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   LATEST ADDITIONS
RCA System 00
The System 00 is an early computer constructed by Joseph Weisbecker around 1971-72, when he was working at RCA. His goal was to conceive an educational computer able to play games, so that children could easily experience and understand how a computer works. This idea later evolved in FRED systems, COSMAC computers and Studio II game system. All logic circuits in the System 00 utilize 7400...
BANDAI TV Jack 1000
The TV Jack 1000 was the first system from a line of consoles released by Bandai and quite popular in Japan in the late 70s. This particular model was released in Japan in 1977. The TV Jack 1000 offers 4 classic games of that era: Hockey/Football, Tennis, Squash and Practice. It is powered by a Texas Instruments TMS1955NL chip which is a clone of the famous AY-3-8500-1 from General Instruments. A color chip ( SN75499N) add colours to the display....
HINO ELECTRONICS CEFUCOM 21 / Multipurpose SLAP Computer
The CEFUCOM 21 is a very strange computer ! It was built around a Sanyo PHC-25 to be used as a computer-aided teaching and learning system (to learn English for example). A tape recorder is built-in the left side of the plastic case. The tape deck can read data on one channel and audio on the other. This feature is used by the system to output audio instructions at the same time as its loads data programs into the computer. The tape deck can also be used indep...
SANYO  PHC-20
The PHC-20 was released at the same time as the PHC-10 and PHC-25, in 1982. Sanyo wanted to offer a perfect line of products for computing initiation. These three models were supposed to be complementary. But despite high hopes, they just were flops and it's not clear if the PHC-20 was even really sold, as only one or two were found until today. Most pictures found on the net come from press articles from the 80s. PHC stands f...
SANYO  PHC-10
The PHC-10 was released at the same time as the PHC-20 and PHC-25, in 1982. Sanyo wanted to offer a perfect line of products for computing initiation. These three models were supposed to be complementary. But despite high hopes, they just were flops and it's not clear if the PHC-10 was even really sold, as only one or two were found until today, excepts for press pictures from the 80s. PHC stands for "Personal Home Computer". The PHC-10 was the entry-level sys...
SHEEN Sheen 2001 Home Video Center
The Sheen 2001 is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Emerson Arcadia 2001. This family of consoles released around 1982, includes many sub-categories depending on the cosmectic plastic case used, the motherboards version and above all its cartridge slot type. That's why all these systems are "software" compatible, but not "cartridge" compatible. The Sheen 2001 Home Video Centre was marketed in Australia. The other systems using the sam...
ORMATU ELECTRIC BV Video Spelcomputer 1001
The Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 1001 (product code SD-290) is exactly the same system as the ITMC SD-290 (see this entry for more info). This particular version was marketed by Ormatu in the Netherlands and in Finland (?)....
ITMC Vidéo Ordinateur MPT-05
The Vidéo Ordinateur MPT-05 is one of the many systems "software-compatible" with the Interton VC-4000 or the Radofin 1292 to name a few. Though, the Interton VC-4000 is the maybe most popular system of this console group, it was not necessarily at the origin of it. Things must be seen differently. Philips / Signetics developped a hardware platform to demonstrate the possibilities of their Signetics 2650 & 2636 chipsets. Somehow, this hardware was licence...
TERAK CORPORATION 8510 Data Processor
The Terak 8510 is a complete stand-alone micro-computer based on DEC's LSI-11 chipset (16-bit !), in other words, it si a PDP-11 compatible. It was one of the first high-end microcomputers and among the first desktop personal computers to offer a bitmap graphics display. It was capable of running a stripped version of UNIX version 6. It was the first personal machine on which the UCSD p-System was widely used. Various universities in the USA used it in the late 1970s through mid-1980s to teac...
TOSHIBA  Visicom 100
This beautiful but obscure Japanese system was released in january 1978. It's basically a clone of the RCA Studio gaming system, one of the first videogame console of all time (released in january 1977). Made by Toshiba, this beauty was also based on the RCA 1802 micro-processor, and its video counterpart, the CDP 1861. However the main difference with the Studio II is that the Visicom 100 offers colour display thanks additional hardware. Another nice difference, is that unlike the Studio ...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
ATARI  Video Pinball (Model C-380)
