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NEC
PC 8801

The NEC PC 8801 was the successor of PC 8001. It offered fine colour graphics.
It had an optional MS-Dos board. It was one of the fist, if not the first color CPM computer.

It ran in three bootable modes: CPM, MS-Dos, and N88-Basic. The N-Basic would natively boot on the system without disk, just like the PC 8001. It also had a software / hardware switch to turn it into PC 8001 mode.

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I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan (Misawa Air Base), and I bought the PC-8801n in Aomori, Japan with my reenlistment bonus in April 1982. The manuals were all in Japanese, so I hadn''t really been able to use it to its full potential. I used it for the next five years until I bought a Dell System 25, but the PC-8801 (now my secondary computer) lasted for about 12 years (until 1994) when it became inoperable due to the post office damaging the 8" dual drive when I shipped it from one duty station (Key West) to the next (Hawaii).

          
Tuesday 20th August 2019
Richard E Sgrignoli (Pennsylvania/USA)
www.sgrignoli.net

The NEC PC8801 was the followup from the NEC PC8001. It was distributed in west Europe by NEC Neuss Germany. These even manufactured computer furniture to be bought by complete systems. In the U.K. this was also a well know model in the marked of office equipment. The PC8801 had 2 basic interpretors in ROM, at first the bill gates written N-basic from Microsoft and second the very special Microsoft N-88 basic with extended commands for graphics etc.
You could load CP/M operating system by discette. At first the CP/M from the PC8001 computer, and later also CP/M in PC8801 mode.
In GB was at last also availble separate double DS/DD 8 inch discette station. The discettes had 1,2 Mb capacity in this format. Also was available a harddisk station from Japan for these computers. It''s brand was Anritsu, and the capacity was 10 Mb.

In America was another development going, also selden sold in Europe, the famous APC computer.
This was a more IBM compatible model, with build in
2 x 51/4 inch discette stations. The APC was the counterpart for the Northstar pc''s.

only link for available software
http://www.frimu.nl/bu/nec.htm

          
Saturday 10th November 2012
Frits Meuris (Nederland)

It was definitely released in the US. My folks bought one in 1982 or 1983. I learned to program on it in BASIC, Pascal, and Z80 Assembly.

It went from sibling to sibling until it finally was sent to me sometime in the 90s. It still functioned as late as a year ago when I finally donated it to a museum rather than move it across country with me. :-) By the time I got it back from a sibling, you could emulate a Z80 processor in software faster than the NEC would run it, but... I still have fond memories of all the hours I spent in front of it during my high school years, though.

          
Friday 13rd April 2012
Brent (US) (Colorado, USA)

 

NAME  PC 8801
MANUFACTURER  NEC
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  December 1981
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  N88-BASIC, N-BASIC (PC8001 MODE)
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard 67 key + 20 key numeric pad + 5 function keys
CPU  uPD780C-1(Z80A compatible)
SPEED  4 MHz
RAM  64 KB (up to 576 KB)
VRAM  48 KB
ROM  72 KB
TEXT MODES  36/40/72/80 characters x 20/25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 200 (8 colours), 640 x 400 (Monochrome)
COLORS  8
SOUND  3 FM channels + 3 SSG + 6 rhythms + 1 ADPCM
SIZE / WEIGHT  main case: 496W x 342D x 107H / 7.1 Kg
keyboard: 464W x 214D x 73H / 2 Kg
I/O PORTS  4 expansion slots
Tape recorder (600/1200 baud)
RS232C
CRT(MONO/DIGITAL), Centronics
POWER SUPPLY  PSU built-in, AC100V±10%, 40w-70w
PERIPHERALS  Dual 5'' (2x320 KB) or 8'' (2x1 MB) floppy drive unit
PRICE  228 000 yen (Japan, 1981)



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