The HC-2000 was an upgraded version of the HC-91+. It was also compatible with the Sinclair Spectrum but could run as well the CP/M operating system and all its associated software.
It was actually an HC-91 with internal disk interface and 3.5" floppy disk drive. Major hardware differences were a white larger case housing the floppy drive, and 64 KB of RAM of which 48 KB were available in Spectrum mode, and 56 KB in CP/M mode.
There were two versions of the HC-2000, with or without built-in floppy disk drive.
Two 32 KB ROM chips were used. First one held the Spectrum BASIC, second the CP/M O.S. and IF1 disk interface.
The ROM also held specific commands to manage the diskettes (FORMAT, CAT, LOAD, SAVE, VERIFY, ERASE), as well as a RANDOMIZE USR 14446 which allowed to load the CP/M OS. At boot-up, a simple RUN command loaded and ran a 'Run' program (ancestor of MS-DOS 'Autorun') on the diskette.
The HC-2000 was the last home computer produced by ICE Felix. A business version version was later produced, it had approximately the same case design but featured a 386SX-25 or 33 MHz and built-in 1 MB RAM and VGA interface.
ICE means means Intreprinderea de Calculatoare Electronice (Electronic Computers Factory), and HC meant Home Computer. The company still have a Web site.
END OF PRODUCTION
1994 (replaced by PC compatible systems)
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Sinclair Spectrum BASIC
Full stroke 51 keys
48 KB (BASIC interpreter (16K), CP/M BIOS (8K) and IF1 disk interFace (8K)
32 chars x 24 lines (Spectrum mode) - 80 chars x 25 lines (CP/M mode)
256 x 192 pixels
16 (8 colours in normal or bright modes)
Beeper (10 octaves)
SIZE / WEIGHT
50 (W) x 20 (D) x 6 (H) cm
TV/RF, RGB, Joystick, ZX-Expansion Bus, Tape recorder, Power supply, RS-232, 2nd. External disk drive
BUILT IN MEDIA
Spectrum Basic or CP/M
External power supply unit (+5V (for TTL chips), +12V, -12V (for the serial interface) same as HC-91)