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Franklin
ACE 1200

Like the ACE 1000 from wich it kept all its features, the Franklin ACE 1200 was completely compatible with the Apple II+.

It was equipped from factory line with a Z80 board, a floppy disk controller board, a 80 columns board and a serial / parallel board that gave it the ability to also run all the software for the CP/M operating system.

The box lid plugged the two floppy drives and the keyboard had typematic and lower case ability. The serial / parallel board experienced some compatibility flaws as printers connected to them weren't automaticaly recognized by Apple II management software.

Franklin machines ran FDOS - Franklin DOS, which was compatible with DOS 3 from Apple, but had a lot of cool features such as built-in RAM disk, disk caching, loadable device drivers, shortened commands, support for hard drives, etc.

In september 1983, Franklin lost a trial against Apple for counterfeiting ROM software from the Apple II and II+. Moreover the Apple IIe, launched a few time later with 2 special keys allowed to distinguish between true Apple and compatible machines. However, Franklin still produced Apple II and PC compatible computers (ACE-500, ACE-2000) for about two years before devoting them to pocket translators.

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.

 

I have a Franklin 1200 and it can put out color its not a monochrome system (the 1000 might have been) although the monitor that came with it is. It however has no graphical capability of its own.

          
Monday 8th July 2019
Aaron (USA)

i owned the franklin 1200 plus computer back in the day 1984 I paid $1000.00 for the computer part and the monitor and it came with software..

The computer was built like a tank. But, I remember it i as very hard to find a modem for the computer since. mine did not have a serial card at the time. I mostly used apple 2 software on my computer..

          
Wednesday 26th September 2007
Randy Fisher (USA)

 

NAME  ACE 1200
MANUFACTURER  Franklin
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1983
END OF PRODUCTION  1984
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  Full Stroke 71 keys
CPU  6502
SPEED  1.022 mHz
CO-PROCESSOR  None
RAM  64 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  40 x 48 / 208 x 160 / 280 x 192
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  1 voice - built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  46 (W) x 50 (D) x 20.5 (H) cm.
I/O PORTS  Joystick, composite video, 8 Apple II compatible slots
MEDIA  1 or 2 integrated 5.25 160 KB F.D. drives
NUMBER OF GAMES  Apple II DOS (DOS-1) and CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Apple II extensions
PRICE  system+monitor = $1000.00 (1984, USA)




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