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This professional computer from NEC was a very nice system at the time. With its high resolution graphics (640 x 475) and its large disk capacity (1 MB), it sure was impressive in 1982!

Bill Czermak recalls:
I developed the first version of MIPS (Manufacturers Integrated Production System) on one of the first colour APCs sold in Australia. I added a 5 Mb NEC harddisk later. The 8" floppies held 1.2 Mb. I am told my original system is in a museum in the Geelong area.

I added an XT compatibility card to port my software to the the IBM XT and my software worked fine using this card. When I installed it on a customer's genuine IBM, I got a blank screen!!! Which I fixed that day on the customer's premesis. I think the APC was 30% faster than the XT and cheaper with better graphics.

Jeremiah S. Junken reports :
I actually have one of these which still works. By default, it runs CPM/86, there was a UNIX available, and MS-DOS available. Mine had an external 10MB HDD. The software included "benchmark" word processor, VisiCalc and dBase II.

The major things worth nothing about this otherwise unremarkable machine were it's relative speed, the fact that the lights would dim slightly when it was turned on, and that, in the year 2002, it still works. :-)

Gary McCray adds:
I actually still have a working one of these also. Actually, it was pretty remarakable when it came out for its high resolution graphics capability using a (at the time) powerful NEC 7220 Graphics controller chip which formed the base strategy for virtually every other graphics controller since.

Unfortunately very little software was available that took advantage of its graphics capability. Also it was featured in one of the stupidist full page ads ever produced and ran for months with a giant hand covering it up and the admonition "The Computer The Competition Doesnt Want You to See" and a suggestion to write away for information on it (see 'Adverts' section). If that wasn't stupid enough, you couldn't actually get any information on it from either writing or calling.

It is remarkably well made and was extremely powerful and reliable in the time it was built (weighs over 80 lb). But a combination of truly stupid advertising and lack of easy access doomed it in the US to a very small group. It fared much better in Japan understandably, and surprisingly in Australia (no giant hand I guess). I developed graphics authoring programs for it that sold successfully in both Japan and Australia.

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.
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Typewriter type, 61 key + 25 key numeric/cursor pad + 22 function keys
SPEED  5 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  NEC 7220 graphic chip, socket for a math co-processor
RAM  128 KB standard, 640 KB max.
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  4 KB ROM, 4 KB battery-backed CMOS RAM
TEXT MODES  80 columns x 25 lines + 1 status line (8x19 dots character matrix)
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 475 pixels
SOUND  Buzzer
SIZE / WEIGHT  48.3 (W) x 61 (D) x 35.5 (H) cm / heavy!
I/O PORTS  1 or 2 x RS232 up to 19.200 baud, 1 x Parallel
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 8'' floppy disk drives (243 KB or 1 MB)
Optional hard-disk (9 or 18 MB formatted)
OS  CP/M-86, UNIX and MS DOS in option
PERIPHERALS  2nd RS-232 port, 32-bit floating point unit, Line drawing graphics subsystem, Very high resolution (1024x1024) , IBM emulation software, SDLC communication procedure
PRICE  Monochrome, single floppy : $3,298 (US, 1983)
Monochrome : 27 800 FF (France, Dec. 83)
Color, dual floppy : $4,998 (US, 1983)

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