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ACE 1000

The Franklin ACE 1000 was launched in 1983. It was the successor of the ACE 100, released in 1981. The ACE 1000 had 48 KB RAM and allowed for a 16 KB Language card. It also supported lower-case letters, had a numeric keypad, and a larger case.

From the factory, the Ace-1000 did not support colours but there was a colour chip that could be added by the dealer for $50 (this dealer add-on was an attempt to protect themselves legally against lawsuits from Apple).

It was fully compatible with the Apple II and could use the same programs and cards. Unlike the Apple II, the Franklin didn't have tape recorder In/Out jacks but its power supply had an integrated cooling fan.

The makers of this computer would be sued in 1984 for violation of certain Apple trademarks, namely, the operating system. Apple would win the lawsuit, and Franklin would be forced out of the computer business.


Matt Beechey recalls :
The most annoying thing about the design of this computer was it had a reset button under the front edge - I used to always lift my legs up onto the rest of the chair and hit the reset button with my knee after hours of unsaved typing!

NAME  ACE 1000
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Typewriter type - 71 keys with numeric keypad
CPU  6502
SPEED  1.022 mHz
RAM  64 KB
ROM  12 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  40 x 48 / 208 x 160 / 280 x 192
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  1 voice - Built-n speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  45 (W) x 49.8 (D) x 11 (H) cm
I/O PORTS  Joystick, 8 Apple II compatible slots
OS  Apple DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching PSU with cooling fan
PERIPHERALS  All the Apple II cards and peripherals
PRICE  $1,100

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