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ALCYANE A6E

The Alcyane had a very powerful basic for files managing called Alcybase. It could use a specific version of APL. It was possible to network 2 to 4 computers together.

The manufacturer was MATRA DATASYSTEM (until 1986) These computers where mainly sold with 10 MB removable 12" hard disks from CII Honneywell Bull.
A multi-user system was also released, called A10.

Jean Pierre Bouhot was one of the founders of MBC. The C letter came from COTTIN who went into partnership with Bouhot.
Initial planned company name was MBI, anagram of IBM with the slogan "L'informatique à l'envers" (computing backwards).
Bouhot also created the French magazine "L'informatique professionnelle" which is still alive and is now property of Gartner Group through his 1997 aquisition of "Bouhot & Le Gendre" consulting French Cie.

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NAME  ALCYANE A6E
MANUFACTURER  MBC
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1983
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Unknown
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard with numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8085
SPEED  5 mHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Unknown
RAM  128 KB
ROM  4 KB
TEXT MODES  80 x 24 / 128 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 256
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  10 expension slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 5.25'' disk-drives
OS  Alcybase, French OS and language, optional CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PRICE  5350 at the end of production


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