PowerBook 100


Family: PowerBook

Codename: Asahi, Derringer, Rosebud

Gestalt ID: 24

Minimum OS: 7.1

Maximum OS: 7.5.5

Introduced: October 1991

Terminated: August 1992


CPU: Motorola MC68HC000

CPU Speed: 16 MHz

FPU: none

Bus Speed: 16 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 16-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

ROM: 256 kB

RAM Type: unique

Minimum RAM Speed: 100 ns

Onboard RAM: 2 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 8 MB

Expansion Slots: modem


Screen: Passive Matrix

Max Resolution: 1 bit 640x400


Hard Drive: 20-40 MB

Floppy Drive: external, HDI-20 port


ADB: 1

Serial: 1 Mini DIN-8


Audio Out: mono 8 bit mini

Speaker: mono


Power: 17 Watts

Dimensions: 1.8" H x 11" W x 8.5" D

Weight: 5.1 lbs.

The first of Apple's truly portable Mac's, the PowerBook 100 had basically the same processor as the old Mac Portable. The 100 was well received despite its slow processor, passive-matrix screen, and lack of internal floppy drive. It originally sold for $2,500

The PowerBook 100 was released alongside the 140 and the 170. While these two models were based on the same motherboard, the 100 had a more simple motherboard design, and was desiged and manufactured by Sony for Apple.

Picture Credits:
John Greenleigh/Flipside Studios