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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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 English teaching and learning system. It can be used as a normal computer and is BASIC compatible with the Sanyo PHC-25 and NEC PC-6000. Under CEFUCOM BASIC 1.0, less than 32Kb RAM is available for the user. When the computer is switched on, the following menu is displayed on the screen: - See/Modify the planning of your lessons - Study a lesson ...
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 ...
BIT CORPORATION  Dina 2-in1 / Bit 7200 / Chuang Zao Zhe 50
The Dina, also known in Taiwan as the Chuang Zao Zhe 50, is a video game console originally manufactured by Bit Corporation, later sold in the United States by Telegames as the Telegames Personal Arcade.It is a clone of both the ColecoVision and Sega SG-1000 consoles, with one cartridge slot for each platform, and came bundled with the game Meteoric Shower, which was built into the system. Telegames never advertised its compatibility with the SG-1000. The Dina's controllers are modeled after ...
OHIO SCIENTIFIC  Challenger
In 1977 computing industry is changing fast. Ohio Scientific Instruments who were making a lot of expansion boards for their 400 single-board computer, called "Superboard", realize that it would be nice to sell all this hardware, all assembled, in a single case, ready to plug and use. That's what is a Challenger computer, more a concept than a single system. Indeed under the name Challenger came different configurations based around the Superboard system: - Challenger 65-1k: 6502A CPU, ser...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  Laser 50 / One
The Laser 50 was a small and cheap computer, nearly pocket sized. It was sold as an educational computer (it's written on it), and in France it was sold in a suitcase along with an introductory cartoon-book.......
HONEYWELL H316 - Kitchen computer
And now something for the ladies... Torin Darkflight kindly sent us following information and picture about this rather weird machine: "This odd-looking and almost laughable computer was released by Honeywell under the official name H316 Pedestal Model, but was featured on the cover of a Nieman-Marcus catalog under its more commonly-known name, the "Kitchen Computer". The Kitchen Computer is most likely where the classic recipe storage cliché originated, as this wa...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 PC-1
The "TRS-80 Pocket Computer" was the first pocket computer Tandy/Radio Shack distributed. Nowadays, it is often referred to as the TRS-80 PC-1, so as to differentiate it from its successor, the TRS-80 PC-2 (and following), which is a clone of the Sharp PC-1500. The TRS-80 Pocket Computer was custom manufactured by Sharp Corporation, and is technically identical with the Sharp PC-1211 (see there for more technical information). There were some minor differences...
PHILIPS  Odyssey 2100
This one was available shortly after the Odyssey 2001 pong system. Based upon the same principles it offers more game thanks to a new chipset. As its little brother, the Odyssey 2100 had no equivalent system in the USA under the Magnavox brand. The most related system was the Odyssey 4000... The National Semiconductor MM-57186-N chipset can play 6 different colour games with variations, resulting in a total of 23 available games. The six games are Footbal...
TOSHIBA  PASOPIA
This is the first home-computer made by Toshiba and was quite powerful for 1981 : 64k RAM, 80 columns, 640 x 200 high resolution and large expansion possibilities. There were two models : the PA7010 with the T-BASIC built-in, and the PA7012 with the OA-BASIC built-in. The advantage of the OA-BASIC is that it can use indexed sequential access methods to handle files, and has an automatic load / run function for launching programs. It can also handle Chinese characters directly within BASIC. F...
INTERTEC  HEADSTART
Thanks to Michael Hoyle for this information: The HeadStart had two models. HeadStart VPU and HeadStart ATS. The VPU was an impressive machine. It was a portable or a desktop machine. Notice the picture has a smaller keyboard that snapped on the front bezel and a handle on the back. No customers ordered the portable version. The VPU had a Z-80 and an 8086 and could support up to 1MB RAM. Inside the computer consisted of three circuit boards. Two (over the top of ...
LUXOR  ABC 800 Series
This computer is the successor of the Luxor ABC 80 There were several successors to the ABC800, most notably the ABC802 with built-in small 9" monitor and the ABC806 with more memory and more advanced 512x240x16 graphics. The ABC 800 series was also sold by Facit under the DTC (DeskTop Computer) name, in a darker enclosure.
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ATARI  PC
Just after the Atari ST series, Atari decided to launch a series of PC compatible systems. The PC-1 was the first model. It used the shell of the Atari Mega ST4 and its mouse. It held 512 KB of RAM, an optional 20 or 23 MB HDD, but didn't have ISA extension slot, to use a PC card, an expansion box was necessary. However, the PC-1 had Parallel, serial and mouse ports built-in as well as an universal video interface allowing either colour CGA and EGA or Her...
ASAFLEX 6
This pong has got a big big game selector in the middle. Texts on it are in french....
NEC  PC 6601
The PC-6601 is basicaly a PC-6001 MK2 with a built-in 3.5'' disk drive. The second optional disk drive could also be mounted. The N60m Basic od the PC-6001 MK2 has been enhanced to the N66 Basic. The japanese adverts focused on the fact that this computer could sing with its optional speech synthesizer! More info badly needed!...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Katy
7/31/2021
AMSTRAD  PCW 8256 / 8512
Hi We are in London I have in the cellar an Amstrad 8512 with monitor, printer, user guide and a number of games and floppy discs Also a BBC micro Would anyone be interested in these? thanks Katy

Dave
7/26/2021
DICK SMITH VZ200
Hi All, We are after retro fans to join our ''VZ200/VZ300 fans" groups on Facebook. We are after more people whom want to make the VZ community grow. We now have arduino and FPGA projects for the VZ. We even have a SD card reader with FAT32 dos running on the VZ ! We''re also trying to gather all known software and articles for the VZ and Laser computers. Do you still have old VZ software laying around on tape or disc? We want a copy of it to keep for historical purposes. Facebook search : VZ200/VZ300 fans.

