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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY
CUBIC 99

This computer, also known as the Talking Computer, was fully compatible with the Apple II and the CP/M operating systems thanks to its dual processor motherboard (6502 and Z80). It was manufactured by the Creative Technology Cie. which will later become wide-world known for its Sound Blaster cards.

Cubic 99 also had a vocal synthesizer which allowed the user to record and to reproduce words in English or Chinese language. Several commands of the BASIC language also allowed the computer to say sentences entered as string variables. The sound was of poor quality, but it was the best in low-cost sound technology of the time.

Creative was a company based in Singapore. The graphic on the screen of the model shown is celebrating Singapore's 25th year of independence, which was in 1990.

Thanks to Philip Hurst for his help.

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.

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My father bought the Cubic99 in 1984. It was donated to Creative Technology''s heritage centre sometime in 2000.

          
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Adam Yap (Singapore)

Hi,
Got Sim''s email ? Need schematics for the cubic 99 apple 2 clone in order to resurrect mine. My cubic99 dead but not buried.

thks

          
Tuesday 25th November 2008
Tan Yong Lak (Siongapore)

Yes, I know Patricia. She used to run the Cubic 99 User Club in Funan. I think she joined CANON after she left Creative. Not sure where she is now. Should be around 40 plus by now.

          
Friday 21st April 2006
Paul (Singapore)

 

NAME  CUBIC 99
MANUFACTURER  Creative Technology
TYPE  Portable
ORIGIN  Singapore
YEAR  October 1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Talking Basic interpreter (Apple ll compatible)
KEYBOARD  Full-Stroke 68 keys with numeric keypad & function keys
CPU  6502 and Z80-A
SPEED  unknown
RAM  64 KB expandable to 192 KB
VRAM  2 KB CMOS RAM
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 col. x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  40 x 40 or 280 x 192 pixels (2 to 18 Hi-Res. pages)
COLORS  16
SOUND  Speech synthetiser and tones generator
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RGB and Composite video, Microphone jack, serial and parallel interfaces, Light-pen
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x F.D. 5.25 inches - 40 tracks - 48 TPI - 160 KB
OS  Apple ll and CP/M operating systems
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in 70 W P.S.U.
PERIPHERALS  Cubic 10 MB Winchester Hard-disk unit and Apple ll cards
PRICE  Unknown


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