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MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Keyboard Component
Sometime before the failed Aquarius home computer scheme was hatched by Mattel, the Intellivision team had attempted to expand Intellivision into the growing home computer market by turning it into a full fledged computer dubbed as the "Intellivision Keyboard Component", much in the same way Coleco was soon to do with their Adam computer. The unit featured a built-in cassette tape drive for loading and saving data. The Keyboard Component would plug into the cartridge slot on the Intellivision...
RCA 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 T...
BANDAI Arcadia
The Bandai Arcadia, is the same system as the Emerson Arcadia 2001, but sold in Japan. Please see this entry for more detailed informations. The Arcadia 2001 clones includes : Advision Home Arcade (France), Bandai Arcadia (Japan), GiG Electronics Leonardo (Italy), Hanimex HMG-2650, Leisure-Dynamics Leisure-Vision, Intercord XL 2000 system, Eduscho / Tchibo Tele-Fever, etc... It...
BANDAI TV Jack 5000
The TV Jack 5000 from Bandai released in 1978 is one of the first cartridge based system from Japan. It's the equivalent of european and american systems like the Hanimex SD-050, Acetronic Color TV Game, Prinztronic Micro 5500, SHG Blackpoint, Binatone Cablestar, Radofin telesports, etc. There have been tons of systems like these. The TV Jack 5000, like all these systems, use cartridges based on General Instruments chipsets which offers different games on each chip. That's why all these sy...
OLIVETTI  A5
Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1600
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PERTEC PCC 2000
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  TI 99 / 4A Beige
This TI99/4A all plastic beige version was launched in June 1983, five months before Texas Instruments decide to definitely get out of the home computers market. The goal was to reduce the production costs and offer a better price front of the Commodore VIC-20 competition. T.I. also thought of standardizing colours and peripherals of its future line of home computers, the TI99/2 and TI99/8. ...
SALORA Fellow
Salora Fellow was basically the same machine as the Video Technology Laser 200/210 just with a different case in colors that matches Salora's other electronics. Salora is a Finnish televison manufacturer and they mainly sold this machine in Scandinavia, mostly in Finland. Technically they are the same as the Vtech machines and the machine still says Vtech Laser 200 when booted. The machine sold reasonably well because of Salora's good reputation, but was so...
SMT  Goupil 2
Goupil was the old french word for fox (renard). The Goupil was designed to be modular. It could be used as a home computer but its maim purpose was to be used in French schools in connection with other computers, or as a small server thanks to its built-in 300-baud modem. The system was composed of a backplane used as a backbone to connect various cards: CPU card (a 6808 with 2 KB VRAM), RAM card (56 KB), disk controller, I/O card (keyboard and Parallel Centronics), acoustic modem, graphic c...
PANASONIC FS A1 FX
The Panasonic FS-A1 FX is a MSX2+ computer. MSX2+ computers were only produced by Panasonic, Sony and Sanyo. There were only available in Japan... The FS A1 FX had 64 KB RAM, 128 KB VRAM, built-in disk drive and A1 Cockpit Internal Software without FM-BIOS (MSX Music Basic ROM). It also features JIS 1st Class Kanji Support (128KB), but no built-in FM sound chipset, the sound cartridge was sold separately. Ren-Sha Turbo feature provides auto-fire mode whil...
DVW MICRO-ELECTRONICS Husky
This is an obscure computer, not very well known. It's a rugged field computer, conceived to be used outdoor, and resistant to extreme conditions (it was used in the British Army for example). In 1981, responding to a request from Severn Trent Water, DVW designed and manufactured the first rugged handheld computer - the Husky, dramatically featured on the BBC TV programme 'Tomorrow's World'. This caught the attention of the UK Ministry of Defence, who subsequently awarded DVW a contract to su...
OLYMPIA  BOSS
The Olympia Boss was developed an build in Germany and France (assembled in the Olympia Bueromaschinenwerk, either Wilhelmshaven or Munich). Olympia was Germany's most respected and advanced typewriter and desktop calculator company at that time. But, they couldn't hold the pace of the upcoming office-computer industry and fell back. Several models were marketed : - Boss A: two 5.25" FDD of 128 kb each, - Boss B: two 5.25" FDD of 256 kb each, - Boss C: two 5.25" FDD o...
PIZON BROS Visiomatic 101
One really nice and odd pong system. It also was sometimes distributed under the Alcatel label. It was sold in a brown suitcase so you could carry it easily and anywhere. In the upper part of the suitcase is stored the lightgun. The buttons are very original and very cool to press (hehe, you can't imagine the feeling...). You can use the magnets sold with the system to keep the score by placing them on the sides of the metallic panel where numbered squares are drawned. It is quite difficul...
LUCAS  Nascom 1
The Nascom 1 was the most popular British made computer kit in the U.K. It was an affordable single board Z80 based computer with a keyboard attached by cable. It came as a kit or ready-built. Why Nascom? Because the idea of a low cost computer intended for U.K. hobbysts was originated by an American company called Nasco. However, the board was designed in the U.K. by Shelton Instruments Ltd that, later, also designed and sold the Sig-Net The minim...
ADD-X SYSTÈME SMP-8
This is a French professional computer conceived by ADD-X Systèmes based at Blagnac (Toulouse). It was a CP/M, MP/M compatible system powered by a Z80, with 64k RAM. It had 2.4 MB on floppies but an optional 20 MB hard-disk could be added. It was followed by the SMP-5 . There were also two other models, the SM1 and SM2 which were quite similar technically (Z80, 64k RAM), but could be expanded to multipost configurations with up to 8...
ATARI  5200 SuperSystem
The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, released in late 1982 for $270 (USA), was the direct follow-up to the highly successful Atari 2600 (VCS), and predecessor of the Atari 7800 ProSystem. Atari chose to design the 5200 around technology used in their popular Atari 400/800 8-bit computer line, but was not directly compatible, unlike Atari’s much later pastel-colored...

