Monday, 19 January 2009

Bondwell Model 2 - Various (TOSEC-v2006-07-10)

"Bondwell was a manufacturer of personal computers.

Originally, in the early 1980s, Bondwell sold a line of Z80, CP/M-80 based Osborne-like luggables such as the models Bondwell-12, Bondwell-14 (1984) and Bondwell-16 (1985). An exceptional feature in these was an inbuilt speech synthesizer. Their prices were exceptionally affordable for the time, although significant trade-offs were made in regard durability, for instance the chassis was rather flimsy plastic, falling far short of the ruggedness usually expected of luggables. The fanless power supply unit, located under the motherboard, often caused trouble. The choice of peripheral I/O devices made the use of interrupts virtually impossible.

The Bondwell-12 was a portable desktop computer with an built-in 9 inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display, equipped with 65,536 byte of internal memory, CP/M 2.2 and two single-sided, double density, 5.25 inch floppy disk drives (184,320 byte). The Bondwell-14 had 131,072 byte of memory, CP/M 3.0 and two double-sided drives (368,640 byte). The Bondwell-16 had CP/M 3.0, one double-sided drive and a hard disk drive with a capacity of 10 million byte.

The Bondwell-2 (1985) was a laptop computer with 65,536 byte of memory, CP/M 2.2 and one single-sided, double density 3.5 inch floppy disk (368,640 byte). 262,144 byte and 524,288 byte memory extensions were available.

The Bondwell-8 was a laptop computer 524,288 byte of RAM and an Intel 80C88 running at a speed of 4.77 MHz. It featured a 80x25 characters/640x200 graphics monochrome screen with blue backlight. It also had a built-in 737,280 byte 3.5 inch floppy disk drive.

The more advanced Bondwell-18 model featured MS-DOS and the x86 architecture.

They also produced a range of 286-based laptop computers such as the B310 Plus." (Wikipedia)

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