The Acorn A5000 was an all new model of the Archimedes family replacing the A540.
It had 4 slots like previous models but a larger wider case making it look like a workstation computer.
It was built on the new fast ARM3 processor as used in the A4 laptop. VGA output and new extra screen modes were introduced as well using cheap standardised IDE hard disks. The keyboard was the quality 'Brisbane' model as used on the previous high end Acorns. (Or could 'Brisbane' be the codename for the A5000, as I discovered it inside the keyboard PCB when I did some repairs on mine?)
Many A5000s were fitted with SCSI controller cards and used with caddy-type external CD ROM drives for multimedia applications.
Early models had just 2MB of RAM with a slot to allow a 4MB RAM card to be mounted on top. Later A5000s were slightly faster, had 4MB on the motherboard as standard and more generously sized hard disks.
There are rumours that some of the Liteon built Acorn AKF18 SVGA multisync monitors normally supplied with the A4000/A5000 were recalled as they could overheat and catch fire! :(
Information supplied by Jonathan Hayward
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
BBC BASIC V
Full-stroke 102 keys PC-style
ARM 3 32 bit RISC
25 or 33 Mhz.
MEMC (memory), VIDC (Video and Sound), IOC (I/O)
2 to 4 MB
80 columns x 25 rows up to 132 x 32
VGA video output. Several graphic modes. Among them 640 x 256 or 512 pixels
8 voices synthesizer
SIZE / WEIGHT
43 (W) x 33.5 (D) x 9.8 (H) cm
Centronics, RS423, VGA, Econet, 4 expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA
3.5'' FDD (800 KB, 1.44 MB and 1.6 MB formatted capacities), HDD from 20 MB