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G > GEM > GEM-2000 / 3000 / 4000


GEM
GEM-2000 / 3000 / 4000

Sinclair QL

GEM (Groupement européen d'études...), a Belgium company, is apparently at the origin of these computers. But VDI (Video Direct International) also appears in the adds we have. GEM / VDI also sold the HomeVision console which was made in Taïwan.

I would rather think that it was conceived in Taïwan and sold by GEM/VDI in Europe. Of course, more info are needed here.

The GEM computers may have never been sold. Here are the only info we own:

The GEM-3000 or "Family Super Computer" has a RAM of 80k. It also has a sound generator (8 octaves), joysticks and should be compatible with Apple and MSX (!).

The two other machines are the GEM-2000, which is intermediate between the Charlemagne and the GEM-3000, and the model 4000, conceived for professionnals.

Atari and Coleco adaptators should be avalaible for all the models.

Very strange. If we understand well, the GEM-3000 should be compatible with Apple, MSX, Atari and Coleco...mmm, a very interesting machine ! This would mean that this computer would have been multi-processors (Z80 and 6502 at least)...

The 3000 and 4000 have apparently the same case, the power switch location being the only noticeable difference. The two computers seem to have 4 Atari-type joysticks ports.

Finally, here are the different names of the GEM computers :

- GEM-1000 / Charlemagne 999 / Junior Computer
- GEM-2000 / Family mini-computer
- GEM-3000 / Family Super Computer
- GEM-4000 / Prodessional Computer

All these informations seem to prove that these machines were indeed asiatic computers, illegaly compatible with known standards. It's quite possible that because of legal rights they were never sold, at least in Europe and North America...

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+ Atari and Coleco adaptators
+ GEM3000 compatibility with Apple/MSX
+ The keyboards

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- Never produced ?
- No software

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