   LATEST COMMENTS
larry
9/19/2020
SHARP  PC-1500 / PC-1500A
As opposed to what someone says below (Franck B.), power consumption of the PC1500 is large, even on fresh Batteries. Years of daily use on the same set of AA cells is simply impossible. See the back of the 1500 : 0.13W consumed !

$$1040$$$1085$$$1076$$$1088$$$1077$$$1081$
9/18/2020
TESLA PMD-85
This is my first wave...This B$W computer is to pretty...

Mihnea
9/16/2020
ELECTROMAGNETICA Jet
I started my epic IT journey with one of these, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I actually still own it, and it still starts up (haven''t tried any programs though as I don''t have the cassette tapes anymore).

Contrary to what some of the comments here state, the processor was perfectly fine and useable, despite being a reverse-engineered clone of the Z80. I played countless games on it (including the ones with custom loading procedures), wrote and ran numerous programs in BASIC and assembler, even loaded a simple version of PASCAL.

It''s possible some of the "JET" clones on the market were actually fakes, as it was common in Romania of that time to take the case of an existing computer and then add or tweak the internals$ that would explain the poor experience some other users have seen. Mine worked perfectly fine for everything I ever threw at it, actually I lately won a HC-90 during a computer programming contest and it was significantly worse in all aspects $ buggy loading from tape (kept R Loading Error''ing), non-working keys, insane noise when loading programs from tape (whoever thought that was a useful thing to have?!).

The keycaps were by far the best on the market among all Z80 Romanian clones (HC, CIP, etc.) as they had the text printed and covered by a plastic cap$ it means they are still readable and in great shape decades later, as opposed to the others which had missing text soon after purchase and later would turn into "blank" keyboards.

The main disadvantage of the machine was the lack of native extensions $ while the HC benefitted from the Interface 1 and 2 add-ons, which enabled joysticks, floppy disk drives and even networking support (!), on the JET that all had to be done "the hard way". Mine only had a Sinclair Joystick extension to the side, which required some soldering and case modding, but it worked nicely afterwards.

