The P2000 desktop series was the first Philips attempt to penetrate the home computer market. It was released in March 1980 in two version, the P2000M and the P2000T.
The main difference lied in the video interface. The T version, aimed at home and educational use, could be connected to either a standard TV set or a special RGB monitor. The M version, more professional, had an additional 80-column card allowing to connect a monochrome composite monitor. This version shipped with a monitor cabinet also housing a dual 5.25" floppy drive.
The P2000 was a robust and well conceived machine. There was no built-in language but only a 4 KB ROM holding system basic and I/O routines. Two cartridges slots allowed to add ROM programs (slot 1) or interface cards (slot 2) like a modem or a parallel printer interface.
Programs and data could be stored through the built-in mini cassette drive which was seen by the user as a floppy drive with automatic search for a program (CLOAD command) or free space (CSAVE). A command also allowed to display the directory of a cassette tape.
The P2000 didn't meet a great success in Europe, except in the Netherlands, its country of origin (although the machine was made in Austria) where the very active Philips user group provided lots of original software and hardware extensions like CP/M or disk drive controller cards. The P2000 was also widely used in Dutch and German schools.
J. Frijling (Netherlands) reports:
The P2000 was initially meant for office use. Since a lot of other manufactures made home computers, Philips desided to put it on the home computer market. By the graphics you can see that it is a professional computer. If you wanted to do other than graphics, this was a powerful computer. Back then, this computer had already a RS232!! A novelty in those days. Because of that, it was widly used in the HAM-radio and hobby circuits.
The 1st model came out with 16kb. You could add another 16kb as an internal extensionboard. Later came 64kb, although for basic you could only use 40kb, 64, 80 and 102kb. Above 40kb you could use it for bankswitching.
The best part of all was that everything was protected by buffers, unlike the Commodore, who could easily be damged when wron connected! Unfortunatly the majority went for the better graphics.
Later major improvements were made such as Highres graphics, inbuild 720kb FDD for model T, memory extension & lots more. I enjoyed this machine very much and recently I used it to improve my morsecode speed!
We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system,
please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
1982 My father worked as a employe at Philips and came home one day with a P2000. We hade a lot of fun with it, and made my basic for computeing. At that time there was a P2000 customar club at Philips Netherlands in Eindhoven. We whent there and there was a proffesor, i believe his name was Klaas Koppinga, and he stated the fact that 256 kb of memory was a whole lot and good for the comming 10 or 20 years.
Friday 24th November 2017
Some more information about those nice machines. I had the pleasure of owning 1˝ Philips P2000M and 1 Philips P2000B. (Yes, I still have them in my cellar somewhere, although I do not know if they work anymore.)
Both variants used the same look of green monitor/double floppy unit, but even if the monitor units looked identical down to connector to the machine they were not interchangeable between the models. The diskettes were of same physical size and the diskette stations had identical looks, but the diskettes were not interchangeable either. The P2000M looked like on the images on this site, but the P2000B was a different animal: the keyboard was separate from the CPU box, and the CPU box was rectangular, same color as the P2000M brownish, but it had no mini-cassette station - only the power button, connector to keyboard, RS232 for a printer and connector for the monitor and floppy disks, if I remember correctly. Internally the P2000B machine was built around a bus of some kind...
The P2000M could boot into Word processing (saving of documents on tape), Basic or UCSD p-system (UCSD Pascal), depending on installed cartridge. The P2000B could only boot into UCSD p-system, probably because I just had this one cartridge. Needless to say, cartridges looked identical but were not interchangeable between machines.
I have not found any information about P2000B on the net at all. It seems like as if the machine never existed, but I have one.
Wednesday 15th March 2017
What is a good selling price for one of these? And what is a good buying price?
Sunday 16th November 2014
END OF PRODUCTION
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Typewriter type - 74 keys with numeric keypad
16 KB to 48 KB
1 (T) or 2 (M) KB
4 KB + 16 KB in ROM cartridges
40 (T) or 80 (M) columns x 24 lines
Built-in beeper - 1 channel
SIZE / WEIGHT
41 (W) x 47 (D) x 11 (H) cm
T version: TV aerial, RGB, Serial M version: Monochrome composite video, Serial, FDD interface