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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
ROBIK Robik
The Robik was a russian ZX Spectrum clone. It was produced in the city of Czerkasy. It had 64KB RAM (shared with 16KB ROM) and independed 8KB video RAM (as real speccy, by the way). The keyboard was quite good (apparently) and quite complete. It had even switches to choose between latin and russian character fonts. A Kempston interface was built in, with separate keys to emulate joystick, which was very convenient in programs that was not games and use the ...
TRIUMPH ADLER  Alphatronic PC models P3 / P4
These two computers (P3 and P4) are professional systems conceived by Triumph-Adler. There are based on 8085A CPU and have 64k RAM. They used the MOS operating system but are also CP/M compatible. There were delivered with CP/M, UCSD-P System and Holland Automation on disks. The difference between the two models is that the P3 is equiped with two 5''1/4 (785 kb formated) floppy-drives, whereas the P4 has one floppy and one hard-disk (5 Mb)....
VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  Laser 350 / 500 / 700 / 750
Technically the Laser 350 / 500 / 700 / 750 are completely different from the Laser 100 / 200 / 300 family and thus non compatible with them. All 4 computers are nearly identical but the Laser 350 uses a Laser 300 case while the Laser 500 / 700 / 750 use a "new" case. Though the CPU is still a Z80A compatible one (the D780c from NEC), its capabilities are better. There are now 6 graphical modes, ranging from 160 x 96 in 16 colors to 640 x 192 in 2 colors. The memory size is also bigger ...
BANDAI Gundam RX-78
The Gundam RX-78 was originaly a very popular manga animation movie from the 80's. Bandai then marketed a personal computer under this name... Little is known about this small computer. Since the Gundam Rx-78 was only sold in Japan nearly all the information currently comes from Japanese websites. The capabilities of the RX-78 were not bad at all for 1983, and the space between the keys offered the possibility to use keyboard overlays with games or applications, except maybe for complaint...
VECTRIX  VX 384
Little informations about this computer. The Vectrix VX 384 was not a stand-alone computer. It was designed as a graphics display, accepting commands from any host through the Centronics or RS-232 port to fill the frame-buffer and drive the external monitor to the indicated resolution. Mainframes to minicomputers to Macs and PC's were used to send graphic info to the VX 384. When the VX 384 was initially released, the PC graphics options were CGA or Hercules monochrome. A smaller model...
CROMEMCO  Systeme 0
The System 0 was one of the last and lowest cost system from Cromemco. The basic unit was a six-slot S-100 board with an all-in-one CPU board and power supply. The smallest system featured 1 KB RAM and 4 KB ROM monitor, as well as serial and parallel ports. The bigger system, designated Zero/D, had 64 KB of RAM and separate dual floppy disc drives unit. It was sold with CP/M operating system, printer drivers and self test diagnostics. It was also possible to use a version of Unix called Cromi...
MATTEL ELECTRONICS  Aquarius
When the Keyboard Component project was canceled, Mattel searched in a hurry to produce a small and cheap computer. They contacted Radofin Electronics Far East, based in Hong-Kong, who was manufacturing most of the Intellivision products. Radofin had just developped a line of three Z80 based computers. Mattel decided to sell the two first under their brand. The Aquarius 1 and 2 were born. The Mattel Aquarius used a special version of the Microsoft Basic....
PANASONIC JD series
The Panasonic computers from the JD Series are classic CP/M professional systems released at the begining of the 80's. They are powered by an Intel 8085A processor, offer from 32 KB to 64 KB RAM and are equiped with two 8" or 5.25" floppy disk drives, depending on models. No graphic features here, but 80x24 text resolution on a 12" built-in green phosphor monitor. The following software were delivered on disk: CP/M 2.2, Microsoft Basic, MicroCobol and Assembler. Panasonic released sever...
PIZON BROS Visiomatic 101
One really nice and odd pong system. It also was sometimes distributed under the Alcatel label. It was sold in a brown suitcase so you could carry it easily and anywhere. In the upper part of the suitcase is stored the lightgun. The buttons are very original and very cool to press (hehe, you can't imagine the feeling...). You can use the magnets sold with the system to keep the score by placing them on the sides of the metallic panel where numbered squares are drawned. It is quite difficul...
TATUNG  PC-2000
After having launched a home computer, the Einstein, Tatung tried to tackle the small business market with this PC-2000 system. Ease of use, attractive price and expandability were their main desing criteria. The PC-2000 was actually a standard CP/M based machine. However, a large range of powerful options could be added whitch impressively increased system capabilities: • The serial interface board contained 14 RS232 serial ports and the PC-2000 could add up ...

   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
XENON 1
Oric compatible systems
IJK Software Ltd - 1983
 game - shoot them up
BUBBLE TROUBLE (LX216)
Atari Lynx
Lore Design Ltd (developer), Telegames (publisher) - 1993
 game -
HOCKEY
GI AY-3-8500 (4 games)
General Instruments - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - football - hockey - sport
GRAN TRAK 10
Arcade
Atari - 1974
 game - car - racing - top-down view
MAZE (VIDEOCART-10)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4rating is 4
 game - maze
NBA JAM TOURNAMENT EDITION (32X) (T-8104B)
Sega Mega Drive compatible systems
Acclaim (publisher), Iguana Entertainment (developer), Midway - 1995
 game - basketball - nba - sport
H.E.R.O. (C-58)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Activision, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
ROAD RACE / TENNIS / QUICK DRAW (cartridge #1)
Coleco Telstar Arcade
Coleco - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - car - duel - racing - sport - tennis - wild west
EXCITE INVADER
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game - shoot them up - space
SIMON SAYS
Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox - 1972
 game -
BLITZ! (VT3202)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3
 game - american football - sport - vector graphics
HOME MAHJONG (G-1030)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Sega - 1984
 game - mahjong - mind games
BACKGAMMON / ACEY-DEUCY (VIDEOCART-11)
Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild - 1977
 game - backgammon
STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE (VT3107)
Vectrex
GCE - 1982
 game - 3d - first person shooter - shoot them up - space - star trek - vector graphics
SUPER BASIC (23)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1985
 application - basic - programming language

   RANDOM ADVERTS
French ad (dec. 1983...

ORIC
ORIC 1

 
1978 brochure #3

MSI
6800

 
I learn at school

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
Apple temptation...

FRANKLIN
ACE 1000

 
Sord brochure #1

SORD
M-100ACE

 
French leaflet cover

SIRIUS COMPUTER
Victor 9000 / Sirius 1

 
Docs

SONY
SMC 777 - 777C

 
Mail order

THOMSON
TO 7

 
Advert

CROMEMCO
Z-1

 
French advert (june ...

THOMSON
TO 7

 
First U.S. ad (1982)

BASIS
BASIS 108

 
German advert (1983)

C.ITOH
YD-8110

 
Japanese advert #2

SONY
Hit-Bit F1XD

 
U.S. ad #1 (1982)

OLIVETTI
M20

 
Monroe advert, Feb. ...

LITTON - MONROE
OC-8820

 
Japanese flyer - ver...

EPOCH
Super Cassette Vision

 
Advert (june 1982)

SMT
Goupil 2

 
QL monitor ad.

SINCLAIR
QL (Quantum Leap)

 
Promotional picture

PHILIPS
Videopac C52

 
Advert #2

HONEYWELL
DDP-516

 
1978 brochure #14

MSI
6800

 
Japanese advert

SONY
SMC 777 - 777C

 
U.S. advert (1980)

TANDY RADIO SHACK
TRS 80 MODEL I

 
US advert

MILTON BRADLEY
Vectrex

 
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