MC55A0 Series
The Motorola
MC55A0 Series
Rugged Wi-Fi Enterprise Mobile Computer
for managers and task workers
Drive productivity and
efficiency inside the
enterprise to a new level
With the MC55A0 Series, managers and task workers
who spend their days inside your company walls have
everything they need to take instant action, anywhere
in your facility — indoors and outside. When it comes
to meeting the needs of your workforce, the MC55A0
excels, offering the right level of features, the right level
of rugged design and support for the most demanding
business applications. The result? Workers in retail,
hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare and government
agencies can complete more tasks more accurately in
less time, improving productivity and customer care.
And with healthcare friendly colors, MC55A0-HC
brings mobility to point-of-care applications, helping
nurses and other caregivers eliminate errors at the
patient bedside to improve the quality of care — and
the patient experience.
Pure business on the inside —
smart styling on the outside
The MC55A0 Series is the perfect blend of form and
function. The comprehensive capabilities allow workers
to scan bar codes; snap pictures; view videos; access
business applications, the Internet and email as well as
make and receive private and push-to-talk voice calls.
The compact and lightweight mobile computer is easy to
carry and easy to use, with a sleek design that is equally
at home in front of customers and patients.
The most rugged design yet
in this class — period
The MC55A0 Series is built to last, giving workers a
device they can count on and businesses a maximum
return on investment (ROI). This rugged device family
is built for use inside your buildings as well as outdoor
areas of your facilities — and our toughness tests prove
it. The MC55A0 delivers outstanding performance,
even after exposure to heat, cold, dust, water — and
1,000 consecutive tumbles in our rotating tumble drum.
MC55A0 Series
And all models can be sanitized with many common
cleaners without harming the housing or the sensitive
electronics, helping prevent the spread of bacteria to
patients and caregivers in a hospital as well as shift
workers in other industries where devices are shared.
The power to handle
virtually any application
Give your workers the best in class mobile application
performance, even for the most demanding multimedia
applications. Packed with the latest in technology, our
powerful platform offers the most current mobile operating
system for the enterprise, as well as the fastest processor
and largest memory footprint in this device class.
Capture the data you need —
when and where you need it
Four scanner options let you pick the model that will
deliver the best performance for your organization.
Our SE960 1D laser scan engine provides best-in-class
performance for 1D bar codes, including near contact
to medium range decoding of even the widest bar code.
And the three variants of our revolutionary SE4500
2D imager deliver true laser-like performance and
omnidirectional scanning of both 1D and 2D bar codes.
The SE4500-SR offers the best range on medium and
low density 1D and 2D bar codes.
The SE4500-DL is optimized for medium to high density
bar codes in addition to the bar codes found on driver’s
licenses and other identification documents — ideal
for border crossings as well as the healthcare and
electronics industry.
Our DPM option, the SE4500-HD, is tailored for very high
density bar codes as well as virtually any direct part
mark (DPM) — including dot peen, laser etch, ink mark,
chemical etch, inkjet mold, cast and thermal spray —
enabling automotive and aeronautics manufacturers to
easily track and trace every part to improve safety and
comply with government regulations.
And if you need to capture photos, videos, or documents
in addition to bar codes, no problem — just add our
high-resolution 3.2 MP autofocus color camera.
