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Chapter 17. NETWORKING ON THE RUN > The Evolution of Mobile Computing Devices

The Evolution of Mobile Computing Devices

The need for road-ready portable computers has been recognized since the early days of the PC revolution. Computer manufacturers followed fairly quickly behind the launch of the IBM PC with a number of different types of portable computers.

Compaq launched the Compaq Portable in 1982. This DOS-based IBM PC clone provided a 5.25-inch floppy drive and a built-in 9-inch amber monitor. These suitcase-size computers (which weighed almost as much as a desktop PC) could run the same applications as an IBM desktop PC. The desire for mobile computers was proven by the fact that Compaq sold over 50,000 units in the first year.


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