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   LATEST ADDITIONS
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
LITTON - MONROE OC-8820
The Monroe OC-8820 was an all-in one Z80 based system featuring 128 to 256 KB of RAM, a monochrome CRT and a dual 5.25" 300 KB floppy disk drive. It used its own multitask operating system, but a CP/M OS could be acquired separately along with a specific Monroe BASIC interpreter, Dbase II, Wordstar and a spreadsheet (probably CalcStar). Even under CP/M, You could run the a Spreadsheet report and still run Wordstar. A 10 MB hard-disk drive unit was also available. The Monroe computer fa...
SEATTLE COMPUTER Gazelle
Even if you've never heard of this massive computer, the Gazelle is truly a historic computer. Neither because it was one of the first 8088, then 8086 based computer, nor because this Gazelle is propably the heaviest 8088 system ever built, but because it was the computer Tim Paterson wrote DOS for, the first DOS operating system that became later MS-DOS 1.0 when Microsoft bought the rights to DOS from Tim's company, afterwards. See in the "Internet Links" section various links ...
SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION 6800
The SWTPC 6800 was the first computer system made by The SouthWest Technical Products Corporation and the first based on the Motorola 6800 microprocessor. Before manufacturing computers, SWTPC sold home audio kits and a kind of computer terminal called "Television Typewriter". The SWPTC 6800 was introduced in 1975. The first system included a case with power supply housing a SS-50 and SS-30 bus based motherboard, a 6800 CPU card, a 2 KB. static RAM card and ...
ULTRASOUND Tele-Sports
This is exactly the same system as the Radofin Tele-Sports, but sold by Ultrasound in Germany. See the Radofin Tele-Sports entry for more info....
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 3000
A very interesting and obscure system. The Laser 3000 is compatible (software-wise only) with the Apple II+ through emulation software. A Z80 card with CP/M 80 was available, as well as an Intel 8088 card....
NIXDORF PC 05
The Nixdorf PC 05 was made by Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Ind.). It was same machine as the Panasonic FH-2000. It was sold only in Germany, either under its own brand name, or under the name of companies which used it for custom applications....
POLYMORPHIC  System 8813
The Polymorphic System 8813 was the larger brother of the Poly 88. William Davis reports : This unit could connected to an add-on unit (MS 88) that consisted of two 8" Shugart DSDD disk drives. Near the end Polymorphic System also featured a 10 MB hard disk and a unit called the "Twin Systems" which allowed two simultaneous users on a shared bus. I had all the above, buying the first of three 8813 in 1978 and continuing to use ...
CANON  V-10
The V-10 is a classic MSX-1 computer. The V-10 has less memory than the V-20 but is much harder to find by our times......
ATARI  ST BOOK
After the success of the Stacy, Atari presented a new portable computer: the ST Book. It was a rather nice toy: very light, impressive battery life, MIDI ports, battery-saved RAM, etc. The Hard Disk contains a small Null-Modem program to transfer files (very handy!). It has no internal floppy drive, the external floppy was a weird (and expensive!) unit that used the same interface as Atari's hard disks (ACSI). Despite its interesting characteristics, an...
CANON  X-07
The Canon X07 was very popular. The RAM could be extended thanks to small cards (which looked like credit cards), although these cards were very expensive. ROM cards were also available for professional applications. The Canon X07 had a video interface and uses a cathodic screen. Thanks to this interface, the X07 could use a new text mode, 40 x 24, and a new graphic mode, 256 x 192, with 6 colours. It is unknown if the two displays could be used simultaneously. An infrared interface was ...

   LATEST COMMENTS
technology history junky
8/16/2019
R2E  MICRAL-N
nitpick: it is not fair description to call the 8008 "8-bit 4004".
the 4004 was very limited intel in-house design, and not much was left from this - i think the 4040 and there the dynasty ends/

the 8008 was built to CTC instruction set, same as datapoint 2200, which was a reasonably capable processor. (interesting tidbit is that CTC also asked TI to build one, not just intel. they came up with a chip, and had samples, but very few people ever saw one, let alone a working circuit with one).
its weaknesses were the straight jacket of 18-pin package, and only 14 address bits, so only 16K.
the 8080 added a lot more than just the 40-pin package and 16 address lines, but it''s hard to argue that those were the main difference.

it is fair to say that the 8008 was closer to the 8080 which started the revolution than to the 4004/ i believe the instruction set of the 8008 is the foundation of the 8080, which was the foundation of the 8086, and all the way to the intel engine which still runs the world to this day.

Nils H
8/16/2019
LITTON - MONROE OC-8880
The Monroe OC8800 could probably run CP/M, but it was offered with another operating system called OS8MT which was a multi-tasking 8-bit operating system.

There was a Basic interpreter that is related to the Luxor ABC800 series computers and the Diab Basic on the Motorola Unix computers.

