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1985 - The Commodore C128

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Despite all of the hype concerning the P128, B128 and BX256, the C-128 was eventually delivered. Perceived as the next logical step from the C64 rather than the PET series, the C-128 had full C-64 compatibility using the MOS 6510 microprocessor with 40 columns and, or in C-128 mode it could use the MOS 8502 microprocessor with 80 columns, or in CP/M mode it could use the Zilog Z80A microprocessor with 80 columns.

C-128 Technical Specifications
Microprocessor MOS 6510, 1.02MHz when used in C-64 mode
MOS 8502, 1 or 2MHz when used in C-128 mode
Zilog Z80A, 4MHz when used in CP/M mode
System Memory 20K ROM - 128K RAM expandable to 512K
User Area 38K RAM - 54K if Basic Interpreter not used
Keyboard Qwerty layout - 92 keys including 4 function keys, numeric keypad,
Display 40/80 columns 25 lines 255 displayable characters
Resolution 320 x 200 pixels
Colours 16
Sound 3 voices of 9 octaves , 9 volume levels
Input/Output RS232C Commodore Serial Port
Disk Drive: Parallel 5" Disk Drive Port
Cassette Drive C1531 Cassette Drive port
Joysticks 2 Joystick ports
Other ROM Cartridge port
Software CP/M Wordstar, dBase II and The Perfect Series
Price NZ$495
Datasette NZ$99
Disk Drive NZ$485
Colour Monitor NZ$795

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Revised: September 25, 2005.