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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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...
WANG LABORATORIES Wang 2200
The Wang 2200 appeared in May 1973, and was Wang Laboratories' first minicomputer that could perform data processing in a common computer language: BASIC. It had a cathode ray tube (CRT) built-in its case and also an integrated computer-controlled cassette tape storage unit. 65,000 systems were shipped in its lifetime and it found wide use in small and medium-size businesses worldwide. There has been quite several diffent models of the 2200: - 2200A : first models released in 1973 - 2200B :...
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...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
CRAY RESEARCH T3D
With the T3D, Cray research introduced a new generation of Massively Parallel Processor (MMP) super computers. The T3D integrated from 32 to 2048 processing elements (PE's). Each PE was composed of a DEC 21064 RISC chip, also known as DEC Alpha, with its own memory area, memory controller, and prefetch queue. The DEC Alpha contained a floating point unit, an integer unit, both with 32 64-bit registers, a 128-bit bidirectional bus, and both instruction and data caches. The PE's were comb...
AUDIOSONIC Tele-Sports IV
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...
KONIX Multisystem
The Konix multisystem console, also known as the Konix slipstream, was a joint development between 2 british businesses, Flare Technology and Konix. Konix were on a high in 1988 after the success of their Joystick range and well known through gaming channels. Flare Technology was formed by 3 ex-Sinclair engineers, all of whome were involved in the aborted Loki "Super Spectrum", which was shelved after Sinclair sold the computer division to Amstrad. Not wanting their work to be wasted, they for...
TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 Model 4P
The Model 4P was the transportable version of the Model 4. Apart from the case and display sizes, technical features were almost identical to the Model 4's. The dual half-sized floppy drives were still single-sided versions but the keyboard, which slided underneath the computer, was far better than the one of the desktop version. The external floppy drive connector was removed, as well as the Model 3 ROM, but a ROM image could be loaded from diskette to run...
SHARP  MZ 80K
The MZ-80K was, alongside the Apple II, the Commodore PET and the Tandy TRS 80’s one of the best known computer in the early 80's. Its name stands for "M" from MICRO and Z-80 from the computer it uses. It has no language in ROM, and BASIC has to be loaded from tape. Sharp called this "clean design", as you could choose what you wanted to put in your computer, the MZ-80K being delivered clean... Th...
SYSTEM FORMULET INC.  BUBCOM 80
Almost nothing is known about this rare japanese system... Apparently its was first marketed as the System Formulet Bubcom 80, then bought back by Fujitsu and sold as the Fujitsu Bubcom 80. Originaly it was a CP/M machine which used Fujitsu magnetic bubble memory. It had filesystem support for the bubble memory cartridge right in the CP/M BIOS. It seems also to have been one of the first japanese system to offer 8 colors display and is considered at the origin of the popular
COMMODORE  PET 200
The PET 200 is a rebadged version of the Commodore 8032-SK which is itself the same model as the 8032 with a rounded shape design and a separate keyboard. This design was used later on the CBM-II series computers. It is said that Ferdinand Porsche was involved in this design. It's not true since he died just a few years after the end of World War II. In fact, Commodore enlisted the services of Porsche Design, a separate firm from the famous car maker that specia...
SANCO  8000
The Sanco 8000 series followed the 7000. Like its predecessor, it was actually conceived by the French company SFCE (Sanyo France - Calculatrices Electroniques) and manufactured by Logic Systems International Inc. (LSI), a small Japanese company which would later release some PC compatible systems. Sanco name came from the summary of Sanyo (SFCE was a Sanyo calculators distributor) and Cofelec, a subsidiary of the Thomson co., which made the first Sanco...
ADDS Mentor 2000
There is almost no information available about this M2000 minicomputer. ADDS (Applied Digital Data Systems) was a subsidiary of NCR Corp. The ADDS Mentor 2000 is a serious multi-user business machine the size of a small refrigerator. This system runs the "PICK" operating system. If you ask knowlegable people what "PICK" is, some will say "Operating System" (OS), and the others will say "Database Management System" (DBMS). Both are correct, the PICK operating system is designed around a power...
SEGA Wondermega
The Wondermega was released in 1992 as a joint development by Sega and JVC. It is similar to the Multi-Mega, being a combination of a Mega Drive and Mega CD, but with the added ability to function as a karaoke machine and improved sound thanks to JVC's new DSP. The system shipped with four karaoke programs and a compilation CD of four games. Two microphones can be connected to the system so users can sing along with CDs, or, thanks to a button on the machine...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Ken
12/2/2020
SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I just fired up a PC-1260 and got the Japanese characters. However for me a few attempts at resetting with/without holding down a key brought up the European/USA mode. Can''t seem to find a manual in English but I have a 1251 manual so was able to figure out the RSV mode for example.

