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ACE 2000

The ACE 2000 series consisted of three computers the 2000, 2100, and the 2200.
The 2000 had no disk drives, the 2100 had one disk drive, and the 2200 had two disk drives. All featured a detachable keyboard, the same 1.02 MHz 65SC02 processor, the usual scattering of expansion slots around the motherboard and the half-height case.

Graphics modes and sound capabilities were in line with the Apple ][e. On the front panel, it had a row of LEDs for Power, Diagnostics, Double-high-res Graphics Mode, Hi-res Graphics Mode, and CPU Activity.

The back panel featured RS-232 serial ports (2), 1 DB-25 parallel port, 15-pin RGB video, and the power cable. The case and power supply had integrated fans. The case had the indentations for areas of expansion cards to poke out and provide new connectors; however, these expansion slots were not located in a nice row, 1-6. Slot 1 was missing (this was the parallel port on the back), slots 2 and 4 were combined into one slot (it was one or the other set via a jumper, not both), slot 3 was located near the rear and ran left to right, not from to back, slot 5 was located on the right side of the case and faced outward towards a screwplate covering the connector face and ran perpendicular to slot 3. Slot 6 was also missing, as it controlled the two disk drives.

Low-res graphics mode provided 16 colors in a 320x200 array, with a 2-4 line 'text window' at the bottom of the screen. Hi-res graphics gave you 512 x 384 pixels at either 4, 6, or 7 colors (depending on which software was used). There was supposedly another graphics mode, dubbed 'Double-High Resolution' which was supposed to give you 16 colors at 512x384, but there was a dearth of information about how to program in it.

The Franklins could run AppleSoft BASIC and DOS 3.3, but they shipped with the Franklin DOS 2 floppy FDOS 2. This allowed for such things as programmable function keys. Otherwise, there wasn't a whole lot different.

FDOS and BASIC were the keys to the enhanced graphics modes. If you had it, you could run Integer BASIC through a convoluted process. Booting Integer BASIC had an interesting secret: if you 'peeked' and 'poked' enough, you'd find the memory address for a reset. When Integer BASIC was reset, it displayed 'Apple ][' across the top of the screen. There were also numerous references to 'S. Wozniak' and 'S. Jobs' embedded in many of the programs Franklin delivered for it.

The Ace 2000 series was in fact the last Apple II compatibles made by Franklin. (~ 1987). Franklin then tried manufacturing PC clones before finally devoting themselves to pocket translators.

Thanks to Nathan Shrider for all this info.

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NAME  ACE 2000
MANUFACTURER  Franklin
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Integer AppleSoft BASIC
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 90 keys with numeric keypad and 12 function keys
CPU  65SC02
SPEED  1.02 MHz
RAM  64 KB
VRAM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  Same as Apple IIe + 512 x 384 in 4, 6, 7 or 16 colours
COLOrsc  up to 16 colours
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  2 x Serial RS-232, Parallel, RGB video, 3 x expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  0, 1 or 2 5.25'' FDD 35 and 40 tracks compatible
OS  Franklin DOS-2, Apple DOS 3.3
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Apple II series expansion cards
PRICE  Unknown





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