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Rapid Data Rapidman 801
|Date of introduction:||1973||Display technology:||LED-modules|
|New price:||Display size:||8|
|Size:||5.5" x 3.2" x 0.95"|
|Weight:||6.2 ounces||Serial No:||15-128873|
|Batteries:||Date of manufacture:||mth 01 year 1974|
|AC-Adapter:||9V||Origin of manufacture:||Canada|
|Precision:||8||Integrated circuits:||Rockwell RA1030PE|
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
If you compare this Rapidman 801 manufactured by Canadian based Rapid Data Systems & Equipment Ltd. with its predecessor Rapidman 800 you'll notice a lot of improvements:
|Instead the cheap looking housing made with a single piece
mold it uses a traditional |
|The unreliable On/Off-switch using one contact of the
keyboard was replaced with |
a true sliding switch.
|The bold printing on the huge keys was improved.|
|The smart plastic frame holding all parts was replaced with a conventional construction.|
Compare the changes yourself and take your with the next three pictures.
|The electronic circuit uses a "Basic 1KS" Klixon™ keyboard without the usual keycaps. The display is a Litronix type with discrete instead integrated drivers.|
|The On/Off-switch replaces one contact of the "Basic 1KS" Klixon™ keyboard. We assume that the original design found with the Rapidman 800 wasn't too reliable.|
|The Rockwell RA1030PE looks expensive with its 42-pin ceramic housing. But end of the year 1973 the price war between the IC-manufacturers was costly.|
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© Joerg Woerner, May 13, 2003. No reprints without written permission.