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C > COMART > Communicator   


Comart was the computer system group that took over the Byte Shop/Computerland chain when it had financial difficulties in the late 70s. They were a large company distributing North Star systems, and similar equipments. The Communicator was their first effort in distributing a British-made system.

The Communicator is a S-100 bus system based around a main chassis with a 10-slot-mother-board. The system had 64 KB of RAM and came with three variations of dual floppy disk drives.

Several S-100 boards were available. They offered Viewdata/Prestel capabilities, or 18.7 MB hard disk, with 13.4 MB cartridge backup.

The system ran CP/M operating system. A smaller system called the Educator, with networking facilities, was also available.

Chris Coggins adds:
The Communicator was upgraded over several years until the Communicator was given multi-user capability by running MP/M80 but finished off running Intel 386 processors with 512 KB RAM running CCP/M86. Hard disk had grown to 40MB Rodime drive.

David Broad sold Comart to Kode International and 2 years later it lefts it's Cambridgeshire factory and moved to Swindon. The Company went downhill, dropped the S-100 bus to use standard PC architecture but eventually closed.

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I used to sell Comart and Cromemco in the 1980s. Still have some Comart parts in the attic somewhere. Much prefer Cromemco though and still have a working system from them.

Wednesday 8th December 2021
Mike Arnold (United Kingdom)

So weird. The man in this photo is my dad. He died 3 years ago and I miss him so much. I''d love to know who Sarah is...

Saturday 14th November 2020
Stacey (United Kingdom)

Does anyone have any bootable software for the Communicator please?

Monday 2nd March 2020
Ross (United Kingdom)


NAME  Communicator
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  1979
KEYBOARD  Serial video terminal
CPU  Z80-A
SPEED  Unknown
RAM  64 KB
TEXT MODES  Depends on the video terminal used
I/O PORTS  2 x Serial RS-232
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 5.25'' floppy disc drives - 190 KB, 390 KB or 790 KB each
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  S-100 boards
PRICE  $3500

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