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X1 Turbo Z III

The X1 Turbo Z III is the successor of the X1 Turbo Z and ZII. The 8bit CPU (Z80) has reached its limits here.

Like the X1 Turbo Z II, the Z III is VCCI compliant (electromagnetic emissions control) and has 128 KB RAM as standard, but does not have any remote connector for data recorder. Otherwise it is identical to the Z II.

The most famous and strong point of X1 series is the Programmable Charactor Generator(PCG).

The languages available were Hu-basic (developed by HUDSON soft), Turbo Basic and new Z-basic. The new Z basic language introduced enhanced functions (graphics and sound), but needed 128 KB RAM to operate. It was bundled with the Turbo ZII and ZIII, but Turbo Z owners had to buy it separately. An expansion memory board fitted with 64 KB RAM was then sold with the box, so Turbo Z systems could have 128 KB RAM. In fact you could add up to 256 KB RAM on this board, so Turbo Z owners could finally upgrade more easily their systems than ZII and ZIII ones.

The X68000 serie was launched one year earlier and finally, will replace the X1 serie.

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NAME  X1 Turbo Z III
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1988
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, JIS standard
CPU  Sharp Z80 A
RAM  128 KB
ROM  128 KB + 40 KB
TEXT MODES  20 / 40 / 80 x 10 / 12 / 20 / 25
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200 / 320 x 192 / 320 x 400 / 640 x 192 / 640 x 200 / 640 x 400
COLORS  4096
SOUND  3 voices PSG + 8 voices FM
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Two I/O ports, analog video out, disk drive expansion, video in/out, RS232c port, printer port, keyboard, 2 x joysticks (Atari standard), audio out
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 5.25'' disk-drive (2D,2DD and 2HD)
PRICE  169 800 yen (Japan, 1988)

Software for this system!

year unknown Dempa, Namco
year unknown Champion Soft
year unknown company unknown

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