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C64 Aldi

Externally, the C=64 Aldi had same case colour as a standard C=64 but the keyboard was light grey, like the future C=64G and C=64C.

Internally, the motherboard was redesigned to minimize production costs, most of the TTL chips were removed, replaced with a new MMU chipset. First releases of this board had some compatibility problems with C=64 peripherals - they lacked the 9V user port voltage, but this limitation was repaired in the next revisions.

Although made in USA, the Aldi was sold only in Germany as a game machine through only one distribution channel, a supermarket chain called... Aldi, hence his name, given by the German 64'er magazine.

In 1989, the C=64 Aldi would be replaced by the grey C=64G which would use the same motherboard.

Thanks (again :-) to Roman von Wartburg for the pictures.

NAME  C64 Aldi
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1987
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 66 keys with 4 function keys
CPU  MOS 8500 - 6510 compatible
SPEED  0.985 MHz (PAL) / 1.023 MHz (NTSC)
CO-PROCESSOR  VIC II (Video), SID (Sound), MMU (memory management)
RAM  64 KB
ROM  20 KB
TEXT MODES  40 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  several, most used : 320 x 200
COLORS  16 + 16 border colours
SOUND  3 voices / 9 octaves, 4 waveforms (sound output through TV)
SIZE / WEIGHT  40.4 (W) x 21.6 (D) x 7.5 (H) cm / 1820 g
I/O PORTS  RGB (composite, chroma/luma and sound in/out), 2 x Joystick, Cardridge slot, Tape interface (300 bps), Serial, User Port, TV RF output
BUILT IN MEDIA  External cassette unit or 170 KB 5.25'' floppy disc unit (1541)
POWER SUPPLY  External power adaptor
PRICE  Unknown

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