Motorola DS3508 Series
Rugged corded digital scanners
Ability to read both
1D and 2D bar codes
Increases productivity by
providing one device that
can read all industrystandard bar codes
Powerful 624 MHz
processor, fast sensor
shutter speed and
patent pending fastpulse illumination
Superior performance on
1D and 2D bar codes,
improving productivity in a
wide variety of applications
(DS3508-DP only)
Ability to understand IUID
constructs, and automatically
separate and send the
required information to
your application
Capture bar codes, images and direct
part marks with extraordinary speed
The Motorola DS3508 Series of rugged, corded
digital scanners bring comprehensive, high
performance data capture to harsh industrial
environments to improve business efficiency.
Engineered with breakthrough digital imaging
technology, this scanner family delivers
extremely fast and accurate data capture of
one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D)
bar codes, images and direct part marks (DPM)
as well as Item Unique Identification (IUID)*
support. Available in three models, the DS3508
Series of scanners can meet a wide variety of
data capture needs in multiple industries.
High performance that speeds productivity
With the DS3508 Series, you benefit from a
scanning solution designed specifically for fastpaced production environments. The CMOS image
sensors allow the accurate capture and processing
of bar codes at a faster pace than the typical
digital scanner. The DS3508 Series is armed with
a powerful 624 MHz microprocessor, capable of
decoding 1D or 2D bar codes within milliseconds,
regardless of size or density. The patent pending
fast-pulse illumination and fast sensor shutter
speed enable image capture at a full 60 frames per
second, delivering outstanding motion tolerance. In
addition, the omni-directional scanning functionality
allows operators to quickly capture bar codes from
* IUID available only on the DS3508-DP (DPM-enabled model)
any angle, eliminating the need to align bar codes
with laser lines. Plus, the DS3508 Series offers the
widest working range of any scanner in its class.
Built for industrial environments
As innovative as it is rugged, the DS3508 Series
delivers the ergonomic and operational features
for scan-intensive industrial applications under the
harshest operating conditions. The device is designed
to perform reliably despite the inevitable bumps
and drops — even on concrete. An IP65-rated seal
makes it impervious to dust and water, and the exit
window is scratch-resistant and recessed for the
highest level of durability. As a result, enterprises
enjoy a low total cost of ownership — employee
and device downtime as well as equipment
repair and replacement costs are minimized.
In addition, noisy machinery and poor lighting can
make it difficult for operators to see or hear scanner
feedback to ensure proper completion of scans.
Motorola’s DS3508 Series addresses this challenge
with bright LEDs, an adjustable volume beeper
and a vibrating pager motor placed in the handle,
ensuring that decode feedback is clearly visible
and audible to users, saving valuable worker time.
Three models to meet many needs
This diverse product line offers a number of
models designed to meet a wide variety of
application needs across a variety of industries:
Ability to capture high
density bar codes
(DS3508-HD only)
Increases productivity by
enabling users to read
high density 2D bar codes
in addition to all industrystandard bar codes
Ability to read a wide
variety of DPM marks
(DS3508-DP only)
Enhances quality
processes and improves
lifetime product traceability
Exceptional motion
Enables extraordinary
scanning speed for all bar
codes, increasing throughput
and productivity – regardless
of application
Unique aiming pattern
Bright central laser dot
ensures quick, accurate
scanning -- even in bright
Omni-directional scanning
Speeds reading time by
eliminating the need to line
up the bar code with the
scan line
Rugged design withstands
multiple 6.5 ft./2 m drops
to concrete
Ensures maximum reliability
with less downtime resulting
from accidental drops
IP65-rated sealing
Protects against water and
dust for reliable performance
in harsh industrial conditions
Integrated image capture
DS3508-SR: Combination 1D and 2D bar
code scanning and image capture
The DS3508-SR offers the flexibility to meet the needs
of a wide variety of applications and environments,
providing 1D and 2D bar code scanning and high-speed
image capture and transfer, as well as support for a
wide variety of interfaces for easy integration with new
and legacy systems. The DS3508-SR is designed to
streamline inventory management in scan intensive,
fast-paced environments, from the largest warehouse
to the retail backroom, where a quick scan enables
the automatic and accurate capture of the information
required to increase productivity and reduce errors. At
the receiving dock, a scan of the bar code on the boxes,
pallets or bill of lading enables automatic reconciliation of
incoming shipments for faster processing of incoming
goods. In put-away and picking, a quick scan can
determine where product should be stored and also
verify that product was placed on the right shelf, virtually
eliminating false out-of-stocks due to misplacement
— and lost sales. In shipping, a quick scan verifies that
the right shipment is addressed to the right person,
eliminating costly mis-ships. In addition to improving the
efficiency of inventory management, this device can also
provide invaluable photographic proof of condition. For
example, with a quick press of the trigger, a worker can
capture a photograph of a damaged shipment or product.
