The MBC-1000 was the bottom-of-the-range system of a series of "Creative Computer" CP/M machines which was also comprised of the 11xx and 12xx ranges.
Although its design wasn't revolutionary, it was a well-built and reliable machine featuring a detachable keyboard, a 12-inch green monochrome screen and a single built-in 5.25, 327 KB floppy drive.
It ran CP/M 2.2 OS with a very fast boot up sequence. The OS was ready to run in less than five seconds after the machine was switched on. The whole family of Micropro software - WordStar, CalcStar, DataStar, ReportStar... was specially modified to fit MBC-1000 features. Sbasic, an extended Basic interpreter, was included into the CP/M master diskette.
Sanyo CP/M machines had a discreet life in business world and were gradually replaced by PC compatible systems.
Extracts from the marketing brochure:
- Compact design integrating all the functions for multi-purpose applications
- Z-80A CPU ensures high-speed processing with no-wait mode
- A substantial library of business software has been developed in the United States to Sanyo's specifications. Sanyo will also offer word-processing, electronic spread-sheets, and related software to its distributor and dealer network. A user encyclopedia for the extensive, powerful SBASIC II is supplied with the machine. The Sanyo computer will support all CP/M compatible software and along with the appropriate interpreter or compiler, programs can be run in C-Basic, M-Basic, Fortran, Cobol, Forth and others. Sanyo will support and publish a list of approved software products to its dealers, distributors and end users.
- SBASIC II adds several additional commands and statements to those featured by Microsoft BASIC. The disket supplied includes a set of Check programs and Utilities allowing extra programming flexibility.
- Built-in floppy disk drive with file copy procedure can be expanded to incorporate up to three 5"1/4 or two 8" additional floppy disk drives. The expandability to over 2.3 MB of disk storage assures the capacity to meet your needs.
- Easy-to-operate typewriter-style keyboard with numeric pad and five function keys for easy program execution
- 12" non-glare green phosphor video display screen showing up to 256 standard and graphic characters. For special graphic or alpha-numeric needs, programmable character generator allows you to change any character to meet these requirements.
- Centronics parallel printer port, RS-232C serial port, and additional 5"1/4 floppy expansion disk port are standard.
- Additional interface cards are available for a parallel port or RS-232 port.
- The interface card for the EFD860F (additional 8" external drives) is packaged with the EFD860F
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The MBC-1000 was also my first "real" computer. I had been fiddling with Z-80 type stuff but never achieved anything useful. Being a radio ham at the time I interfaced my hf rig to the "1000" and wrote a morse code "reader" in assembler. It was very good at tracking speed and variations in transmission technique. Later I wrote a morse sender as well. Amateur Packet Radio became popular and I wrote several apps for receiving and sending for that too. I had a budgie as a pet which learned the sound of the keyboard clicks. She would sit on the monitor and click away as if typing furiously!! Many nostalgic memories of those days.
Thursday 4th April 2013
Otto Fobian (South Africa)
For me as a freelance translator working in Japan in 1982 the MBC (I had the 1200 with two floppy disc drives), one of the two types of daisy wheel printer offered by a Tokyo software house called Procom, and their adaption of Wordstar for different languages, this was the very first affordable machine for German. I paid the equivalent of $5,000 for the package and it was all worth it because translation business was booming at that time in Japan. I scrapped the machine after 8 years of heavy duty having used up two keyboards and two floppy drives in the process.
Sunday 20th May 2012
Wolf W. Berger (Bavaria)
My first computer was the Sanyo MBC-1000. You''re right, it had a very fast bootup. Great machine. I paid $1500 for it in, I believe, the fall of ''82 (maybe ''83). I had only 2 options for printers that would work with it and I still had to pay $60 for a parrallel cord to be custom made - they had to have my Sanyo manual. It took them a week to do the cord. I liked the machine so much that in 1985 I bought the more expensive "sister" to it - the Sanyo MBC-4050 because it had 2 floppy drives and double the memory. I sold the MBC-1000 for $150. I''m a freelance writer and I can tell you that the screen on that Sanyo, even when writing 12-15 hours a day, never gave me a headache or eye problems. It was always clear and easy to see, a big plus for a writer. Great computer and a good price - the same price as the Healthkit that was similar, but required you to build it. I was always glad I chickened out on building the Healthkit and bought the Sanyo MBC-1000.
Wednesday 10th September 2008
writeroffthelake (Vanessa) (USA)
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
SBASIC II (Microsoft Basic with additional commands specific to the system)
Typewriter type, 83 keys with numeric keypad, 5 function keys & arrow keys
2 KB (video) + 2 KB (character generator)
80 columns x 25 lines (8x8 dots character matrix. Programmable character generator)
Monochrome green phosphore (12'' non-glare monitor)
SIZE / WEIGHT
Main unit: 40.5 (W) x 31.7 (H) x 35.7 (D) cm / 14 kg Keyboard: 41 (W) x 7.6 (H) x 21.1 (D) cm / 3.5 Kg
Parallel printer, external FDD unit, Serial RS232 (1200-8500 BPS baud rate)
BUILT IN MEDIA
Built-in 5.25'' 327 KB floppy-disk drive
Built-in, switching power supply unit (45 W)
Up to 5 expansion cards, up to three 5''1/4 or two 8'' drives can be added
$1500 (fall 1982, USA) $3,995 (1983, USA) - includes a second 5 1/4 inch drive, a daisy wheel printer, the software package and 8 hours of instructions in WordStar, CalcStar and installation