Wyse WY-50

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** Cable is black, very heavy gauge, with round cross-section profile
 
** Cable is black, very heavy gauge, with round cross-section profile
 
** Plug is 10-pin DIN
 
** Plug is 10-pin DIN
* Terminal configuration is set up using keyboard and stored in NVRAM ("soft setup", unlike many terminals of the era which use DIP switches to set configuration)
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* Terminal configuration is set up using keyboard and stored in NVRAM ("soft setup", unlike many terminals of the era which use DIP switches to set configuration).
* 80x24 or 132x24 screen size, plus 1 optional status line at top, plus 1 optional function key labeling line at bottom
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* 80x24 or 132x24 screen size, plus 1 optional status line at top, plus 1 optional function key labeling line at bottom.
 
* 16 programmable function keys. The Wyse 50/50+ only allow the keys F1 thru F16 to be programmed; the later Wyse 60 used an identical keyboard but allowed many more keys to be programmed in local setup.
 
* 16 programmable function keys. The Wyse 50/50+ only allow the keys F1 thru F16 to be programmed; the later Wyse 60 used an identical keyboard but allowed many more keys to be programmed in local setup.
  
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* Owing to its simplistic "magic cookie" display architecture, the native emulation renders data on screen noticeably faster than other terminals in their native emulations. A Wyse 60 running in native mode, or in VT 100 mode, will take longer to render the same screen at the same baud rate compared to a Wyse 50.
 
* Owing to its simplistic "magic cookie" display architecture, the native emulation renders data on screen noticeably faster than other terminals in their native emulations. A Wyse 60 running in native mode, or in VT 100 mode, will take longer to render the same screen at the same baud rate compared to a Wyse 50.
 
* The Wyse 50 typically can be run at full speed (38,400 bps) with no handshaking or parity checking, which on most other terminals is not possible. The Wyse 60, for example, tops out at half the speed (19,200 baud) before handshaking and/or parity checking are required to prevent garbled data.
 
* The Wyse 50 typically can be run at full speed (38,400 bps) with no handshaking or parity checking, which on most other terminals is not possible. The Wyse 60, for example, tops out at half the speed (19,200 baud) before handshaking and/or parity checking are required to prevent garbled data.
* The monitor has a built in tilt-and-swivel feature, and no cables plug directly into the back of the monitor (instead plugging into stationary the base of the unit). This means the screen can be easily moved around without stretching or potentially loosening the power cable and serial cable(s).
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* The screen has built in tilt-and-swivel functionality, and no cables plug directly into the back of the screen (instead plugging into the base of the terminal). This means the screen can be easily moved around without stretching or potentially loosening any cables.
  
 
Cons of the Wyse 50/50+:
 
Cons of the Wyse 50/50+:

Revision as of 01:08, 6 October 2019

Wyse WY-50
Wyse WY-50.jpg
Manufacturer Wyse
Model WY-50
Lifetime
Introduced October, 1983
Introductory Price $695
Communication
Interface RS-232C
Baud Rates 50, 75, 110, 134.5, 150, 300, 600, 1200, 1800, 2000, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400
Display
Size 14-inch
Phosphors Green, Amber
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Character Modes
Resolutions 80x24, 132x24
Matrix 7x13
Cell 10x13
Firmware
CPU 11 MHz Intel 8031
ROM 4 KB to 16 KB
RAM 4 KB
Personalities ADDS Viewpoint,
Hazeltine 1500,
Lear Siegler ADM-31,
TeleVideo 910,
TeleVideo 920,
TeleVideo 925,
Wyse WY-100
Software Libraries
Terminfo Name wy50

The Wyse WY-50 (commonly referred to as the Wyse 50) is an ASCII terminal that was designed and manufactured by Wyse Technology. Introduced in October 1983 at a price of $695, it became Wyse's best selling terminal model until the introduction of the WY-60 (which was the best-selling ASCII terminal of all time from any manufacturer, outselling all of DEC's VT models combined.) [1]

The Wyse 50's popularity largely stemmed from its combination of an ultra-low price (half the price of the competition at the time of introduction), and its rich assortment of features which outpaces other budget terminals.

The Wyse 50 is an improved version of Wyse's first terminal, the WY-100. Both models use the same native commands, so the Wyse 50 is a plug-compatible replacement for the Wyse 100.

The Wyse 50/Wyse 100 native emulation is a direct copy of Lear Siegler ADM-31, so the Wyse 50 was marketed as a plug-compatible replacement for the ADM-31, but offers more features and crisper screen display at a substantially lower price.

In September 1985, the Wyse 50+ was introduced alongside the Wyse 50. Physically identical to the original Wyse 50, the 50+ is an interim product which was only marketed and sold for seven months, while Wyse was bringing the WY-60 to market. The Wyse 50+ offers several key features of a Wyse 60, inside the physical shell of a Wyse 50.

Wyse 50 specs:

Wyse 50+ specs:

Wyse offered a technical document for their technicians, FEB050, which outlined how to convert a WY50 mainboard to a WY50+ mainboard.

Common features to Wyse 50 and Wyse 50+:

Pros of the Wyse 50/50+:

Cons of the Wyse 50/50+:

In September, 1986 the price was cut from $599 to $499. [2]

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References

  1. "Wyse Unveils Two Terminals, One for X3.64", Computerworld, October 3, 1983, pg. 68
  2. "ASCII terminal prices dip", Computerworld, September 22, 1986, pg. 19
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