Motorola Launches Rugged Business Phones

Motorola has announced the MC55, the newest, smallest and lightest addition to Motorola's family of Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDA) offering a 3.5 inch display.

Designed for mobile workers inside and outside an organization and leveraging Motorola's mobile computing platform architecture, the MC55 EDA combines the power of a cell phone, two-way radio, bar code scanner, digital camera, and mobile computer into a compact and lightweight design.

The MC55 mid-range EDA supports the GSM/GPRS/EDGE standard for wireless wide-area networks, offering voice and data services to provide the information needed for better decision making and business results. With an array of features, like integrated GPS, the new MC55 EDA supports a host of real-time location-based applications.

The MC55 is available in two models - MC5590 EDA and MC5574 EDA - and multiple configurations. Sporting a monocoque housing, the MC55 is not only rugged to withstand the rigors of everyday use, but is the smallest Motorola mobile computer offering a 3.5 inch display with full keyboard. Motorola has also developed accessories for the MC55, making the device highly scalable to meet diverse business needs.

"As a leader in the handheld mobile computing market, Motorola constantly innovates to provide customers with the most versatile enterprise mobility tools for improving productivity and streamlining operational efficiencies," said Bob Chen, vice president and general manager of Mobile Computing, Motorola Enterprise Mobility. "The MC55 illustrates Motorola's ability to help mobile workers work without boundaries, with robust connectivity to mission-critical business applications in a compact business-class device."

The MC5590 EDA offers wireless 802.11a/b/g LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth connectivity and the MC5574 EDA comes equipped with wireless WAN (WWAN), wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth.

In addition, the MC5590 and the MC5574 EDAs are VoIP enabled offering the capabilities of Push-To-Talk (PTT), as well as the ability to support soft phone clients and integration with installed IP PBXs.

The MC55 is based on the Marvell XScale PXA270 520 MHz processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. The MC55 EDA family of products also offers a variety of data capture options to provide increased flexibility among mobile workforces, including a 1D laser scanner or 2D imager.

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