Ken
12/2/2020
SHARP  PC-1260 PC-1261 PC-1262
I just fired up a PC-1260 and got the Japanese characters. However for me a few attempts at resetting with/without holding down a key brought up the European/USA mode. Can''t seem to find a manual in English but I have a 1251 manual so was able to figure out the RSV mode for example.

Jeef
12/2/2020
MULTITECH  MPF-I/88
Hi, I''m looking for pdf docs and Forth ROM image. Thanks!

Jon Hall
12/2/2020
BRITISH MICRO Mimi 802 / 803 / 804
Hi All. I’m proud to say that I built a lot of the Mimi computers for British Micro. I worked there in the early 80’s and remember having to tune the CRT monitors while they were turned on, with the covers off... the guy that owned the company was a fella from Armenia called Manus Hegoyan (probably wrong). This is what got me into a career in computing.

Cameron Young
11/30/2020
TANDY RADIO SHACK  1000 HX
I received this computer as a hand me down from my grandma. Wish I still had it.

Alain David
11/29/2020
SANYO  MBC-55x
An advert in personal computer world July 1984 states 749£ for the 550 and less than 1000£ (presumably 999£) for the 555. https://archive.org/details/PersonalComputerWorld1984-07/page/153/mode/1up

Riri
11/27/2020
SINCLAIR  ZX SPECTRUM
Mon expérience sur ZX Spectrum https://riri-linventeur.wixsite.com/les-debrouillards/zx-spectrum


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
DAYLAXIANS
Indata Dai
Dialog Informatique - 1983
 game - shoot them up - space
STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE (VT3107)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
 game - 3d - first person shooter - shoot them up - space - star trek - vector graphics
MAGIC NUMBERS / MIND READER / NIM (VIDEOCART-08)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
 game - mind games
CATCH
Atari Super Pong (C140)
Atari - 1976
 game - ball and paddle
BATMAN RETURNS (PA2101)
Atari Lynx
Atari, DC Comics - 1992
 game - batman - beat 'em up - platform - superheroes
NAVAL BATTLE / BLAST-AWAY / SPEED-BALL (cartridge #4)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - naval battle - shoot them up
HARD DRIVIN' (PA2044)
Atari Lynx
Atari, NuFX Inc., Tengen - 1991
 game - car - driving
BUBBLE TROUBLE (LX216)
Atari Lynx
Lore Design Ltd (developer), Telegames (publisher) - 1993
 game -
DRAG STRIP (VIDEOCART-09)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
 game - car - dragster - racing
CRASH'N SCORE
Arcade
Atari - 1975
 game - car - racing
MISSILE RADAR
Arcade
Nutting Associates - 1973
 game - shoot them up - war
CHAMPION ICE HOCKEY (C-59)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1985
 game - hockey - sport
PAC-LAND (PA2059)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Namco - 1991
 game - pac-man - platform
MOTOCROSS
Atari Stunt Cycle (model SC-450)
Atari - 1977
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
ROAD RACE / TENNIS / QUICK DRAW (cartridge #1)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - car - duel - racing - sport - tennis - wild west

   RANDOM ADVERTS
Japanese advert

CANON
X-07

 
U.S. advert #2

EPSON
HC / HX-20

 
QL catalogue #5

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
German brochure #1

ATARI
TT 030

 
German Lifleat

SHARP
MZ 80B

 
US ad. 1983 #2

KAYPRO
Kaypro II

 
U.S. ad. June 1983

OLIVETTI
M20

 
French ad (jan. 1980...

SORD
M223 series

 
Amiga posters

COMMODORE
AMIGA 1000

 
Official flyer (vers...

MYARC
Geneve 9640

 
French ad (sept. 198...

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
TI 99 / 4A

 
U.S. advert June 198...

NEC
PC 8801

 
French advert (sept....

SEGA
Master System

 
Japanese advert

MITSUBISHI
Multi 8

 
French advert (septe...

HEATHKIT / ZENITH
Z-100/110/120

 
US advert, 1981

FRANKLIN
ACE 100

 
User manual's cover

INTEL
Intellec Series

 
TTX 80 french advert...

BULL
TTX 80 / 85 / 90

 
close-up

RESEARCH MACHINES
Nimbus PC

 
Japanese advert.

SONY
Hit-Bit 75

 
UK advert sept. 1983

NEC
PC 8801

 
Australian Tandy cat...

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Portable Wordprocessor WP-2 / WP-3

 
UK advert #2

GEMINI
GALAXY

 
Apple Logo (1982)

APPLE
APPLE II

 
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