TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System

 Home > Browse Our Collection > Computers > TeleVideo > TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System

The TS 1603 is a 16-bit single-board microcomputer that utilises Intel's 8088 microprocessor. The standard system memory is 128 kilobytes (128K) with an optional expansion to 256K.

The 5 1/4-inch slim-line floppy drives have a formatted capacity of 737 kilobytes each. This gives the TS 1603 a formatted on-line storage capacity of 1.47 megabytes.  Each formatted diskette can hold approximately 180 pages of double-spaced text.

The TS 1603's single-board computer and memory are housed in the same case with the two slim-line floppy drives.  The drives are mounted vertically on one side of the system case in a new "cooling-tower" architecture that eliminates the need for a fan.

The TS 1603 features a unique ergonomic design that allows adjustment of the screen to a comfortable viewing angle. The system's 14-inch glare-free screen is a P31 green phosphor CRT for reduced eye fatigue. The alphanumeric display is 24 lines by 80 characters.

The detachable keyboard features a Selectric-style layout of the alphanumeric keys, a numeric keypad for accounting applications, and 16 programmable function keys for added simplicity of end-user interaction. The keyboard is connected to the main unit by a coiled telephone-type cable allowing you to move the keyboard to a comfortable position.  The keyboard's low profile and integral palm-rest complement the ergonomic design of the video display.  This total design keeps operator fatigue to a minimum even throughout extended computing sessions.

Serial No: 03040681 and is complete with the original manual dated 1st April 1983

Includes 128k CP/M-86 vers 1.1 Boot Disk
Users Manual - Televideo part Number 2248600, dated 1st April 1983 ( no joke honest), 100+ pages.
Printer cable
Power Lead (Not original)
Including Boot Disk with standard CP/M-86 utilities for example...

•Telewrite 86
•DBASE II - 8 Bit version
•Telecalc 86
•TS802 - Cobol Compiler

Manufacturer: Televideo
Date: 1st April 1983

Comment on This Page

TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System User Manual TeleVideo Systems 1 Apr 1983

Magazines RELATED to TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Byte August 1984 Aug 1984
Byte January 1988 Jan 1988

Other Systems Related To TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System:

Item Manufacturer Date
TeleVideo TS 803 Computer System Televideo 1st January 1983

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH4771. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


TeleVideo TS 1603 Computer System

  Peripherals   [1]

Click on the Image(s) For Detail


Help support the museum by buying from the museum shop

View all items

Founding Sponsors
redgate Google ARM Real VNC Microsoft Research
Heritage Lottery Funded
Heritage Lottery Fund
Accredited Museum