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O > OHIO SCIENTIFIC  > CHALLENGER III   


OHIO Scientific
CHALLENGER III

This computer was an enhanced version of the Challenger IIp. The motherboard was equipped with 3 microprocessors: 6800, 6502A and Z80. An optional 74 MB harddisk was available ($6000 !).

It was supplied with a word processor called WP-1 and a database called DMS. An enhanced version of the operating system allowed to connect up to 16 terminals to the computer at one time.

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About OSI, Frank Leonhardt* adds:
Unfortunately OSI did not get its model numbers straight - it was a very disorganised company. A lot of users got the circuit diagrams for bits of OSI equipment and modified one board to another, as they were all made up of the same parts - and dealers would mix and match boards to build a machine to customers requirements.

Their final machine was the Challenger 5, which was a bit like the Challenger 3 but it had five processors - again, OSI could not decide which 16-bit processor was going to WIN so they added a 68000 and a Z8000 to the C3. They never believed that the 8086 would become popular. I know someone connected to their main dealer who saw something about this, but I don't think they were ever sold.

The 74Mb Winchester disk was real - amazing for 1978. Apparently it was very unreliable until the guy who owned it (Dave Graham) covered the outside of the box with lots and lots of fans.


* Frank was the first Technical Editor for the famous Personal Computer World magazine, England's (Europe's) biggest computer magazine - founded in 1978.

NAME  CHALLENGER III
MANUFACTURER  OHIO Scientific
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1978
CPU  6502 + 6800 + Z80/8080
SPEED  1 Mhz / 2 Mhz
RAM  32 KB (up to 1 MB !)
ROM  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 8'' disk-drives
OS  OS-65U, OS-65D, CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Internal P.S.U.
PERIPHERALS  RS-232 card, Centronics card, etc.
PRICE  $3481 with a dual F.D. drive unit


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