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Fred 2

This Fred 2 computer is a prototype designed by Joseph Weisbecker, engineer at RCA. He already imagined several early computer designs before this Fred 2 model, such as the System 00 or the original Fred concept.

Fred is rather a concept imagined by Joseph Weisbecker for educational computer able to play games. This concept emerged in several hardware versions through time. The first models could be dates as early as 1970 or 1971 !

Unlike the System 00 which used only small-scale digital TTL logic chips, the Fred 2 computer is the first system of the project to use integrated chipsets, particularly the RCA's COSMAC 1801 chip set, which would become later the single-chip COSMAC 1802.

All the incredible work initiated by Joseph Weisbecker eventually led to the RCA Cosmac line of computers and the RCA Studio II gaming system, among other projects.

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Photo of the Fred 2 computer courtesy of the Sarnoff Collection, The College of New Jersey

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NAME  Fred 2
MANUFACTURER  RCA
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1974
KEYBOARD  Hexadecimal flat keyboard on front panel + switches
CPU  RCA 1801 dual chipset
SPEED  1.6 MHz
RAM  2 KB
ROM  None
COLORS  Black & white
I/O PORTS  Video out, audio, expansion slot
BUILT IN MEDIA  Tape player/recorder
POWER SUPPLY  Internal PSU



Software for this system!

BOWLING
1971 RCA
 
 
 
game
DEDUCE
1971 RCA
 
 
 
game
TIC-TAC-TOE
1971 RCA (developer)
 
 
 
game




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