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GEM 1000 Junior Computer / Charlemagne 999

A quite little strange computer, which appeared under different designs...

The original model seems to be the Rabbit Computer RX83 announced at the 1983 CES. It looks like the computer was produced in Hong-Kong and then proposed to several companies in the rest of the world to market the computer under their own brand.

However no such computers have been found so far, maybe proving that the original company failed to produce the computer, or that it canceled the project at last minute, or that so few were sold that it's difficult to find a specimen today...

But if you look at the pictures section, you'll notice the that the computer evolved in different plastic cases. The "Charlemagne" picture, shows a case and keyboard identical to the CCE MC1000 computer. This means that the project was finally marketed in Brazil, exclusively for CCE, and that the CCE MC1000 is indeed an incarnation of the GEM 1000/Rabbit Computer RX83.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
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I have a CCE - MC1000 (1985 - Brazil) that I want to sell to the Museum, the price is USD$ 100 + shipping. I live in Buenos Aires - Argentina

If you are interested in this RARE Brazilian Computer just send me an email.

Saturday 22nd February 2003
Agustin (Buenos Aires - Argentina)


NAME  GEM 1000 Junior Computer / Charlemagne 999
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Belgium
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Basic (in French for the Charlemagne !)
KEYBOARD  50 rubber keys (blue for the Charlemagne)
QWERTY with Basic statements (MC-1000)
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola MC 6847P (video)
RAM  16 Kb, upgradable to 64 Kb
ROM  8 Kb
TEXT MODES  32 x 16
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 192
SOUND  AY-3-8910 from General Instruments, 3 channels (8 octaves) + white noise
SIZE / WEIGHT  270 x 175 x 72 mm
600 gr
I/O PORTS  Tape interface (1200 baud), expansion port, 2 x joystick ports, RF Video output
OS  CP/M with vaporware 5''1/4 disk-drive
PERIPHERALS  RAM expansions (16 Kb/64 Kb)
Centronics printer interface
Floppy disk (96 Kb)
Coleco & Atari VCS carts adaptater !
PRICE  304 (winter 83)
165 (april 84)

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