Compaq LTE

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Compaq LTE
Laptop COMPAQ LTE Elite 4/40CX
ManufacturerCompaq
Release date1989; 29 years ago (1989)[1]

The Compaq LTE was a line of laptop computers made by Compaq, introduced in 1989.[1] The first models, the Compaq LTE and the Compaq LTE 286, were among the first computers to be close to the size of a paper notebook, spurring the use of the term "notebook" to describe a smaller laptop. They were also among the first to include both built-in hard disk and floppy disk drives, offering performance comparable to then-current desktop machines.[2]

Specifications[edit]

The two original LTE models differed primarily in the processor availability; however, the 286 model came with a standard 40 MB hard drive in place of the base model's 20 MB. Both computers weighed 6.7 lb (3.0 kg). They ran MS-DOS version 3.31.

Aspect Value
Processor LTE: 9.55 MHz Intel 8086; LTE 286: 12 MHz Intel 80C286
Memory 640 kB base RAM, additional 1–4 MB using proprietary memory cards
Hard disk LTE: 20 MB: LTE/286: 40 MB, <29 ms seek time
Floppy disk drive 1.44 MB floppy drive
Video adapter Backlit grayscale CGA 640 x 200 display (80/40 x 25 lines, 4 shades of gray) with separate CGA video output
Modem Internal 2400 bit/s Hayes

Models[edit]

Model Release Date Spec / Notes
LTE 1989[1] 9.55 MHz Intel 8086
LTE 286 1989[1] LTE 286: 12 MHz Intel 80C286
LTE Lite/20 27 January 1992[3] 20MHz 386SL, 16Kb External Cache, Maxlight VGA, No Trackball Mouse
LTE Lite/25[4] 27 January 1992[3] 25MHz 386SL, 16Kb External Cache, Maxlight VGA
LTE Lite/25E[4] 9 November 1992[3] 25MHz 386SL, 64Kb External Cache, UltraView VGA, Trackball Mouse Included
LTE Lite/25C[4] 15 June 1992[3] 25MHz 386SL, 64Kb External Cache, Active matrix color VGA, Trackball Mouse Included
LTE Lite 4/25C[4] 9 November 1992[3] 25MHz 486SL (with co-processor), 8Kb External Cache, Active matrix color VGA, Trackball Mouse Included
LTE Lite 4/25E May 1993[3] 25MHz 486SL (with co-processor), 8Kb External Cache, Active matrix color VGA, Trackball Mouse Included
LTE Lite 4/33C May 1993[3] 33MHz 486SL (with co-processor), 8Kb External Cache, Active matrix color VGA,
Trackball Mouse Included, Supports Advanced Power Management (APM)
LTE Elite 4/75CX[5] > 1994[3] 486 DX4 / 75MHz, 16KB Cache, 8MB RAM, 340/530MB HDD, 9.5" TFT (Color)
LTE Elite 4/50CX[5] > 1994[3] 486 DX2 / 50MHz, 8KB Cache, 8MB RAM, 340MB HDD, 9.5" TFT (Color)
LTE Elite 4/40CX[5] > 1994[3] 486 DX2 / 40MHz, 8KB Cache, 4MB RAM, 170/340MB HDD, 9.4" TFT (Color)
LTE Elite 4/50E[5] > 1994[3] 486 DX2 / 50MHz, 8KB Cache, 4MB RAM, 250MB HDD, 9.5" TFT (Mono)
LTE Elite 4/50C[5] > 1994[3] 486 DX2 / 40MHz, 8KB Cache, 4MB RAM, 170MB HDD, 9.5" TFT (Color)
LTE 5000 Series[6] > 1996 More information required.

Later models[edit]

Compaq LTE 386 laptop.

The success of the original LTE series led Compaq to apply the designation to later models. The LTE 386 made extensive use of flexible electronics for the motherboard and motherboard interconnects. Other later Compaq LTE computers had a pointing stick in the middle of the keyboard, however the LTE Elite 486 models had a trackball mounted to the right of the LCD screen. The LTE Elite series had an easily removable hard drive for data security purposes. Starting with the LTE 386, the LTE series computers were able to connect to a (in some cases, powered) docking station to act as a regular desktop computer. Later models are able to remove the floppy drive to add an internal CD-ROM drive, which was an expensive upgrade option for the late LTE series. The last LTE laptops were the 5000 series ending with the 5400, which had a 150 MHz Pentium processor and was quite capable of running Windows 98SE. It also allowed for swappable Floppy Drive/CD-ROM Drive.

Docking Stations[edit]

The LTE range was marketed as a desktop replacement solution and with it's docking options allowed prepherals to be permanently connected. The LTE laptop would be simply removed from the docking station to be used on the go, and then docked to use in the office.

There were different docking station options for the differing LTE models.

Docking Station Compatible Models Notes
LTE Lite Desktop Expansion Base LTE Lite (All models) Also suitable for Elite models with Upgrade Adapter
SmartStation Expansion Base LTE Elite (All models) -
MiniStation Base LTE Elite (All models) -
MultiBay Expansion Base[6] ^ LTE 5000 Family (Most models) -
MultiBay-ISA Expansion Base[6] ^ LTE 5000 Family (Most models) Has ISA expansion slot

^ Note the MultiBay Expansion Base and MultiBay-ISA Expansion Base are virtually the same with the MultiBay-ISA Expansion Base having an ISA slot in the back panel, and a speaker assembly[6].

Trivia[edit]

  • When the LTE Lite was first released in 1992, there was only four models released. Lite/25, Lite/25E, Lite/25C & Lite 4/25C (486/25). Later in 1993, there was a 486 33MHz version of the Lite model which was relatively unknown[7]
  • The Compaq LTE 5280, which was released in 1995, is still used in 2016 by McLaren Automotive to service the McLaren F1 supercar.[8]
  • In a Homestar Runner DVD exclusive Easter egg short "Real-Live E-Mails", a Compaq LTE was used as a live-action stand-in for Strong Bad's Lappy 486 computer.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Chronology of Computer, Business and Association". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Personal Computers; Compaq Does It Again". The New York Times. 17 October 1989. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "LTE Lite Info". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Compaq LTE Lite Family PDF
  5. ^ a b c d e Compaq LTE Elite Family PDF
  6. ^ a b c d Compaq LTE 5000 Family PDF
  7. ^ "LTE Lite 4/33C".
  8. ^ "This Ancient Laptop Is The Only Key To The Most Valuable Supercars On The Planet". Jalopnik.
  9. ^ "Real-Live E-Mails". Homestar Runner Wiki. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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