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OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...
MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 800
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
IMLAC PDS-1
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

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ENTERPRISE  Enterprise 64 / 128
The Enterprise 64 was a very long-awaited computer, two years between its announcement and its marketing! It changed its name a lot of times: its first name was Elan 64, then Flan, lastly Enterprise. It has great features, which wasn't found on all other home computers, like its interfaces, great graphics and sounds capacities provided by two special custom chips called "Nick" and "Dave". The BASIC Interpreter is supplied on a ROM cartridge and can be easily replaced with any other langu...
TRIUMPH ADLER  Alphatronic PC models P3 / P4
These two computers (P3 and P4) are professional systems conceived by Triumph-Adler. There are based on 8085A CPU and have 64k RAM. They used the MOS operating system but are also CP/M compatible. There were delivered with CP/M, UCSD-P System and Holland Automation on disks. The difference between the two models is that the P3 is equiped with two 5''1/4 (785 kb formated) floppy-drives, whereas the P4 has one floppy and one hard-disk (5 Mb)....
EPSON  HC / HX-20
Superbly designed and engineered, the Epson HX20 can be considered as the first true portable computer. It was the only package available at the time which included a microcassette drive, a mini-printer and a LCD display. The small built-in printer could print graphics or text (up to 24 columns, 47 lines per minute). The small tape recorder was pretty fast (considering it was a tape drive). The computer rewinds or fast forwards the tape automatically to find the right file. This tape recorder...
MATSUSHITA  National JR 100
The National (also known as Panasonic or Matsushita in other countries) JR series was pretty popular in Japan. Small quantities were sold outside Japan, in New Zeland among other countries. Little is known about the first system of the range (please help!). It was obviously an initiation machine with black & white display and rubber keyboard. The JR 100 was followed by the JR 200. Thanks to Murray Moffatt from New Zeland for most of the informatio...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION S-PLUS
The information of this page comes from Richard Allen. The S-PLUS was manufactured by SouthWest Technical Products who started with "kit built" computers in the back of Mechanics Illustrated. In 1982 they came out with the S-Plus system primarily for small businesses. Utilizing Motorola's 68B09, the 2mhz version of the same chip that powered the Radio Shack Color computer, and the SS-50 bus they reached an agreement with Technical Systems Consultants o...
KAYPRO 2000
After having produced several CP/M based computers, Kaypro released this stylish PC compatible portable. It had an innovative dark grey brushed aluminum case with beveled edges covered in ridged black rubber. When opened, it offered a detachable keyboard, a slimline 3.5" floppy disc drive and a first generation LCD screen with no backlite and limited contrast. The floppy drive front poped up to the right of the case to let the user insert disks. Two main options could be acquired separatly...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL II
The TRS-80 model II, is the obscure brother of the TRS-80 family. Many internet pages deal with the models 1,3 and 4 but omit the model 2... This is maybe because the TRS-80 Model 2 was intended to be a business computer for use in offices and labs. Thus it is equiped with a full height Shugart 8'' drive with a capacity of 500k which is a lot compared to the 87k offered by the TRS-80 Model 1 system disk. It is also possible to connect up to 4 floppy disk units, so you could have 2MB disk space ...
NBI Hantu
All the information we have come from a copy of a 1975 brochure of an NBI Hantu (later renamed to the System II). It boasted an Intel 8008 processor up to 16K of RAM and two 8" 250K floppies. NBI was the first software based wordprocessing system on the market. At that time, the competition had to change firmware each time the program was changed. NBI officially stood for "Nothing But Intials", however the real origin of the name NBI was "Necton Bilinium Incorporated" a name chosen by ...
TONEL PC
The TONEL PC is another system based on the Lambda 8300 but marketed by another third company. It's a Sinclair ZX-81 with more RAM (2 KB!) and a "better" keyboard... We don't know exactly where this system was distributed and what was the real name of the brand... See Lambda 8300 entry for more info....

   RANDOM ADVERTS
German brochure

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
US advert, Apr. 1986

COMMODORE
C128 - C128D

 
U.S. advert (1977) #...