DS3508-HD: Optimized for
comprehensive 2D bar code capture
The DS3508-HD offers the same capabilities as
the DS3508-SR, but adds optimization for the very
tiny and dense 2D bar codes frequently found in
warehousing, transportation and logistics, and
manufacturing environments. In manufacturing
operations, the DS3508-HD allows even small parts
with small bar code labels to be easily scanned to
verify that the right part is used at the right time. As a
result, product quality improves, increasing customer
satisfaction and retention. Real-time inventory visibility
allows manufacturers to reduce standard stocking
levels, reducing warehouse space requirements and
increasing inventory turns and profitability. And in the
event you are notified of a defective part, you can
easily trace the location of defective product for more
rapid and targeted recalls, protecting brand image,
customer perception and recall costs. And companies
involved in warehousing, shipping and delivery of
smaller items can easily read the small, dense 2D
bar codes that may be utilized on smaller packages.
DS3508-DP: Comprehensive IUID-enabled scanner
with support for 1D, 2D and DPM bar codes
This powerful scanner combines highly advanced
DPM-specific software with the functionality
of the DS3508-SR, the focusing capability of
the DS3508-HD and integrated IUID parsing
capability. This single cost-effective device provides
government agencies and industrial manufacturers —
including automotive, aerospace and medical — with
the ability to capture all 1D and 2D bar codes as well
as every type of direct part mark. Comprehensive
IUID support enables the capture and processing
of Unique Item Identifiers (UIIs) — the scanner
can validate, read, separate and transmit the right
information to your application. And field upgradable
construct tables future-proof your IUID applications.
Reduce capital and operational expenses
The ability to capture 1D and 2D bar codes as well
as direct part marks with a single device eliminates
the need to purchase, manage and maintain
multiple devices to accommodate multiple bar
code symbologies in the enterprise. As a result,
the enterprise enjoys a fast return on investment.
Since one device does it all, capital and operational
costs are reduced — and productivity is increased.
In addition, IT departments can dramatically reduce
the time, cost and logistical headaches associated
with scanner configuration and management with
Motorola’s 123Scan2 Configuration Utility and
Remote Scanner Management (RSM) technology,
both of which are supported on the DS3508 Series.
123Scan2 is a powerful PC-based software tool
that provides rapid and easy scanner set-up and
customization. RSM enables remote, networkbased device management from a central location.
An investment for now and the future
In addition to the productivity-enhancing features
you need to keep business moving, the DS3508
Series provides you with investment protection.
Onboard support for multiple interfaces, a standard
feature, allows you to use your scanner with many
different types of systems for seamless integration
now, as well as painless migration to the new
systems of the future. We back up our leading
scanner design with a full three-year warranty.
And to help protect your investment, Motorola
Enterprise Mobility Services offers Service from
the Start with Comprehensive Coverage. This
unique service goes far beyond normal wear and
tear to include accidental damage to exit windows,
scan elements and more at no additional charge.
