The Tandy Laptop Computers
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Model: Tandy 1110 FD
First Released: 1992
CPU: 8/8bit NEC V20 @ 10 Mhz.
ROM: 32K for Bios
Ports: One serial ports, One parallel
Display: LCD super-twisted nematic,
green Chip Set MN5504 LCD CGA
Storage: 720K 3.5" Floppy, 20MB IDE
Weight: 6.6 Lbs
Battery: Lead-acid rechargeable, 3.5
Operating System: DeskMate Interface, MS-DOS 3.32 in ROM
Keeping on the 8bit-Micro tradition, we will only be covering the 8bit cpu laptop/notebooks
from Tandy Corporation. Tandy's MS-DOS notebooks were based on the NEC V20
processors. Short lived was the Tandy 1100FD and Tandy 1100HD notebooks. Released in
1992 the 1100 Series was based on the then
popular NEC V20 processor clocked at 10 MHz.
These units were short lived due to the fact that
competitors were already producing VGA
notebooks based on Intel's 16bit processor the
80286. Further Tandy designed these with only
two ports with no internal features such
as a modem or external video port.
This is not to say that the unit was of poor
quality. The Tandy 1100 Series was well
thought out. With it's DeskMate Interface on
ROM that machine took 3 seconds to boot up
into MS-DOS 3.3, and you were ready to start to
work. In comparison to the TRS-80 Model 100
and 102 the Tandy 1100FD and 1110 HD were
positioned to take the same market.
In 1991 prior to the release of the Tandy
1100FD, Tandy released the Model 1400LT.
This was a heavy unit also based on the NEC
V20 processor with a switchable clock speed
of 7.16 Mhz / 4.77 Mhz. The 1400LT had an
inferior display to the 1100FD with its backlit
CGA LCD display. The 1400 LT had a built
in modem and math-coprocessor. Tandy
designed the unit well when it came to
external ports. The Tandy 1400LT not only
had the standard
Serial and Parallel ports, it also sported a
DB-9 CGA port and RCA composite output.
This gave the unit an educational edge for
overhead display panels.
Images from top to bottom: Tandy 1110 HD
Tandy 1400FD and the Tandy 1400LT.
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