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The MS-DOS portable market suddenly seems to be gathering pace and National Datacomputer Inc of Billerica, Massachusetts is the latest into the fray: it has introduced the Datacomputer 3.0, a 35oz ruggedised hand-held personalike featuring an 80C88 processor, an eight line by 26 character liquid crystal display, a choice of full-sized numeric and downsized Qwerty keyboards, optional on-board modem, up to 960Kb of RAM and printer, phone jack, bar code wand, external power and RS-232 ports; the DC is programmable via a PC running under MS-DOS in C, Basic, and Pascal, transmitting and receiving data from the PC by modem or by a directly connected cable; NDI is offering an applications development kit which includes a 384Kb Datacomputer 3.0; developer’s manual; disks with software utilities such as data compression routines, screen and keyboard interfaces, and peripheral drivers; autodiscriminating bar code decode software; and a download PC to DC cable; a basic 128Kb DC 3.0 will retail for $1,645.

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