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TypePersonal Computer
Release date1982 (1982)
Operating systemCP/M
CPUZ80 @ 2 MHz
Memory64 KB RAM
Removable storage5.25-inch floppy disks
Display12 in (30 cm) CRT
80x24 characters
SuccessorRainbow 100

The VT180 is a personal computer produced by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) of Maynard, Massachusetts, USA.[1][2]

Introduced in early 1982, the CP/M-based VT180 was DEC's entry-level microcomputer. "VT180" is the unofficial name for the combination of the VT100 computer terminal and VT18X option.[2] The VT18X includes a 2 MHz Zilog Z80 microprocessor and 64K RAM on two circuit boards that fit inside the terminal, and two external 5.25-inch floppy disk drives with room for two more in an external enclosure.[3] The VT180 was codenamed "Robin".

Digital later released a full-fledged personal computer known as the Rainbow 100 as the successor to Robin.[4]

When Digital ended the VT100 terminal family in 1983,[5][6] it also discontinued the VT180. No direct replacement was offered, although the Rainbow 100 eventually provided a superset of Robin's functionality.[citation needed]


  1. ^ DEC Educational Services (February 1983). VT180 Series Technical Manual. Digital Equipment Corporation.
  2. ^ a b "DigiBarn Systems: DEC Robin (VT-180) & documentation". www.digibarn.com. Retrieved 2023-02-20.
  3. ^ Snyder, John J. Ph.D. (June 1983). "A DEC on Every Desk?". BYTE. p. 104–106. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ "DigiBarn Systems: DEC Rainbow 100". www.digibarn.com. Retrieved 2023-02-20.
  5. ^ Richard Shuford (1995–2005). "DEC Video Terminals". Archived from the original on 2009-06-05.
  6. ^ "VT220 Programmer Reference Manual". Digital Equipment Corporation. August 1984.

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