VRC8900 Vehicle Mounted mobile Computer from Symbol


The VRC8900 has been replaced by Symbol's newest rugged vehicle/fixed mount mobile computer, the VC5090.

VRC8900 Series Vehicle Radio Computer

New Breed of Mobile Device for the Harshest Warehouse and Factory Environments

The new VRC8900 mobile data terminal from Symbol Technologies is an industry first—a rugged device for use in the toughest environments with the industry-standard Windows CE operating system and a full-screen color display. Sealed for protection against dust and water (to IP65 standards), and shock-tested to 24G, the VRC8900 is reliable in the most extreme temperature and environmental conditions, and easily tolerates sub-zero freezers as well as the vibration and repetitive pounding of forklift applications.

Designed for distribution centers, factory floors, and warehouses, the VRC8900 supports real-time receiving, tracking, put-away, picking and shipping, and 1-D and 2-D scanning applications—and delivers a new level of benefits wherever implemented.

Full Suite of Features

The VRC8900 combines best-in-class features to deliver the highest levels of performance, usability, and flexibility including:


  • The fastest processor available today for Windows CE
  • Industry-standard operating system provides instant user familiarity and strong application-development support
  • The memory you need to support your applications


  • Works with all forklifts—propane, gasoline and electric
  • Large, bright, high-resolution touchscreen enables easy reading and data management in any conditions
  • Programmable function keys bring one-touch simplicity to common tasks
  • Touchscreen and optional keyboard designed for use by gloved operators
  • Internal power supply prevents data loss when main power is removed


  • Easily integrate legacy applications as well as new applications as the business evolves
  • Automatically update device with the most current software and system applications
  • Supports wide array of Symbol scanners and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)

The Bottom Line

The rugged design and innovative features of the VRC8900 enable immediate data capture and exchange in virtually any factory or warehouse environment. The result is a faster, better decision-making process, increased productivity, and a positive impact on profitability. The VRC8900 is backed by Symbol's worldwide service repair and support network. Application development expertise is available through Symbol's strong network of Business Partners.

Symbol systems are critical to the success of businesses everywhere by enabling the capture, access and management of information in data-intensive, time-sensitive environments at the point of activity. To find out how your company's workforce can benefit from the rugged state-of-the art VRC8900 vehicle-mount data terminal, contact any of the convenient locations listed below or visit us at www.symbol.com/mobile

Features Benefits
12.1" SVGA touchscreen with 800 x 600 color display Large, bright display allows easy viewing in any lighting—from bright to dark
IP65 and 24G shock tested Reliable in extreme temperature and environmental conditions, including the repetitive pounding of forklift applications
Embedded Microsoft® Windows CE OS Familiar interface; eliminates learning curve; enables use of common and custom applications
Microsoft® Internet Explorer Web browser Familiar interface reduces training time and costs
Optional 62-key flexible illuminated keyboard with 24 function keys Easily accommodates gloved hands; provides data entry; increases productivity via function keys
Intel StrongArm® 1110™ power Processor Dependable high performance, reliability, and efficiency
32 MB RAM/ROM32 MB non-volatile Flash Provides ample data storage and enhanced performance; enables flexibility to design server- or client-side programs
Easily accessible touch- enabled membrane switch with 3 programmable keys, 2 LEDs, and Hi/Lo display Perform common tasks with a single press of a button; easily diagnose communication/power problems and adjust screen brightness
Wavelink client-side emulator support infrastructure Integrate legacy and new applications as business evolves; leverage investment in existing
AirBEAM® Smart-enabled Reduces total cost of ownership: automatically update device with most current applications and system software; eliminate time and overhead associated with pre-staging and manual configuration
Heater option Reliable operation in freezer/cold store/outdoor environments as low as -22º F/-30º C
Ergonomic handles Easy adjustment of terminal and keyboard

VRC8900 Series Specification Highlights

Physical Characteristics
Dimensions: 12.2 in. H x 10.3 in. W x 3.4 in. D
30.9 cm L x 26.2 cm W x 8.6 cm D
Weight: 9.25 lbs. / 4.2 kg (excluding mounting bracket and keyboard assembly)
Power Supply: Internal wide range power supply (11-60 VDC)
Transient spike and overcurrent/voltage protected
Reverse polarity protected
Connects directly to vehicle battery Optional AC power supply
Backup Battery: NiMH battery
Display: 12.1 in. SVGA high contrast/brightness display; Standard resistive touchscreen
Keyboard: 62-key alphanumeric color-coded and sealed elastomer keyboard with tactile feedback; constant illumination; function keys F1-F24; universal QWERTY layout to include VT100/220, 3270 and 5250 functions; audible key beep; optional heated keyboard
Interface Ports: Two RS-232 serial ports; keyboard port; USB port (host or slave), power input
Performance Characteristics
Operating System: Embedded Windows CE 3.0
Microprocessor: StrongARM® SA 1110™ @ 206MHz
Architecture: 32 bit
System Memory: 32 MB of Non-Volatile Flash; 32 MB of DRAM
Data Communication: RS-232 Serial Ports (2), USB, keyboard
Terminal Emulation: 3270, 5250, VT100, VT220: supports Citrix, Windows Terminal Services
Programming Tools: AirBEAM®, Microsoft Embedded Tools version 3.0, VRC8900 SDK
User Environment
Environmental Sealing: Meets IP65 standards for protection against dust and water
Vibration: 24G shock load
Operating Temperature
Without heater:
With heater:

32º to 122º F / 0º to 50º C;
-22º to 122º F / -30º to 50º C
Storage Temperature: -4º to 158º F / -20º to 70º C
Humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
ESD: 20kv air, 8kv contact
Wireless Communications
Network: Spectrum24® IEEE 802.11 and 802.11b compliant
Output Power: 500 mW US, 100mW worldwide
Data Rate: 2 Mbps or 11 Mbps
Spreading Technique: Frequency Hopping (2 Mbps) / Direct Sequence (11 Mbps)
Frequency Range: Country dependent, typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz
Radio Module: Internal PCMCIA
Security Protocol: Kerberos (11 Mbps only)

Specifications are subject to change without notice. All product and company names are trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. For system, product or services availability and specific information within your country, please contact your local Symbol Technologies office or Business Partner. Part No. VRC89 Printed in USA 04/02 ©2002 Symbol Technologies, Inc. Symbol is an ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 UKAS, RVC, and RAB Registered company, as scope definitions apply.

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