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Poqet PC ("Prime" Model)

The Poqet PC is the world's first handheld, 1 pound, IBM/PC-XT compatible computer. The Poqet PC is fully MS-DOS compatible and is about 99.9% compatible with the original IBM/PC-XT desktop computer. First produced in 1989.


Size: 8.8" x 4.3" x 1" (22.3cm x 10.9cm x 2.5cm)

Weight: 1.2 lb (0.54 kg) w/batteries

Battery life: 50-100 hours (about 2-3 weeks)

Microprocessor: 80C88 / 0-8Mhz

Memory: 640 KB SRAM

Display: reflective DSTN (no backlight)

Display compatibility: MDA: 80 x 25 characters, CGA: 640 x 200 pixels

PCMCIA: 2-Type I, Revision 1.0 memory card slots
                SRAM cards must operate a 3.3v
                Does not support Revision 2.0 modem and  network cards.

Secondary storage: Drive A: 512 KB - 2 MB PCMCIA (not included)

                            Drive B: 512 KB - 2 MB PCMCIA (not included)

                            Drive C: 768 KB ROM drive with MS-DOS 3.3 and PoqetTools

                            Drive D: 22K volatile RAM drive

Built-in software: MS-DOS 3.3, PoqetLink, and PoqetTools

PoqetLink is a file transfer program that will allow you to upload and download files with another IBM-compatible computer. PoqetTools is a basic PIM that contains the following utilities:

PoqetCalc - a simple calculator
PoqetWrite - a basic text editor
PoqetSchedule - a calendar program with alarms
PoqetAddress - an address-book program
PoqetTalk - a serial communications program

Our PQ0182 has a serial number of 018200001423 and was made in Japan for the Poqet Computer Corporation of Sunnyvale, California.

Manufacturer: Poqet
Date: 1989

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Magazines RELATED to Poqet PC ("Prime" Model) in our Library

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Personal Computer World - May 1990 1 May 1990

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH52136. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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