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Husky Computers Limited

The Husky Hawk has inherited the very solid case of the Hunter. The screen was well protected with a thick layer of plastic and all the ports had protective coverings. However, it was not designed to take the rough treatment that the Husky could endure. For example, it could not being used in the rain.

The chicklet keyboard featured a numeric and arrow key keypad. However, Husky could produce 'cut down' versions dedicated to particular applications.

Several peripheral could be connected to the Hawk.
The Sidebox was designed to be used on the move and was powered by Hawk's internal batteries. It was firmly locked to the Bus expansion and accepted a portable 1200 baud modem, an analogue to digital converter, RAM and ROM disk expansions and a Parallel interface.
The 'Homebase' expansion required a mains supply and automatically connected the Hawk to a 2400 baud modem and charger whenever it was placed on it.
A 3.5" disc drive unit called Oracle (made in Japan by Brother) and a bar-code reader also could be connected to the mini-DIN serial port.

The DEMOS operating system (for Disk EMulation Operating System) was a very compatible extended version of CP/M 2.2. All standard CP/M software - WordStar, CalcStar, Mbasic... - ran without problems. To overcome standard CP/M 80 column screen output, Husky used a 40 X 8 virtual window on a full size 80 x 25 screen.

For custom application writers, Husky also provided a special version of Locomotive BASIC, a superset of Microsoft BASIC, also well known of Amstrad users. This version took advantage of the special facilities of the Hawk: graphics handling, both serial and infra-red ports, bar-code reader and file management using physical or virtual RAM and ROM disks.

NAME  Hawk
MANUFACTURER  Husky Computers Limited
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  1987
KEYBOARD  68 key with numeric/arrows keypad
CPU  HD64B180 CMOS enhanced version of the Z80
SPEED  6.144 MHz
RAM  352 KB Battery backed
ROM  96 KB + 32 KB space for user applications
TEXT MODES  40 chars. x 8 lines backlight LCD screen
GRAPHIC MODES  240 x 64 dots
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  Beeper (4 octaves)
SIZE / WEIGHT  21.6 (W) x 15.25 (D) x 2 (H) cm / 0.8 Kg
I/O PORTS  2xSerial ports (1xDB25, 1xMini-DIN), 37 pin bus extension, Infra-red transmitter
BUILT IN MEDIA  Battery backet RAM disk
OS  DEMOS - CP/M 2.2 compatible
POWER SUPPLY  Nickel-cadmium battery - 35 hours autonomy
PERIPHERALS  Modem, A/D converter, RAM/ROM extensions, bar-code reader, floppy disc unit
PRICE  £895

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