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Symbol SPS3000

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Scanning and Wireless Connectivity for the Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC
The new Symbol SPS 3000 is the first expansion pack that delivers integrated data capture and real-time wireless communi-cation to users of the Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC. With the SPS 3000, the Compaq iPAQ instantly becomes a more effective, business process automation tool with augmented capabilities that include bar code scanning and wireless connectivity.

Compatible, Versatile and Flexible

The SPS 3000 pack attaches easily to the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC, and the lightweight, ergonomic design provides a secure, comfortable fit in the hand. The coupled device maintains 100% compatibility with Compaq iPAQ recharging and synchronization cradles for maximum convenience and cost-effectiveness.
The SPS 3000 is available in three feature configurations: Scanning only; Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) only; Scanning and WLAN.

Scanning Only: Enables 1-dimensional bar code scanning, which is activated using any of the five programmable application buttons on the Compaq iPAQ. An optional ‘virtual' on-screen button may also be used.

WLAN Only: Provides 11Mbps Direct Sequence WLAN connectivity through an integrated Spectrum24® 802.11b radio and antenna.

Scanning and WLAN: Delivers a powerful data management solution with integrated bar code scanning and WLAN communication.

Empowering Mobile Workforces
Pocket PC devices provide users with mobile versions of Microsoft's popular desktop software, thus delivering the ability to gather, prepare and review documents and information anytime, anywhere. In today's fast-paced business environment, the increased productivity and efficiency achieved with bar code scanning and wireless communication creates competitive advantage that businesses in many industries are now discovering. With the SPS 3000, businesses that have already deployed iPAQ devices for mobility gain additional functionality and improved user productivity. For instance, adding the bar code scanning SPS 3000 to a field sales associate's iPAQ Pocket PC enables quick and accurate order entry, which contributes to improved customer service and increased effectiveness. Within the enterprise, the WLAN SPS 3000 delivers fast, wireless access to the corporate intranet, the Internet or mission critical applications, enabling real-time decision-making and improved efficiency. Professionals in healthcare, education and hospitality also benefit from the increased accuracy and efficiency of bar code scanning and wireless connectivity. With application needs ranging from patient/record management in healthcare facilities to student or guest administration in schools or hotels, the capabilities of the SPS 3000 Series enable more effective use of standard PDA's, bringing the benefits of advanced technologies to workflow processes.

Maximize your Mobile Solution

The SPS 3000 Series extends the capabilities of the Compaq iPAQ, converting the Pocket PC PDA from a consumer-oriented device to a dynamic business tool for the mobile enterprise.



Symbol´s 1D scan engine

Fast, accurate data capture

Integrated 802.11b WLAN

Enables real-time information sharing between remote activities and host system

Ergonomic, lightweight design

Offers increased user comfort and acceptance

Peripheral compatibility

Maximum convenience and efficiency

Very low power consumption

Maintains expected battery life of device

SPS 3000 Specification Highlights

Physical Characteristics


Scan only: 5.4"L x 3.4"W  x 1.6"H (adds .74" to width of iPAQ)
WLAN only: 5.4"L x 3.4"W  x 1.65"H (adds .78" to width of iPAQ)
Scan/WLAN: 5.4"L x 3.4"W  x 1.65"H (adds .78" to width of iPAQ)


Scan only: 2.55 oz./ 72 gm;
Scan/WLAN: 4.65 oz.


770mAh rechargeable lithium ion:
WLAN Only, Scan/WLAN

Operating Temperature:

32°F - 122°F (0°C - 50°C)


5% to 90% RH noncondensing

Application Development:  

Fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs. Symbol SPS 3000 SDK available to support bar code scanning

Scanner Characteristics

Scan Engine:

1D scan engine

Decode Capability:

UPC/EAN/JAN, Code 128, Code 39, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, Discrete 2 of 5, Codabar, MSI Plessey

Scan Rate:

44 (+-10) scans/sec (bi-directional)

Scan Trigger:

Uses one of the five (5) programmable application buttons on the Compaq iPAQ

WLAN Characteristics

Wireless Local Area Network Radio: 

Spectrum 24 High Rate Wireless LAN 802.11b compliant

Data Rate: 

11 Mbps. Automatic data rate and channel selection of 1, 2, 5.5 and 11 Mbps

Frequency Range:  

U.S., Europe, Japan product covering 2.4 to 2.5 GHz, programmable for different country regulations

Output Power:  

100mW, programmable for different country regulations

Power Management:  

Continuous Aware and Power Saving Mode


Data throughput scaled to support up to 300 ft. indoor/ outdoor





The combined Compaq iPAQ and SPS 3000 fit in the Compaq iPAQ synchronization/charging cradle.

Charging accessories:  

UBC charging station with wall adapter; AC charging adapter; Cigarette-lighter charging adapter

Cases and Holsters: 

Operating protective case; Belt-mounted holster; Hand / wrist strap


Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950-95; EN60950:1992/IEC950 with A1+A2+A3, Low Voltage Directive (73/34/EEC)


FCC Part 15 Class B/ICE S003 Class B, EMC Directive (89/336/EEC), CISPR-22 Class B; EN55022:1995, EN55024:98

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