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Radofin Electronics Limited
AQUARIUS 2

The Mattel Aquarius II had exactly the same characteristics as its predecessor, the Mattel Aquarius.

Its only enhancements were the RAM (20 KB instead of 4 KB) and the mechanical keyboard. In fact, the Aquarius II only had 4 KB of built-in RAM but was supplied with a 16 KB RAM cartridge extension.

Another difference is that the Aquarius II came with Extended Basic built-in.

Mattel gave up the computer market and sold all the rights and computer stocks to their manufacturer, Radofin, before the Aquarius II was even launched. All the Aquarius II were thus manufactured and sold by Radofin.

A special version of Logo, called Aquarius Logo was developped for this computer.

An Aquarius III was planed, but never saw the light.

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Contributors: Jason L.

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NAME  AQUARIUS 2
MANUFACTURER  Radofin Electronics Limited
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft BASIC interpreter
KEYBOARD  Mechanical, 49 key
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  3.5 mHz
CO-PROCESSOR  2 custom chips
RAM  20 KB (4 KB & extension 16 KB, up to 52 KB)
VRAM  2 KB
ROM  12 KB
TEXT MODES  40 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  80 x 72 / 320 x 192 dots
COLORS  16
SOUND  1 voice (3 voices with the mini-expander)
SIZE / WEIGHT  35 (W) x 20.5 (D) x 5.8 (H) cm
I/O PORTS  Tape, Printer, Expansion bus
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
POWER SUPPLY  External AC adaptor
PERIPHERALS  Mini Expander (2 cartridge ports, 2 joysticks, 2 additional sound chanels), printer, 300 baud modem
PRICE  Unknown


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