In 1985, despite of the severe limitations of the political system, the Romanian computer company ICE-Felix, located in Bucharest, started to design and produce Sinclair Spectrum compatible computers.
The company was founded in 1970 and became the main computer equipments manufacturer in Romania. Several mini and microcomputers were developed, based initially on the French C.I.I. company licence.
The HC-85 was the first manufactured model. It was primarily intended for the Romanian schools and universities. As the engineers could not use the Spectrum / Feranti gate-array chip, they replaced it by a whole of logical chips that carried out exactly the same tasks.
The plastic case and the keyboard were of poor manufacture quality. However, the machine looked solid and the motherboard printed circuit was same quality level as the Western productions of the time.
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Spectrum Basic interpreter
Mechanical 40 keys + Reset switch
32 columns x 24 lines
256 x 192 pixels
16 (8 colours in mormal or bright modes)
Beeper (10 octaves)
SIZE / WEIGHT
34 (W) x 25 (D) x 4 (H) cm.
Tape recorder, Joystick x 2, RGB, TV aerial, AC adaptor