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Pistol-grip barcode scanners run Linux

Jan 17, 2014 — by Eric Brown 1,733 views

Janam has added Yocto Project-based Linux to its XG100 and XG105 barcode scanners, which offer Honeywell Adaptus and Motorola SE865 imagers, respectively.

Woodbury, NY based Janam Technologies has expanded its Windows Mobile-ready XG Series barcode scanners to offer Linux support with the help of Harmony, Penn. based Linux and Android development firm SDG Systems. The devices are now available with the embedded-oriented Yocto Project-based Linux build system.

XG100, running Windows Mobile
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The rugged, gun-shaped XG100 and XG105 are designed for scan-intensive, extended shift use, mobile barcode tagging in venues such as warehouses, distribution centers, and loading docks, says Janam. The only major difference between the devices lies in their imaging systems. The XG100 offer’s Honeywell’s Adaptus imaging technology, while the XG105 provides Motorola’s SE965 high-performance laser scan engine, which operates at 104 scans per second.

Both XG devices use the venerable, ARM11-based Marvell PXA320 processor clocked at 624MHz. The XG scanners are equipped with 256MB of RAM and flash, expandable with a microSD slot, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0.


The devices feature 3.7-inch, VGA-resolution resistive touchscreens designed primarily for stylus input. You get a choice of a 42-key, or four 52-key backlit keypads. The 52-key models include three terminal emulation layouts with 3270, 5250, or VT emulation.

Other XG Series features include USB 2.0 host and client ports, as well as a speaker and mic. Accessories include cradle and charging kits, and various holster and stylus options.

Ruggedization features on the 24-ounce device include support for -10 to 50°C operating temperatures, as well as drop, tumble, and vibration resistance. The XG Series is also IP64 certified for water and dust ingress resistance. No duration figures were listed for the 2500mAh battery.


Specifications listed for the XG100 and XG105 devices include:

  • Processor — Marvell PXA320 (1x ARM11 core @ 624MHz)
  • Memory:
    • 256MB DDR SDRAM
    • 256MB NAND flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display — 3.7-inch, 640 x 480 color TFT; 262K colors with resistance touch, stylus input
  • Keypad (backlit), choice of:
    • 42-key LFG
    • 52-key LCG
    • 52-key 3270 emulation
    • 52-key 5250 emulation
    • 52-key VT emulation
  • Wireless:
    • WiFi 802.11b/g (Aruba Networks and Cisco certified)
    • WiFi security — WiFi protected with WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, AES, LEAP, PEAP (MS-CHAPv2), PEAP-TLS, TKIP, EAP-TLS, WEP 40-bit, WEP 128-bit
    • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Data capture:
    • XG100 — Adaptus Imaging Technology (752 x 480-pixel CMOS area)
    • XG105 — Motorola SE965HP; 104 (± 12) scan/sec (bidirectional); 650nm laser (CDRH Class II/EC Class 2) with 1.7mW (nominal peak power), 0.67mW aiming mode
  • I/O — USB 2.0 host; USB 2.0 client (full-speed)
  • Audio — speaker; mic
  • Other features — tri-color LEDs; vibration; pistol-grip scan trigger
  • Accessories — single-slot cradle kits, four-slot cradle kits, battery charger kit, syncing/charging cables, DEX cable, stylus tether, adjustable handstrap, stylus 5-pack, holster
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature – -10 to 50°C (14° to 122°F)
    • Drop resistance — multiple 1.8M (6 ft) drops to concrete on all sides across temp. range
    • Tumble resistance — 2,000 tumbles (4,000 hits) at room temp.
    • Water and dust resistance — IP64 (IEC Sealing Spec.)
    • Vibration resistance — 0.03 G2/Hz from 20Hz to 2kHz; 1 hour random wave per axis
    • ESD resistance — +/- 15kVDC air; +/- 8kVDC contact
    • Humidity resistance — 5% to 90% RH (no condensation)
  • Power — swappable 7.4V 2500mAh Li-Ion battery with hot swap and “orderly shutdown”; 80mAh Ni-MH backup
  • Weight (with battery) — 24.3 oz (689 g) for XG100; 24.4 oz (692 g) for XG105
  • Dimensions — 9.07 x 7.24 x 3.51 inches (23.0 x 18.4 x 8.9cm)
  • Operating system — Linux (Yocto Project 1.4.2); Windows Mobile 6.1

“We are pleased to enable Janam to offer the XG Series with Linux and look forward to a growing relationship,” stated Todd Blumer, President of SDG Systems.

“Linux is a fully customizable, auditable and controllable software platform,” stated Harry B. Lerner, CEO of Janam. “The ability to customize it makes Linux a highly appealing alternative to bundled commercial systems, particularly for retailers, manufacturers and government agencies. With Janam’s rugged XG Series mobile computer, businesses that rely on Linux servers for mission critical workloads can now seamlessly extend the benefits of that OS to their mobile operations.”

Further information

The XG100 and XG105 scanners are available now with Linux, with pricing undisclosed. More information may be found at the Janam Technologies XG100 and XG105 product pages, respectively.

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