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LNW RESEARCH
LNW-80

LNW company name came from its three founders' names: Gene Lu, Michael G. Norton (President) and Ken Woog. In 1980, the company started manufacturing expansion and interface cards for the Tandy TRS-80 Model 1 and then sold the first TRS-80 compatible single-board kit.

The LNW-80 was an early TRS-80 clone system, sold as a kit or assembled, and fully hardware and software compatible. It was a powerful machine offering much more advanced features than the original Model 1, including most features found on the TRS-80 expansion interface:

- Two selectable speeds, 1.77 Mhz (Tandy original) and 4 Mhz.
- 8 colours, 480 x 192 high resolution graphics
- RGB and monochrome monitor outputs
- Expanded keyboard with numeric keypad
- Versatile floppy disk controler for single/double sided 5.25" or 8" disks, single or double density format
- Serial RS-232C and Parallel interfaces.

Later, LNW sold two other computers, the LN80 II and the LN80 TEAM, a MS-DOS based system (no info at the moment).

In 1984 the company went bankrupt mainly because of its warehouse burglary, as all of its computers stock disapeared!

NAME  LNW-80
MANUFACTURER  LNW Research
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1982
END OF PRODUCTION  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic Level II
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 74 keys with numeric keypad
CPU  Z-80A
SPEED  1.77 Mhz. or 4 Mhz.
RAM  48 KB
VRAM  16 KB
ROM  12 KB
TEXT MODES  32 or 64 chars. x 16 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  4 modes from 64 x 48 to 480 x 192 pixels
COLORS  8 colours
SOUND  Buit-in speaker. Tones generator
SIZE / WEIGHT  42 (W) x 56(D) x 9(H) cm. Weight: 13 Kg
I/O PORTS  F.D. unit, RGB, Parallel, Serial RS-232, Tape recorder.
OS  TRS-DOS or CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Biult-in Power supply
PRICE  $1695


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