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Apricot Xen

Codenamed Candyfloss, this computer was aimed to compete with the IBM PC-AT. It was a multipost system capable of controlling up to 16 stations.

Three versions were sold:
• Xen FD with 512 KB of RAM and 2 x 720 KB 3.5" FDD.
• Xen HD with 1 MB of RAM, 720 KB 3.5" or 1.2 MB 5.25" FDD. and 20 MB HDD.
• Xen WS (WorkStation) with 1 MB of RAM and no disk drives.

Some Xen systems used a large black external power supply unit weighing at least 2-3 kilos, others featured a built-in one.

Speed of processing, supposedly zero wait-state, was superior to that of the IBM-AT. The motherboard featured a hard disk controller but the graphics card was delivered separately.

Xen systems also shipped with MS-DOS 3.2, GW-Basic and Windows. They could also run Xenix O.S.!

Special thanks to C.G.Styles who donated us this computer !

NAME  Apricot Xen
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  October 1985
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, numeric keypad, 10 function keys and 6 dynamic function keys
Small LCD screen (40 characters x 2 lines)
CPU  80286
SPEED  7,5 Mhz
RAM  512 KB or 1 MB depending models
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  Monochrome (green or paper white) 800 x 400 dots
Colour 640 x 350 dots
COLORS  Unknown
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  37 (W) x 37 (D) x 10 (H) cm (CPU)
I/O PORTS  Parallel, Serial, Video out, Apricot monitor output
BUILT IN MEDIA  One 3''1/2 disk-drive (sometimes 5''1/4) and 20Mb hard-disk
OS  MS-DOS 3.2, Windows, Xenix optional
POWER SUPPLY  External or internal power supply unit, depending models
PERIPHERALS  Trackball, external 5.25 F.D.D. unit
PRICE  Xen FD: £1699 - Xen HD: £2699 - Xen WS: £1199

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