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TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

Triumph was originally Triumph-Adler - the merger company of the 2 typewriter manufacturers Triumph and Adler, to which Triumph (which also produced mechanical calculators and sewing-machines) was the bigger one. Later they got US-typewriter Royal merged into it and had the best years between 1975 and 1988, when they even build competiting machines to IBM System /34 and /36 ... but they did neither understand nor learn the business and ran out of the financial power.

The technical part of TA is today a subsidary of Olivetti which tells it all about the downfall of TA. The operational part is a Holding in Nuremberg, which deals with offices, buildings and health-care.

The Alphatronic was mainly sold in Germany and was intended as a 'hybrid' Business / Home machine. For Business it was sold as either a 'dumb' Terminal or as a stand-alone Word Processor 'package' (consisting of base unit, WP Cartridge and (Centronics) printer.

For home the base unit had a 'built in' Basic ROM - it was also available with either a single or dual Floppy Disks (which included CP/M and Disk basic).

It never sold very well in either market - it was much too expensive for home use.

Thanks to its Z80 CPU, the Alphatronic PC can run CP/M and quite a few software packages available for it. There were two external disk-drives available: F1 and F2. F1 had the controller built-in. You had to have F1 to use F2, the second one.

Sometimes, the Alphatronic PC was sold as a complete wordprocessing package with a daisy-wheel printer (Triumph-Adler TR-170) and a word-processing cartridge inserted into the ROM-pack slot (top left part of the case).

Towards the end of it's life, the British Company, MATMOS sold off the final 'batch' or single & dual floppy packages together with a RGB-PAL convertor box.

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Contributors: Steeve Buniak

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Hello everyone,
does anyone know how much does it cost to get this legacy PC it''s great ? can we find it in auctions ? or something

          
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Obada El''esh (Jordan)

Hello,
All this is about the TA PC 8, from wich I have 1 Matmos and 2 TA mainunits 1x F1 and 1x F2 Floppy and a 4x 5 MB HD(seagate 225) and FD80/40 trackn system and lots of software CP/M 2.2 $3 ,NZ-com,Z3plus and diskbasic based.
But there is also a PC16 also a mainunit and 2 external floppydrives with 8088 cpu and MS-DOS compatible. I have one but have n''t used it a long time so I can''t remember how much $ in any case it will not start from IBM or Microsoft disks.

Groetjes,

Hans

          
Sunday 8th January 2012
Hans van der Puijl (Belgium)

As a teenager, one of my friends had one of these. However, his was branded by Royal and included the monitor, floppy drive and software. I don't know if he still has it or not.

          
Friday 13rd May 2005
Brian Futrell (Raleigh, NC)

 

NAME  ALPHATRONIC PC
MANUFACTURER  Triumph Adler
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  Germany
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic 5.11
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 6 function keys, arrow keys and separated numeric keypad, 85 keys
CPU  Zilog Z80
SPEED  4 MHz
RAM  64 KB
ROM  32 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 chars. x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  80 x 72 / 160 x 72 dots
COLORS  8
SOUND  1 voice, built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  40.5 (W) x 25.5 (D) x 7.3 (H) cm / 3,5 kg
I/O PORTS  RGB video out, Tape interface, Serial RS232c/V24 port (from 300 to 9600 baud), Centronics/Parallel port, Disk-drive connector, Cartridge/Rompack slot
BUILT IN MEDIA  optional one or two 5.25'' disk-drives (320 kb each)
OS  CP/M 2.1 (then 2.2) with diskdrives
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  5''1/4 disk-drives, printers (DRH 80/1 and TRD-170)
PRICE  1500 DM (Germany, 83) - 760 (France, 83)
£347 (U.K., 1984)
UC + monochrom monitor + 2 disk-drives = 2142 (France, 84)
105 (France, June 86)


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