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Philips
P5000 series

P5000 came in two major types. One was 8080 based, and the other was Z80 based. RAM on the 8080 was 64K, 128K on the Z80. The Z80 was used on the "twin" (two terminal and two printer) version, and the Cluster (or 4 Head/4 terminal version).

Software was remarkably efficient, copies going between the two floppies, printing, and editing all at the same time on up to 4 terminals, on an 8 bit CPU and 128K of RAM.

The software was originanally developed in Ottawa, lead by the person who would become company president. Company started as Micom, and was eventually bought by Philiips.

The pictured model is a P5004, second generation from P5002 series. This huge system (at least 50 kg) was conceived by D. K. Hammer at system software development department of Philips in Vienna, but manufactured in Canada. It was commonly connected to a Qume daysywheel printer and was used not only for word processing, but also as billing, accounting or specialized system for technical or scientific documents production.

First P5000s did not boot from a floppy but from a Magnetic card reader. The ‘Schugart’ 8” drives came later. Each 300 KB 8" floppy disc could store up to 128 A4 size pages.

There was also a P5040 third generation which looked like a modern pc. This was the last of the dedicated Philips word processors.

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Contributors: Kevin Holdaway, Kostas Kritsilas




 

I used to work at the Town of Mount Royal production facility from 1981-1993/4 (facility had moved to Ville St. Laurent by then).

P5000 came in two major types$ one was 8080 based, and the other was Z80 based. RAM on teh 8080 was 64K, 128K on the Z80. The Z80 was used on the "twin" (two terminal and two printer) version, and the Cluster (or 4 Head/4 terminal version).

Software was remarkably efficient$ copies going between the two floppies, printing, and editing all at the same time on up to 4 terminals, on an 8 bit CPU and 128K of RAM.

As far as I know, the software was originanally developed in Ottawa, lead by the person who would become company president (went to school with Dr. Wang). Company started as Micom, and was eventually bought by Philiips.

Kostas

          
Wednesday 25th April 2012
Kostas Kritsilas

 

NAME  P5000 series
MANUFACTURER  Philips
ORIGIN  Netherlands
YEAR  October 1978
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  82 keys with editing and cursor keys
CPU  Intel 8080
SPEED  Unknown
CO-PROCESSOR  None
RAM  64 KB or 128 KB
VRAM  8 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 columns x 28 line + 3 control lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
COLORS  Monochrome green phosphore
SOUND  beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  main unit 56 (W) x 48 (D) x 68 (H) cm
I/O PORTS  Two parallel printer connector
MEDIA  2 x 8'' 300 KB floppy disc drives
NUMBER OF GAMES  Proprietary OS
POWER SUPPLY  Built in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  No extensions
PRICE  About $25,000




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