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   LATEST ADDITIONS
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...

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MOS TECHNOLOGY  TIM
The TIM (Terminal Interface Monitor) was a MOS Technology Inc's build-it-yourself 6502 development system that was launched before the KIM-1. When a computer fan ordered a TIM from MOS Technology in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he got a MCS6530-004 (1k TIM monitor program in ROM), and a manual (15 sheets of 11x17 folded & stapled in the middle) containing a suggested schematic, the TIM monitor commands, and listing. He had to provide himself with various components...
SORD  M 68 / M 68 MX
The SORD M68 has two buses: a 16-bit bus (with 3 slots) and a 8-bit bus (the S100 bus with two slots). Two models: The M68 Mark IV with two 5.25" floppy disk drives (1.2 Mb each) and the M68 Mark V with 8" floppy disk drives (1.2 Mb). From one to four hard disks can be connected: 8 MB (5.25" disk) or 20 MB (8" disk)....
GRUNDY  NEW BRAIN
"When the NewBrain was announced to the world, in 1980, the design concept was significantly in advance of anything that had been seen in the field of handheld computing." (Dick Pountain - Personal Computer World) In fact, the company that created it, Newburry Labs, sold the desing to its current owner, Grundy Business Systems Ltd. It also seems that a small part of the original design came from Sinclair Radionics which designed later the ZX-80. At ...
NBI Hantu
All the information we have come from a copy of a 1975 brochure of an NBI Hantu (later renamed to the System II). It boasted an Intel 8008 processor up to 16K of RAM and two 8" 250K floppies. NBI was the first software based wordprocessing system on the market. At that time, the competition had to change firmware each time the program was changed. NBI officially stood for "Nothing But Intials", however the real origin of the name NBI was "Necton Bilinium Incorporated" a name chosen by ...
SAITEK Micro Computer (?)
This original computer was to be released by Saitek to rival popular computers of the 80's, mainly the Commodore 64. Designed by Iain Sinclair, it remained a project and was never marketed. The picture you see here is a moulded plastic prototype. The particularity of this project was to design the available expansions so they can stack up above the computer, from the vertical expansion slot. The project was even called "Wafer Personal Computer". From the onl...
KÖRTING Tele-Video-Computer TVC 4000
The Körting TVC-4000 is an exact copy of the more popular Interton VC-4000 system.See this entry for more info....
NEC  Compo BS/80
These Compo 80/BS systems (BS stands for Basic) are in fact based upon the NEC TK-80 board system. There are a kind of "all-in-one" offer with a TK-80 board, a plastic case, a real keyboard, a tape-recorder or a numeric keypad and several other boards... The Compo BS/80A has a remote controled tape-recorder built-in (1200 bauds) whereas the BS/80B must use an external tape-recorder (300 bauds). A weird feature is that you have to use a key to unlock the sys...
DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS DMS-5000
The DMS-5000 resumed the concept of the DMS-3/F system, a CP/M based machine that could be used as a stand-alone computer or as a network station for the HiNet local area network. The DMS-5000 was sold in two versions, a Z80 based model with 64 KB of RAM, and a 8086 version with up to 1 MB of RAM. The novelty came from the A4 size rotating screen allowing wide spread sheets to be scrolled left and right, and long letters up and down. The screen had also som...
HANIMEX  7771
A classic european pong made in Honk-Kong and sold under many brands through Europe. The Hanimex 7771G is exactly the same system (even internally) as the 7771, but it enables the two shooting games initially offered by the AY-3-8500 chipset, by providing a lightgun and its connector. This means that the 7771 "could" play the shooting games, but hardware was not implemented in it. This was a common marketing strategy at the time, in order to propose a range of systems at minimal cost. ...
YAMAHA  C1
The Yamaha C1 was released in 1987 and is basically a 80286 processor based PC with 8 built in MIDI ports for use in applications where there are many MIDI instruments to address. By 1987 some machines which were capable of responding on multiple MIDI channels were appearing, and some earlier machines could only function in "omni" mode which meant that they needed a whole 16 channel port to themselves or they would play every time a note intended for another instrument was sent. Since ...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Mark (Michigan)
8/18/2019
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
I got mine at a computer show in Detroit when the computer was about a year old. It still fires up. I did have to replace the power supply. (try to find one!) I wish they would make a Windows, Mac dual boot laptop!!!

technology history junky
8/16/2019
R2E  MICRAL-N
nitpick: it is not fair description to call the 8008 "8-bit 4004".
the 4004 was very limited intel in-house design, and not much was left from this - i think the 4040 and there the dynasty ends/

the 8008 was built to CTC instruction set, same as datapoint 2200, which was a reasonably capable processor. (interesting tidbit is that CTC also asked TI to build one, not just intel. they came up with a chip, and had samples, but very few people ever saw one, let alone a working circuit with one).
its weaknesses were the straight jacket of 18-pin package, and only 14 address bits, so only 16K.
the 8080 added a lot more than just the 40-pin package and 16 address lines, but it''s hard to argue that those were the main difference.

it is fair to say that the 8008 was closer to the 8080 which started the revolution than to the 4004/ i believe the instruction set of the 8008 is the foundation of the 8080, which was the foundation of the 8086, and all the way to the intel engine which still runs the world to this day.

