Bondwell

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The iiPhone, a videophone by Bondwell

Bondwell was a US and Hong Kong manufacturer of personal computers during the 1980s (1981-1993).[1]

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 to 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 "luggable" portable computer with a built-in 9 inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT display, equipped with 64 kiB of internal memory, CP/M 2.2 and two single-sided, double density, 5.25 inch floppy disk drives (180 kiB). The Bondwell-14 had 128 kiB of memory, CP/M 3.0 and two double-sided drives (360 kiB). The Bondwell-16 had CP/M 3.0, one double-sided drive and a hard disk drive with a capacity of a bit less than 10 MiB.

Bondwell Computers Model 8

The Bondwell-2 (1985) was a portable computer with 64 kiB of memory, CP/M 2.2 and one single-sided, double density 3.5 inch floppy disk (360 kiB). 256 and 512 kiB memory extensions were available. It was one of the earliest portables, as well as one of the few battery-powered CP/M computers.[2]

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

Bondwell Model 8 (1985) was a 5.5 kg, 284 x 78 x 310 mm, lap-top portable computer. It featured an Intel 80C88 processor running at 4.77 MHz, a back-lit LCD display with 80 x 25 characters or 640 x 200 graphic a built in battery and a 3.5" 720 kb floppy drive.It had a 76 keys keyboard and the US version had a built-in 300 baud modem. [1]

Bondwell also produced a range of 286-based portable computers such as the B310 Plus.

Bondwell-5010 Universal Remote Control

Circa 1988, Bondwell also got involved in creating one of the first universal remote controllers BW-5010. The BW-5010 could control up to 5 devices and featured a back light.

Bondwell BW-5040 Universal Remote Control

Bondwell was later transformed into Remotec Technology Ltd in 1993.

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  1. ^ a b "Bondwell Model 8 - Computing History". computinghistory.org.uk. 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Bondwell B2". computinghistory.org.uk.

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