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The P6060 was a computer which looked like a typewriter. It had a built-in thermal printer (80 column, 80 character per second). This printer featured graphics supported by system software for scaling, framing, offsetting, axis drawing and alphanumeric labeling.

The P6060 could be programmed with a special extended version of the BASIC language which featured random and sequential file handling and matrix operations.

There were two models: the basic configuration with 8KB user RAM and a single FDD was priced at $7950 and the enhanced configuration with 16 KB user RAM and dual floppy disk cost $10,000 (and you think your computer was expensive!).


Chris Marshall adds:
I worked for Olivetti for many years and can confirm that the processor for this machine was a two card Olivetti designed processor. The cards were called PUCE1 and PUCE2. The same cards were used in the TC800 data terminal machine widely used by the UK banks during the late 1970's and early 1980's

Phil Williams's memories:
At the age of 10 I cut my computer teeth on a P6060. My father paid over 6,000 uk pounds for one ($10,000) - and this was 1977.
Programs were stored on the 8-inch floppies and compiled when the "Run" button was pressed - you can see the 7 push buttons above the keypad. Display was a dot-matrix. Printer was 80 chars - and thermal, which meant costly to run. There was a driving game that involved printing out a track on the printer and you pressing the left or right button to keep your X on the road. Wasted oodles of paper!
Olivetti did offer a VDU display card, which I think cost more than the 6000 pounds for the machine!
I still have the P6060 - and 30 years on it still works!

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NAME  P6060
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1977
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Special version of BASIC
KEYBOARD  97 keys with numeric keypad, arrow and function keys
CPU  two card Olivetti processor
SPEED  Unknown
RAM  40 KB up to 80 KB (32 KB reserved for the O.S. loaded from the FDD)
VRAM  80 characters buffer
ROM  O.S. loader. Size unknown
TEXT MODES  Plasma display. 1 line of 32 characters
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  No sound
SIZE / WEIGHT  60 (W) x 65 (D) x 21.5(H) cm. / 40 Kg.
I/O PORTS  Serial IO ports (2) - RS232 - DMA interface
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 8'' 250 KB floppy disc drives
OS  Olivetti O.S.
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Optional 9 MB hard disk unit
PRICE  From $7950

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