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Polymorphic
POLY 88

The POLY 88 was a S-100 bus based computer sold in kit or assembled versions. The small case could receive the 8080 CPU board and three additional S-100 cards. Daughter boards were provided by Polymorphic to expand system capacities: video, keyboard, serial and cassette interfaces.

The system was also compatible with Altair peripherals. Originally, the computer was sold with the name "Micro-Altair", but MITS (the Altair manufacturer) required to change it quickly. So the company name became Polymorphic and its first computer, the POLY 88.

In 1976, five versions were proposed:
System 1 Kit version including 512 bytes RAM, 1 Kb. ROM monitor, 16 lines x 32 chars. video interface, keyboard input port and power supply. ($595)
System 2 System 1 plus 64 chars. per line option and cassette interface kit. ($690)
System 3 System 2 plus 8 Kb. of RAM, Basic and Assembler programs on cassette tape. ($990)
System 4 Complete kit including System 3 plus TV monitor, keyboard and cassette recorder ($1350)
System 7 System 4 assembled and ready to use. ($1350)

Thanks to Leon H. Schindel for his invaluable help



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In the late 70''s I paid almost four grand for this system, with a walnut cabinet for the floppy drive, processor! It was stolen from my Santa Barbara home, within two weeks...

          
Thursday 12th September 2013
Edward W. Jackson  (Missouri, USA)

I have a Polly 88 that worked well. I did a lot of upgrades to it including adding dual 5-1/4 shugart floppy drives with North Star Controller. I later put the polly 88 boards into an Altair 8800 box so I could add more S-100 cards. I also converted games from the Sol-80 to run on the Polly 88. Star Trek and air traffic controller. i haven''t used it in years. I have 3 complete polly 88''s that probably still work.

          
Saturday 3rd March 2012
Robert Nind (Canada)

The Poly 88 was also available as a system 0. It included all of the basic components but without the mother board, memory or cabinet.

I built my own missing stuff and still have it.
DH

          
Sunday 19th December 2010
Don Haywood (Colorado USA)

 

NAME  POLY 88
MANUFACTURER  Polymorphic
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1976
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 54 keys (made by Cherry)
CPU  8080A
SPEED  2 MHz 8080A, running at 1.8432 MHz (so that it could be easily divided to produce standard baud rate clocks)
RAM  512 bytes to 32 KB.
VRAM  1 KB
ROM  Monitor 1 KB (2 KB optional)
TEXT MODES  40 chars x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  Semi-graphic mode (128 x 48)
COLOrsc  Monochrome
SOUND  None standard (available through S100 boards)
SIZE / WEIGHT  11(W) x 17.5(H) x 43 (D) cm.
I/O PORTS  Keyboard, tape recorder, printer, video vomposite
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU
PERIPHERALS  Video, keyboard, cassette, serial interfaces.
Some Altair S-100 cards
PRICE  From $595 to $1350





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