For more information
For more information on the DS3508 Series of
rugged, corded, handheld scanners and the full line
of accessories, access our global contact directory at
www.motorola.com/enterprisemobility/contactus or
visit us on the Web at www.motorola.com/ds3508
Motorola DS3508 Series Specifications
Physical Characteristics
7.34 in. L x 4.82 in. W x 2.93 in. D
18.65 cm H x 12.25 cm W x 7.43 cm D)
Weight (w/o cable):
11.85 oz. (336 gm)
Voltage and Current: 5 volts +/- 10%, 330 mA
Twilight Black/Yellow
Performance Characteristics
Light source:
Aiming pattern: 650nm visible laser diode
Illumination: 630nm LED
Imager Field of View: Standard Range Focus: 39.6° H x 25.7°V
High Density Focus: 38.4° H x 24.9° V
Image Transfer
USB 2.0: Up to 12 Megabits/second
RS-232: Up to 115 kb/second
Image Transfer
Typical USB application is ~0.2 seconds
with a compressed JPEG
Image Quality:
Standard Range Focus: 130 DPI on a 5.8 x
3.6 in. / 14.6 x 9.1 cm document @ 6.6 in.
/ 16.8 cm.
High Density Focus: 370 DPI on a 2.0 x 1.3 in. / 5.1 x 3.3 cm document @ 1.5 in. /
3.8 cm.
User Environment
Operating temp.:
-4° F to 122° F/--20° C to 50° C
-40° F to 140° F/-40° C to 60° C
Roll/Pitch/Yaw: ±360, ±60, ±60
Storage temp.:
Motion Tolerance: Programmable up to 100 in./sec. (2.54m/
sec.) when in Enhanced Presentation Mode for 100% 13 mil UPC. Swipe speed will vary depending on code type, scan distance and print quality.
5% to 95% relative humidity,
Sealed to IP65 specifications
Drop specs: Unit functions normally after repeated
6.5 ft. (2 m) drops to concrete
Ambient light
Incandescent – 150 ft. candles (1,600 LUX)
Sunlight – 8,000 ft. candles (86,000 LUX)
Fluorescent – 150 ft. candles (1,600 LUX)
Mercury Vapor – 150 ft. candles (1,600 LUX)
Sodium Vapor – 150 ft. candles (1,600 LUX)
Immune to direct exposure to normal
office and factory lighting conditions, as well
as direct exposure to sunlight
Electrostatic discharge (ESD):
Conforms to 20 kV air discharge and 8 kV
of contact discharge
Symbology Decode Capability
1D Codes:
supplementals, ISBN (Bookland), ISSN,
Coupon Code), Code 39 (Standard, Full
ASCII, Trioptic), Code 128 (Standard,
Full ASCII, UCC/EAN-128, ISBT-128
Concatenated), Code 93, Codabar/NW7,
Code 11 (Standard, Matrix 2 of 5), MSI
Plessey, I 2 of 5 (Interleaved 2 of 5
/ ITF, Discrete 2 of 5, IATA, Chinese 2 of
5), GS1 DataBar (Omnidirectional,
Truncated, Stacked, Stacked
Omnidirectional, Limited, Expanded,
Expanded Stacked, Inverse), Base 32
(Italian Pharmacode)
PDF417 (and variants):
PDF417 (Standard, Macro), MicroPDF417
(Standard, Macro), Composite Codes
(CC-A, CC-B, CC-C)
2D Codes: TLC-39, Aztec (Standard, Inverse),
MaxiCode, DataMatrix/ECC 200
(Standard, Inverse), QR Code (Standard,
Inverse, Micro)
Postal codes:
U.S. Postnet, U.S. Planet, U.K. Postal, Japan
Postal, Australian Postal, Dutch Postal,
4State Postal
DPM Marks (DPM unit only):
Datamatrix marks applied by dot -peening. All supported barcode types listed above
marked by laser etching, chemical etching, ink marking, molding, stamping or casting methods on surfaces such as including metal, plastic, rubber or glass
IUID Support:
Supports IUID parsing. The ability to read
and separate IUID fields per application requirements
Imaging Characteristics
Graphics Format