There''s even an MS-DOS version of that Basic named basic2pc. There are however some differences in instruction set, but those differences are minor. Search for BASIC2PC.ZIP to find it. The basic is a semi-compiling basic which makes it fairly fast when executing.

One Monroe-specific instruction that I happen to remember is "OPTION EUROPE", which allowed you to programmatically determine if there should be a comma or dot as decimal separator.


Andres
8/15/2019
APPLE  Apple II clones
I "think" I just bought one of these clones, but still trying to understand exactly what it is. It looks similar to the Lazar II clone, but the power supply and motherboard are original Apple ones, so I guess somebody changed the case.

Graham Nash
8/12/2019
RAIR MICROCOMPUTER Black Box
Hi all,
Wow, I am reading all these posts and many fantastic memories are flooding back of the time I had with Rair Ltd from 1981 to 1989! I remember Mark, Howard and Dave as if yesterday. I was interviewed by Mark , who had been at NCR, where I had been for the last 10 years selling big stuff for tens of thousands of pounds and then he shows me this tiny black suitcase in the corner of the board room at Wellington House, Upper St.Martins Lane and says it can do so much more for £3,500. I was hooked and went on to sell thousands of 3/20, 3/30’s and 3/50’s. Then onto the Supermicro!
Remember Tim, John Petit, the two Clares , Nial( with the campervan) , Tom Frazer,Phil, Richard Little, Bharat ,Camarl , Robert and the boys at the factory in Camden Town.
Hope to hear from one of you again , am enjoying my retirement .
Regards Graham Nash

fireb0y
8/10/2019
SONY  Hit-Bit 75
Very good and reliable computer, my first home computer ever. The cursor keys were good, but they fail about time because the switches used by Sony, but nowadays are easy to find replacement.

Jerri Kohl
8/6/2019
PANASONIC HHC
I''m looking to assembly programming information and to purchase the following items for this system or the system including these items. Does anyone have a TV/monitor interface or any extra info about it? Does anyone have any extra information about (or have?) the EPROM expansion board that Tom Klein described on the main page here for the HHC? He said, "It was housed in a one-inch thicker tray and interfaced between the printer and compueter, adding about 1 inch to the length." And it had sockets for 8-64K EEPROMS. I am curious how the bankswitching was performed.

David from Hungary
8/1/2019
COMMODORE  C64C
My childhood machine. My mom bought it second-hand around 1996, long after the decline of the 8-Bit era. After we moved on to Windows PCs, the C64C and its peripherals sat boxed in in the basement. This year, I refurbished them, retrobrighted their cases, added heatsinks to the sensitive components. Everything works like a charm, and it''s still a great experience to tinker around with them.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
TYPING TUTOR
Tandy TRS-80
Microsoft - 1979
 misc - typing tutor
T-MEK (32X) (84520)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Atari, Bits Corporation, Time Warner Interactive - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
KOLIBRI (32X) (84518)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Amoeba, Novotrade International, Sega (publisher) - 1995
 game -
TOKYO-NAMPA.STREET
Sharp X1
Enix - year unknown
 game -
RETOUR DU DOCTEUR GENIUS, LE
Oric compatible systems
Loriciels - 1984
 game - adventure - text interface
FUN ZOO
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game - lightgun - zoo
TENNIS
Odyssey 200
Magnavox - 1975
 game - ball and paddle - sport - tennis
SPASIM

company unknown - 1974
 game - 3d - first person shooter - space
ROADBLASTERS (PA2036)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Tengen - 1990
 game - car - driving - shoot them up
BLITZ! (VT3202)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3
 game - american football - sport - vector graphics
3D MINE STORM
Vectrex
GCE - 1983
 game - 3d (real) - shoot them up - space - vector graphics
SUPER TANK (C-66)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1986
 game - shoot them up - tank
SONIC INVADER
Video Technology - Laser 2001
Video Technology - 1983
 game - shoot them up - space
MALIBU BIKINI VOLLEYBALL (PA2086)
Atari Lynx
Atari (publisher), Hand Made Software (developer) - 1993
 game - beach - sport - volleyball
ATARI BASKETBALL
Arcade
Atari - 1979
 game - basketball - sport

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JD series

 
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INTEL
SDK-85

 
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SORD
IS 11

 
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NEC
TK 80

 
U.K. ad. (dec. 1985)

AMSTRAD
CPC 464

 
Italian ad

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
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COLECO
Telstar Colortron

 
Leaflet (1982)

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
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HEWLETT PACKARD
HP-85

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TOSHIBA
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SMT
Goupil 2

 
Us advert July 1982

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 PC-2

 
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FAIRCHILD
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SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
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IBM
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Videopac C52

 
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Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3

 
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I.S.T.C. (INFORMATIC SYST╚MES T╔L╔COM)
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COLECO
Colecovision

 
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OSBORNE CORP.
Executive

 
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PANASONIC
JD series

 
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