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VG 5000

Radiola and Schneider became Philips subsidiaries in 1990 when Philips bought the French Schneider TV assembly plant located in Le Mans - the West of France - and then named Radiotechnique (RTC).

The Radiola, Schneider and Philips VG-5000 were exactly same machines, apart from the case colour. They were conceived and manufactured in the RTC Le Mans factory and only intended for the French market.

At the time, RTC also made the "Minitel", a phone video terminal almost each French family owned. To save costs, the VG-5000 keyboard was thus taken from the Minitel and slightly altered.

Several Philips computer were also sold under Radiola and Schneider names, among them, the VG-8000 and VG-8020

Although it was sold under three brand names, the VG-5000 didn't sell well, because of its limited capacities, rare and expensive peripherals, and lack of good software.

NAME  VG 5000
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  late 1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic
KEYBOARD  AZERTY, 63 keys (chicklet keyboard)
33 Basic statements
10 accentuated letters
Editing keypad
CPU  Zilog Z80
RAM  24 kb (up to 56 kb)
VRAM  8 kb
ROM  18 kb
TEXT MODES  40 columns x 25 lines (15 x 80 only in assembler)
GRAPHIC MODES  None (pseudo 320 x 250 resolution with semi-graphic symbols)
SOUND  1 voice, 4 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 x 21 x 4,2 cm / 820g
I/O PORTS  Tape recorder DIN plug (1200 or 2400 bauds)
Video output (DIN to SCART)
Power DIN plug
Extension port (2 x 25 pins)
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU (VU 0022)
PERIPHERALS  VG 5200 - Joystick interface
VG 5216 - Expansion unit
VU 0001 - Joytsick
VU 0011 - SECAM Modulator
VU 0031 - 16k RAM cartridge
VW 0010 - 40 columns printer
VW 0020 - 80 columns print
PRICE  242 (December 84)

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