The FM-11 BS is a FM-11 EX without the 6809 cpu, only the 8088 remains. This was considered as an heresy by FM-11 fans. The FM-11 EX was already an hybrid machine introducing an 8088 CPU along the 6809 microprocessor caracterizing the FM-11 series. Thus removing the 6809 from the FM-11 architecture was indeed an additional step forward IBM PC compatibility which was not to fans liking.
Thanks to its 8088 CPU, the FM-11 BS can run CP/M and CP/M 86 and MS-DOS operating systems. Contrary to first FM-11 systems (from 1982), the FM-11 BS is equiped with Chinese characters ROM (JIS Level 1 Kanji, Level 2 available in option).
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FM 11 BS
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES
F-Basic86 delivered on disks
Complete professional keyboard with function keys and separated numeric keypad (JIS standard). 98 keys.
256 KB (up to 1 MB)
40 x 20, 40 x 25, 80 x 20, 80 x 25
640 x 400 (2 screens), 640 x 200 (4 screens) with 8 colours
SIZE / WEIGHT
464 (W) x 360 (D) x 153 (H) mm / 13 kg
Tape-recorder interface (1600 baud), parallel/Centronics connector, RS-232c, RGB video output, Composite video output, TV (RF) video output, light-pen interface, 7 expansion slots
1 or 2 x 5.25'' disk drives (2DD, 320 KB), optional 10 MB hard disk