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Micro 16s

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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My second computer was a Micro 16s. I even bought the external SCSI 5 mb hard disk. I still have the entire system with original manuals, advertising brochures, software and original packaging. This has all been in storage since the early 1980''s, but it worked when I put it away. I would love to sell this system to someone who has a computer collection or museum. If interested, please contact me through this site.

Tuesday 18th March 2014
Kim Kasdorf (Chapel Hill, NC USA)

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)


NAME  Micro 16s
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1983
KEYBOARD  Full troke 98 keys with 10 function keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8086, Zilog Z80-A (standard), Motorola 68000, Intel 80286, Zilog Z8000 boards
SPEED  8 MHz (8086), 4 MHz (Z80)
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola 6809, MOS 6845 (Graphic video interface)
RAM  128 KB up to 1152 KB
VRAM  4 KB ( Characters) + 48 KB (graphics)
ROM  8 KB (boot loader, diagnostics)
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 200 pixels
COLOrsc  8
SOUND  Tone generator
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Parallel Centronics, Serial RS232, 4-channel A/D converter, RGB video, composite video, Light-pen
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 to 4 x 320 KB 5.25'' floppy disc drives, 5 to 20 MB hard disk
OS  Concurrent CP/M-86 with GSX graphic extension, MP/M-86, MS-DOS, Unix
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  External 8'' or 5.25'' floppy disc and hard disc units
PRICE  $3995 with colour monitor, CP/M-86, Wordstar and Supercalc²



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