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Motorola Updates Its 9000 Series Handheld Reader

Compared with its predecessor, the new MC9190-Z industrial handheld features a faster processor and more memory, as well as a larger screen and additional keyboard options.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 07, 2012Motorola Solutions has released an updated version of its industrial handheld RFID reader, known as the MC9190-Z. The new device's predecessor, the MC9090-Z model, will be discontinued, with the remaining supply to be sold through the first half of 2013. According to the company, the MC9190-Z device promises improved RFID read performance, due to a faster processor, as well as greater memory, thereby increasing the rate at which data received from each read is processed.

The MC9190-Z reader contains 256 megabytes or 1 gigabyte of memory, a faster processor and an updated Microsoft operating system—Windows Mobile (WM) version 6.5.3, as opposed to WM6.1. It also features a larger color display and three keyboard options, as well as an extended-range laser for bar-code scanning.

Motorola's MC9190-Z handheld reader promises improved RFID performance due to a faster processor and greater memory.

The new reader is designed for tough environments, Motorola reports, and has been beta-tested by customers in oil and gas, warehousing and retail environments, in the shipping and receiving areas, as well as by some factory operators. The only customer that has beta-tested the new device and is willing to be named is Singapore logistics firm Toll Global Logistics, which, Motorola indicates, reported being impressed with the larger touch screen and the RFID performance.

The most significant improvement to the new reader, according to Chris Warner, Motorola Solutions' senior product marketing consultant, is its application performance. The MC9190-Z reader will provide users with faster computing functionality, he says, by virtue of its faster processor and greater memory. As a result, he adds, application performance is improved by approximately 20 percent over that of the MC9090-Z model, ultimately resulting in a slight increase in RFID read rate. However, Warner declines to quantify that increased read rate.

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