Support: Images can be exported as Bitmap, JPEG, or TIFF
Interfaces supported: USB, RS-232, RS-485 (IBM 46xx Protocols),
Keyboard Wedge
Electrical Safety:
UL60950-1, CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1,
EN 60950-1 / IEC 60950-1
Laser Safety: EN 60825-1, IEC 60825-1, 21CFR1040.10,
CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2
FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B,
EN 55022, EN 55024, EN 61000-6-2,
AS/NZS 4268:2008, Japan VCCI
Environmental: Compliant with RoHS directive 2002/95/EEC
and transfer capabilities
Reduces the costs
associated with operating
and maintaining multiple
devices by integrating the
technology needed for image
capture and transfer
Multiple on-board
interfaces and universal
cable set
Ensures flexible connectivity
with different hosts; enables
easy upgrading of hosts and
cable replacement; provides
investment protection
Bright LED, beeper with
adjustable volume and
vibrating pager motor
Multiple confirmation modes
for positive user feedback in
noisy environments
Advanced data formatting
Eliminates costly modifications
to the host software
Supports 123Scan2
scanner configuration tool
Enables rapid and easy
customized set-up through
a free, wizard-based PC
software tool
Supports RSM (Remote
Scanner Management)
Lowers IT expenses and
TCO by enabling remote
management from a central
Accessories: Holster (mounts to pants or belt);
Intelli-Stand (hands-free scanning);
Tool Balancer Pulley (tethered)
The Motorola DS3508 Series is warranted against defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of 3 years (36 months)
from date of shipment, provided that the product remains
unmodified and is operated under normal and proper conditions.
See full warranty for details.
Recommended Service
Service from the Start – Bronze
*See back for decode zone.
Motorola DS3508 Series
DS3508 Series Decode Zone
Depth of Field
Label Density
Paper Label
Code 39 - 3 mil
1.10” - 1.60”
2.79 - 4.06 cm
Code 39 - 4 mil
2.60” - 4.50”
6.60 - 11.43 cm
Contact - 3.5”
Contact - 8.89 cm
Code 39 - 5 mil
1.00” - 6.30”
2.54 - 16.00 cm
Contact - 4.2”
Contact - 10.67 cm
Code 39 - 7.5 mil
Contact - 10.10”
Contact - 25.65 cm
Contact - 5.4”
Contact - 13.72 cm
Code 39 - 20 mil
1.00” - 20.90”
2.54 - 53.09 cm
1.10” - 9.20”
2.79 - 23.37 cm
100% UPC - 13 mil
0.90” - 15.10”
2.29 - 38.35 cm
0.80” - 6.20”
2.03 - 15.75 cm
PDF417 - 6.67 mil
2.70” - 6.10”
6.86 - 15.49 cm
Contact - 3.70”
Contact - 9.40 cm
PDF417 - 10 mil
0.40” - 9.30”
1.02 - 23.62 cm
Contact - 4.50”
Contact - 11.43 cm
PDF417 - 15 mil
3.30” - 14.80”
8.38 - 37.59 cm
3.20” - 5.60”
8.13 - 14.22 cm
Data Matrix - 4 mil
1.00” - 2.10”
2.54 - 5.33 cm
Data Matrix - 5 mil
0.40” - 2.70”
1.02 - 6.86 cm
Data Matrix - 7.5 mil
2.10” - 5.50”
5.33 - 13.97 cm
Contact - 3.50”
Contact - 8.89 cm
Data Matrix - 10 mil
1.10” - 7.10”
2.79 - 18.03 cm
Contact - 4.40”
Contact - 11.18 cm
QR Code - 4 mil
1.10 - 1.40”
2.79 - 3.56 cm
QR Code - 5 mil
0.50” - 2.20”
1.27 - 5.59 cm
QR Code - 7.5 mil
Contact - 3.30”
Contact - 8.38 cm
QR Code - 10 mil
1.50” - 6.10”
3.81 - 15.49 cm
Contact - 4.00”
Contact - 10.16 cm
For more information, including decode zone pictorial, see the Product Reference Guide located in the Resources
tab at www.motorola.com/ds3508.
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