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CPC 6128

Amstrad CPC

 

  • CPC 464 1984 - in built tape, 64k RAM
  • CPC 664 1984 - rare, in built 3" floppy disc, 64k RAM
  • CPC 6128 1985 - in built 3" floppy disc, 128k RAM
  • 3.3MHz Z80 Microprocessor
  • 16" monochrome monitor or 14" colour monitor
  • 27 colours
  • Graphics modes 160x200 (16 colours), 320x200 (4 colours), 640x200 (2 colours)
  • 3 channel sound (AY8912)
  • Joystick port (single port supporting 2 joysticks with a special lead)

 


PC1512/1640

Amstrad PC

 

  • Released 1986
  • IBM PC clone, running 8086
  • 512k RAM or 640k RAM
  • Twin 5.25" floppy disc drives
  • Colour or monochrome monitor (the system power supply was in the monitor)
  • CGA graphics + extended 640x200 16 colour mode

 


PPC640

Amstrad PC

 

  • Released 1988
  • IBM PC clone, running 8086 at 4.77MHz
  • 640k RAM
  • Full size keyboard which folds over to cose the unit
  • Twin 5.25" floppy disc drives
  • Monochrome CGA LCD
  • Colour or monochrome monitor
  • CGA graphics + extended 640x200 16 colour mode
  • Power 10 D cells or external 12V adaptor
  • Weight 22lbs
  • Built in modem

An early attempt at a PC laptop.  The built in LCD was not backlit and quite difficult to view.  An external monitor which ran off the D cells was available as an optional extra.

A 512K version without the modem was also available.


PCW8256/8512/9256/9512

Amstrad PCW

 

  • 8256 released 1985
  • Word processor, included a printer (containing the power supply)
  • Z80 CPU
  • CPM operating system
  • 256k or 512k banked RAM
  • 90x32 character or 720x256 display
  • 3" floppy discs

 


PDA-600 (PenPad)

Amstrad PCW

 

  • Released 1993
  • Z-180 main processor, Z-8 power manager, Z-8 character recognition
  • 128k main RAM, 32k display RAM, 32k recogniser RAM
  • RS-232 and PCMCIA type 1 interfaces
  • 240x320 Monochrome LCD, not backlit with touchscreen
  • Power: 3 AA batteries for main power.  Lithium backup
  • Built in calculator, address book, notepad, diary, to-do, world clock and conversion software
  • Basic character recognition
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