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This french computer has some IBM PC compatibility. It can read PC disks with a special software and has ISA expansion slots. But it's not a real PC compatible machine.
It is more powerful than its little brother, the AX-20. But historicaly, the AX-25 was conceived before the AX-20, though it was marketed later.

Two models were available : the AX-25A with two 5"1/4 disk drives and the AX-25B with one 5"1/4 disk drive and a hard disk (10 MB).

The disk capacity is quite impressive for its time: 2,7Mb. The drive uses special 192 TPI disks and was conceived by Drivetec (USA). Technically, there a kind of mix between hard-disks and classic floppy drives.

The AX-25 is also quite fast with its clock-rate at 8 Mhz.

The AX-25 is sold with a text editor built-in: AED. It is a pictogram driven software and you could even use a mouse with it, just like with the brand new Macintosh (1984). If you hadn't a mouse, you could use the 8 function keys which were directly mounted on the monitor, at the bottom of the screen !

MicroSoft Basic, MicroSoft Word, Multiplan and Micropro software (including Wordstar) were available for this machine. The main operating system was MS-DOS but CP/M 86 was also possible as an option. M Basic was sold with the system, but Business Basic, Pascal, Fortran, Cobol and C were also available.

TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  M Basic (on disk)
KEYBOARD  AZERTY full-stroke keyboard with separated numeric keypad
8 programmable function keys on the monitor !
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  8 Mhz
RAM  128 KB (up to 1 MB)
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  24 x 80
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 288 (optional graphic card)
COLORS  No (12'' monochrome monitor)
SIZE / WEIGHT  42 x 51 38 cm
I/O PORTS  Parallel/Centronics, RS232c (optional), 5 x 8-bit ISA extension slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  AX-25A : 2 x 5''1/4 disk-drives (2,7Mb each)
AX-25B : 1 x 5''1/4 disk-drive and 1 hard-drive (10Mb)
OS  MS DOS (CP/M 86 in option)
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU / 70w
PERIPHERALS  Printers, graphic card
PRICE  AX-25A : 7012 (France, 1984)
AX-25B : 8080 (France, 1984)

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