In 1977, a new type of ball and paddle system was launched: Video Pinball. This game also existed in the arcade under the same name, hence the home versions sold by Atari (Video Pinball, model C-380) and Sears (Pinball Breakaway, model 99713). There even was a japanese version, the Epoch TV Block. These systems were designed around a more advanced chip than the PONG-in-a-chip devices, possibly a microcontroller (beli...
S.H.G. Black Point (FS-1003/FS-2000)
This is a typical system using catridges based on the different chipsets developped by General Instruments in the late 70s. Each GI chips was able to generate several games, ball games for a start, then later car racing, motorcycle, submarines, tanks and shooting games. The system has two detachable controllers with one analog joystick and one fire button each. The control panel is composed of 10 buttons to select the different games offered by each cartridge (10 being the maximum). Difficult...
SHARP  SM-B-80TC
In 1978, the Sharp parts division, in charge of semiconductor sales, became one of the first second source distributor of Zilog CIE. In order to promote the LH-0080 (Sharp Z80) and associated chips, the division thought up and sold two training cards based on the LH-0080 processor and the LH-0081 PIO chip. These two cards were the SM-B-80TE and the SM-B-80TC. The major difference between these two models is the keyboard that is here separated from ...
POLYCORP Poly 1 Educational Computer
The Poly was a home/educational computer platform developed in New Zealand in the early 1980s. It was marketed to schools, but because it was prohibitively expensive and somewhat idiosyncratic, the main customers seem to have been the Australian Army and somebody in China. Perhaps its most remarkable feature was its ability for networking, which seems to have used a protocol all of its own. For a year or two it may have been the most network capable home computer in the world, before 3Com tho...
ATARI  800
The Atari 400 and 800 were the first home computers to use custom coprocessors and the first to use "sprites" and special video interruptions like display lists; features that would be implemented later on the Commodore 64, then on the Commodore Amiga (Atari 400/800 and Amiga were both designed by Jay Miner). It offered high graphic resolution, lots of colors and great sound capabilities, more than...
XEROX  6085
The Xerox 6085 was the successor of the revolutionary Xerox Star, first commercial computer to use a graphical user interface (GUI) with the familiar desktop, icons and a mouse. The 6085 series was offered in models for network, remote (linked by Ethernet) and stand alone operation. The main unit was founded upon Xerox's Mesa 8 MHz processor which had 256 auxiliary registers and executed 48-bit-wide instructions. It also used an 80186 as an auxiliary processor. The basic system ca...
FRANKLIN  ACE 100
Four years after Apple introduced its computer, Franklin Computer Corporation thought to duplicate Apple’s achievement and released its first computer, the Franklin Ace 100. The ACE 100 was a pure copy of the Apple II. The main board had quite the same design and the ROM content was also exactly identical, aside from the Apple copyright which was removed! Nevertheless, it supported some features that were missing in the Apple II, lower-case letters, and a numeric keypad. The ACE 100 had a...
ATARI  FALCON 030
The Atari Falcon 030 is the successor of the Atari 520 STe and the Atari TT 30. It keeps some features these machines : The graphic modes (320 x 200 / 16 colors, 640 x 200 / 4 colors, 640 x 400 / 2 colors, 320 x 480 / 256 colors and 640 x 480 / 16 colors) and the sound chips (the old Yamaha PSG and the two 8 bits PCM channels of the STe). Two new graphic modes have been added : a "small" 256 colors SVGA (640 x 480) and a tru...
BINATONE TV Master MK 6 (model n° 01 / 4907)
This pong is one of the many Binatone systems. As its name indicates, it offers 6 games : 4 pong games (squash, squash practice, football, tennis) and 2 shooting games (target, shooting). In order to understand how this system fits into the Binatone pong range, here is simplified list of the systems : TV Master MK IV TV Master 4 plus 2 TV Master MK 6 TV Master MK 8 TV Master MK 10 Colour TV Game Colour TV Game 4 plus 2 Colour TV Game MK 6 Colour TV Game MK 10 The TV master se...
PSION MC 200 / 400 / 600
In 1989 Psion expanded their range, previously based around variants of an 8-bit handheld computer called the Organiser, into full size laptops. The Organiser had proven to be very versatile within business, becoming the standard tool of British Telecom, Marks & Spencer and many other businesses, with barcode readers, interfaces for printers and measurement devices, and robust construction with solid-state storage. This reliance, and expertise, with solid-state storage led Psion to ...

