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The Squale was a strange computer which was sold in very small quantities. The BASIC was supplied in a cartridge. Only 28 KB were free for the user (4 KB for the monitor, 28 KB for BASIC and FLEX and 32 KB for the video memory). One of its interesting characteristics was its built-in modem (Thomson EFB 7510, 1200 baud, full duplex or 1200/75 baud, half duplex). The designers of this computer apparently encountered lots of problems with the development of the Squale, which explains why it sold in such limited quantities.

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Believe it or not: one of my relatives won one of these computers by answering with my help a phone quiz on Radio Arc-En-Ciel, a local radio. I remember there were 2 questions to be answered: 1) How many bits in a byte? and 2) Which processor is powering the Squale? :-) The machine had a really sturdy riveted metal sheet case. If I recall correctly the user manual was a tiny paperback, the machine was pretty buggy and therefore useless, so it soon landed in a closet. Unfortunately, 30 years later I don''t know what happened to it.

Saturday 26th December 2020
Denis Faivre (France)

Does anyone have a Squale that they are willing to sell? I am interested in purchasing one, preferably with the S-BASIC manual.

Monday 12th September 2005
Andrew Fiori (Canada)


TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  September 1984
END OF PRODUCTION  Never produced on a large scale
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  S Basic in ROM cartridge
55 keys, Mechanical keyboard
ESC, CTRL, DEL, Return, 2 SHIFT, LOCK, Reset
4 arrow keys
CPU  Motorola 6809
RAM  92 kb, up to 256kb with extension
VRAM  32 kb
ROM  4 kb
TEXT MODES  40 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 256
SOUND  3 voices, 5 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  500 x 195 x 10 mm
I/O PORTS  2 joystick ports, Tape-recorder din plug, Modem, Centronics port, Light pen din plug, SS30 bus extension port, Cartridge port, Scart video output, Analog 2 Digital converter (optional)
BUILT IN MEDIA  Rom Pack reader
OS  Flex 09
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in Power supply unit
PRICE  532 with colour monitor (France, May 85)
475 with monochrome monitor (France, May 85)

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