Commodore PC compatible systems

The Commodore PC compatible systems are a range of IBM PC compatible personal computers introduced in 1984 by home computer manufacturer Commodore Business Machines.

A Commodore PC20
Close-up of a Commodore PC 20-III

Incompatible with Commodore's prior Commodore 64 and Amiga architectures, they were generally regarded as good, serviceable workhorse PCs with nothing spectacular about them, but the well-established Commodore name was seen as a competitive asset.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1984, Commodore signed a deal with Intel to second source manufacture the Intel 8088 CPU used in the IBM PC, along with a license to manufacture a computer based on the Dynalogic Hyperion. It is unknown whether any of these systems were produced or sold.

In 1984, the first model released, the PC-10, sold for $559 without monitor ($1333 in 2021).[2] They were sold alongside Commodore's Amiga and Commodore 64c/128 lines of home and graphics computers. The PC10 was comparable in the market to the Blue Chip PC, Leading Edge Model D and Tandy 1000 line of PC compatibles.[3][4]

ModelsEdit

 
Commodore PC30-III

The line consists of the following models:

First Generation:

Commodore PC 5:

  • The Commodore PC 5 is identical to PC 10 but with a Monochrome video card and only one floppy drive
  • Price: $1,395
  • Motherboard year: 1984
  • Processor: 4.77 Mhz Intel 8088
  • Standard Memory: 256k RAM on motherboard
  • Optional Memory: Commodore 380065-2 "256k" RAM Expansion card giving a total of 512k
  • Video Card: Hercules GB-101 MDPA (Monochrome Display and Printer Adapter)
  • Floppy drive: One 360k 5.25 drive. Could be expanded with the "Commodore PC910" floppy kit with gives an extra 360/720 3.5 Floppy drive
  • Harddrive: None.
  • Operating System: MS-DOS 3.2; GW Basic 3.2
  • Ports: 1x RSR-232 Serial port and 1x Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: 5x 8Bit XT ISA.

Commodore PC 10

  • The Commodore PC 10 is identical to PC 5 but with a Color video card and two floppy drives
  • Price: NOK:18000
  • Video Card: ATI CW16800-A graphics solution (MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics color plus)
  • Floppy drive: Two 360k 5.25 drives

Commodore PC 20

  • The Commodore PC 20 is identical to PC 10 but with a 20 MB hard drive
  • Price: NOK 30000
  • Harddrive: 20 Mb Harddrive

Commodore PC 40

  • PC 40 is a different machine than the PC 5/10/20 series. Same Cabinet but with improved 16bit "AT" hardware
  • Price: ?
  • Motherboard year: 1984
  • Processor: Intel 80286 that runs at either 6 or 10 MHz choosable by the user
  • Standard Memory: 1 Mb Ram
  • Optional Memory:
  • Video Card: ATI CW16800-A graphics solution (MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics color plus).
  • Floppy drive: 1x 1,2 Mb 5.25 drive.
  • Harddrive: 20 Mb Harddrive
  • Ports: 1x RSR-232 Serial port and 1x Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: 8x 8Bit XT ISA & 6x AT 16bit slots
  • Keyboard: 88 key XT style keyboard.
  • Cabinet: it has a key lock switch

Notes: The Commodore PC 40 is a 16 bit high-end PC 20 with a better motherboard and CPU. The PC AT is a PC 40 with a AT added to the name.


1985 "Second Generation":

Commodore PC 10-II

  • The Commodore PC 10-II is a PC 20-II with dual floppy drives and no hard drive.
  • Price: ?
  • Motherboard year: 1984
  • Processor: 4.77 Mhz Intel 8088
  • Standard Memory: 256k onboard memory
  • Optional Memory: Commodore 380065-1 384k RAM Expansion card giving a total of 640k
  • Video Card: ATI CW16800-A graphics solution (MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics color plus).
  • Floppy drive: Two Chinon FZ-502LII 360k 5.25 drive.
  • Ports: 1x RSR-232 Serial port and 1x Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: 5x 8Bit XT ISA

Commodore PC 20-II

  • The Commodore PC 20-II is essential a PC 10-II with one floppy drive and one hard drive
  • Price: ?
  • Floppy drive: One Chinon FZ-502LII 360k 5.25 drive.
  • Harddrive: 20 MB Harddisk
  • Notes: The Commodore PC 20-II is essential a PC 10-II with one floppy drive and one hard drive


1989 "Third Generation":

Commodore PC I

  • The Commodore PC 1 is a low-cost, small size PC, meant for budget homes or office use.
  • Price: ?
  • Motherboard year: 1987
  • Processor: Siemens Intel 8088 running at 4.77 Mhz. (A 8087 FPU can be added to a empty slot.)
  • Onboard RAM: 512k RAM
  • Optional RAM: 4x 32k RAM could be added to four empty slots in the motherboard, giving a total of 640k
  • Video Card: Integrated Paradise PVS 2 (CGA, MDA, HGC and Plantronics)
  • Disk drive: 1x Chinon F-502L 360k 5.25 drive.(Optional 720k Commodore 1010 og 1011 can be added to the Amiga style Disk port on the right side)
  • Harddrive: the "PC 1-20" came with a 3.5" 20 Mb hard drive connected to the expansion port
  • Network: the "PC 1-NET" came with a Novell Ethernet 10 Bit card connected to the expansion port.
  • Options: Expansion box for connection isa cards and Harddrive. an additional 8 Ohm speaker can be added for sound.
  • Operating System: MS-DOS 3.20 and GW-BASIC
  • Ports: VGA, Component video, RSR-232 Serial port, Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: Commodore "PCEXP1" is a special expansion cabinet made for PC1. this gives 3 additional ISA Slots plus a extra 5.25 drive
  • Keyboard: 84 Key XT Keyboard
  • Cabinet: Special small form factor inspired by the 128C

Commdore COLT

  • A PC-10-III for the American market with a different name.

