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C > CONVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES > Workslate     


CONVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES  Convergent Technologies
Workslate

Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program.

The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 720 cells spreadsheet to be filled. The keyboard with circular rubber-keys was hard-to-use for text entry. However, with its phone book, memo pad, and financial calculator, the Workslate was designed for those who only wanted a business tool and didn't want to learn about computers.

Also built-in were a tape drive able to record and play data's or voice annotations, a 300-baud modem and a printer port.

The Workslate was first launched in the American Express Christmas catalog, and was sold as a high-tech novelty product. But no one was interested in buying a limited spredsheet machine for $895. Convergent Technology planned to sell 200,000 units within a year, but only 5,000 systems were sold in the U.S.A plus some hundreds in Europe. The product was discontinued in July 1984, and the company lost about $15 million.

If you notice the keyboard has a "DoIt" key. The President of the fledgling company Allen Michaels used to roam the halls of the company at night and spray paint "DoIT" everywhere, hence the key name.

John Demian from Modesto, California had the good luck to find a complete Workslate system and sent us the Convergent references for all the peripherals and Taskware he found:
WorkSlate # WK-100
MicroPrinter # WP-100
Comm Port # WC-100 (has a Parallel and Serial interface for external printers.)
Teach Me Now Tape # TW-120

WorkSlate Reference Guide # 09-00279-01 - 11/83
Travel # 09-00385-00 - 11/83
Loan Analysis # 09-00387-00 - 11/83
Portfolio Analysis # 09-00388-00 - 11/83
Financial Statements # 09-00390-00 - 11/83
Cash Management # 09-00391-00 - 11/83
Real Estate # 09-00729-01 - 3/84
Electronic Information Services # 09-00735-01 - 3/84


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Contributors: John Demian, Ken Wood

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We have a WorkSlate WK-100 and would like to find a new home for it, but don''t know value...It is still packed in original box...Can anyone give me a little information as to its approx. worth..

It does not have the Elect connect cord or back up battery, but tested with 4 AA batteries and it works...It has 1 WorkSlate micro cassette...It comes with Owner''s Manual, Reference Guide booklet, $ Exercise Workbook...

Thanks for any information...

          
Saturday 31st August 2013
J D Jimenez (California, USA)

I have one for sale on Ebay as of Aug 15, 2013.

          
Thursday 15th August 2013
Lorne Pine

Hi Jason, thanks for your post. I am interested for your Workslate, I actually found one a couple of months ago but the display has died and I could not manage to fix it. Can you please me email me if you are willing to sell it so we agree on a price ? thanks and kind regards, Philippe

          
Saturday 3rd August 2013
Philippe Elie (Paris / France)

 

NAME  Workslate
MANUFACTURER  Convergent Technologies
TYPE  Portable
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  December 1982
END OF PRODUCTION  July 1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  61 rubber keys with numeric keypad and 5 function keys
CPU  Hitachi 6303 (CMOS version of the Motorola 6800)
SPEED  1.228 MHz.
RAM  16 KB
ROM  64 KB
TEXT MODES  46 chars x 16 lines. LCD display
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
COLOrsc  Monochrome
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 (W) x 21.5 (D) x 2.5 (H) cm. / 1.5 Kg.
I/O PORTS  Telephone jack, Printer
BUILT IN MEDIA  Micro-cassette drive
POWER SUPPLY  4 x AA size batteries or AC adaptor
PERIPHERALS  Printer, universal peripheral adapter
PRICE  $1795 - Pen-type printer/plotter: $399





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