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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
SHARP  PC-1210 / 1211 / 1212
The Sharp PC-121x series is generally regarded as the first commercially available pocket computers ever. Its design was based on the way normal pocket calculators were built, but the case was turned 90 degrees to allow for a wider display, and most mathematical function keys were replaced with alphanumerical keys. Its main intended use was BASIC programming, although it could be used as a calculator as well, by simply typing in the math functions with the alphanumerical keyboard in one line of ...
XEROX  8 / 16
The "best of both worlds". The Xerox 8 / 16 belongs to a family which appeared at the end of the 8 bit era, when MS-DOS began to be a standard for the 16-bit systems. It has two CPUs, the Z80 allows the use of CP/M and the 8086 is for MS DOS and CP/M 86. This computer was actually two computers sharing certain resources, like the display, the power supply and the floppies but essentially seperate. This computer was one of the first, if not the first PC-sized computer that had concurrent process...
QUASAR DATA PRODUCTS QDP-300
The hardware features of the QDP-300 were very close to those of the QDP-100 model. Apart from the shape of the case, the major differences were: - An integrated help system, - A cache memory to speed up the disk drives operations, - A new motherboard design allowing the 6 Mhz. Z80-C microprocessor to be used. The QDP-300 was backed by one-year on-site warranty performed by the General Electric Company.
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MCM COMPUTERS  MCM 800
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
TIKI-DATA Tiki-100
The Tiki-100 was a Norwegian educational, professional, homecomputer system that was quite popular in schools. Acutally they first used the name Kontiki-data, and named the first few models Kontiki-100, but had to change the name to Tiki after the Thor Heyerdahl Society, wich owned the rights to the Kontiki name, threatened with a lawsuit. Five models were available, featuring one or two 80 KB, 200 KB or 800 KB 5'' floppy disc drives. An optional 20MB Winchester harddrive was also a...
MAGNAVOX Odyssey 500
The Odyssey 500 was released in 1976, and was very advanced for that time considering the technology used. It was in fact the only system of its kind. As a matter of fact, the white paddles representing the players were replaced by simple color graphics: two tennis players with their rackets (TENNIS game), two squash players (SMASH & SOCCER?), or two hockey players holding their sticks (HOCKEY). On the control panel, one can find two switches: one to select the playfield (a wall on the left, ...
SCHNEIDER (PHILIPS) Telelude
Just a cool designed pong system from Schneider with weird controllers. This is a clone of the Videojeu N20 from Philips. As Philips owned Schneider at that time, they produced identical systems under their own brand (same for Videopac systems for example). Whereas the Philips N20 is white, the Schneider Telelude is brown....
CANON  CAT
In 1987 Canon USA Inc. released a new computer named the Canon Cat. This computer was targeted at low-level clerical workers such as secretaries. After six months on the market and with 20,000 units sold, Canon discontinued the Cat. The Cat featured an innovative text based user interface that did not rely upon a mouse, icons, or graphics. The key person behind the Cat was Jef Raskin, an eclectic gadgeteer, who began the design of the Cat during his work on the first Macintosh project at App...
APPLE  Macintosh Color Classic
The Macintosh Color Classic (aka Performa 250) had same footprint as the original Macintosh. It was the first mac using a 10" (9" viewable) colour monitor (Sony CRT) and the last of the original all-in-one Macintosh line to be sold in the US market. Its main board had the same design as the Mac LC II, featuring a 16 MHz 68030 CPU. Sadly, its address bus was limited to 16 bit and allowed only 10 MB of maximum RAM. The Color Classic could emulate the Apple II thank to an expansion card inse...
COLECO  ADAM
The ADAM is available in two models, the complete system and Expansion Module #3. When the memory console of Expansion Module #3 is connected to the ColecoVision, the two models are essentially identical in function. The unit pictured here is the expasion module #3 (it is shorter than the complete unit). The expansion module #3 uses part of the Colecovision hardware, thus the memory unit doesn't have any cartridge slot, and isn't delivered with any controllers nor TV switch box. The whole sys...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Mike T.
9/26/2021
INTERTEC  SUPERBRAIN
Why do old comments keep disappearing ? I''ve commented on the superbrain several times...