Motorola MAX MPA 2.0
Our latest best-in-class standards-based technology
architecture that provides numerous benefits
Powerful microprocessor designed for mobility
The Marvell® PXA320 @ 806 MHz provides best-in-class
application performance coupled with ubiquitous mobility
inside the enterprise — even on the most demanding
multi-media applications
The memory to support any application
256MB RAM/1GB Flash and a user accessible microSD card
slot with support up to 32GB provide the memory space
required to enable robust performance for database and
other processing intensive applications
The most advanced mobile operating
system for the Enterprise
Microsoft’s Windows® Mobile® 6.5 increases interoperability
with existing enterprise infrastructure; enhances security
features; provides a more flexible development platform;
improves mobile messaging collaboration
Protects your application investments
Support for Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Developer Kit
(EMDK) APIs preserves existing application investments by
enabling easy and cost-effective porting of applications from
other Motorola mobile computers
Works on virtually any wireless LAN
The 802.11a/b/g tri-mode radio connects to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz
WLANs for cost-effective voice and data connectivity in the office
and hot spots; 802.11a (5GHz band) support enables segmentation
of voice traffic to ensure voice quality
The most advanced Bluetooth functionality
Bluetooth® v2.1 with EDR provides a wireless connection to more
device types, including modems, printers, headsets; simplifies
pairing; improves security; reduces power consumption; supports
either Microsoft or Stonestreet stacks
Make sure only authorized users access your
devices, your data and your network with
Motorola MAX Secure
Bring wired-line security to your wireless communications without
impacting wireless performance through a multitude of security
features, including: native FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification; support
for all the latest encryption and authentication protocols; compatibility
with Motorola’s Mobile Security Suite for device-level protection
(device level firewall, intrusion prevention, enforced authentication,
data encryption and integrity monitoring protect the data that is
resident on and in transit to and from your MC55A0 devices); and
compatibility with Motorola’s Mobile Virtual Private Networks (MVPNs)
Protect your data with
government-grade security
Wireless solutions create an instant concern for
businesses and government agencies — data security.
In addition to standard support for all the latest wireless
authentication and encryption protocols and Motorola’s
tested and certified Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), the
MC55A0 adds native FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification,
bringing government grade security to businesses and
government agencies alike. Unlike many other mobile
computers, our security features protect your data and
productivity, without impacting performance.
The intelligence to sense
and act on the environment
Get real value with our business-class implementation
of the accelerometer. We start with the typical ability
to automatically switch the display between portrait
and landscape modes based on device orientation,
and build from there. Right out of the box, you can get
the power saving functionality that helps ensure full
shift operation on a single battery charge. With just a
few clicks, you can configure the device to enter sleep
mode if movement is not detected in a specified period
of time, or if the display is face down. In addition,
the MC55A0 automatically detects and logs drops,
helping to increase worker accountability for device
condition. And the open architecture allows enterprises
to integrate the accelerometer data into customized
applications to improve the safety of technicians
working in remote areas of your facility — and prevent
device theft.
Unparalleled voice
functionality and quality
Unlike many mobile computers, the MC55A0 is designed
from the ground up to enable voice as well as data over
your WLAN. The result is a superior user experience,
highly cost-effective voice communications and a
broad voice feature set. Start with the ability to turn
the MC55A0 into a mobile version of your deskphones.
Then add a push-to-talk connection to practically any
other Motorola mobile device, including other mobile
computers, TEAM smartphones and even two-way
Features (continued)
Motorola MAX Rugged for industry leading
rugged design — and reliability
Multiple 6 ft./1.8 m drops per MIL-STD 810G
Motorola MAX Data Capture for advanced
high-performance multi-mode data capture
Choose one of four bar code scanning options that can read
even damaged and poor quality codes:
Tumble (endurance) test
1D Scanners
Drop (impact) test
Reliable operation after 1,000 1.6 ft./0.5 m consecutive
tumbles (2,000 hits) in Motorola’s tumble drum
IP64 sealing
Complete protection against dust and splashing liquids
SE960: High performance 1D scanning — adaptive scanning
maximizes the range and enables scanning of codes that are
damaged or underneath shrinkwrap.
