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Psion

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Psion HC 100

1989


With the release of its 16-bit architecture, Psions consumer and industrial computer designs diverged. The Psion HC was the industrial counterpart of the consumer-oriented Series 3. The HC retained the vertical design and alphabetic keyboard of the Organiser II computers, while using the same 3.84MHz NEC V30H processor as the Series 3. The screen resolution was 160x80 pixels. Three models were available: the HC100, HC110 and HC120, with 128KB, 256KB or 512KB of RAM.The HC was designed to be used with bespoke software packages, and lacked many of the user-friendly elements of the Series 3. It replaced the Series 3s built-in graphical software with a simple command line, and thus lacked an editor for the OPL language. It could run OPL programs, but not those which used GUI elements like windows, dialogs and menus. The basic graphical facilities were offered, but this incompatibility with the Series 3, and the industrial environment that HCs were sold into, meant that little or no entertainment software was written for them.

Psion MC200

1989


 NAME MC 200 / 400 / 600
MANUFACTURER PSION
TYPE Home Computer
ORIGIN United Kingdom
YEAR September 1989
BUILT IN LANGUAGE None
KEYBOARD Full-stroke 63 key + touch pad - MC-600: 10 function keys
CPU 80c86
SPEED 7.68 MHz
RAM MC-200: 128 up to 256 KB
MC-400: 640 KB up to 1 MB
MC-600 768 KB up to 1 MB
ROM 256 KB. Hold management software - MC-600 MS-DOS 3.2
TEXT MODES Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES 640 x 400
COLORS monochrome LC-200 Blue/White, LC-400/600 Black/White
SOUND Internal speaker and microphone
SIZE / WEIGHT 31.4 (W) x 27.7 (D) x 4.9 (H) cm / 2.2 kg
I/O PORTS Serial connector
OS EPOC
POWER SUPPLY 8 Double AA Bateries or 12V external power supply unit - 30 to 75 hours autonomy
PERIPHERALS MC-600: external disk drive unit
PRICE MC-200: £595 - MC-400: £695

Psion Organiser

1984


The Psion Organiser was the brand name of a range of pocket computer developed by the British company Psion in the 1980s. The Organiser I (launched in 1984) and Organiser II (launched in 1986) had a characteristic hard plastic sliding cover protecting a 6x6 keyboard with letters arranged alphabetically.

The Organiser II can be considered the first usable PDA in that it combined an electronic diary and searchable address database in a small, portable device.

Production of consumer hand-held devices by Psion has now ceased; the company, after corporate changes, now concentrates on hardware and software for industrial and commercial data collection applications.

On an episode of The Gadget Show (first aired on 30 March 2009), the Psion was pitted against the BlackBerry for a place on the shows Hall of Fame.[1] Whilst the Psion was highly praised as a device that pioneered portable computing, the accolade was ultimately given (by host Jon Bentley) to the BlackBerry.

Psion Organiser II

1986


Primera PDA de la historia.


 NAME Organiser II
MANUFACTURER PSION
TYPE Pocket
ORIGIN United Kingdom
YEAR 1986
END OF PRODUCTION 1989
BUILT IN LANGUAGE OPL
KEYBOARD 36-key Alphabetic
CPU HD6303X
SPEED 0.92MHz
RAM CM: 8 KB, XP: 16 KB, LA/LZ: 32 KB, LZ64: 64 KB
ROM CM/XP/LA: 32 KB, LZ/LZ64: 64 KB
TEXT MODES CM/XP/LA: 2 lines x 16 chars, LZ/LZ64: 4 lines x 20 chars
COLORS B/W LCD
SOUND Buzzer
SIZE / WEIGHT 142 (D) x 78 (W) x 29 (H) mm / 250g
I/O PORTS Proprietary
POWER SUPPLY 9v/.1A battery or mains
PERIPHERALS Proprietary memory expansions
PRICE CM: £79.00 - LZ64: £179.00

Psion Revo

2000

Psion Series 3

1991

Psion Series 3MX

1997

Psion Series 3a

1994

Psion Series 3c

1996

Psion Series 5

1997

Psion Series 5MX

1998

Psion Series 7

1999

Psion Siena

1998


Le Siena est un Series 3c miniaturisé, sans port pour disquette extérieure, avec un écran de 240 x 160 pixels et un niveau de gris