POLYMORPHIC
POLY 88

 
French advert (1982)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL III

 
French ad (1985)

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 
First C-10 ad

CROMEMCO
C10

 
German ad

SPECTRAVIDEO
SV 318

 
IIe version

MICRODIGITAL
TK-3000

 
French advert.

ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
ACS-8000

 
French advert (july ...

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 200 / 210

 
French advert (may 1...

CASIO
FX-702P

 
U.S. ad. (1983)

COMPUPRO
System 816

 
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
:-)

SHARP
MZ 700

 
U.S. advert (1979)

ISC (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CORP)
CompuColor II

 
French advert (july ...

AMSTRAD
CPC 664

 
Advert #1

PRAVETZ
IMKO-1/2 & Pravetz 82

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

NORTHSTAR
Advantage

 
Japanese ad

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
French advert #1

INDATA
DAI

 
U.K. price list

ACT
Apricot F1

 
First US ad.

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS-80 Model 12

 
T-3100 (feb. 1987)

TOSHIBA
T 1200

 
French brochure #4

ORIC
ORIC 1

 

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SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION 6800
While in medical school in 1978, I bought and built a SWTPC 6800, with CPU, SS-50 bus, and 4k static ram card. Couldn''t afford an ASCII kbd ($$300!) and had no display - so a friend retrieved a Burroughs 32 character Plasma display (Ascii parallel interface) and a kbd removed from a pulp and paper mill - but it had 5-bit Hollerith-encoded outputs. Rewrote the monitor in EPROM to do the kbd code translation to ascii, and to make display on the 32 character display work. Later added a custom board to do file read/write to tape, based on software that directly drove an op amp connected to the audio-in of a stereo cassette deck. Had to add a 1 MHz crystal to the board (replaced the RC circuit) - Then added a board that mapped memory to an 80 x 24 character monochrome video display, and a massive 16kb dynamic memory board. Then with tiny basic (3.95kb), was able to program to heart''s content. It played star trek too.

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SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
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COMMODORE  CDTV
I actually did dare to look it up, and discovered that the first public demonstration of the CDTV was on 2 June 1990, at CES. At the time, it had been under development for around 18 months, or since late 1988.

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.sys.amiga/KsZfxQCglNg/L5HBrQhJULEJ

In fact, development was still going on even after that demonstration.
In a letter from Commodore posted to the CompuServe Amiga forum in August 1990, the CDTV was described as still being "currently in development." The letter went on to clarify that, in spite of speculation regarding the as-yet-unreleased platform, Commodore was as committed as ever to entertainment software as well as education.

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.sys.amiga/btfLfeVcPbM/DkUuE9UvSQIJ

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QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS QDP-300
I became a dealer for QDP right about the time the 300 was introduced. The first 300 I received was September 1984 for $6795 List less 34$ so $4485 net. It was 1 floppy, 15Mb HD 4 user MPM with 256K Memory. The next one was a month later and the first of the high end version with 32Mb HD and a 512K Cache board. It was $9795 List.
The first one ran an Automotive Parts Importer for many years as we had to upgrade the software for Y2K compatability in 1999.

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7/1/2018
SHELTON INSTRUMENTS Sig-Net
I spent many years programming and selling Shelton Sig-net they were designed by a guy called Chris Shelton of Shelton Instruments and they had CPM operating system. I used to program in Microsoft Compiled Basic and the biggest system I sold was a 48 user to Sunseeker Travel in Huddersfield in 1988. Originally it was one processor per screen all connected to a hard disk using sheltons purpose designed ringring system which was a bus between the processors and the z80 running the hard disk. Rhodime made in scotland in 7/14/21 megabytes that formated down to 5/10/15 MB. I have lots more information if your interested.

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6/30/2018
ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS  Z-160 PC
I have one too. I found mine in an alley. I had a sticker from the University of Minnesota Computer Lab. It was being thrown out. It has a modem installed in it! It works great and weighs a ton!

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