Motorola MC55A0 WI-FI Enterprise Mobile Computer

Motorola MC55A0 WI-FI Enterprise Mobile Computer Features

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.  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. 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 FEATURES HIGH-POWERED PLATFORM 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 ADVANCED WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY 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 and more; simplifies pairing; improves security; reduces power consumption; supports either Microsoft or Stonestreet stacks GOVERNMENT GRADE SECURITY OVER VIRTUALLY ANY WLAN Make sure only authorized users access your devices, your data and your network 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 Mobile Virtual Private Networks (MVPNs) THE MOST RUGGED DESIGN Motorola MAX Rugged for industry leading rugged design – and reliability
  • Drop (impact) test: multiple 6 ft./1.8 m drops per MIL-STD 810G
  • Tumble (endurance) test: reliable operation after 1,000 1.5 ft./0.5 m consecutive tumbles (2,000 hits) in Motorola's tumble drum
  • IP64 sealing: complete protection against dust and splashing liquids
  • Patented Monocoque unibody housing: greatly improves structural stability and ability to handle the twisting common in a fall or bump
  • Patented industrial-grade connector: 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
AUTOMATE THE CAPTURE OF VIRTUALLY ANY TYPE OF DATA 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: 1D Scanners SE960: High performance 1D scanning – adaptive scanning maximizes the range and enables scanning of codes that are damaged or underneath shrinkwrap 2D Imagers 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:
  • SE4500-SR: Optimized for low/medium density standard range scanning of 1D/2D bar codes.
  • SE4500-DL: Optimized for medium to high density 1D/2D bar codes as well as the specialized PDF bar codes found on drivers 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.
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) BUSINESS-CLASS MOTION SENSING 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 ERGONOMICS 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; special software sharpens edges and fonts for superior readability; energy-efficient 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 PRESERVE EXISTING ACCESSORY INVESTMENTS Backwards compatibility with all MC55 accessories Upgrade to the latest mobile technology advancements while preserving your existing accessory investments EASY CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT 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 Motorola and non-Motorola mobile computers and peripherals, anywhere in the world, all from a single console END-TO-END SUPPORT SERVICES 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

Motorola MC55A0 WI-FI Enterprise Mobile Computer Specifications



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


11.1 oz./315 g (with rechargeable 2400 mAh Lithium Ion battery)


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



Marvell™ PXA 320 @ 806 MHz processor

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.5 Classic


256 MB RAM/1 GB Flash


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 specifications

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

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

15KV Air

8KV Touch


User Profiles

Minimally 8 hours based on 600 scans and WLAN transmits per hour with display on and standard capacity battery



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



3.2 megapixel


User controllable flash


Auto focus


Optical Resolution

0.005 in. minimum element width


± 35° from vertical

Pitch Angle

± 65° from normal

Skew Tolerance

± 40° from normal

Ambient Light Immunity

Tolerant to typical artificial indoor and natural outdoor (direct sunlight) lighting conditions. Fluorescent, Incandescent, Mercury Vapor, Sodium Vapor,LED: 450 Ft Candles (4,844 Lux)Sunlight: 10000 Ft Candles (107,640 Lux)Note: LED lighting with high AC ripple content can impact scanning performance.

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

Field of View

Horizontal: 40°; Vertical: 25°


SR Focus Range Near Far 5 mil Code 39: 2.1 in./53 mm) 7.5 in./191 mm 100% UPC/EAN: 1.6 in./41 mm) 15.5 in./394 mm 6.7 mil PDF417: 3.4 in./86 mm 7.1 in./180 mm

DL Focus Range Near Far 5 mil Code 39: 1.4 in./36 mm 7.3 in./185 mm 100% UPC/EAN: 1.6 in./41 mm 12 in./305 mm 5 mil PDF417: 2.8 in./71 mm 4.5 in./114 mm

HD Focus Range Near Far 3 mil Code 39: 1.6 in./41 mm 3.8 in./97 mm 4 mil PDF417: 1.8 in./46 mm 3.5 in./89 mm



Tri-mode IEEE® 802.11a/b/g


WPA2, WEP (40 or 128 bit), TKIP, TLS, TTLS (MS-CHAP), TTLS (MS-CHAP v2), TTLS (CHAP), TTLS-MD5, TTLS-PAP, PEAP-TLS, PEAP (MS-CHAP v2), AES, LEAP, CCXv4 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

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)



Class II, v 2.1 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR); integrated antenna


Communication and Battery Chargers/Cradles

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 Attachments

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


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

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.

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

Certified to UL/cUL 60950-1, IEC/EN60950-1



WLAN and Bluetooth (PAN)

USA: FCC Part 15.247, 15.407Canada: RSS-210, RSS 310

EU: EN 300 328, EN 300 440-2, EN 301 893

Japan: ARIB STD-T33, ARIB STD-T66, ARIB 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


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


Customer Services: Managed Device Service Support; Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage


Getting Started

User’s Guides and Manuals