Alleged_Geek
7/23/2021
BINATONE TV Master MK 10 (model n° 01 / 4834)
I can confirm that this system uses the AY-3-8610 chip. I recently won this beautiful old system at auction and it came in its original box which also included the instruction manual (which also has the circuit diagram) I had to make a minor repair and took a photo of the chip in question.

Sly DC
7/15/2021
PIZON BROS Visiomatic 101
The color version as described by Yves Kien was called the Colormatic 211 ans was going to be sold in 1978 but got cancelled. The story Yves is telling is true except for the year (not 1973...must be a typo). The "Robot" is in fact a small circuit add-on and not implanted in the GI chip. I still don''t know why that is has the "AY-5-8500-G" inscription instead of the usual "AY-3-8500" found in many European consoles.

Chris
7/15/2021
SMH - ALCATEL ALPHA Plus
This computer may have been marketed by Alcatel, but the manufacturer is AES Data Ltd. Montreal/Quebec

Gary
7/13/2021
MEMOTECH  MTX 500 /512
Does anyone know where I can source a replacement PSU?

Guy Spriet
7/12/2021
ONTEL OP-1
TRUE,,, Yes, ONTEL was a wonderful partner. I had to design a full computer system named GS132 for a French based company specialized in the Graphic industry (1976) and the team at Ontel had the most intelligent terminal one can dream of. It helped to decentralize the intelligence at the operator level, thus making the software design much easier at the CPU level. I have worked in cooperation with many OEM manufacturers and I can tell, Ontel''s team was exceptional. Only good memories.


   LATEST SOFTWARE ADDITIONS
SEA BATLLE (M12)
MPT-03 and Arcadia systems
UA Limited (developer) - 1982
 game - boat - naval battle - ocean - sea - strategy - submarine - war
WIPEOUT (606)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
AUTORENNEN (603)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - car - racing
PANZERSCHLACHT (710)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - duel - maze - tank
BALLSPIELE (610)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - hockey - sport - squash - tennis
MOTORRADRENNEN (765)
MBO Tele Cassetten System
General Instruments (developer), MBO (publisher) - year unknown
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
ARITHMETIC DRILL (MATH FUN & FUN WITH NUMBERS) (CAS-110)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba (publisher) - 1978
 game - educational game - mathematics
INSPIRATION (CAS-190)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba (publisher) - 1978
 game - biorhythm
GAMBLER I (BLACKJACK) (CAS-140)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - blackjack - card game - casino - gambling
SPORTS FAN (BASEBALL & SUMO WRESTLING) (CAS-130)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - baseball - duel - fighting - martial arts - sport - sumo
GAMBLER II (SLOT MACHINE AND DICE) (CAS-141)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - gambling
SPACE COMMAND (SPACE WAR) (CAS-160)
Toshiba Visicom 100
Toshiba - 1978
 game - shoot them up - space - war
GET YOUR GADGET
Comx
Junior - 1984
 game - 2d - helicopter - shoot them up
TV HOCKEY (4 PLAYERS)
Arcade
Amutronics - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
BREAKTHROUGH (QQA-306)
Interact-Victors-Hectors model
Interact Electronics (publisher) - 1978
 game - ball and paddle - breakout

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SMT
Goupil G4

 
French ad (sept. 198...

CASIO
PB-100

 
U.S. advert (1982)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
French advert

EPSON
QX 10

 
T-1200 (Dec. 1987)

TOSHIBA
T 1200

 
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SONY
SMC 70

 
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
US advert (sept. 197...

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
Superboard II

 
Promo pic #3

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
German advert

TANDY RADIO SHACK
2000

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
Computer Notes

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
UK brochure #3

COMMODORE
CBM 700 Series

 
commercial pamphlet ...

CENTRAL DATA
2650

 
Accounting systems A...

OLIVETTI
A5

 
French advert.

SYMAG INFORMATIQUE
Micromachine 2000 et 3000

 
Stupid situation

SINCLAIR
ZX 80

 
UK advert

MEMOTECH
MTX 500 /512

 
NorthStar brochure #...

NORTHSTAR
Horizon

 
German advert

CASIO
FP 6000

 
Apple Business Graph...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
In schools #1

BULL
MICRAL 80/22

 
The personable compu...

INTERTEC
SUPERBRAIN

 
Brochure

PHILIPS
Videopac C52

 
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