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Oric
ATMOS

The Oric Atmos was the successor of the Oric 1 and had almost the same features. Its main difference with the Oric 1 was the keyboard and the debugged ROM (the ORIC 1 had several bugs). Although improved, the loading process from tape was still very uncertain. The real mechanical keyboard was really better.

Two versions were available, with 16 or 48 KB of RAM. 16 KB version couldn't be upgraded, very few of them were sold.

There were also new Basic instructions and above all the Scart power supply was integrated on French models from 85! Fantastic, when you know that the Oric had the world record of cables and power supplies you had to use (1 for the computer, 1 for the tape recorder, 1 for the peritel supply and 1 more plug for the TV!).

The Atmos had really large success in France like its little brother the Oric-1. A lot of videogame companies got off the ground thanks to this machine, and quite a lot of people have a tender thought when then remember their Atmos.

In 1985, Eureka Informatique, a french company, bought back Oric. The Atmos then lived a bit longer thanks to some improvements (peritel power supply and better tape reliability) and cheap prices policy.

The Atmos was somehow legally licenced in Yugoslavia as the Nova 64.
The Pravetz 8D was a bulgarian clone of the Atmos.

NAME  ATMOS
MANUFACTURER  Oric
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  February 1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Tangerine Basic (made by Microsoft)
KEYBOARD  QWERTY, mechanical keyboard, 58 keys. 4 arrow keys.
ESC, CTRL, DEL, RETURN, SHIFT (x 2), FUNCT.
CPU  6502A
SPEED  1 mHz
RAM  16 KB or 48 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 chars x 28 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  240 x 200 (+ 3 text lines)
COLORS  8
SOUND  Programmable Sound Generator AY-3-8912 (from General Instruments)
3 voices, 8 octaves + white noise
SIZE / WEIGHT  28 (W) x 17,5 (D) x 5,5 (H) cm
I/O PORTS  Power supply, Expansion port, Printer/Centronics port, Tape-recorder DIN plug, RGB video out, RF TV out
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU 9V 600 mA
PERIPHERALS  3'' floppy disc unit, 4 colour printer-plotter
PRICE  365 (France, december 84)
150 (France, december 85)

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