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- There are now 992 computers in the museum -

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...
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....
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...
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...
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....
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

After IBM produced the PC/AT, NCR introduced their AT clone and called it the NCR PC8. It was primarly produced in Augsburg Germany. It was 80286 based and clocked the CPU at 8 MHz max. With the PC8, NCR offered their NCR-DOS, but also a UNIX variant (Xenix). The system was bundled with NCR-DOS, GW-BASIC, Getting Started booklet, On-line NCR HELP, NCR User Interface, and User Diagnostics. Better pictures needed ! Ryan May reports :
FUJITSU  Micro 16s
The Micro 16s was designed to be a powerful package of hardware and software in a professional business system. It offered a unique architectural design for the time: interchangeable microprocessors and thus operating systems. In fact most commonly used processors were Intel 8086 and Zilog Z80. One or two processor boards could be plugged into the Micro 16s and either one could be in control of the bus, the memory, etc. Fujitsu also planned to launch Motorola 68000, Intel 80286 and Zilog Z80...
We have few information about this computer. The Jet was a Romanian Spectrum clone computer built in a telephone case! You can see the handset housing and the numeric keyboard replaced with black plastic masks. The keyboard was made of printed pieces of paper inserted in transparent key-caps. This system has been deeply modified by the user(s). Zeno Mateescu, who owned a JET, reports: The whole computer was more a HC-85 clone...
APPLE  Apple II clones
This page is dedicated to all the unclassifiable Apple II compatible computers. There were numerous models, mainly produced in the Far East, but also in Europe, the USA and South America. Some of them bore exotic names like Lemon, Orange, Peach or Pineapple, while other were simply no-name systems. In most cases the mainboard and the case were pretty similar to that of the original Apple II. However, the manufacturers often attempted to offer an additional technica...
In the early 80's Philips produced a series of business/home microcomputers generically known as the P2000 series. There were five different lines developed over the few years the machines were produced: the P2000T, P2000M, P2000B (later called P2500), P2000C and finally the Yes, a MS-DOS machine. The weird thing about these different machines was that they were all incompatible with each other. The P2000C, was probably the most advanced of the P2000 series and the early portable from Philips...
This french computer has some IBM PC compatibility. It can read PC disks with a special software and has ISA expansion slots. But it's not a real PC compatible machine. It is more powerful than its little brother, the AX-20. But historicaly, the AX-25 was conceived before the AX-20, though it was marketed later. Two models were available : the AX-25A with two 5"1/4 disk drives and the AX-25B with one 5"1/4 disk drive and a hard disk (10 MB). The disk capac...
The OM 8064 was sold with several cards to plug into the slots: Centronics, 80-column card, disk controller (with double 5.25" floppy drives, 163 KB each) and a green monochrome screen....
The PHC-25 was a nice initiation computer for its time, but didn't sell well. It was the third member of the initiation computers from Sanyo : - PHC-10 (Built-in 1-line LCD screen) - PHC-20 - PHC-25 ...
EPSON  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
The PX-8 was the successor of the PX-4 and HX-20. The main improvement was a twice bigger flip-up LCD screen. It was sold with four cartridges which could be added to the base of the unit: a BASIC Programming Language, CardBox Plus, a diary for 400 names and addresss, Calc, a spreadsheet and WordStar the well known word processor. A double 5.25" floppy drive was available, and an Epson developed stan...
The Primo computer series was manufactured by Microkey Kftt. (Kutatási Fejlesztési Termelési Társulás), and was originaly developed to be a school computer in Hungary. The system was sold in various memory configurations: A-32: 16K ROM 16K RAM A-48: 16K ROM 32K RAM A-64: 16K ROM 48K RAM B-64: 16K ROM 48K RAM Other differences were: A type did not have built-in joystick and serial ports. B type could works togewther with the Commodore VC1541 floppy drive un...

U.S. advert (1983)

QX 10

German leaflet #1

MZ 800 - MZ 1500

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Philips french adver...

VG 5000

UK advert


Spanish advert

Hit-Bit 101

French ad (dec.1983)

Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

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Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

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IS 11

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U.K. ad. (1986)

520 / 1040 STf / STfm

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Pasopia 16 japanese ...

PASOPIA 16 / T300 / PAP

U.K. ad. 1989

520 / 1040 STf / STfm

U.K. ad. (Dec. 1985)

C128 - C128D

US brochure (recto)


French advert.

SV 318

Jacquard brochure #5...

J100 - J500

36 Mhz. in 1982?


UK advert Oct. 1983

HC / HX-20

Promo pic #6

TO 7 / 70

Apple accessories


Ł99 in January 1982


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I have three of these, and they''re awesome little machines but a lot more trouble than many people might suspect.

- keyboard is fantastic
- floppy interface is standard 34 pin
- stylish
- jr graphics and audio
- IBM did sell a cluster option that let you network them off an XT/AT system, but I''ve never seen one in person.

- 3.5" drives (unless you get the 86/87 model) are double stepped by the BIOS - providing 360KB but being incompatible with any standard computer
- 3.5" drives are slightly taller than modern 3.5" drives making it hard to source replacements that look nice
- expansion is very limited, a small range of IBM cards available and once you add memory+serial you''re out of slots and need to buy an expansion unit. No sidecars. 512KB RAM max.
- high resolution mode and Kanji support was only available on the Japanese model. Wont fit on AU/NZ model as PSU is in the way.
- still boots up in 40 col mode for some reason
- clips that hold the case together just fall apart with age when you look at them

Actually quite a bit of work dealing with these, but I love mine nonetheless.

those of you growing up in the 80''s and watched the TV Show Airwolf with Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine, the show used this as a keyboard prop that Ernest used to type on when sitting in the back. In an episode of season 1 or two they do a quick 2 second shot of him typing and you''ll see it.

Remi Jakobsen
Ira Velinsky,back then an Commodore employee, was the designer for the rounded case. Porsche was never involved. I''ve got this directly form an back then Commodore employee. Ira Velinsky is commonly recognized as the designer among PET/CBM collectors and in user groups.

That Porsche was involved is simply a myth that goes around on the Internet in sale adverts and so on and is not true.

SHARP  PC-1401 PC-1402 PC-1421
I''m starting a new course in financial business.. just put battery after so many years (of course, I''ve been smart enough to take them out back then) seems to be working just fine, so I''ll use it again :)

ELWRO 800 Junior
The funny thing is - they didn''t create a special encasing, but just utilised one from the electronic organ: Elwirka

Wow, this brings back memories. A friend of mine in 1982 told me I should check out this little machine and he let me borrow it for a weekend. He handed it to me in a brown paper bag (not sure why I recall that). Now for over 30 years it has been my profession. It all started with this little Timex computer.

Byron Adkins
IBM  RT (6150)
The original (170ns) processor card supported an optional floating point coprocessor card based on the National Semiconductor NS32081 FPU.

The next generation (100ns) processor card included a Motorola 68881 floating point coprocessor on the CPU card itself.

The final (80ns) processor card supported a huge double-card floating point coprocessor, again in the coprocessor slot.

If you search the Web for ''IBM SA23-1057'' you can download a PDF of the original RT product architecture. Note that the ROMP processor MMU, though a separate integrated circuit (at least initially), is tightly integrated with the RISC core and would not be called a co-processor today.

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