Cool Technology for Pharmacy

Advantech MICA-101

The Advantech MICA-101 is The MICA-101 is a medical tablet PC based on the Intel Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) reference architecture. The device reminds me a lot of the Motion C5. The MCA tablet provides clinicians access to patient care records at the point of care and allows for real time documentation.


  • Based on the Intel® MCA reference architecture
  • Fanless low-power system with an Intel® Atomâ„¢ processor [Advantech offers versions with the 1.1GHz Atom Z510 chip as well as the faster 1.6GHz Z530 version of the chip]
  • Advantech equipped the MICA-101 with dual resistive and Wacom electomagnetic digitizer panels for touch operation and digital pen recognition.  Both can be used at the same time.
  • Compact size, lightweight, and rugged ergonomic design
  • Certified IP54 dust and water-splash proof sealed system
  • Easy connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3.5 G mobile communication
  • Patient and asset identification through integrated camera and RFID reader [ 13.56 MHz]
  • 2GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 60GB 1.8-inch hard disk or a solid state drive.
  • Optional image based barcode scanner([1D/2D]
  • Finger print reader
  • Webcam

The MICA-101 is a pure slate tablet, which means it has no physical keyboard. Data entry can be performed via the included pen stylus, the onscreen keyboard or by attaching an external keyboard if desired.

Advantec offers a good sized 42 watt-hour Li-ion battery back, providing 5-6 hours of use (per the Advantech literature). Of course this depends on usage and whether or not the WiFi and Bluetooth are continuously on. The Atom processor is partly responsible for the increased battery life as it is very energy efficient. Although not specifically for pharmacy, it’s still pretty cool.

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