LXE Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged wireless computing solutions that improve the performance of supply-chain execution applications, and an EPCglobal member, today announced that the "RFID-enabled" rugged handheld computer, the MX3-RFID, is now shipping. The innovative MX3-RFID is based on LXE's highly successful and field-proven MX3 horizontal half-screen wireless computer.
The mobile handheld unit is capable of reading both barcodes and EPC-compliant RFID tags. It gives you the flexibility to use one unit for both traditional bar code-based data collection applications and RFID applications. With the MX3-RFID, support and training costs are minimized, because system administrators have to support only one computer type, and operators have to learn only one device.
The unit includes an EPC-compliant, class 0 (read only) and class 1 (write once, read many) tag reader. The unit's firmware is also Gen 2 field upgradeable so you won't have to buy new hardware or even take the units out of the field when you upgrade to the new standard.
The MX3-RFID runs the Windows CE .NET operating system, and of course the MX3-RFID is LXE rugged. The tag reader and RFID antenna are fully protected in a very low-profile enclosure in the rear of the unit - so you won't have to worry about damaging fragile external RFID antennas.
You can easily control what's being read by the MX3-RFID with the unit's user-controlled "read range" (RF power setting).
API's are also available for easier application development. And the MX3RFID includes "keyboard wedge" software that places valid EPC data directly into the keyboard buffer so that any off-the-shelf application can access the data without complex development.
Transitioning from barcode read mode to RFID-tag read mode is effortless - press the left scan button to scan barcodes and the right scan button for RFID tags. And you can use the unit for a full eight-hour shift without having to disrupt work to change the unit's battery.
As always, the MX3-RFID is supported by LXE's award-winning Customer Support team, winners of the Mobile Star Award for best customer satisfaction in mobile hardware for the third consecutive year.