RDI PowerLite

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The RDI PowerLite is a series of SPARC-based laptop computers marketed by RDI Computer Corporation, now owned by Tadpole Computer.

PowerLite models were all based on Sun's sun4m architecture, and were fully compatible with all operating systems and software developed for them. All models had support for two 2.5" SCSI hard drives and one floppy drive or PCMCIA adapter, or three 2.5" SCSI hard drives. 104-key keyboards and trackballs were also included. In addition, there were docking stations available, with SBus slots and additional 3.5" hard drive bays.

A ruggedized model was also released, the RUGGEDIZED PowerLite, with one floppy drive and PCMCIA standard, and an optional CD-ROM or DAT drive.

Model CPU CPU MHz Framebuffer LCD options Base RAM Max RAM Weight Similar Sun model
PowerLite 50[1] microSPARC 50 MHz cgthree 10.4", 640x480, 256 color, 65,535 color palette
10.4", 1024x768, 256 color, 512 color palette
16 MiB 80 MiB 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg) SPARCclassic
PowerLite 85[2] microSPARC II 85 MHz Turbo GX 10.4", 640x480, 256 color, 262,144 color palette
10.4", 800x600, 262,144 colors[3]
10.4", 1024x768, 256 color, 512 color palette
32 MiB 128 MiB 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), later 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) SPARCstation 5
PowerLite 110 microSPARC II 110 MHz Turbo GX 10.4", 640x480, 256 color, 262,144 color palette
10.4", 800x600, 262,144 colors
10.4", 1024x768, 256 color, 512 color palette
12.1", 1024x768, 4,096 colors[4]
32 MiB 128 MiB 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), later 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) SPARCstation 5
RUGGEDIZED PowerLite[5] microSPARC II 110 MHz Turbo GX 10.4", 640x480
10.4", 1024x768
32 MiB 128 MiB 30 pounds (14 kg) SPARCstation 5
PowerLite Turbo 170[6] TurboSPARC 170 MHz Turbo GX 12.1", 800x600, 262,144 colors
12.1", 1024x768
32 MiB[7] 256 MiB 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) SPARCstation 5

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