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   LATEST ADDITIONS
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...
UNIVERSUM Multispiel 2006
Basic pong system based on the popular AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments....
TERTA TAP-34
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
EXELVISION  Exeltel
In 1986, as the micro-computer market was getting ill, some french manufacturers thought that Telematic was the solution. Oric with the Telestrat, Thomson with the TO-9+ and Exelvision with the Exeltel proposed computers with built-in modems and teletext features. The Exeltel was surely the most innovative of these three systems. It's a "super Minitel" wich can also be used as an answering machine, or can be your children teac...
ISC (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CORP) CompuColor II
The CompuColor II, also called the "Renaissance Machine", is said to be the first home-computer available with a colour display. ISC (Intelligent Systems Corp), who was a large color computer manufacturer, conceived the CompuColor II built into a RCA color TV chassis (sans tuner assembly). The main problem of the system was that the machine had *no* RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding what-so-ever and the FCC was soon on their butts. They planned to redesign the system but then prefered...
ACETRONIC MPU-1000/2000
The Acetronic MPU-1000 is another Interton VC-4000 "software compatible" system (saying "clone" would be misleading). That is to say that the internal specs are exactly the same and that games would run on both systems. The cartridge slots are however different in shape and cartridges won't fit in each others. This group of consoles is often refered as "Interton VC-4000 compatible system" as the VC-4000 maybe the most popular of all the other systems ...
KAYPRO Kaypro 2x
The Kaypro 2x was one of the last models Kaypro produced. Size and appearence were the same as the first Kaypro II, but Internal hardware was inspired by the Kaypro 10. It came with a 4 MHz Z80A processor, dual slimline 400 KB floppy drives, a built-in 300 baud modem, two serial ports and a full set of Micropro software (WordStar, CalcStar, DataStar) It is said that Arthur C. Clarke worked in the movie version of "201...
SHARP  MZ 2200
The MZ 2200 is basicaly a Sharp MZ 2000 with an optional built-in 3.5" floppy disk drive and no buil-in monitor....
TRIUMPH ADLER  TA-1100
Little information about this business computer which was first shown at the 1981 Hannover Show (CEBIT). The TA-1100 belonged to a large family of business systems that comprised the TA-1500, 1600 and 1900 series. The system fitted in a desk and featured a dual floppy drive unit , an A3 - 180 CPS dot matrix printer, and a monochrome monitor. The TA-1100 ran several specific management programs (accounting, payroll, billing...) provided by Triumph Adler. The pictured vers...
SPECTRAVIDEO  SV 318
The SV-318 was launched in january 1983, at the Winter CES show in Las Vegas, as the same time as the Spectravideo CompuMate, an keyboard add-on for the Atari 2600. The Spectravideo SV-318 is the system at the origin of the MSX standard, and such, has characteristics very close to the MSX systems (same video, sprites, sound, I/O, etc.). It was even sold as an MSX computer in some places, but it is not fully MSX compliant and can't use MSX programs. Notice t...
APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES  Computer In a Book
The Computer-In-A-Book (CIAB) was released just after the Microbee 64. This strange machine was composed of one main unit and at least two 'books'. The computer was actually not in a book, but in the main unit, a Microbee 64. The first book held the user manual in a ring binder, the second book (Vol. 1) held a - new at the time - 3.5" floppy-disk drive and a power supply unit which supplied the main unit and the drive. This unit could also supply a second slave disk-book (Vol. 2). ...
ISKRA DELTA  800
Iskra DELTA 800 was derived from the Digital PDP-11/34, compatible to the DELTA family. It could be connected to other computer systems like DEC, IBM, UNIVAC, and others. It had extended addressing capability (hence, could support 4 MB of RAM), was running somewhat modified RSX 11M, called Delta M OS, and ran J11 Digital Equipment processor (as all PDPs 11 did). There were several programming languages written for its operating system: ASSEMBLER, COBOL, FORTRAN, BASIC and PASCAL. Iskra Del...
TONEL PC
The TONEL PC is another system based on the Lambda 8300 but marketed by another third company. It's a Sinclair ZX-81 with more RAM (2 KB!) and a "better" keyboard... We don't know exactly where this system was distributed and what was the real name of the brand... See Lambda 8300 entry for more info....

