ADDS CONSUL 980 Terminal
The Consul 980 is a self-contained desktop unit, TTY compatible CRT display terminal. A total of 1920 characters can be displayed at once, following a basic format of 24 lines and 80 characters per line. All characters are in black ink and displayed against a white backdrop. Communications between the minicomputer can happen in primarily two ways: a character at a time (like a conversation), or through message blocks.
The Consul 980 was first introduced in July, 1974 at a price of $2,800, then known as the ADDS Consul 980 terminal. A new variant that was compatible with the IBM 3270 communications protocol was next introduced in April, 1975 at a price of $3,200, called the 980A. The 980B came next which was compatible with the Burroughs TD 700 or Burroughs TD 800. This was introduced in November, 1976 at a price of $3,200. Finally, the 980D was introduced in November, 1976 at a price of $3,225 and came along with a detachable keyboard.
A manual titled “How to use Consul 980 - A terminal operator's guide and interface manual”, catalog number “102712865” came with this piece. It was published by Applied Digital Data Systems, Inc. (ADDS) in September, 1976. It’s 43 pages long and is a part of the Carl Baltrunas Collection, credited to the Gift of Carl Baltrunas. The lot Number is “X4293.2008”. The other is “ADDS Regent 30 – Consul 980 Mode 30/908 User Manual”, published in 1981. It’s in good condition but there are no schematics or parts list with it. The part number for this is, “515-30021”.