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Mac Systems: Apple: Newton MessagePad (Series): Newton MessagePad 110 Specs
The Apple Newton MessagePad 110, codenamed Lindy, features a 20 MHz ARM 610 processor, 4 MB of ROM, 1.O MB of SRAM (480k usable), and infrared-beaming capabilities in a sleek handheld case with a 320x240 pressure-sensitive monochrome display for use with a provided stylus. Compared to earlier models, the Newton MessagePad 110 provides a rubberized housing that is slimmer and more comfortable to hold, more RAM, greater battery life, and an improved version of the NewtonOS (1.3). The Newton MessagePad was one of the first series of handheld systems, or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), to attempt to recognize natural handwriting and use a basic form of artificial intelligence to 'tie' relevant information together. Please note that Newtons are technically not 'Macs', as they do not operate the MacOS, and instead use the NewtonOS (also developed by Apple).
|Introduction Date:||March 4, 1994||Discontinued Date:||April 1, 1995|
|Processor Type:||ARM 610||Processor Speed:||20 MHz|
|Processor Upgrade:||N/A||FPU (Integrated):||N/A|
|System Bus Speed:||N/A||Lookaside Bus Speed:||N/A|
|ROM Size:||4 MB||Data Path:||N/A|
|Level 1 Cache:||None||Level 2 Cache:||None|
|RAM Type:||Built-in||VRAM Type:||Built-in|
|Standard SRAM:||1.0 MB/480k 1.||Maximum SRAM:||1.0 MB/480k 1.|
|Motherboard SRAM:||1.0 MB/480k 1.||RAM Slots:||None|
|Standard VRAM:||N/A||Maximum VRAM:||N/A|
|Standard Hard Drive:||None 2.||Int. Hard Drive Type:||N/A|
|Standard CD-ROM:||None||Standard Disk:||None 2.|
|Standard Modem:||9.6k (internal) 3.||Standard Ethernet:||None|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||MessagePad 110|
|Exp. Slots:||1 PCMCIA (Type II) 4.||Exp. Bays (Free):||N/A|
|Battery Type:||4 AA/NiCad Recharge||Battery Life:||10 Hours|
|Built-in Display:||320x240 B&W 5.||Supported NewtonOS:||1.3|
|Dimensions:||8.0 x 4.0 x 1.25 6.||Avg. Weight:||1.28 lbs.|
|Original Price:||$600 US||Est. Current Price:||N/A|
|Notes:||1. 1.0 MB of SRAM, 480k of which can be used for storage.|
2. The PCMCIA slot can be used to increase 'storage' space.
3. Optional internal 9600 bps modem.
4. This model also includes a LocalTalk-compatible serial and infrared port.
5. 320x240 pressure-sensitive monochrome display.
6. In inches, height x width x depth (with screen facing up).
7. Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.
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