   LATEST COMMENTS
maxra
8/22/2019
HONEYWELL DDP-516
"The best toy I ever found in GDR"
DDP516 cloned for KRS4200

In the early 70ts or late 60ts somebody has carried some boxes with electronics over the iron boarderline ...
In the eastern germany, GDR, in german: DDR, the guys of ROBOTRON reengenierd this arpa-net-"router" and build a funny nice toy driven by the operators mostly by a typewriter.
( papertape, drums, magnetic-tape also)

the best thing was the bootloading process, operated through the binary "console". Not so nice styled like the original, but with stable working buttons, - so if not in cold mornings the buttons were jumping around. But in seconds they were touched back ...

Very much fun, when the operating girls searching for the buttons around the mt-device and under the drum-section ...

But back to the facts:
KRS4200 has also rewritten opcodes: all the abbreviations stand for german words. So also was developd a "german speaking" BASIC.

In the middle of the 80 were so many "KRS" devices in the GDR, that a special hardware-emulator device emulating KRS was developed for the GDR - PDP11-derivat A6400 (This was the follower-device past KRS in the planing-economy of the GDR.). The result: my moonlanding game (commandline driven) was 10 times faster then on original KRS.

Today are only 2 or 3 devices in some museums. One you can find in "technische Sammlungen Dresden".

The guys of Halle-Computer-museum have some nice old pic of the device:
here some with a best looking DDR-folklore-sheet under the console:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/bilder/Grossrechner/R4200/R4200_8_k.jpg

here is the website with some stuff around KRS4200:
http://www.robotrontechnik.de/index.htm?/html/computer/r4200.htm

N. Fleschy
8/21/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  2000
I loved my Tandy 2000 with its 3 volumes of instructions, including one for Basic, one for MSDos and one for Multimate.
It also had an Edline program for making a simple data base.
A program on one disc allowed for converting Multimate files to simple ASCII which allowed me to convert to be usable on a later computer. It was a workhorse. I was not interested in games, but more important was the ease of typing and editing a document. The printer did a nice job. It certainly beat using a typewriter!

Richard E Sgrignoli
8/20/2019
NEC  PC 8801
I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan (Misawa Air Base), and I bought the PC-8801n in Aomori, Japan with my reenlistment bonus in April 1982. The manuals were all in Japanese, so I hadn''t really been able to use it to its full potential. I used it for the next five years until I bought a Dell System 25, but the PC-8801 (now my secondary computer) lasted for about 12 years (until 1994) when it became inoperable due to the post office damaging the 8" dual drive when I shipped it from one duty station (Key West) to the next (Hawaii).

Marvin Johnston
8/20/2019
POLYMORPHIC  POLY 88
I probably have the worlds largest collection of remaining Polymorphic drawings, boards, etc. While I am not very quick on responding... too much stuff :)..., I may be able to help with information. My collection includes four or five Poly 88s, a Poly 8810, Poly 8813, and maybe around 200 spare boards in various stages from partially built to complete and tested plus two filing cabinets full of Poly documentation. My next project will be to start archiving all the software. I probably have several thousand Poly disks, both 5 1/4" and 8", so this will take a while!