Usram
9/26/2021
SIGNETICS Instructor 50
Adress for the Signetics 2650 instructions manual here : http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/components/signetics/2650/Signetics_Instructor_50_Users_Guide_Aug1979.pdf

Oscar Hasten
9/24/2021
FORTUNE 32:16
We at the Byte Shop Seattle got a unit to evaluate. Right away I thought it was a fine machine but not something that would fit into our direction selling more consumer machines than anything else. We were an Alpha Micro and Northstar dealer and rarely sold either of them.

Jason
9/19/2021
PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY CORP  SOL - 10 / 20
Built the Sol 20 kit back in the late ''70s and bought a used one in the ''80s. They are both long gone, but I would love to add one back into my S-100 collection.

Zaius
9/17/2021
SEGA Dreamcast
The only console I ever pre-ordered. 9/9/99!

Zaius
9/16/2021
MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Keyboard Component
@Christian - I remember this being advertised before then C64 existed so I would say no... :)

Achim Baqué
9/12/2021
MARK-8 Minicomputer
Hi, I am a vintage computer collector. Please contact me (E-Mail via my website) if you have the Mark-8 to offer.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
CHAMPIONSHIP LODERUNNER (C-57)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Brřderbund Software, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
GALAXIAN
Sharp X1
Dempa, Namco - year unknown
 game - shoot them up
SOCCER
Magnavox Odyssey 500
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - football - sport
TOKYO-NAMPA.STREET
Sharp X1
Enix - year unknown
 game -
VIDEO OLYMPICS (CX2621)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - handball - hockey - sport - tennis - volleyball
HYPER HOCKEY
Atari Ultra Pong Double
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
CHESS
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 game - chess - mind games
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey 300
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
LEXIS (CF2003)
Atari Lynx
Shadowsoft Inc. (developer), Songbird Productions (publisher) - 1999
 game - puzzle
BOWLING
RCA Studio II
RCA - 1977
 game - bowling - sport
ASSEMBLER
Compucolor
company unknown - year unknown
 application - assembler - programming language
CONGO BONGO (G-1007)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - platform
EXERION (G-1028)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Jaleco, Sega - 1983
 game - shoot them up
EUPHORY
Sharp X1
System Sacom - year unknown
 game -
SPACE SQUADRON (7)
MPT-03 and Arcadia systems
UA Limited (publisher) - 1982
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up - space

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Italian ad #4

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
French Advert.

VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
LASER 310

 
Lucas Logic brochure

LUCAS
Nascom 3

 
U.K. ad. (1986)

ATARI
520 / 1040 STf / STfm

 
Charlie Chaplin #4

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
UK advert (1984)

COMMODORE
SX/DX 64 - Executive computer

 
Italian ad #3

SINCLAIR
ZX SPECTRUM

 
Promotional pict. #1

APF
Imagination Machine

 
German advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
French advert #1

PIZON BROS
Visiomatic 101

 
First SDK-85 ad

INTEL
SDK-85

 
Tape recorder advert

ACORN COMPUTER
Electron

 
French ad #1

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
US advert #5

SINCLAIR
ZX 81

 
Advert (july 1982)

SMT
Goupil 2

 
UK advert Sept. 1983

EPSON
QX 10

 
Brazilian advert (19...

CCE
MC 1000

 
Swedish advert

COMMODORE
C64

 
ACE 1000 advert(1982...

FRANKLIN
ACE 1000

 
ACE 100 advert (1982...

FRANKLIN
ACE 1000

 
French advert.

TATUNG
EINSTEIN TC-01

 
Leaflet #2

ROWTRON
Television Computer System

 
M-Series brochure - ...

PANASONIC
JD series

 
1978 brochure #9

MSI
6800

 
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