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NORMEREL
OPlite

Almost ten years after having conceived the Micral, world first commercial microprocessor based computer, André Thi T. Truong, joined the young Normerel Company managed by his old friend Jean René Tissot.

In a short time, he designed the OPlite, first computer Normerel would produce.

The Oplite was a PC compatible system featuring some innovative concepts. The case held a dual floppy disk drive and a removable 9-inch display. Standard connectors allowed an external colour TV set, a RGB or composite monitor to be used. The case also provided room for four long expansion cards.

To reach a high level of sales, Normerel joined together with Rank Xerox. The OPlite was thus sold in the large French 'Xerox Store's network alongside Apple, Toshiba and other well-known brands.

Later, Normerel would sell several PC and AT compatible systems. They made a joint-venture with ADDX Systèmes and formed ADDX-Normerel.

In 1989, the company which lost a lot of money, was bought by SMT-Goupil. Finally, Normerel closed its doors in July 1998, the same year as SMT.

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In a desperate attempt to find new markets, Normerel started a line of TVs - I remember seeing them at a computer show but never in any shop...

          
Wednesday 14th March 2007
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NAME  OPlite
MANUFACTURER  Normerel
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Standard 83-key PC-type with 10 function keys and Numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  4.77 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola 6845 CRT controller
RAM  256 KB
VRAM  16 KB
ROM  10 KB (8 KB BIOS, 2 KB Char. Generator)
TEXT MODES  40 ot 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  CGA - 640 x 200 dots
COLORS  16
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  52 (W) x 38 (D) x 26 (H) cm
I/O PORTS  RGB, video composite, SCART, FDD controller, Parallel, Serial,4 expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 or 2 x 5.25'' 360 KB FDD - Optional HDD
OS  MS-DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching PSU
PERIPHERALS  720 KB disk drives, 10 MB hard drive
PRICE  26 590 F HT (France, may 1985) (approx. 4800 )


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