This was an IBM PC compatible system. It could even boot the IBM PC system disks. Its overall design was smarter than the traditional IBM PC. The keyboard could be stored in a dedicated space under the main unit.
The Eagle PC was first designed as a terminal to the Eagle 2000 System which used the 8086 chip as a client. However when IBM released the PC eagle turned it into a low end PC to compete.
It worked without any fan and was thus quite silent, which was rare for an PC compatible system... The graphic resolution was far better than the IBM standard : 720 x 352 instead of 320 x 200.
Two models were available : the PC 1 with 64k RAM and one 320k 5"1/4 disk-drive, and the PC 2 with 128k RAM and two 320l 5"1/4 disk-drives.
It was sold with Eagle calc and Eagle Writer.
The Eagle PC was also sold in France by Thomson as the Micromega 16.
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The Eagle PC 2 was my first PC. Its most unusual feature was that it had 24 function keys! The founder of Eagle died in a sports car crash hours after his firm went public.
I worked at Motorola in the early 80's designing video display monitors. Eagle was a big customer of ours as their Eagle PC sales really took off.
IBM sued Eagle for IP infringement as the Eagle PC BIOS was a little too close to that in the IBM PC. Next the CEO of Eagle drove his car off a California clifftop and the company was wound up. Motorola ended up taking a large number of Eagle PCs as payment for money owed- and then sold the units to Moto employees. For many at Motorola this would have been their first PC purchase.
Sunday 2nd January 2005
Leo Hermacinski (Boston USA)
Eagle Computers Inc.
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
GW Basic available on disk
Full-stroke IBM style keyboard, 10 function keys, numeric keypad
optional 8087 math coprocessor
64 kb (up to 512 kb)
80 x 25
720 x 352 Characters matrix : 11 x 19 pixels
2 serial ports, 1 parallel port
BUILT IN MEDIA
2 x 5''1/4 disk-drives (320k each) optional hard-disk (10Mb, 32Mb)
MS-DOS, CP/M 86
64k, 1 disk model : 4055 (France, december 1983) 128k, 2 disks model : 5275 (France, december 1983)