Another interesting fact about the JET was that it was capable of reading several different tape "styles" (programmes recorded with different machines were rarely compatible among them due to the speed and amplitude of the tape signals), all it took was slight tweaks to the tape head. The CIP was also pretty good in this regard, but the HC was absolutely terrible, refusing to load any programme not written by its own hardware.

Computer
9/16/2020
COMPUTER DEVICES INCORPORATED  DOT
Please help me teacher invite you and your all staff please come and help me teacher anytime anywhere contact with me and make sure my live TV news channel connect around would computer science education tacknology program please

OLEK CHRISTOPHE
9/14/2020
COMPAQ Portable III
This was my first student computer and * was fond of it!
Who would be interested in it?

James
9/9/2020
PHILIPS  P2000 T/M
The P2000 whilst a good machine was primitive due to its teletext chip and expensive price but it did have some success in education in Holland.


Barry Lawrence (UK)
9/7/2020
AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS J100 - J500
I was involved with the launch of the J100 into the UK. Just rummaged through these names, many bringing back happy memories, especially Jenny, Lorna, Norman, Robin and Terry.


   LATEST SOFTWARE ADDITIONS
BOWLING
RCA Fred computers
RCA - 1971
 game - bowling - sport
DEDUCE
RCA Fred computers
RCA - 1971
 game - mind games
TIC-TAC-TOE
RCA Fred computers
RCA (developer) - 1971
 game - mind games - tic tac toe
ELEVATOR PANIC (#12)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch (publisher) - 1984
 game - elevator - platform
BASEBALL (#2)
Epoch Cassette Vision
Epoch (publisher) - 1981
 game - baseball - sport
DEFENDER
Arcade
Williams (publisher) - 1981
 game - horizontal scrolling - space
SPACE SQUADRON (7)
MPT-03 and Arcadia systems
UA Limited (publisher) - 1982
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up - space
ROAD RACE (AY-3-8603) (2)
Bandai TV Jack 5000
Bandai (publisher) - 1978
 game - car - racing
WIPEOUT GAMES (4)
Bandai TV Jack 5000
Bandai (publisher) - 1978
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
SPORT GAMES (1)
Bandai TV Jack 5000
Bandai (publisher) - 1978
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - hockey - lightgun - shooting gallery - sport - squash - tennis
SUICIDE RUN
Sharp MZ-700
Knights - year unknown
 game - dodge
PINBALL / DUNGEON HUNT / BLOCKOUT (MG1011)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game -
ROCKET PATROL
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - shoot them up - shooting gallery - space
BOXING (MG1012)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - boxing - sport
VOLLEYBALL II
Motorola M-588135 pong chipset
Motorola - year unknown
 game - ball and paddle - sport - volleyball

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Advert #4

ATARI
800

 
French ad (dec.1983)

SMT
Goupil 3

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SORD
M 170

 
U.S. advert (1982)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
Advert #3 (1983)

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
1000

 
Promo pic #3

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
Goldstar 3DO model a...

GOLDSTAR
3DO Interactive Multiplayer

 
6000 model

BILLINGS
BC-12

 
French ad (dec. 1983...

RAIR MICROCOMPUTER
Business Computer

 
Stupid situation

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
Bridge Computer vers...

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
Advert #1

AM INTERNATIONAL JACQUARD SYSTEMS
J100 - J500

 
french advert (may 1...

COMMODORE
PET 30xx

 
U.S. advert #2

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
Advert

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Japanese advert (198...

PANASONIC
FS A1F

 
Newburry brochure #3

GRUNDY
NEW BRAIN

 
U.S. advert(1982) #2

OSBORNE CORP.
OSBORNE 1

 
In the kitchen...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
French advert #3

ORIC
ATMOS

 
Sanco brochure #1

SANCO
TPC-8300

 
U.K. advert (1983)

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
Brochure - cartridge...

ORMATU ELECTRIC BV
Ormatu Video Spelcomputer 2001

 
Flyer

PEL VARAZDIN
Orao

 
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