Old Computers 1980 ~ 1989

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AXEL Click here to read to company history  AX-20  	    This french mono-bloc system had no great success. It was however a nice designed system with its 8 function keys mounted directly onto the monitor (like with some Hewlett-Packard systems). The idea was interesting, because the function of each key was dynamicaly displayed right above it, but it becomes tiring to have to lift an arm to reach these keys...    The AXEL-20 can display 640 x 416 pixels with 8 different level of brightness.

AXEL Click here to read to company history AX-20 This french mono-bloc system had no great success. It was however a nice designed system with its 8 function keys mounted directly onto the monitor (like with some Hewlett-Packard systems). The idea was interesting, because the function of each key was dynamicaly displayed right above it, but it becomes tiring to have to lift an arm to reach these keys... The AXEL-20 can display 640 x 416 pixels with 8 different level of brightness.

AVT ELECTRONICS  Comp 2  	    This is quite a rare computer ! It was conceived by a dutch company called AVT Electronics. AVT is short for Alex van Tienhoven, then the owner of the company. This computer was made in Korea as per AVT's design...    This obscure system is Apple II compatible (hardware & software), hence the "Comp2" name.    The system is composed of a separate keyboard and a big case housing two 5''1/4 disk-drives, the mainboard and 8 expansion slots.

AVT ELECTRONICS Comp 2 This is quite a rare computer ! It was conceived by a dutch company called AVT Electronics. AVT is short for Alex van Tienhoven, then the owner of the company. This computer was made in Korea as per AVT's design... This obscure system is Apple II compatible (hardware & software), hence the "Comp2" name. The system is composed of a separate keyboard and a big case housing two 5''1/4 disk-drives, the mainboard and 8 expansion slots.

AVAL  AVC 777 - J2  	    This transportable computer is the successor of the AVC-777.    Like its small brother it has a 5'' built-in monitor and thermic printer mounted on the top of the case. This printer can print 40/80 characters / line in 400 dpi.    There also was a desktop model (without built-in screen) named AVC-666.

AVAL AVC 777 - J2 This transportable computer is the successor of the AVC-777. Like its small brother it has a 5'' built-in monitor and thermic printer mounted on the top of the case. This printer can print 40/80 characters / line in 400 dpi. There also was a desktop model (without built-in screen) named AVC-666.

AVAL  AVC 777  	    This lovely transportable computer has a built-in thermal printer, 5'' monochrom display and 5''1/4 disk-drive.    It will be followed by the AVC-777 J2 which has two 5''1/4 disk-drives built-in.    There was also the AVC-666 which was a desktop version of the AVC-777.

AVAL AVC 777 This lovely transportable computer has a built-in thermal printer, 5'' monochrom display and 5''1/4 disk-drive. It will be followed by the AVC-777 J2 which has two 5''1/4 disk-drives built-in. There was also the AVC-666 which was a desktop version of the AVC-777.

Atari  600 / 800 XL  	    The Atari 800XL, together with the 600XL, were successors of the Atari 400/800 series and the unsuccessful Atari 1200 XL in a more compact case. They could use almost the same software, just so long as the program was written correctly, because of some slight differences between OS versions.    The 800XL had 64 KB of RAM, two joystick ports and kept all the custom chips (Pokey, GTIA, Antic) of the previous models.

Atari 600 / 800 XL The Atari 800XL, together with the 600XL, were successors of the Atari 400/800 series and the unsuccessful Atari 1200 XL in a more compact case. They could use almost the same software, just so long as the program was written correctly, because of some slight differences between OS versions. The 800XL had 64 KB of RAM, two joystick ports and kept all the custom chips (Pokey, GTIA, Antic) of the previous models.

Atari  1450 XLD  	    The Atari 1450 XLD has the same characteristics as the Atari 1400 XL.    Like the 1400 XL, it has a built-in modem (Bell 103 compatible, 300 baud) and the speech synthesiser chip (SC-02). Contrary to the other Atari, it uses a parallel disk drive controller (a much faster arrangement) instead of the SIO interface.    Apparently The 1450 was not released because they were having problems getting the parallel disk drive controller to work properly.

Atari 1450 XLD The Atari 1450 XLD has the same characteristics as the Atari 1400 XL. Like the 1400 XL, it has a built-in modem (Bell 103 compatible, 300 baud) and the speech synthesiser chip (SC-02). Contrary to the other Atari, it uses a parallel disk drive controller (a much faster arrangement) instead of the SIO interface. Apparently The 1450 was not released because they were having problems getting the parallel disk drive controller to work properly.

Atari  1200 XL  	    The Atari 1200 XL was the predecessor of the Atari 600/800 XL. It had much of the same characteristics, except the size of its ROM (16 KB instead of 24 KB) the BASIC Interpreter being supplied on a cartridge. Because the built-in Operating System was not designed very well, people are known to have swapped the OS ROM chip from their 800XL & put in the 1200 XL.

Atari 1200 XL The Atari 1200 XL was the predecessor of the Atari 600/800 XL. It had much of the same characteristics, except the size of its ROM (16 KB instead of 24 KB) the BASIC Interpreter being supplied on a cartridge. Because the built-in Operating System was not designed very well, people are known to have swapped the OS ROM chip from their 800XL & put in the 1200 XL.

APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES   Applied Technologies  Microbee 32  	    Around 1978 Owen Hill teamed up with an electronic components company, Applied Technology of Hornsby (Sydney), to build a small computer he had designed. Applied Technology had been previously producing kits in Australia for S-100 boards. The Microbee was released as a kit in 1982 on the cover of Your Computer magazine, the manual was included free with the magazine.

APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES Applied Technologies Microbee 32 Around 1978 Owen Hill teamed up with an electronic components company, Applied Technology of Hornsby (Sydney), to build a small computer he had designed. Applied Technology had been previously producing kits in Australia for S-100 boards. The Microbee was released as a kit in 1982 on the cover of Your Computer magazine, the manual was included free with the magazine.

Altos Computer Systems  Serie 5  	    The Serie 5 was a multi-user system. It could support from 1 to 3 users. It had a 5 MB Winchester hard-drive and could be upgraded with a 10 MB hard-drive (for the Serie 5D only). It could use CP/M, MP/M II or Oasis as its operating system.    The serie 5 was quite similar to the Altos ACS-8000 which was a bit more powerful.

Altos Computer Systems Serie 5 The Serie 5 was a multi-user system. It could support from 1 to 3 users. It had a 5 MB Winchester hard-drive and could be upgraded with a 10 MB hard-drive (for the Serie 5D only). It could use CP/M, MP/M II or Oasis as its operating system. The serie 5 was quite similar to the Altos ACS-8000 which was a bit more powerful.

Alpha Micro  1000 Series  	    The Alpha Micro 1000 was a line of systems based on the 68000 microprocessor. According to customer requests, each system could be configured from a single user microcomputer with 128 KB of RAM, up to a 60-users system with 3 MB of RAM and 2.4 GB of disk storage.    The operating system of the 1000 series was AMOS, a multi-user, multi-tasking and timesharing system allowing the user to easily add terminals and printers to the current configuration.

Alpha Micro 1000 Series The Alpha Micro 1000 was a line of systems based on the 68000 microprocessor. According to customer requests, each system could be configured from a single user microcomputer with 128 KB of RAM, up to a 60-users system with 3 MB of RAM and 2.4 GB of disk storage. The operating system of the 1000 series was AMOS, a multi-user, multi-tasking and timesharing system allowing the user to easily add terminals and printers to the current configuration.

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