TRS Model 100 – 1983
This thing lasted for weeks on four AA batteries (20H). It had a really usable keyboard, and Radio Shack sold lots of them – 6,000,000 by the time they went out of production in ~1986. Originally manufactured by Kyocera, it didn’t sell well with that badge on it. Radio-Shack’s distribution and the TRS-80 Model 100 name made a huge difference then. Those were the days.
Introduced: March 1983 at $800 for 8KB and $1,000 for 24KB
- CPU: 2.4 MHz 80C85 CPU
- RAM: 8KB – 32KB (RAM also serves as a ram-drive)
- Video: 2″ x 7.5″ LCD (not lit) with a maximum of 8 lines down, and 40 characters across
- I/O: 1500 Baud Audio Casette Port; Parallel Port; Serial Port; Bar Code Port; 300 Baud Modem;
- Software: Built in BASIC, Address Book, Scheduler, Text Editor, and Terminal Program
Links to further information
There are a couple of user groups: (no I don’t know why they both look like club 18-30 for old people)
Ira GoldKlang runs a site dedicated to all things TRS-80, including some information on the model 100.