2D Imagers
Greatly improves structural stability and ability to handle
the twisting common in a fall or bump
Motorola’s SE4500 latest generation 2D imager offers unparalleled
laser-like performance on both 1D and 2D bar codes and
omnidirectional rapid-fire easy scanning — no need to align bar
code and aiming pattern. Choose one of three options:
Patented industrial-grade connector
SE4500-SR: Optimized for low/medium density standard range
Patented Monocoque ‘unibody’ housing
Improves the reliability and durability of the accessory
point of interface
Improved shock absorption for internal components
A rigid yet lightweight magnesium frame encases the main
circuit board and all electronics
Rugged display construction
Space between display and touchscreen helps prevent
damage to the display
scanning of 1D/2D bar codes
SE4500-DL: Optimized for medium to high density 1D/2D bar codes
as well as the PDF bar codes found on driver’s licenses and other
identification cards — ideal for gate access and border crossings
for identity management; patient wristbands and unit doses in
healthcare point of care applications; and the high density codes
common in the electronics industry
SE4500-HD: Optimized for very high-density 1D/2D codes and the
direct part marks common in manufacturing
radios on completely different networks.* This powerful
combination allows workers to place one-to-one calls
in sensitive environments, such as healthcare, while
retail and other managers can easily reach an entire
workgroup at the press of a button — eliminating
intrusive overhead paging systems that affect the
customer experience. Handset and speakerphone
modes allow workers to choose privacy or hands-free
convenience, meeting the needs of the job…and
the moment. And since voice and data services are
delivered over the WLAN, in-building cellular coverage
issues that can affect voice quality are eliminated.
The Motorola advantage:
world class partners support
When you choose Motorola, our award-winning partner
channel provides access to a best-in-class, broad set of
ready-to-go and custom applications in your industry,
minimizing deployment time and cost. No matter what
help your business might need, we have a service that
delivers. If you are implementing your first mobility
solution, we can provide assistance at every stage —
from planning and assessment through design,
deployment and ongoing management and support.
If you are adding new applications, we can help you
identify whether your present wireless LAN can handle
the increased load — as well as any other gaps that
need to be addressed to ensure smooth deployment.
Since even the most rugged devices require a support
plan, Service from the Start with Comprehensive
Coverage will keep your devices up and running at peak
performance. This unique all-inclusive service covers
normal wear and tear as well as internal and external
components damaged through accidental breakage,
significantly reducing unforeseen repair expenses.
Empower your indoor workforce to get more
done in a day with the MC55A0 Series.
To find out how, visit
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Features (continued)
High resolution camera
Add a 3.2 MP auto-focus flash-enabled digital color camera with
user-controllable flash to capture photos, videos, documents with
legible fine print and bar codes (for intermittent scanning applications)
Motorola MAX Sensor for the intelligence to
sense — and act — on motion
Automatically rotates screen to match device orientation;
automatically reverts to sleep mode when not in use to preserve
battery power; landscape mode improves the display of data-intensive
applications; enables utilization of sensor data in custom applications
