Intermec Debuts CK1 Handheld Computer for Batch Data Collection

1/15/2004 - Intermec Technologies Corp. introduced the CK1, an ergonomic, pocket-sized, fully functional Linux®-based handheld computer for efficient and economical batch data collection worldwide. Ideal for retail applications such as inventory management, order entry, price verification, gift registry and competitive price shopping, the CK1 is designed as well for applications such as parcel pickup and delivery, light industrial, and medical/pharmaceutical tracking systems. Powerful yet affordable, the CK1 offers a large display for easy viewing and the choice of an integrated laser bar code scanner or highly-responsive linear imager.

Intermec is demonstrating the CK1 for the first time at the National Retail Federation annual exposition this week in New York, in Intermec’s booth, number 2127.

The CK1, now available for order worldwide, allows national and international enterprises that prefer batch data collection to standardize on a single powerful, efficient and affordable handheld computer. The CK1 provides users features and functionality found in much larger and more expensive terminals. Powered by an ARM 7, 67-MHz processor, the CK1 has 16MB DRAM and 9MB Flash memory to support large look-up tables and data storage. Its small size allows for easy single-handed operation, and an optional removable pistol grip handle is available for scan-intensive applications.

“The CK1 is fast and powerful, with large memory and programming flexibility,” said Jeff Hovorka, Intermec product manager. “It’s an ideal entry point into automatic data collection systems for Tier Two and Tier Three organizations that need to meet compliance requirements from Tier One customers without over-straining IT budgets.”

The CK1’s large, scratch-resistant 160 x 160 pixel display with backlight provides user-friendly navigation in all lighting conditions, as well as flexibility in application design. Continuing the Intermec legacy of rugged construction, the CK1 withstands multiple 1.2-meter (4-foot) drops to a hard surface.

The combination of the Linux operating system and Linux programming tools provides end-user applications with multi-tasking capabilities. The CK1 includes pre-written programs for various applications, as well as an optional Microsoft Windows®-based rapid application development tool that requires no programming experience.

A replaceable Lithium-Ion battery supports extended rigorous use and a fast 3-hour recharge. Numerous docking options are available including a single-slot RS-232 or modem dock and a multi-slot USB charging dock.

“The CK1 gives retailers a powerful, flexible and affordable tool for increasing employee productivity and inventory accuracy,” said Mike Sitek, Intermec senior retail business development manager. “With choices of simplified programming tools or pre-loaded applications and imager or scanner, along with its light, rugged ergonomic design, the CK1 helps increase efficiencies and adds to a company’s bottom line.”

About Intermec
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag® RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company’s products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.

To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec’s supply chain technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at To learn more about UNOVA, visit

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