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N > NEC  > PC 6001 MK 2     

PC 6001 MK 2

The PC 6001 MK II was an improvement over the orginal PC-6001. It was available in two color cases: silver and ivory.

The system could work under three different Basic modes: N60 Basic, N60 Extended Basic and N60m Basic, each one offering different text and graphic modes, the maximum being 320x200 with 4 colors.

There is a ROM holding 1024 chinese characters.


dimitris theodoropoylos from Greece reports to us:
The model I describe is the Nec Pc 6001 B MK II. It was sold in Greece in mid 1986. After power up, you had to choose between:
The first two versions were probably added for compatibility with previous models. The extended versions managed graphics,and floppy drives.
The last version was the most powerful, it had all functions of extended versions as well as the ability to display 320x200/15 colour graphics.
The ROM also held a simple monitor program.
It was one of the rare computers offering Greek letters in ROM. One could find the following chips: CPU PD780C1, co-pro PD780-02 (IN-OUT, TAPE, PRINTER AND SCREEN), PD78007 (RGB CONTROL), PDZ80-08 (MODULATOR CONTROL), 2xPD8255's for printer and floppy drives, PD8049 (keyboard) and AY-3-8910 for sound.
The machine didn't have Serial RS232 interface, only an empty socket for later installation.
The micro was slow , the mbasic was slow,the tape interface was very slow -((
With the lack of software (in Greece) in a market full of cheaper amstrad's and spectrum's, and the upcoming era of 16-bit machines it was a complete faillure. I think that no more than 50 pieces were sold, considering that Greece was a very small and tight market.

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.



This Computer actualy have the same specification as an Amstrad CPC computer...
Be it CPU : Z80A (clone here), sound PSG : AY-3-8910(AY-3-8910 on CPC too) and the graphic modes of 160x200x16 and 320x200x4.

The main differences ?
-In built Vocal Synthtiser (those were exeternal peripheral on CPC) and a different Basic which includes Japanese characters.
-Nec has a ZX Spectrum like 15 colours palette while CPC has a 3x3x3 cubic RGB palette (27 colours)
-Disk Drives and RAM/ROM differ from models to models of course.

Monday 28th February 2011


Can you please help me to searching to NEC PC-6001MkII cassete pin out?

Saturday 18th October 2014
Jet Fidelis (Brasil)


NAME  PC 6001 MK 2
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  July 1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  N60 Basic, N60 Extended Basic & N60m Basic available
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, JIS standard layout, 64 keys, 5 function keys, 4 cursor keys, kana letter key
CPU  PD780C-1 (Z80A compatible)
SPEED  3.9936 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  PD8049 (I/O management)
RAM  64 KB
ROM  32 KB (Basic) + 32 KB (Chinese characters ROM) + 16 KB (Character generator) + 16 KB (optional synthesis)
TEXT MODES  32 x 16, 40 x 20
GRAPHIC MODES  64 x 48, 80 x 40, 128 x 192, 160 x 200, 256 x 192, 320 x 200
SOUND  Internal speaker, 3 voices, 8 octaves
optional speech synthesizer (2 octaves)
SIZE / WEIGHT  365 x 87 x 260 mm / 3.3 Kg
I/O PORTS  Joysticks, cartridge slot, floppy disk connector, printer connector, RGB video output, RF video output , Composite video output, Tape interface (600/1200 baud), audio output, superimposition connector, RS-232c
POWER SUPPLY  AC100V10% 50/60Hz, 25w
PRICE  84 800 yen (Japan, 1983)



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