and to capture, view and store images.

Formidable scanning jobs, complex programs and data-intensive tasks such as inventory tracking or materials management are perfect for the PDT7542 . Within its sealed case are a 486-based AMD Elan SC400 microprocessor and a low-power 32-bit single chip/AT-based micro-controller that runs industry-standard MS-DOS or Windows CE applications. Up to 16 MB of RAM and flash memory assure flawless performance regardless of the job size.

Transmits Data Anytime, Anywhere

The PDT7542 transmits data on the dock or on the road with batch processing or using wireless local area network (WLAN) or wireless wide area network (WWAN) communications. For maximum operating convenience, the high-capacity lithium ion battery operates for an 8-10-hour work shift and signals the operator when it is time to recharge. An optional free standing or vehicle-mounted cradle is available for battery charging and data transfer.

The PDT7542 is backed by Symbol Technologies' worldwide service repair and support network. Symbol systems are critical to your business success in data-intensive, time-sensitive environments because our systems help you capture, access and manage information at the point of business activity.

To find out how your company's workforce can be more productive using the rugged state-of-the art PDT7542 handheld terminal, contact any of the convenient locations listed on the back panel or visit us at

PDT7542 Features Benefits
Ergonomic design Provides maximum user comfort over extended periods of time
Brightly lit, display with scratch-resistant Mylar overlay Easy to read even in dimly lit environments
Sealed to IP64 standards Protected against dust and moisture
SE 2200 scan engine Provides high speed advanced scanning for fast 1-D and 2-D bar code data capture
Up to 16 MB of RAM and 16 MB of flash memory Flawless performance regardless of job size

PDT7542 Specification Highlights

Physical Characteristics
Dimensions: 8.4 in. H x 3.5 in. W x 2.2 in. D/210 mm H x 89 mm W x 56 mm D
Weight: Batch: 19 oz./532 gm with battery; Wireless: 21 oz./588 gm with battery and PCMCIA LAN card
Drop Specification: Multiple 6 ft./1.8 m drops to concrete (Batch and WLAN); Multiple 5 ft./1.52 m drops to concrete (WWAN)
Display: 1/8 CGA transflective LCD, 240 x 160 pixel resolution, controllable backlight
Battery: Quick change, rechargeable 7.2V, 1400 mAh smart battery
Environmental Sealing: IP64 (industry standard for dust and water sealing)
Operating Temperature: -13º to 122ºF/-25º to 50ºC
Storage Temperature: -20º to 140ºF/-30º to 60ºC
Humidity: 95% relative humidity (noncondensing)
Electrostatic Discharge: 15kv electrostatic discharge to all surfaces without loss of data
Key Pads: 49-key full alphanumeric; 36-key alphanumeric toggle; 25-key numeric-only
Touch Screen: Scratch-resistant Mylar overlay
Laser Source: Visible Laser Diode at 650-680 nm
Scan Engines: SE 2200, SE 1200 High Performance, SE 4200 (Imager)
Status Indicator Lights: Wireless operation, good decode, battery level
Control Switches: Power ON/OFF, contrast, backlight, alphanumeric toggle
PDT7542 Performance
Microprocessor: AMD Elan SC400, 32-bit Am486 CPU, 33/66 MHz
Operating System Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22, Microsoft Windows CE 2.11, Microsoft Windows CE 3.0
RAM Memory: 4 MB, 8 MB or 16 MB standard for MS-DOS, 16 MB standard for CE 2.11/3.0
Flash: 4 MB, 8 MB or 16 MB nominal internal flash memory module
Real-Time Clock: Time and date stamping under software control
Interfaces: Infrared port, IrDA 1.0 standard compatible @ 115.2 Kbps for batch communications
Wireless Data Communications
Wireless Local Area Network: Optimal IEEE standards-based on 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 2.5GHz
Output Power: 500mW US, 100mW International
Wireless Wide Area Network: DataTac
Antenna: Internal (WLAN), External (WWAN)
PDT7542 Peripherals
Cradles: Single-slot cradle, four-slot cradle and vehicle cradle available for charging and serial (RS-232) communications
Printers: Supports extensive line of Symbol-approved printers, cables and accessories
PDT7542 Regulatory
EMI/RFI: FCC Part 15 Class A, EMC Directive, Australian SMA
Laser Class: CDRH II, IEC825-1/EN60825-1 Class II
Electrical: UL1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950/IEC950
The Symbol PDT7542 is also known as the Symbol Technologies PDT7542 .