eMate 300


Family: Newton

Codename: Project K, Shay, Schoolbook

Minimum OS: Newton OS 2.1

Maximum OS: Newton OS 2.1

Introduced: March 1997

Terminated: February 1998


CPU: ARM 710a

CPU Speed: 25 MHz

FPU: none

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 8 kB


Onboard RAM: 3 MB (1 MB DRAM, 2 MB Flash)

Maximum RAM: 3 MB

Expansion Slots: 1 Type I/II/III PCMCIA


Screen: backlit LCD

Max Resolution: 4 bit grayscale 480x320


Serial: 2 (1 InterConnect)

Audio Out: mini

Audio In: mini

Speaker: mono


Modem: optional


Dimensions: 12" H x 11.4" W x 2.1" D

Weight: 4.9 lbs.

Introduced in March 1997, the eMate 300 was designed specifically for the education market. It was the first (and only) Newton-based machine with a keyboard, though a stylus was available as well. The eMate 300, though not particularly successful, represents Apple's first use of the translucent colored plastics that would become all hallmark of Apple's industrial design for the next few years. It shipped in a translucent aquamarine and black "clamshell" case, similar in some ways to the subsequent first-generation iBooks.

The eMate 300 ran on a 25 MHz ARM 710a processor, had 3 MB of RAM, and ran Newton OS 2.1. It had a backlit-grayscale screen similar to that of the NMP 2000, but with a landscape form factor. It also included a single PCMCIA slot and a Newton InterConnect port. The eMate 300 sold for $799 exclusively to the education sector, and was discontinued in February 1998.

For much more about the eMate 300, and all Newton devices, check out the Newton Gallery.

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