TeleVideo Corporation was a U.S. company that achieved its peak of success in the early 1980s producing computer terminals. TeleVideo was founded in 1979 by K. Philip Hwang, a Utah State University graduate born in North Korea[1] who had run a business producing CRT monitors for arcade games since 1975. The company was headquartered in San Jose, California.

TeleVideo Corporation
IndustryComputer hardware
FateChapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006; disestablished in 2011
Founded1975 (1975)
FounderK. Philip Hwang
Defunct30 September 2011 
ProductsTerminals, Graphic boards for Terminals, TeleVideo TS-800, TS-802, TS-803, TeleVideo TS-1603, TeleVideo TPC-1, TeleVideo TS-806, TS-816

TeleVideo's terminal protocol was popular in the early days of microcomputers and was widely supported by applications as well as terminal emulators (often referred to as "TeleVideo 925 emulation").[3]

TeleVideo also built CP/M-compatible 8-bit desktop and portable personal computers based on the Z80 processor. Up to sixteen of these machines could be connected to proprietary multi-user systems through serial interfaces.[4] In April, 1983, TeleVideo introduced an MS-DOS 2.0 compatible personal computer based on the Intel 8088. This was introduced as the Model TS-1603 and included 128 KB RAM (expandable up to 256 KB), integrated monitor, modem and keyboard. The Model TS-1603 ran both TeleVideo PC DOS 2.0 and CP/M-86 1.1.

The company later turned to manufacturing Windows compatible thin client computers,[5] but eventually sold this business line to Neoware in October 2005.[6] The latter was subsequently taken over by Hewlett-Packard in 2007.[7]

On March 14, 2006, TeleVideo, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.[8][9]

After more than 35 years in business and with millions of terminals sold worldwide TeleVideo discontinued the manufacturing and sales of all terminal products as of September 30, 2011.[10]


  • Terminals[11]: TeleVideo 905, 910, 912, 914, 920, 921, 922, 924, 925, 9320, 935, 950, 955, 965, 970, 990, 995-65, Personal Terminal
  • Graphic boards for Terminals: 914GR, 924GR, 970GR
  • CP/M systems: TeleVideo TS-800, TS-802[12], TS-803
  • CP/M-86/MS-DOS systems: TeleVideo TS-1603
  • TeleVideo TPC-1, a portable CP/M system similar to the Osborne-1
  • Early multi-user systems: TeleVideo TS-806 (6 users), TS-816 (16 users)[13]


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