HP-150

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Introduced: November, 1983
MSRP: $2795 [1]
CPU: Intel 8088
CPU speed: 8 MHz
Operating system: MS-DOS
DRAM: 256 KB
SRAM (video): 6 KB
ROM: 160 KB
Floppies: 270 KB × 2
Discontinued: ?
Touchscreen of the HP Series 100 HP-150

The HP-150 was a "compact, powerful and innovative" computer made by Hewlett-Packard in 1983. It was based on the Intel 8088 and was one of the world's earliest commercialized touch screen computers. The machine was not IBM PC compatible, although it was MS-DOS compatible. Customized MS-DOS versions 2.01, 2.11 and 3.20 were available. Its 8088 CPU, rated at 8 MHz, was faster than the 4.77 MHz CPUs used by the IBM PC of that period. Using add-on cards, main memory could be increased from 256 KB (256 KiB) to 640 KB. However, its mainboard did not have a slot for the optional Intel 8087 math coprocessor due to space constraints. The HP-150 with an optional hard disk was called the "Touchscreen MAX".

The screen was a 9" Sony CRT surrounded by infrared emitters and detectors which detected the position of any non-transparent object that touched the screen. In the original HP-150, these emitters & detectors were placed within small holes located in the inside of the monitor's bezel (which resulted in the bottom series of holes sometimes filling with dust, causing the touch screen to fail until the dust was vacuumed from the holes).

Like the Macintosh, the computer was packaged with the CRT. Unlike the Mac, the 3½-inch disks were external. The HP-150 45611A sat atop the phone book sized 9121D dual 3½-inch floppy (76 mm high, 325 mm wide, 285 mm deep) or similarly sized hard disk devices, connected by HP-IB. The HP-120 45600AZ80 CP/M machine also used the 9121 drives.

The HP-150II 45849A replaced the HP-150 in 1984. It was still called the Touchscreen, although the touch screen was no longer standard, but rather a rarely adopted option. The optional touch screen bezel was superior to the original bezel, in that the emitters and detectors were now located behind a solid infrared-transparent plastic; removing the need to regularly clean the holes found in the original model.

The HP-150II had the same footprint as the HP-150, but came in a larger housing to accommodate its 12" screen, but could no longer accommodate an internal printer. The HP-150II had four expansion slots available (as opposed to two), and could accommodate an optional 8087 co-processor board. There were some minor compatibility problems between the HP-150 and the HP-150II in the video subsystem.

Development of the HP-150 series of computers ceased shortly after the introduction of the HP-150II. It was replaced by the IBM PC compatible Vectra series of computers.

  • Supported HP-IB attached storage:
HP Model Command Set # FDD FDD Type Sides FDD Capacity (each) # HDD HDD Capacity Notes
82901M Amigo 2 5.25" DS 270kb 0 n/a Add-on only
82902M Amigo 1 5.25" DS 270kb 0 n/a Add-on only
9121D Amigo 2 3.5" SS 270kb 0 n/a -
9121S Amigo 1 3.5" SS 270kb 0 n/a Add-on only
9122D SS/80 2 3.5" DS 710kb 0 n/a -
9122S SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 0 n/a Add-on only
9123D SS/80 2 3.5" DS 710kb 0 n/a HP-150 II only
9125S Amigo 1 5.25" DS 360kb 0 n/a Add-on only. Not bootable
9127S Amigo 1 5.25" DS 360kb 0 n/a Add-on only. Not bootable
9133A Amigo 1 3.5" SS 270kb 1 5Mb -
9133B Amigo 1 3.5" SS 270kb 1 10Mb -
9133D SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 15Mb -
9133H SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 20Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9133L SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 40Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9133V Amigo 1 3.5" SS 270kb 1 5Mb -
9133XV Amigo 1 3.5" SS 270kb 1 15Mb -
9134A Amigo 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 5Mb -
9134B Amigo 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 10Mb -
9134H SS/80 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 20Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9134L SS/80 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 40Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9134V Amigo 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 5Mb -
9134XV Amigo 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 15Mb -
9153A SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 10Mb -
9153B SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 20Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9153C SS/80 1 3.5" DS 710kb 1 10/20/40Mb Requires DOS 3.20
9154A SS/80 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 10Mb -
9154B SS/80 0 n/a n/a n/a 1 20Mb Requires DOS 3.20
  • Display resolutions:
    • Text: 80 columns × 27 lines (720 pixel × 378 pixel)
      • Character size: 7 pixel × 10 pixel
      • Character cell size: 9 pixel × 14 pixel
      • Inherent HP Terminal emulation equivalent to HP2623 Graphics Terminal
    • Bit-map: 512 pixel × 390 pixel
    • Separate plane for text and graphics
  • Monitor sensor grid: 40 (h) × 24 (v)
  • Optional Internal Thermal printer 2647A (Fax Roll)
  • Communication ports:
    • RS-232 × 2 (one of them supported RS-422)
    • HP-IB (IEEE-488)
    • HP-HIL (standard on the HP-150II, but an optional add-on card on the HP-150)

HP-150's touch screen sensor grid is quite coarse. Its resolution is only two characters wide. Used mainly for rough cursor positioning and function key control, it could not be used to draw pictures.


See also: List of Hewlett-Packard products

Reception[edit]

BYTE in November 1984 called the HP 150 "an extremely flexible machine", but "difficult to program".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haas, Mark (1984-11). "The HP 150 Computer". BYTE. p. 262. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Lemmons, Phil; Robertson, Barbara (October 1983). "Product Review: The HP 150". BYTE: 36–50. 
  • Lemmons, Phil; Robertson, Barbara (October 1983). "An Interview: The HP 150's Design-team Leaders". BYTE: 51–58. 
  • Hewlett Packard: Series 100: HP 150 Personal Computer; Printed 9/83; 5953-5846
  • The Definitive HP150 Catalog. The 1991 Edition. Personalized Software

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