   LATEST COMMENTS
x86vet
10/16/2021
ATARI  PORTFOLIO
"The story behind the creation of the Atari Portfolio" on Amazon may be of interest to some members of this forum.

Michael
10/14/2021
NEC  PC 8201A
I owned one of these, my first computer, after my brother-in-law showed me his Radio Shack M-100. I also got the external drive. I learned basic on it and programmed it to handle our construction company''s payroll and taxes.

stevyn ironfeather
10/13/2021
SHARP  X1-D (CZ-802C)
SHARP CZ-802C Spotted at the Shikaoi Hokkaido Japan library October 2021 https://ironfeather.com/bbs/download/file.php?id$732$mode$view welcome to use the photo. can investigate more

Nick Blackburn
10/11/2021
SINCLAIR  ZX 80
David W. from Ithaca - best to keep your mouth shut and let others believe you are an idiot, than open it and confirm their assumptions. Sir Clive was a visionary, way ahead of his time and only stymied by the technology and attitudes available in the early eighties.

StephenbPage
10/10/2021
SIRIUS COMPUTER  Victor 9000 / Sirius 1
I remember seeing the Victor 9000 for the first time, the unique design of the monitor which was echoed in the shape of the case (or vice versa), the dark colouring of the keyboard and machine bezel which worked so well with the black drives and the very wide, heavy keyboard my first thoughts were oh my, this LOOKS powerful. I have a suspicion I wasn’t alone in that thought and that helped sell so many too. A great machine, lots of options, a useful and reliable business machine that was truly worth the money.

Thomas
10/10/2021
TELEVIDEO  TS-803
I drove a TS-803 CP/M computer from 1984-1986 at my first job. It was there when I came on board. Ran CP/M 2.2. Had some manuals and disks with the system. Among other things, I wrote a program that made use of the graphics capability to plot graphics. I think I was using BASIC to pass variables and make the system call to plot points. Not very fast, but worked. Migrated to an NEC 8 MHz turbo XT and a Novell network in ''86 or so.

ThunderBlade
10/8/2021
COMMODORE  MAX Machine / Ultimax / VC-10
The statement that the MAX Machine can not do multi color is incorrect. I own a MAX Machine so I tried MAX BASIC and set bit 4 in $D016 to switch on multi color mode. It behaves exactly like on a C64, multi color mode goes on.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
SMASH
Magnavox Odyssey 500
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - sport - squash
SPACE RACE
Arcade
Atari - 1973
 game - racing - space
HANGMAN (VIDEOCART-18)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1978
 game - hangman - mind games
BLACKJACK (CX2651)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
 game - blackjack - card game
HOVER STRIKE (J9009E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
SUPER BASEBALL (05)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - baseball - sport
DAYLAXIANS
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - shoot them up - space
ROBO-SQUASH (PA2035)
Atari Lynx
Atari - 1990
 game - ball and paddle
ULTRA VORTEK (J9082E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Beyond Games (developer) - 1995
 game - 2d - beat 'em up
NIGHT STALKER
Mattel Aquarius
Mattel Electronics - 1982
 game - maze - shoot them up
ZAXXON (G-1038)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - isometric 3d - shoot them up
CUBIC TIC TAC TOE
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 game - tic tac toe
STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE (VT3107)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
 game - 3d - first person shooter - shoot them up - space - star trek - vector graphics
BREAKTHRU / BREAKAWAY
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
IN THE WORLD OF RELICS
Sharp X1
Bothtec INC - 1986
 game -

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T.R.Q. (TALLERES RADIOELÉCTRICOS QUEROL)
H-21 Video Computer

 
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SELCOM
Lemon II

 
UK advert (feb. 1980...

ACORN COMPUTER
System 1

 
US advert (nov. 1980...

EACA
VIDEO GENIE 1 / EG-3003

 
German leaflet #1

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
1977 advert #2

IMSAI
8048

 
Altair 'mobile' cour...

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
French ad #2 (1984)

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
Diabolik, french adv...

YAMAHA
YIS-503 / Diabolik

 
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
U.S. advert (1982)

QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS
QDP-100

 
Popular Electronics

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
Radiola advert. 2

PHILIPS
VG 5000

 
Brochure #1

BAINBRIDGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, INC.
Dolphin

 
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AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
TEI brochure cover

TEI
Terminal Processor

 
MetaCard ad

APPLE
APPLE II+

 
French ad #3 (1984)

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
German advert

BIT CORPORATION
BIT 60

 
UK advert, Oct. 1983

FORTUNE
32:16

 
First advert - Nov.1...

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
French advert #3

MATRA HACHETTE
ALICE

 
F.D. unit advert

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Model A / B / B+

 
US advert #5

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
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