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P/330

These photos were sent by Pablo Alvarez Doval (Thank you!). This computer belongs to his uncle, unfortunately, he has no information about it. He says: "It's a huge computer, built in a metallic desk, with a printer, two 8" floppy drives, 12" green-screen monitor (I am not sure, but I do believe it is 12"), and a keyboard, everything you needed built in. It even had a chair to compliment it! Obviously, it is some kind of office computer".

It has indeed a 12" screen (white characters 25 x 80) en two 8" floppy drives 1,2 MB. A harddisk was optional. The programming language was Phocal. (Philips Office Computer Assembly Language).

The printer was a 9 pins dot matrix, 100 cps. The P330 was the last product of the Philips Office computers series. Then Philips came with the mircro computers and later the IBM compatibele PC's.

In 1992 the Philips computer line was ended.

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Contributors : Pablo Alvarez Doval, Roy Van Der Lee



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I worked by Philips in 1969 en was a programmer. In 1973 I had my own company and we made software for alle Philips office computers. The P330 was one of them. I think is was the best product of all. We made hundreds of applications for this model in the Netherlands. It has indeed a 12" screen (white characters 25 x 80) en two 8" floppy drives 1,2 MB.
A harddisk was optional. The programming language was Phocal. (Philips Office Computer Assembly Language).
The printer was a 9 pins dot matrix, 100 cps. The P330 was the last product of the Philips Office computers series. Then Philips came with the mircro computers and later the IBM compatibele PC''s.
In 1992 the Philips computer dream was ended. It was a good time and good products.

          
Monday 8th November 2010
Roy Van Der Lee (Netherlands)

I programmed this computer and it''s brothers and sisters: P172, P173, P300 series until 1983.
The P330 was the last model, the simpliest version costed over 80000 HFL, ca. 40000 euro. Just before the rising of microprocessors and pc''s.

They were mainly used for local administration, invoicing and such with an interface to central financial systems on mainframes. All bookings where written on ECMA cassettes which were sent to the central computer company.
Triumph had similar systems.

P172 was programmed with Pholas, the rest with Phocal, an assembler language. Programming the P172 was a bit of a nuisance, entering codelines into the computer itself.
Programs for the P173 onwards could be entered and assempled on a bigger P4000 computer.

          
Thursday 8th July 2010
Paul (Dutchland)

I used the earlier version of this machine without a display back in the late 70s. It was the first computer I ever operated. Some called it a "billing machine" but it was a real computer because we had to call a guy in to program it when it had problems. We kept accounts on the A4 sized cards with magnetic strips. I got pretty fast at working this machine.

          
Tuesday 15th July 2008
AmishCake (USA)

 

NAME  P/330
MANUFACTURER  Philips
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  Netherlands
YEAR  March 1978
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Unknown
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard
CPU  Intel 8080 (NEC version)
SPEED  Unknown
RAM  32 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
COLORS  Monochrome
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Unknown
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 8'' FDD, optional 7 MB 8'' hard disk
Programs loading was done by a minicassete software called PIOC (Program Input Output Cassette)
OS  PHOCAL (Philips Office Computer Assembler Language)
POWER SUPPLY  Unknown
PRICE  About 15,000 (Belgium)


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