GRiD Case 1530 Portable Computer

GRiD Case 1530 Portable Computer

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Description
The 1980s were a time of rapid change in personal computing. Relatively light, battery-operated laptop computers became available. From 1982, the California firm of GRiD Computer Systems, Inc., sold laptop computers of this type, using Intel microprocessors. Examples of early GRiD laptops were purchased by NASA, flew on the Space Shuttle in 1990, and survive in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. This is a later GRiD laptop from the CASE 1500 series. The owner, Victor Yuliano of Arlington Virginia, first purchased the machine with an Intel 80286 chip in 1989 (the CASE 1520), and then upgraded to a 80386 chip and larger memory in 1991, creating a CASE 1530. Also included are cables, a carrying case, and a battery. Yuliano kept the machine running until late 1996. A template received with the machine indicates that it was used with the word processing language WordPerfect.
For related documentation, see non-accession 2015.3168.
Reference:
Accession file.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
portable computer
Date made
ca 1989
Approx. 1989
maker
GRiD Systems
animator
Dope, John
place made
United States: California, Fremont
Measurements
overall (closed): 2 1/2 in x 12 in x 15 1/4 in; 6.35 cm x 30.48 cm x 38.735 cm
overall (open): 10 in x 12 in x 15 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 30.48 cm x 38.735 cm
ID Number
1997.0124.01
accession number
1997.0124
catalog number
1997.0124.01
Credit Line
Gift of Victor Yuliano
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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