CAD/CAM On-Line originally intended the MiDAS3 as a computer-aided design system, but soon made it available as a general-purpose, high-performance computer. Everything about this portable was industrial strength, including a titanium case, dual cooling fans, and a big gas plasma display. A military version of the MiDAS3 was sold by Diversified Computer Consultants.
Reader spaceunicorn adds this information:
“March 26, 2012 at 5:25 am: CAD/CAM Online was my first professional job. I remember this unit. It also had telescoping crows feet legs to convert the case into a workstation. Diversified Computer Consultants were also housed in the same building.”
CAD/CAM On-Line MiDAS3 Portable (June 1987, transportable PC)
Original Retail Price: $6,495
Base Configuration: 12.5MHz 80286 CPU, MS-DOS 3.2, seven ISA slots, 1MB RAM (4MB max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 30MB hard disk drive, 14-inch monochrome gas plasma display, keyboard/keypad, two serial and two parallel ports
Video: 720 x 350 graphics
Size/Weight: 17 x 15 x 7.5 inches, 24 lbs.
Important Options: Unix System V, tape backup drive, external battery pack