Nils H
8/16/2019
LITTON - MONROE OC-8880
The Monroe OC8800 could probably run CP/M, but it was offered with another operating system called OS8MT which was a multi-tasking 8-bit operating system.

There was a Basic interpreter that is related to the Luxor ABC800 series computers and the Diab Basic on the Motorola Unix computers.

There''s even an MS-DOS version of that Basic named basic2pc. There are however some differences in instruction set, but those differences are minor. Search for BASIC2PC.ZIP to find it. The basic is a semi-compiling basic which makes it fairly fast when executing.

One Monroe-specific instruction that I happen to remember is "OPTION EUROPE", which allowed you to programmatically determine if there should be a comma or dot as decimal separator.


Andres
8/15/2019
APPLE  Apple II clones
I "think" I just bought one of these clones, but still trying to understand exactly what it is. It looks similar to the Lazar II clone, but the power supply and motherboard are original Apple ones, so I guess somebody changed the case.

Graham Nash
8/12/2019
RAIR MICROCOMPUTER Black Box
Hi all,
Wow, I am reading all these posts and many fantastic memories are flooding back of the time I had with Rair Ltd from 1981 to 1989! I remember Mark, Howard and Dave as if yesterday. I was interviewed by Mark , who had been at NCR, where I had been for the last 10 years selling big stuff for tens of thousands of pounds and then he shows me this tiny black suitcase in the corner of the board room at Wellington House, Upper St.Martins Lane and says it can do so much more for £3,500. I was hooked and went on to sell thousands of 3/20, 3/30’s and 3/50’s. Then onto the Supermicro!
Remember Tim, John Petit, the two Clares , Nial( with the campervan) , Tom Frazer,Phil, Richard Little, Bharat ,Camarl , Robert and the boys at the factory in Camden Town.
Hope to hear from one of you again , am enjoying my retirement .
Regards Graham Nash

fireb0y
8/10/2019
SONY  Hit-Bit 75
Very good and reliable computer, my first home computer ever. The cursor keys were good, but they fail about time because the switches used by Sony, but nowadays are easy to find replacement.

Jerri Kohl
8/6/2019
PANASONIC HHC
I''m looking to assembly programming information and to purchase the following items for this system or the system including these items. Does anyone have a TV/monitor interface or any extra info about it? Does anyone have any extra information about (or have?) the EPROM expansion board that Tom Klein described on the main page here for the HHC? He said, "It was housed in a one-inch thicker tray and interfaced between the printer and compueter, adding about 1 inch to the length." And it had sockets for 8-64K EEPROMS. I am curious how the bankswitching was performed.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
TROY AIKMAN NFL FOOTBALL (21942)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Telegames (developer), Tradewest, Williams (publisher) - 1995
 game - american football - nfl - sport
BORDERLINE (G-1001)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game -
MONACO GP (G-1017 / C-17)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - car - racing
SPACE INVADERS (G-1045)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega, Taito - 1985
 game - shoot them up
SLOT MACHINE (VIDEOCART-22)
Fairchild Channel F
Zircon International Inc. - 1979
 game - slot machine
APB - ALL POINTS BULLETIN (PA2042)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Quicksilver Software, Tengen - 1991
 game - car - driving - police
VAL D'ISÉRE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING (J9060E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Teque (music & sound effects), Virtual Studios (developer) - 1994
 game - skiing - snowboarding
ENGINE ANALYZER
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 misc - science
HUSTLE CHUMY (G-1035)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Compile - 1984
 game - platform
VIDEO BLACKJACK (VIDEOCART-03)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1976
 game - blackjack - card game
PAC-MAN
Arcade
Midway, Namco - 1980
 game - eat them all - maze - pac-man
SPORT GAMES (1)
Bandai TV Jack 5000
Bandai (publisher) - 1978
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - hockey - lightgun - shooting gallery - sport - squash - tennis
TANOSHII SANSUU
Sega SC 3000/SC 3000H
Sega, Stratford - 1984
 game - educational game - mathematics
HIT ME
Arcade
RamTek - 1976
 game - blackjack - card game
BIPLANE
Arcade
Fun Games - 1975
 game - dogfight - duel - plane

   RANDOM ADVERTS
UK advert

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
Radiola advert. 1

PHILIPS
VG 5000

 
UK advert, Oct 1983

TOSHIBA
T 100

 
U.S. advert (1980)

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
1st. U.S. advert #1

EPSON
QX 10

 
German brochure #2

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
French ad (dec. 1983...

SELCOM
Lemon II

 
French advert (1982)

SHARP
MZ 80A - MZ 1200

 
German ad

SPECTRAVIDEO
SV 318

 
French advert (1984)

KAYPRO
Kaypro 10

 
French ad (dec.1983)

SPECTRAVIDEO
SV 318

 
Advert #1

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
Display size argumen...

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
Price list

CAMBRIDGE COMPUTERS
Z 88

 
Argentinian advert

CZERWENY
Spectrum

 
Promotional pict. #2

APF
Imagination Machine

 
French ad (nov. 1983...

ADVISION
Home Arcade

 
UK advert (feb. 1980...

SINCLAIR
MK 14

 
Brochure - happy cou...

ORMATU ELECTRIC BV
Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001

 
French ad (dec. 1987...

COMMODORE
Amiga 500

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
MO 5

 
German leaflet #2

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
First ad

APPLE
APPLE IIe

 
French brochure back

ORIC
ATMOS

 
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