Hyperion Personal Computer

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Title

Hyperion Personal Computer

Subject

hardware: personal computer

Description

Dynalogic Hyperion personal computer model 3032.

The Hyperion was one of the first 'luggable' computers compatible with the IBM PC. In 1981, Bytec Management Corporation took over Daynalogic Corporation ‐ one of the first Canadian microcomputer manufacturers. In the same year the work had begun at Dynalogic on the design of a portable desktop microcomputert—he Hyperion—and continued in a new Bytec subsidiary called Dynalogic Info-Tech. The Hyperion was unveiled at the 1982 spring Comdex computer show in Atlantic City as the "most powerful, portable, business computer in the world'' compatible with the IBM PC. In the same year, the computer was shown during the Canadian Computer Show  in Toronto and the fall COMDEX in Las Vegas. The first Hyperions were manufactured in January of 1983 and retailed at US $4,955. The sales continued throughout 1983 and 1984 in Canada and the U.S. Several Hyperion user groups were formed across Canada including:
  • Calgary Hyperion User Group (CHUG), Calgary, AB
  • Hyperion User Group of BC, Richmond, BC
  • Hyperion Users Group of Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK
  • Hyperion Users Group of Laurentian Uuniversity, Sudbury, ON
  • Hyperion Users Group of Montreal, Montreal, QC
  • Hyperion Users Group of Ottawa (HUGO), Nepean, ON
  • Toronto Hyperion Users Group, Toronto, ON
  • Welland Hyperion User's Group, Welland, ON.
The computer was hosted in a plastic case and featured
a buit-in display and two diskette drives. Detachable keyboard slid in under the computer for storage. Optional 300 bit/s modem and an acoustic coupler were available.

Hardware:
  • CPU - Intel 8088
  • Math co-processor - Intel 8087 (optional)
  • RAM - 256 Kbytes  (expandable to 640 Kbytes) 
  • ROM - 8 Kbytes
  • VRAM - 16 Kbytes
  • diskette drives: double sided double density, 360 Kbytes 5.25"
  • display: 7-inch, amber, with built-in screen blanker;  display resolutions: 320x200, 320x250, 640x200, and 640x250
  • keyboard: QWERT, detachable
  • internal 300-baud modem opertaed under IN:TOUCH communication software (optional)
  • hardware expandable using the Hyperion EX Expansion Unit
Software/Guides:
  • DOS 1/25, EDLIN,  Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Microsoft Corp., 1982, 1983
  • Hyperion DOS 2.11, ver. 00, rev. 00, Compterm Inc., 1 July 1984
  • IN:SCRIBE, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp., 1982
  • IN:TOUCH communication software,  Bytec-Comterm Inc., 1982
  • LOTUS 123, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Lotus Development Corp., 1983
  • LOTUS 123, System Backup for the Hyperion, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Lotus Development Corp., 1983
  • LOTUS 123, utility software for the Hyperion, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Lotus Development Corp., 1983
  • LOTUS 123 PrintGraph for the Hyperion, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Lotus Development Corp., 1983
  • BASICA Assembler, Dynalogic Info-Tech Corp. and Microsoft Corp., 1982, 1983
  • Aladin, Bytec Management Corp. and ADI America Inc., 1983.

Creator

Dynalogic Info-Tech

Date

1982

Relation

Dynalogic collection

Identifier

H.31, H.44

Contribution Form

Online Submission

No

Files

Hyperion_small.jpg
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Citation

Dynalogic Info-Tech, “Hyperion Personal Computer,” York University Computer Museum Canada, accessed December 3, 2021, https://museum.eecs.yorku.ca/items/show/53.

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