This early Intel 8088-based non-IBM compatible MS-DOS computer was produced by
Hewlett Packard in 1983. Distinguishing features:
- It was the first computer to use a 3.5" rigid diskette.
- Terminal access to the screen rather than PC-like video-adapter graphics.
- It was bootable in terminal mode, as an
HP2621, no computer.
- It had infrared touch-screen capability, allowing creation of ATM-like applications.
- Monochrome 512 x 390 HP2648A (?) graphics on a 9" Sony screen.
- Built-in thermal printer.
- Color pen-plotter interface.
Frank da Cruz / email@example.com /
Columbia University Computing History / Jan 2001