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PC 8001

In 1979, the NEC PC-8001 was an excellent machine, offering 8 colors when most of its competitors were still monochrome. There is even a (low) graphic resolution of 160 x 100 dots. It could display capital and small letters.

The PC-8001 had great success with Japanese businesses, where it was widely used. At the time, NEC claimed that the PC-8001 represented at least 45% of their home japanese market. This is when the PC serie from NEC and MZ serie from Sharp started competing!

The base system was 32K, but a company in Concord, CA. made a thing called the "WEDGE" that mounted below the Base system and added the needed 32K plus it had analog and digital input ports and other goodies.

The US version of the PC-8001 was named PC-8001A.


Contributors : Jeff Denno

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
Special thanks to Lloyd Gavin who donated us this computer !

NAME  PC 8001
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1979
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard with numeric keypad, 5 function keys, JIS standard layout
CPU  uPD 780c-1 (compatible with Z80)
CO-PROCESSOR  ěPD3301D (CRT controller), ěPD8257C-5 (DMA controller)
RAM  16 KB (upgradable to 32 KB and 64 KB)
ROM  24 KB
TEXT MODES  36x20, 36x25, 40x20, 40x25, 72x20, 72x25, 80x20, 80x25
GRAPHIC MODES  160 x 100 (320 x 200 in option)
SOUND  Built-in beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  440 x 265 x 80 mm / 4 Kg
I/O PORTS  Centronics, RS232c, IEEE 488 (optional), cassette interface (600 baud)
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 5.25'' disk-drives (PC-8031)
OS  N-BASIC, CP/M optional
POWER SUPPLY  AC100V±10% 50/60Hz, 20w
PERIPHERALS  Fixed expansion unit with dual 5'' 163 KB FDD, extra 32 KB of RAM, 2 x RS232C, IEEE488 and Parallel interfaces
PRICE  168,000 yens (Japan, 1979)

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