Corey Lynch
8/19/2019
TANDY RADIO SHACK  Color Computer 3
Michael Devenney, I am definitely interested. please E-mail me at the.lynchster@gmail.com

Mark (Michigan)
8/18/2019
SEEQUA  CHAMELEON
I got mine at a computer show in Detroit when the computer was about a year old. It still fires up. I did have to replace the power supply. (try to find one!) I wish they would make a Windows, Mac dual boot laptop!!!

technology history junky
8/16/2019
R2E  MICRAL-N
nitpick: it is not fair description to call the 8008 "8-bit 4004".
the 4004 was very limited intel in-house design, and not much was left from this - i think the 4040 and there the dynasty ends/

the 8008 was built to CTC instruction set, same as datapoint 2200, which was a reasonably capable processor. (interesting tidbit is that CTC also asked TI to build one, not just intel. they came up with a chip, and had samples, but very few people ever saw one, let alone a working circuit with one).
its weaknesses were the straight jacket of 18-pin package, and only 14 address bits, so only 16K.
the 8080 added a lot more than just the 40-pin package and 16 address lines, but it''s hard to argue that those were the main difference.

it is fair to say that the 8008 was closer to the 8080 which started the revolution than to the 4004/ i believe the instruction set of the 8008 is the foundation of the 8080, which was the foundation of the 8086, and all the way to the intel engine which still runs the world to this day.


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
UFO / SEA MONSTERS / BREAK IT DOWN / REBUILD / SHOOT (MG1010)
APF MP1000 systems
APF Electronics - 1978
rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3
 game - shoot them up - shooting gallery
SUPERSPORTIC (PC-501)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - basketball - football - hockey - sport - squash - tennis
SAUCER ATTACK (PC/SD-203)
SD-2xx systems
SEL - 1982
 game - shoot them up - space
SUPERCROSS 3D (J9044E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Tiertex (developer) - 1995
 game - motocross - motorbike - racing
SCRAMBLE
Arcade
Konami - 1981
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up - space
ASTRO WARS II - BATTLE IN GALAXY (02)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - shoot them up
HOCKEY
GI AY-3-8500 (4 games)
General Instruments - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - football - hockey - sport
MAPPY
Sharp X1
Dempa, Namco - year unknown
 game - platform
MS. PAC-MAN (PA2057)
Atari Lynx
Atari, Namco - 1990
 game - maze
CHITAIKU
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game - helicopter - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up
FLIM-FLAM
Arcade
Meadows Games - 1974
 game - ball and paddle
MOTOR CYCLE (PC-502)
Hanimex SD-050/SD-070/SD-090 systems
Hanimex - 1977
 game - motocross - motorbike - stunt
SUPERBASE
Indata Dai
Dainamic - 1984
 application - database
GRAPHICS PAK (26-3715)
Tandy TRS-80 PC-2
Tandy - 1982
 application -
PACAR (G-1020)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1983
 game - car - maze

   RANDOM ADVERTS
U.S. advert (1979)

OHIO SCIENTIFIC
CHALLENGER 4P

 
German brochure #3

ATARI
MEGA ST

 
German brochure #1

ATARI
TT 030

 
US advert

PANASONIC
JR-200U

 
Advert #5

COMMODORE
VIC 20

 
First advert - Nov.1...

IBM
PC - Model 5150

 
DMS-15

DIGITAL MICRO SYSTEMS
DMS-3/F

 
Promotional leaflet

SORD
M23 Mark III

 
Argentinian advert

CZERWENY
Spectrum

 
Leaflet (1982)

INTERTON
VC 4000

 
French picture (apri...

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
Xerox range, August ...

XEROX
6085

 
IBM T-shirt

IBM
PC AT

 
French ad (dec.1983)

TOSHIBA
PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

 
8-page US advert #3

COMPAQ
Portable III

 
Advert

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Apple Business Graph...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
Advert #2

EPCOM / SHARP
Hotbit HB-8000

 
German Lifleat

SHARP
MZ 80B

 
German leaflet #1

SHARP
MZ-3500

 
French advert (dec.1...

PHILIPS
Videopac C52

 
US advert, August 19...

APPLE
APPLE III

 
French advert #1

TRIUMPH ADLER
ALPHATRONIC PC

 
US advert, Oct 1985

YAMAHA
CX5M Music Computer

 
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