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VG 5000

This computer was created and made in France by a company called RTC. It was the first home computer released by Philips. It was not MSX compliant and or compatible with the other Philips VG computers. The basic was written by Microsoft.

It was designed to be a cheap computer for beginners and school purpose. Philips planned to develop a lot of peripherals for this computer : synthetiser, memory card, floppy disk unit, videodisc interface, etc... but none of them was realised. Finally, it had a limited success.

NAME  VG 5000
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Netherlands
YEAR  end of 1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic
KEYBOARD  AZERTY, 63 keys (chicklet keyboard)
33 Basic statements
10 accentuated letters
Editing keypad
CPU  Zilog Z80
RAM  24 kb (up to 56 kb)
VRAM  8 kb
ROM  18 kb
TEXT MODES  40 x 25 (15 x 80 only in assembler)
GRAPHIC MODES  None (pseudo 320 x 250 resolution with semi-graphic symbols)
SOUND  1 voice, 4 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 x 21 x 4,2 cm / 820g
I/O PORTS  Tape recorder DIN plug (1200 or 2400 bauds)
Video output (DIN to SCART)
Power DIN plug
Extension port (2 x 25 pins)
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU (VU 0022)
PERIPHERALS  VG 5200 - Joystick interface
VG 5216 - Expansion unit
VU 0001 - Joytsick
VU 0011 - SECAM Modulator
VU 0031 - 16k RAM cartridge
VW 0010 - 40 columns printer
VW 0020 - 80 columns print
PRICE  242 (France, dec. 84)
120 (France, oct. 86)

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