Advanced sleek design for ease of use and user comfort
Specifically designed for one-handed operation — data entry is
easy regardless of hand size with minimal movement
Crystal clear text and graphics with Motorola MAX Display
3.5 inch extra-crisp PenTile® high-resolution color VGA touchscreen
display is easy to view in virtually any lighting condition — indoors
and outside; additional white pixel improves contrast; energyefficient engineering delivers twice the brightness at half the
power of typical displays
A family of keypads for global data entry flexibility
Numeric, QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ and NAV PIM support a wide
range of applications all around the world
Backwards compatibility with all MC55 accessories
Upgrade to the latest mobile technology advancements while
preserving your existing accessory investments
Easy global remote management of your devices —
and their accessories
Compatibility with Motorola’s Mobility Services Platform (MSP)
enables comprehensive and flexible centralized management of
a broad range of mobile products and their attached peripherals,
anywhere in the world, all from a single console
Increase uptime and reduce support costs
with all-inclusive support plan
Optional Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage
covers normal wear and tear as well as internal and external
components damaged through accidental breakage for both device
and select accessories
*Mobile computers require the TEAM client; two-way radios require the Radio Link Server (RLS)
MC55A0 Series
Specifications Chart
Physical Characteristics
Color Camera
With rechargeable 2400 mAh
Lithium Ion battery:
5.78 in. L x 3.03 in. W x 1.06 in. D
147 mm L x 77 mm W x 27 mm D
3.2 megapixel
User controllable flash
Auto focus
11.1 oz./315 g (with rechargeable
2400 mAh Lithium Ion battery)
1D Laser Scanner (SE960)
PenTile® 3.5 in Color VGA,
super bright 650+ NITS
Touch Panel
Glass analog resistive touch
Display Backlight
LED backlight
Standard Battery
Rechargeable Lithium Ion 3.7V,
2400 mAh Smart Battery
Extended Battery
Rechargeable Lithium Ion 3.7V,
3600 mAh Smart Battery
Backup Battery
Ni-MH battery (rechargeable) 18mAh 2.4V
(not user accessible)
Expansion Slot
microSD slot (maximum 32GB)
Comm. Interface
USB 1.1 Host and Client
Audible tone plus multi-color LEDs, Vibrate
Keypad Options
Speaker, microphone, receiver (for handset
mode use) and Bluetooth audio headsets
Optical Resolution
0.005 in. minimum element width
± 35° from vertical
Pitch Angle
± 65° from normal
Skew Tolerance
± 40° from normal
Ambient Light
Sunlight: 10,000 ft. candles (107,640 lux)
Artificial Light: 450 ft. candles (4,844 lux)
Scan Rate
104 (± 12) scans/sec (bidirectional)
Scan Angle (typical)*
Wide: (Default) 47°; Medium: 35°; Narrow: 10°
2D Imager Engine (SE4500, SE4500-DL, SE4500-HD)
Sensor Resolution
752 H x 480 V pixels (gray scale)
Pitch Angle
± 60° from normal
Skew Tolerance
± 60° from normal
Ambient Light
Total darkness to 9,000 ft. candles/96,900 lux
Aiming Element (VLD)
655 nm ± 10 nm
Illumination Element
625 nm ± 5 nm
Performance Characteristics
Field of View
Horizontal: 40°; Vertical: 25°
Marvell™ PXA 320 @ 806 MHz processor
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.5 Classic
256 MB RAM/1 GB Flash
SR Focus Range
5 mil Code 39: 100% UPC/EAN:
6.7 mil PDF417:
2.1 in./53 mm) 1.6 in./41 mm) 3.4 in./86 mm
7.5 in./191 mm
15.5 in./394 mm
7.1 in./180 mm
DL Focus Range
5 mil Code 39: 100% UPC/EAN: 5 mil PDF417: Near
1.4 in./36 mm 1.6 in./41 mm 2.8 in./71 mm
7.3 in./185 mm
12 in./305 mm
4.5 in./114 mm
HD Focus Range
3 mil Code 39: 4 mil PDF417: Near
1.6 in./41 mm
1.8 in./46 mm
3.8 in./97 mm
3.5 in./89 mm
User Environment
Operating Temp.
14° F to 122° F/-10° C to 50° C
Storage Temp.
