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RCA Fred 2
This Fred 2 computer is a prototype designed by Joseph Weisbecker, engineer at RCA. He already imagined several early computer designs before this Fred 2 model, such as the System 00 or the original Fred concept.

Fred is rather a concept imagined by Joseph Weisbecker for educational computer able to play games. This concept emerged in several hardware versions through time. The first models could be dates as early as 1970 or 1971 !

Unlike the System 00 which used only small-scale digital T…



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.

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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…


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MINDSET CORP. Graphics computer
This little-known graphics workstation is an intriguing example of the many, varied machines introduced in the mid 1980’s.

The Mindset microcomputer, designed by two ex-Atari engineers, offered graphics performance far beyond that of other personal computers on the market at the time of its introduction in early 1984.

Based on the rarely seen, 16-bit Intel 80186 (also used in the Tandy Model 2000), the Mindset was a powerful graphics workstation built on a…



SINCLAIR  QL (Quantum Leap)
The Sinclair QL was the first attempt for Clive Sinclair to produce a computer for business. But after the success of the ZX-81 and ZX Spectrum, the QL can also be regarded as the first failure of Sinclair. In January 1984, Clive Sinclair presents the QL to the press, unveiling a very promising and inventive machine, based on the 68008 processor from Motorola. Indeed it was the first home computer based on a 32 bits CPU, just a few…



APPLE  APPLE IIe Platinum
This was the last version of the Apple II series that was first released in April 1977 and finally discontinued in mid 1993, making it the only home computer in production for more than 15 years.

The major difference from the previous Apple IIe versions is that the keyboard had been redesigned to be functionally equivalent to the keyboard of the Apple IIGS. The new keyboard incorporated an 18-key numeric keypad including two programmable function keys and cursor control keys.

The Platinum …



KAYPRO Kaypro 4
This is the Kaypro 4 released in 1984, usually refered as Kaypro 4/84, as opposed to the Kaypro IV released one year earlier, and refered as Kaypro IV ’83.

The main differences between the Kaypro 4 ’84 and the Kaypro IV ’83 were :
– A faster CPU, Zilog Z80A running at 4Mhz,
– A real time clock which can be used by programs (uses National MM58167),
– A better built-in monitor resulting in a very sharp display. The character matrix has also evol…



ACORN COMPUTER  BBC Master Compact
In 1986 the Acorn Business Computer range was long gone, and Olivetti -
Acorn’s new owners, having been forced to increase their stake from 49
to 80 per cent of the firm – were concentrating on making Acorn more
profitable. The case for the 65C816-based Communicator was retained and
given a basic box, housing a PSU and disk drive, to make a standard-looking 3-box computer system based around the BBC Master architecture.

Also marketed in Europe as the Olivetti Prodest PC 128 S (S fo…



AMSTRAD  GX 4000
The GX 4000 is a game system based on the hardware of the Amstrad 464+ and 6128+ computers.

Like Commodore did at the same time with the C64 and the C64 GS, Amstrad tried to enter the gaming market with a console based on its aging but popular 8-bit technology (CPC computers). Sadly, at a time when 16-bit gaming systems like the Sega Megadrive and



TANDY RADIO SHACK  TRS 80 MODEL II
The TRS-80 model II, is the obscure brother of the TRS-80 family. Many internet pages deal with the models 1,3 and 4 but omit the model 2… This is maybe because the TRS-80 Model 2 was intended to be a business computer for use in offices and labs. Thus it is equiped with a full height Shugart 8” drive with a capacity of 500k which is a lot compared to the 87k offered by the TRS-80 Model 1 system disk.
It is also possible to connect up to 4 floppy disk units, so you could have 2MB disk space …



PANASONIC FS A1 WX / WSX
After Microsoft left the MSX project in 1986, ASCII continued alone. They presented a new improvement of the MSX 2 standard in 1988.

No great enhancements, the MSX 2+ has 19268 colors instead of 512, some more graphic / KANJI resolutions and the built in MSX-Music, providing 9 channels of FM sound without drums or 6 channels FM sound with 5 FM drums.

The Panasonic FS A1 WX features the Rensha Turbo, which is a built-in…



IVASIM ELEKTRONIKA Ivel Ultra
The IVEL Ultra is a Croatian computer made by Ivasim Electronika. Its creator was Branimir Makanec. They were made in a little city near Zagreb called Ivanic Grad. The main characteristic of the Ivel Ultra is to be compatible with the Apple II.

It is equiped with one or two 5.25″ floppy disk drives. Its Basic is compatible with the Apple one, and its operating system called IDOS is compatible with Apple DOS 3.3

On top of that, the Ivel Ultra has a second pro…



TEXAS INSTRUMENTS  COMPACT COMPUTER 40 (CC40)
The Compact Computer 40 is a cute little system which represents Texas-Instrument`s first entry into the portable computer market. It can be considered in many ways as the TI-99 4/A’s little brother.

It includes a special version of the TI Extended Basic, where most of the graphical and sound statements has been discarded. But it is so close, than some TI-99 4/A can actually be executed on a CC40 !
Basic statements can be accessed directly through specific ke…


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