Finland's Nordic ID has launched a radio-based handheld computer designed for users in the retail and logistics sectors.

The PL3000 mobile data terminal can collect data from both one-dimensional and two-dimensional bar codes, as well as RFID (radio frequency identification) smart tags, said Nordic ID.

The robust terminal can connect wirelessly to back-office computer systems via a handful of technologies, including 802.11a and 802.11g systems, GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth.

The PL3000 has a 3.5-inch VGA (video graphics array) color transflective TFT (thin film transistor) touch-panel display and a backlit keyboard with 29 keys. It weighs 500 grams, is equipped with a 200 MHz processor designed by ARM and runs Windows CE operating system.

Memory can be adjusted to up to 4G bytes with SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) and Flash chips, and the device has a slot for SD/MMCs (Secure Digital/MultiMedia Cards).

The PL3000 terminal costs between €3,000 (US$3,552) to €5,000 per unit depending on configuration, a Nordic ID spokesman said.