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PC 6001

The NEC PC 6001 is the first member of the great NEC PC family. During the 80's and the beginning of the 90's, the big Japanese electronics companies launched several series of computers, they were very powerful and had great features (some of them were costly options or totally non-existent on European or American computers at the time), the FM series from Fujitsu, the JR series from Matsushita (Panasonic), the Pasopia from Toshiba, the Basic Master from Hitachi, the X1 and X680x0 series from Sharp and all the MSX computers are good examples of this.

The NEC PC series was among them, they had a really great success and the later models of this family are still use today.

The NEC PC-6001 also had an American version, called the NEC TREK, or the NEC PC-6001A. Its ROMs are different from its Japanese progenitor.

NAME  PC 6001
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  November 1981
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft N60 Basic
KEYBOARD  Chicklet keyboard, 71 keys, JIS standard layout
CPU  PD 780c-1 (compatible with Z80)
SPEED  3.8 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  M5C6847P-1 video generator (MC6847 compatible)
RAM  16 KB (up to 32 KB)
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  16 KB (Basic) + 4 KB (character ROM)
TEXT MODES  32 x 16
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 192 / 256 x 128 / 128 x 192 / 128 x 128 / 64 x 48
COLORS  monochrome (256 x 192) / 2 (128 x 192) / 9 (64 x 48)
SOUND  three channels, 8 octaves (General Instruments AY-3-8910)
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Tape (600 / 1200 baud), RGB, Centronics, Joystick (2), ROM/RAM cartridges, Audio
PRICE  Unknown

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