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MGT (Miles Gordon Technology)
Sam Coupé

In the last quarter of 1989 M.G.T. launched the Sam Coupé. M.G.T. was already known in the ZX Spectrum world for a range of hardware that they sold. The Sam was their pride and joy, and unfortunately to be their downfall.

This was a time when the 16-bit machines, the Atari ST and the Amiga, were really being to take off. Sales in computers such as the Spectrum was in rapid decline. The Sam was aimed to fill this gap, a powerful 8-bit machine with specs that in cases out performed those of the 16-bit machines, at an 8-bit price. It was hoped that current 8-bit owners, particularly Spectrum owners, would jump on the nicely priced Sam rather than a more expensive 16-bit machine.

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NAME  Sam Coupé
MANUFACTURER  MGT (Miles Gordon Technology)
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  December 1989
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 72 keys, Reset button
CPU  Zilog Z80B (fully compatible with i8080 and Z80)
SPEED  6MHz with screen off, 4.5 MHz with screen on
can be slowed down to emulate ZX Spectrum
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola MC 1377P Video Chip, Philips SAA1099 soundchip, ASIC handling graphics
RAM  256 kb or 512 kb onboard (depending models), and up to 4Mb with external addons (4.5 Mb total)
ROM  32 kb (BASIC, BIOS & disk bootstrap)
TEXT MODES  32 x 24, 85 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 192, 512 x 192
COLORS  128 colors
SOUND  Philips SAA1099 soundchip, 6 channels stereo FM synthesis, 8 octaves, 2 noise generators, 2 envelope generators, DAC digital output , sample rate 15.6 kHz. Built-in MIDI interface (in, out, through)
SIZE / WEIGHT  2.26 Kg
I/O PORTS  RF video output (UHF, channel 36), RGB scart video output, serial / network socket, joystick connector (Atari standard), parallel interface, audio input, audio output
BUILT IN MEDIA  one or two 3.5'' ultraslim Citizen Double Density Drives (800 kb)
First models had no disk-drives
OS  SamDOS, CP/M available
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU (5v)

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