As the Sinclair ZX-81, the Alice was clearly marketed as an initiation machine.
In 1981, Matra signed a deal with Tandy/RadioShack to develop a MC-10 clone for 1983 : the Alice. Matra then worked with Hachette (both were owned by the Lagardère group) to produce the documentation and to organize the distribution. Last but not least, the well known and excellent french illustrator Moebius drew a beautiful illustration for the docs and the box of the Alice.
Alice is quite limited in its possibilities but is also quite pleasant to use. Its case is whole red and the computer really looks like a toy.
Several educational programs were developed for this computer.
Then in 1984, Matra presents a new version : The Alice 32 with 16 kb RAM and improved graphical possibilities.
But this computer was, like the MC 10, a flop in the marketplace. It was replaced one year later by the Alice 90.
END OF PRODUCTION
Alice 4k : 1982 Alice 32 : end of 1985
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Basic Microsoft 1.0 (1982)
AZERTY, chicklet keyboard 47 keys (1 SHIFT, 1 CONTROL, BREAK, ENTER) Basic statements written above each key
Motorola 6803 (a cross between 6800 and 6809)
MC-6847 Video Generator
Alice 4k : 4 kb, 3 kb left for user Alice 32 : 16 kb, 8 kb left for user
Alice 4k : 8 kb Alice 32 : 16 kb
Alice 4k : 32 x 16 Alice 32 : 32 x 16, 40 x 25, 80 x 25
Alice 4k : 64 x 32 Alice 32 : 64 x 32, 160 x 125, 320 x 250
Alice 4k : 9 Alice 32 : 9 with Basic, 32 with machine code
SIZE / WEIGHT
51 x 216 x 178 / 850gt
Expansion port (18 pins) Tape-recorder (1500 bauds) TV (7 pins DIN plug) I/O serial port (4 pins DIN plug)
10v - 1,3A
Printer, 16k RAM expansion
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