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. Rapidman801_1.jpg (55335 Byte)
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.

Rapidman801_PCB.jpg (117896 Byte)

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.  RA1030PE.jpg (12298 Byte)

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