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Radiola
VG 5000

Radiola and Schneider became Philips subsidiaries in 1990 when Philips bought the French Schneider TV assembly plant located in Le Mans - the West of France - and then named Radiotechnique (RTC).

The Radiola, Schneider and Philips VG-5000 were exactly same machines, apart from the case colour. They were conceived and manufactured in the RTC Le Mans factory and only intended for the French market.

At the time, RTC also made the "Minitel", a phone video terminal almost each French family owned. To save costs, the VG-5000 keyboard was thus taken from the Minitel and slightly altered.

Several Philips computer were also sold under Radiola and Schneider names, among them, the VG-8000 and VG-8020

Although it was sold under three brand names, the VG-5000 didn't sell well, because of its limited capacities, rare and expensive peripherals, and lack of good software.

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The Le Mans factory was built by Schneider ca 1959-60, and in 1971 La Radiotechnique joined in using the facilities. Le Mans produced radio and TVs (from parts to PCBs to assembly and QC), and May 1969 has seen the millionth Schneider TV exiting the plant.

          
Thursday 18th September 2014
Mark

To clarify the time line: Some time during the 1980''s TV production is Suresnes was discontinued, but as can be seen from the production dates (also contained in the serial number or on separate stickers) they were already producing computers back then.

The Schneider brand probably became Philips owned some time in the 1970''s, while the Radiola brand was already owned by RTC when Philips aquired them in 1931.

          
Tuesday 27th November 2012
Maarten

I''m pretty sure Philips was the owner of RTC since the 1930''s. Both TV sets and computers (Videopac series, early MSX models) were manufactured in Suresnes (serial number starting with S or SF) while Le Mans manufactured mobile phones (serial number starting with VY). I don''t know what products were made in Le Mans before the 1990''s, though.

          
Tuesday 27th November 2012
Maarten

 

NAME  VG 5000
MANUFACTURER  Radiola
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  late 1984
END OF PRODUCTION  1986
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic
KEYBOARD  AZERTY, 63 keys (chicklet keyboard)
33 Basic statements
10 accentuated letters
Editing keypad
CPU  Zilog Z80
SPEED  4 MHz
RAM  24 kb (up to 56 kb)
VRAM  8 kb
ROM  18 kb
TEXT MODES  40 columns x 25 lines (15 x 80 only in assembler)
GRAPHIC MODES  None (pseudo 320 x 250 resolution with semi-graphic symbols)
COLORS  8
SOUND  1 voice, 4 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 x 21 x 4,2 cm / 820g
I/O PORTS  Tape recorder DIN plug (1200 or 2400 bauds)
Video output (DIN to SCART)
Power DIN plug
Extension port (2 x 25 pins)
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU (VU 0022)
PERIPHERALS  VG 5200 - Joystick interface
VG 5216 - Expansion unit
VU 0001 - Joytsick
VU 0011 - SECAM Modulator
VU 0031 - 16k RAM cartridge
VW 0010 - 40 columns printer
VW 0020 - 80 columns print
PRICE  242 (December 84)


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