Corvus Systems (San Jose, Calif.)

The Corvus Concept was an interesting design. It was optimized for networked business applications with a page-length, high resolution display. The display could be rotated for a portrait or landscape view.  A separate 6801 processor was dedicated to networking tasks. A pull-out drawer made the expansion slots easily accessible. Versions ranged from a diskless workstation to a high-end networking system. The Concept could run CP/M software through emulation.

Corvus Concept (1982, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $4,995 to $8,000
Base Configuration: 8MHz 68000, proprietary operating system, four expansion slots, 256K RAM (512K max), 15-inch monochrome monitor, keyboard/keypad, two RS-232 ports and one IEEE-488 port, UCSD Pascal, FORTRAN 77, Constellation II and Omninet network, application suite, sound generator
Video: 72-line x 80-column text, 720 x 560 graphics
Size/Weight: 4.5 x 15 x 17 inches, 24.5 lbs.
Important Options: 5.25- or 8-inch floppy disk drive, 6- to 20MB hard disk drive, videotape backup drive

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