Handheld Computer suits mobile workforce.

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Model PDT 8000 Microsoft Windows-powered Pocket PC-based mobile computer features integrated barcode scanning and wireless LAN and WAN capabilities. Unit is equipped with 32-bit Intel® PXA250 applications processor based on Intel XScale(TM) technology, Microsoft Pocket PC software, video and audio capabilities, and 3.9 in. touch-screen display. PDT 8000 withstands repeated drops and extreme variations in temperature.

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Symbol Technologies Introduces PDT 8000, Rugged Handheld Computer Ideal for Growing Mobile Workforce

Symbol Showcases Largest, Most Complete Line of Application-Specific Devices at Frontline Solutions Expo 2002 Trade Show

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2002 - Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), the global leader in mobile wireless computing, today announced the general availability of the PDT 8000, a high-performance rugged handheld computer, at Frontline Solutions Expo 2002, a tradeshow under way this week in Chicago.

Shipping in volume to The Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas for route accounting and delivery applications, the PDT 8000 is central to their next-generation customer management solutions.

Along with the Symbol PDT 8100 and the Symbol PPT 2800, the PDT 8000 is part of the broadest and most complete line of Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC-based mobile computing products with integrated bar code scanning and wireless local area network and wide area network capabilities available today. Equipped with color displays, the PDT 8000, PDT 8100 and PPT 2800 device lines run the Pocket PC 2002 operating system and, using a variety of wireless wide and local area network communications, provide anywhere-anytime information, making them ideal tools for mobile workers, including field service and route accounting professionals.

In its U.S. Mobile Worker Population Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2006 report, IDC, a leading IT market research and advisory firm, estimates that the mobile field worker population will grow from 11.8 million individuals in 2002 to 13.3 million by 2006. "The mobile field worker has a real need for ruggedized vertical-specific and horizontally focused mobile devices," said Kevin Burden, IDC's Program Manager, Smart Handheld Devices. "Mobile field workers have traditionally collected data with DOS-based handheld devices. However, with new advanced handheld devices based on evolved mobile platforms, they can increasingly deliver enhanced services, such as sales functions, to better serve their clients' needs."

"Symbol has the widest breadth of mobile computing and wireless mobile computing solutions, and our rugged handhelds are proving to be the device of choice for a growing number of customers with a mobile workforce," said Barry Issberner, Vice President, of Vertical Marketing, Symbol Technologies."

The Symbol PDT 8000 Pocket PC will provide the foundation for future enhancements to the sales capability of the sales teams at The Pepsi Bottling Group and lets delivery and sales teams at PepsiAmericas provide maximum service to its retail customers.

Designed to perform in harsh environments, the PDT 8000 withstands repeated drops to concrete and extreme variations in temperature. The PDT 8000 also incorporates important features that increase its real-world utility, including an integrated laser bar code scanner; the powerful new 32-bit Intel(R) PXA250 applications Processor based on Intel XScale(TM) technology; Microsoft Pocket PC software for robust application development; advanced video and audio capabilities; and the largest color display available on a handheld today. At 3.9 inches, the high-resolution touch screen enables the clear display of information both indoors and outdoors, as well as on-screen signature capture.

A Symbol-designed custom ASIC maximizes performance of the feature-rich XScale architecture, increasing overall reliability, lowering the cost of ownership and providing superior battery management.

"Microsoft is excited to welcome the PDT 8000 into its family of Pocket PC devices," said Scott Gode, Director of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. "With the PDT 8000, Symbol continues to bring to market innovative handheld devices that target the mobile requirements of workers in unique industries and diverse environments. Together, Microsoft and Symbol are expanding the functionality and use of a mobile device."

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), founded in 1975, is a global leader in secure mobile information systems that integrate application-specific hand-held computers with wireless networks for data and voice and bar code data capture. Symbol products and services increase productivity and reduce costs for the world's leading retailers, logistics and transportation companies, government agencies, manufacturers and providers of healthcare, hospitality and security. More information is available at www.symbol.com and 1-800-722-6234 or 631-738-2400.

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