-40° F to 158° F/-40° C to 70° C
95% non-condensing
Drop Spec
Multiple 6 ft./1.8 m drops per MIL-STD 810G
Tumble Spec
1000 1.6 ft./0.5 m tumbles (equivalent to
2,000 hits) per IEC tumble specifications
IP64 per IEC sealing specifications
Integrated real time clock
Discharge (ESD)
15KV Air
8KV Touch
Wireless LAN Voice and Data Communications
Tri-mode IEEE® 802.11a/b/g
WPA2, WEP (40 or 128 bit), TKIP, TLS, TTLS
certified; FIPS 140-2 certified
Internal (Primary and Diversity)
Data Rates Supported
1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 54 Mbps
Operating Channels
Chan 8-165 (5040 – 5825 MHz), Chan 1-13
(2412-2472 MHz), Chan 14 (2484 MHz)
Japan only, Actual operating channels/
frequencies depend on regulatory rules
and certification agency
Battery Performance
User Profiles
Minimally 8 hours based on 600 scans and
WLAN transmits per hour with display on
and standard capacity battery
Data Capture Options
Multiple configurations available: 1D SE960
laser scanner; 2D SE4500-SR imager; 2D
SE4500-HD imager; 2D SE4500-DL imager;
3.2 megapixel color camera option available
MC55A0 Series
Voice Communication
Voice-over-IP ready, Wi-Fi™-certified, IEEE
802.11a/b/g direct sequence wireless LAN,
Wi-Fi Multimedia™ (WMM), Motorola Voice
Quality Manager (VQM)
Wireless PAN Data
Class II, v 2.1 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR);
integrated antenna
Peripherals and Accessories*
Communication and
Battery Chargers/
Charge only cable; auto charge cable; USB
charge/sync cable; 4 slot battery charger
toaster; 4-slot Ethernet cradle; 4-slot charge
only cradle; single slot USB cradle; vehicle
holder using auto charge cable; vehicle
cradle with charging capabilities
Vertical Specific
Snap-on magnetic stripe reader (MSR);
snap-on trigger handle
Soft Goods
Rigid and soft case holsters,
Bluetooth headsets
* Visit for a complete list of available
peripherals and accessories
Special Cleaning Notes:
Many vinyl gloves contain phthalate additives, which are often not
recommended for medical use and are known to be harmful to the
housing of the MC55A0 Series. The mobile computers should not be
handled while wearing vinyl gloves containing phthalates, or before
hands are washed to remove contaminant residue after gloves are
removed. If products containing any of the harmful ingredients listed
above are used prior to handling the MC55A0 Series, such as hand
sanitizers that contain ethanolamine, hands must be completely dry
before handling the MC55A0 Series to prevent damage to the plastics.
Electrical Safety
Harmful Ingredients:
The following chemicals are known to damage the plastics on the
MC55A0 Series and should not come in contact with the device:
ammonia solutions, compounds of amines or ammonia; acetone;
ketones; ethers; aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons; acqueous or
alcoholic alkaline solutions; ethanolamine; toluene; trichloroethylene;
benzene; carbolic acid; TB-lysoform
Cleaning Instructions:
Do not apply liquid directly to the MC55A0 Series. Dampen a soft
cloth or use pre-moistened wipes. Do not wrap the device in the cloth
or wipe, but gently wipe the unit. Be careful not to let liquid pool
around the display window or other places. Allow the unit to air dry
before use.
Data Capture
WLAN and
Bluetooth (PAN)
USA: FCC Part 15.247, 15.407
Canada: RSS-210, RSS 310
EU: EN 300 328, EN 300 440-2, EN 301 893
STD-T70 & T71
Australia: AS/NZS 4268
RF Exposure
USA: FCC Part 2, FCC OET Bulletin 65
Supplement C
Canada: RSS-102
EU: EN 50392
Australia: Radio communications
Standard 2003
North America: FCC Part 15, Class B
Canada: ICES 003 Class B
EU: EN55022 Class B, EN 301 489-1,
EN 301 489-17, EN 301 489-19, EN 60601-1-2
Laser Safety
IEC/Class 2/FDA ll in accordance with
IEC60825-1/EN 60825-1
Cleaning Instructions
Approved Cleanser Active Ingredients:
100% of the active ingredients in any cleaner must consist of one or
some combination of the following: isopropyl alcohol; bleach/sodium
hypochlorite; hydrogen peroxide; mild dish soap
Certified to UL/cUL 60950-1, IEC/EN60950-1
The MC55A0 Series is warranted against defects in workmanship and
materials for a period of 12 months from date of shipment, provided
that the product remains unmodified and is operated under normal
and proper conditions
Recommended Services
Customer Services: Managed Device Service Support; Service from
the Start with Comprehensive Coverage
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