Triumph was originally Triumph-Adler - the merger company of the 2 typewriter manufacturers Triumph and Adler, to which Triumph (which also produced mechanical calculators and sewing-machines) was the bigger one. Later they got US-typewriter Royal merged into it and had the best years between 1975 and 1988, when they even build competiting machines to IBM System /34 and /36 ... but they did neither understand nor learn the business and ran out of the financial power.
The technical part of TA is today a subsidary of Olivetti which tells it all about the downfall of TA. The operational part is a Holding in Nuremberg, which deals with offices, buildings and health-care.
The Alphatronic was mainly sold in Germany and was intended as a 'hybrid' Business / Home machine. For Business it was sold as either a 'dumb' Terminal or as a stand-alone Word Processor 'package' (consisting of base unit, WP Cartridge and (Centronics) printer.
For home the base unit had a 'built in' Basic ROM - it was also available with either a single or dual Floppy Disks (which included CP/M and Disk basic).
It never sold very well in either market - it was much too expensive for home use.
Thanks to its Z80 CPU, the Alphatronic PC can run CP/M and quite a few software packages available for it. There were two external disk-drives available: F1 and F2. F1 had the controller built-in. You had to have F1 to use F2, the second one.
Sometimes, the Alphatronic PC was sold as a complete wordprocessing package with a daisy-wheel printer (Triumph-Adler TR-170) and a word-processing cartridge inserted into the ROM-pack slot (top left part of the case).
Towards the end of it's life, the British Company, MATMOS sold off the final 'batch' or single & dual floppy packages together with a RGB-PAL convertor
Contributors: Steeve Buniak
Hello everyone, does anyone know how much does it cost to get this legacy PC it''s great ? can we find it in auctions ? or something
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Obada El''esh (Jordan)
Hello, All this is about the TA PC 8, from wich I have 1 Matmos and 2 TA mainunits 1x F1 and 1x F2 Floppy and a 4x 5 MB HD(seagate 225) and FD80/40 trackn system and lots of software CP/M 2.2 $3 ,NZ-com,Z3plus and diskbasic based. But there is also a PC16 also a mainunit and 2 external floppydrives with 8088 cpu and MS-DOS compatible. I have one but have n''t used it a long time so I can''t remember how much $ in any case it will not start from IBM or Microsoft disks.
Sunday 8th January 2012
Hans van der Puijl (Belgium)
As a teenager, one of my friends had one of these. However, his was branded by Royal and included the monitor, floppy drive and software. I don't know if he still has it or not.
Friday 13rd May 2005
Brian Futrell (Raleigh, NC)
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Microsoft Basic 5.11
Full-stroke keyboard, 6 function keys, arrow keys and separated numeric keypad, 85 keys
40 or 80 chars. x 24 lines
80 x 72 / 160 x 72 dots
1 voice, built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT
40.5 (W) x 25.5 (D) x 7.3 (H) cm / 3,5 kg
RGB video out, Tape interface, Serial RS232c/V24 port (from 300 to 9600 baud), Centronics/Parallel port, Disk-drive connector, Cartridge/Rompack slot
BUILT IN MEDIA
optional one or two 5.25'' disk-drives (320 kb each)
CP/M 2.1 (then 2.2) with diskdrives
Built-in power supply unit
5''1/4 disk-drives, printers (DRH 80/1 and TRD-170)