The Micro 16s was designed to be a powerful package of hardware and software in a professional business system. It offered a unique architectural design for the time: interchangeable microprocessors and thus operating systems. In fact most commonly used processors were Intel 8086 and Zilog Z80.
One or two processor boards could be plugged into the Micro 16s and either one could be in control of the bus, the memory, etc.
Fujitsu also planned to launch Motorola 68000, Intel 80286 and Zilog Z8000 boards.
RAM memory boards could be added, from 128 KB to 1024 KB, thanks to the new 256 K-bit RAM chips.
Fujitsu color graphics video terminal was handled by an independant video processor located onto the mainboard. A standard RGB monitor could be connected as well and used simultaneously.
With the Micro 16s, Fujitsu offered a very versatile system able to oparate all of the major microprocessors of the time, and run all existing operating systems.
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I worked for Fujitsu in the 1980s and we used the Micro 16s. I don''t have the computer, but I do have a set of software floppy discs and manuals. They are for the CPM-86 operating system, Supercalc, and Wordstar. I was going to toss these out, but thought someone might be interested. They are free, but would appreciate being compensated for the shipping charges if out of Southern California.
Wednesday 9th November 2011
Dave Marsee (Southern California)
Back in 1984, I worked for a Canon copier dealership in Austin, TX, that also began selling the Fujitsu Micro 16s. I was sent to Santa Clara, CA, and was trained by Fujitsu on maintenance and repair.
I''m not sure how many we sold over the next year, but I believe I only made three repairs$ all for the same problem. There was an issue with a bearing that was seated in the center of each of the 5.25 floppy drives. It either was manufactured with a defect or rapidly developed a burr that would cause high-pitched squealing of the drive when it spun a disc. The solution was to take a very fine nail file and remove the burr.
Aside from that, they seemed to offer no serious problems and worked quite well. That''s about all I can remember about them.
A sidebar memory was that my daughter was born two months premature while I was attending the school, so I missed her birth. I''m still trying to live down not being there.
Wednesday 5th October 2011
Keith Mikesell (Pittsburgh, PA)
during the 80''s I worked for a company called "The Computer Center" in Juneau, Alaska. We sold the Fujitsu Micro 16, mostly to the State. Due to the fact that it used ms-dos and not pc-dos (IBM version) it was unable to run such programs as lotus 1-2-3 and others that the state used, and therefor sales were slow. I developed a plugin emulator board and software to allow the computer to run many of these programs. We sold several hundred of the boards at about $600 each. I still have a few of them! I''ve been looking for a Micro 16 to add to my collection if anyone knows of one!
Friday 17th December 2010
David Moss (USA)
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Full troke 98 keys with 10 function keys and numeric keypad