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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...
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...
MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 800
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
IMLAC PDS-1
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

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ATARI  FX-1 Sparrow
In 1991, Atari planned to replace the old STe computers. They realized then the "Sparrow Card", which was a development card plugged into the 68000 slot of an Atari 1040 STe. The "Sparrow Card" had one of the main feature of the future FX-1 / Falcon 030 computers : it was a dual CPU board. It used a Motorola MC68030 and a Motorola DSP 56K. The "Sparrow Card" used a 16 MHz 68030, a 16 MHz 68882 (ar...
EDS C64 EDC
We are looking for information about this rare machine made by the German company EDS. It seems that only 320 machines of this type have been sold, mostly in Germany. The inside was composed of a C64 mainboard, a built-in PSU and a dual 5.25" floppy disk drives. The enhanced keyboard had a numeric keypad. ...
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION VT-180
In 1982, Digital introduced an option board which turned a VT-100 terminal into a personal computer using the CP/M operating system. It was called the Digital's Personal Computing Option. Customer could purchase just the option board or could buy the complete terminal/computer package called the VT-180. The VT-100 terminal was introduced by Digital in August 1978. It rapidly enjoyed great popularity and soon became the most widely imitated asynchronous terminal. Its control code...
HITACHI  H2
The Hitachi H2 is a MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM and a built-in tape recorder. It can be easily carried thanks to its big handle......
SANYO  MBC-1200 / 1250
The MBC-1200 and MBC-1250 are two 8-bit CP/M machines intended for business market. They were the first Sanyo business machines to have graphics capability. They feature a high-resolution 640 X 400 dot matrix for graphic displays or a 40 line X 80 character text mode. The auxiliary CPU ensures high speed execution of graphics, while the detachable ergonomic keyboard and coiled cable enhance ease of use. There was no difference between the 1200 and 1250 models except that they left the fac...
CZERWENY CZ-2000
Very little info about this computer which came from Czerweny Electrˇnica in Argentina. The company also supplied parts (transformers, fans...) to numerous computer factories in the world. The CZ-2000 was a pure Sinclair Spectrum compatible system. The motherboard (Issue 4) was imported from Sinclair branch in Portugal. In Argentina Czerweny models competed with Brazilians TK 83, 85, 90x and genuine Sinclair machines, but CZ sold more machines than them...
HONEYWELL DDP-516
The Series 16 computers were originally designed by Computer Control Company, which was then bought by Honeywell in 1966. Series 16 computers were used in a wide range of applications. Many were used in computer control applications, and many educational establishments used them as general purpose computers. The most prominent application of them relates to the origins of the internet. The DDP-516 was used as the basis of "Interface Message Processors" or IMPs that were used to connect t...
ROBOTRON KC 85/1 - Z 9001
The KC85/1 was originally introduced as the HC-9001, "HC" meaning "Home Computer". But as the industry demand for computers was so high, they even used these home computers, so the name was changed to KC85/1, "KC" standing for "KleinComputer", which could be translated to "Small Computer". The machine had very limited graphical capabilities with 128 pre-defined graphic and 96 text symbols in text mode (8x8 pixels size). The BASIC language needs to be loaded from cassette every time you...
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  LASER 200 / 210
The Laser 200 / 210 was sold worldwide under different brands (Dick Smith, Texet, Salora, etc...). Maybe the most popular of these "foreign models" was the VZ-200 sold by Dick Smith Electronics. The Laser 200 is the successor of the poor Laser 110 and was followed by the Laser 310. It was a good choice if you wanted to buy a cheap computer for initiation....
SMT  Goupil G4
The G4 computer represents the real entry of the S.M.T. Goupil company in the professional computers world. The time of the craft period with systems intended for a small circle of computers hobbyists and teachers is over. With the G4, the french manufacturer clearly affirms his will to quickly penetrate the companies and administrations market. The future will show that this new positioning will be successfull, partly thanks to the qualities of the G4 : modern and fast microprocessor, full c...

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Visual 1083 / Commuter

 
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FRANKLIN
ACE 1200

 
New Zealand Review

SEMI-TECH
Pied Piper

 
Wonder Compute

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
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ALTOS COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Serie 5

 
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CASIO
FP 1000 / FP 1100

 
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TK-85

 
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EPSON
QX 10

 
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MICRONIQUE
Victor / Hector 1

 
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System I / II / III

 
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APPLE
APPLE III

 
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ZX 81

 
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Electron

 
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NEC
PC 8001

 
Bridge Computer vers...

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
QL monitor ad.

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
1978 brochure #18

MSI
6800

 
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COMPUKIT
UK-101

 
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EACA
VIDEO GENIE 1 / EG-3003

 
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APF
Imagination Machine

 
Comparison chart

PANASONIC
JD series

 
U.S. ad (1983)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
COMPACT COMPUTER 40 (CC40)

 
U.S. advert (1977)

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
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CASIO
FX-702P

 

   LATEST COMMENTS
Denny Mingus
5/28/2015
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  LCM-1001
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Denny Mingus
5/28/2015
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  LCM-1001
I''d like to share some photos of the TI LCM modules. I have the 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1004. Please contact me.

Lutz
5/27/2015
ROCKWELL  AIM 65
Hi Ross,

i still have the one from my first computer. After laying around in various drawers and moving boxes for about 30 years it''s dusty, but in good shape - no scratches or soldering iron burns. Instead of letting it gather more dust, i''d rather give it to someone who makes use of it. Contact me via my HP if you''re still interested.

Cheers!

Ibrahim M
5/24/2015
RADIONIC Model R1001
You do NOT want a radionics compoter latest modal

Roland
5/22/2015
SOLID STATE TECHNOLOGY Athena
Just stumbled across this site. I was one of hardware/firmware designers for this product. I may still have some manuals for the system, if there is any interest in me scanning them.

I designed the DRAM system (48K), the dot-matrix printer microcontroller hardware/ firmware, the RS232 terminal interface.

Also involved in a CPM conversion project that we never brought to market. Still know many of the team (Mike Varanka, Gary Cook, Roland Guilmet, Dennis Chasse, Dave. As well as the next generation (8088/86 based) system which we prototyped and didn''t make to market.

OS was called AMOS (Athena Multitasking Operating System) and used a bus based system that when each board was installed automatically provided relevant driver for the OS. No external software needed.

Interesting side note: Met Bill Gates of Microsoft, when we contracted Microsoft for Assembler, Basic, and Fortran software packages for the system.

Gabriel Graša
5/20/2015
EPCOM / SHARP Hotbit HB-8000
There''s a TV commercial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v$7PeCWm_trY8) from december 1985 which shows the Hotbit being sold for Cr$3,900,00.00 (yes, nearly 4 million cruzeiros). That would have meant about US$400 as the exchange rate was Cr$10,000.00 that month (things were very dinamic then!). In 2015 dollars, that''s US$877.77.

Frank michelson
5/20/2015
MEDUSA T-40
Frank you are the worst sports analyst ever and should quit.

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