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COMPUTER DEVICES INCORPORATED
Miniterm

The "Miniterm" portable computer terminal was the Computer Devices Incorporated's primary product.

This "hand-carried" computer was preprogrammed to lead sales, manufacturing, and other untrained in computer operation through data processing tasks. Stored on a minicassette, the program was called up automatically when the computer is switched on.

Model 1206/PAT had a 64k processor with 32k RAM and included a modem acoustic coupler, and an 80-column thermal printer that could produce 50 characters per second. Programs were developped in Basic or in Motorola 6800 assembly language on a companion unit.

Options included a 132-column printer, alphanumeric bar-code reader, and a 1.44 MB disk drive.

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More information from Ken Steiner:
I was the software guy for this product. It had no display, 80 or 132 column printing, it could print raster graphics using Digital Equipment format. I forget the name of the OS, but it was unusual, even for 6800 standards. It had two different versions of basic - one in ROM that was similar (not as powerful) as in the Apple2, and one called STRUBAL - structured Basic Language. The disk drive was optional. I don't know if any were sold with disk drive, and a few were sold without disk drive.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
NAME  Miniterm
MANUFACTURER  Computer Devices Incorporated
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1980
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard
CPU  Motorola 6800
RAM  32 KB
ROM  About 20 KB
TEXT MODES  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
COLORS  None
SOUND  Unknown,
SIZE / WEIGHT  17 lbs
I/O PORTS  Unknown
BUILT IN MEDIA  Mini-cassette
OS  Unknown
POWER SUPPLY  Unknown
PERIPHERALS  132 column printer, alphanumeric bar-code reader, 1.44 MB disk drive.
PRICE  About $5,000

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