Commodore PC 10-III

  • Price:
  • CPU: 4.77/7.16/9.54 variable MHz Intel 8088-1 CPU,
  • RAM: 640kb RAM,
  • Video: Paradise PVC4 card with CGA, MDA, Hercules & Plantronics.
  • Expansion slots: 3x 8bit ISA slots.

Commodore PC 20-III

  • Same as PC 10-III but with a 20Mb HDD.

Commodore PC 30-III

  • A downgraded PC 40-III with a 12MHz 286 CPU, EGA Wonder 800+ card, two floppy drives and a 20Mb hard disk.

Commodore PC 35-III

  • Identical to PC-30 but with a Cyrix 287 XL Co-Processor added.

Commodore PC 40-III

  • A 12MHz 286 system with 1Mb RAM, 4 expansion slots, on-board VGA, and a 40Mb HDD. It has a 5.25" 1.2Mb floppy drive. It has 3x AT 16 bit ISA slots and one 8 bit XT ISA slot.

Commodore PC 45-III

  • A 12MHz AMD 286 with 1MB of RAM, VGA graphics card.

Commodore PC 50-II

  • A 16MHz 386SX with 640Kb RAM, VGA graphics card, one 1.2Mb 5.25" floppy drive and a 40Mb Conner hard disk.

Commodore PC 60-III

  • a top-of-the-line tower PC for professional use.
  • Price: ?
  • CPU: Intel 386DX 25MHz
  • Optional CPU: A 387 FPU can be added.
  • Standard RAM: 2Mb onboard RAM
  • Optional RAM: upgradeable to 18Mb RAM via two expansion cards with max 8 Mb on each card.
  • Video Card: Paradise 88 VGA card
  • Floppy Drive: One Chinon FB-357 1.44Mb 3.5" and one Chinon FZ-506 1.2Mb 5.25" floppy drive.
  • Harddrive: It came with different choices of hard drive from 60Mb to 200Mb hard disk.
  • Expansion Bays: 4x 5.25 bay and 2x 3.5 bay.
  • Expansion Slots: 7x 16bit AT expansion slots + 2x Commodore Slots for memory card. 9 total.


Generation 4 SlimLine series

Commodore 286 SX

  • Price:
  • Description: Slimline computercase
  • Motherboard year: 1991
  • Processor: Intel 80286 running at 8/16 Mhz. (A 80287-16 FPU can be added to a empty slot.)
  • ROM: 64KB Phoenix Bios
  • RAM: 1MB onboard standard, expandable to 5MB
  • Video Card: VGA 256K Byte, expandable to 512K
  • Disk drive: 1x Chinon F-502L 360k 5.25 drive.(Optional 720k Commodore 1010 og 1011 can be added to the Amiga style Disk port on the right side)
  • Harddrive: 40 MB - (313241-02), 50 MB - (311839-01) and 100 MB - (311840-01)
  • Network: the "PC 1-NET" came with a Novell Ethernet 10 Bit card connected to the expansion port.
  • Options: Expansion box for connection isa cards and Harddrive. an additional 8 Ohm speaker can be added for sound.
  • Operating System: MS-DOS 3.20 and GW-BASIC
  • Ports: VGA, Component video, RSR-232 Serial port, Centronic Parallel port.
  • Expansion slots: 16 bit x1 (expandable to 16 bit x 3 + 8 bit x 2 by use of riser card)
  • Keyboard: 84 Key XT Keyboard
  • Cabinet: Special small form factor inspired by the 128C

Commodore 286-16

  • A 16MHz 286 with 1Mb RAM, VGA video card, 3.5" floppy drive and 2x AT 16bit expansion slots.

Commodore 386SX-16

  • A 16Mhz 386 with 1Mb RAM, VGA graphics card, 3.5" floppy drive and 5x 16bit ISA expansion slots.

Commodore 386SX-16

  • A 25Mhz 386 with a Cyrix 387 FPU, 4Mb RAM, Cirrus Logic GD-5402 VGA (512kb video RAM), 40Mb HDD, 3.5" floppy drive and 5x 16bit ISA expansion slots.

Commodore 386DX-33

  • A 33MHz 386 CPU

Commodore 486SX-25

  • A 25MHz 486 with 4Mb RAM, VGA video, 1x 3.5" drive and a 150Mb HDD

Commodore 486DX-33

  • CPU: 33MHz 486 with
  • RAM: 8Mb RAM,
  • Video Card: VGA video,
  • Floppy drive: 1x 3.5"
  • Harddisk: 150Mb HDD

Laptops

Commodore C286SX-LT

  • a 12Mhz 286 with 1Mb RAM

Commodore C386SX-LT

  • a 386 with 2Mb RAM and a 40Mb HDD

See alsoEdit

  • 3D Microcomputers, a Canadian computer manufacturer whom Commodore Canada authorized to produce PC clones bearing the Commodore label shortly before Commodore International's bankruptcy in 1994

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RUN Magazine issue 42".
  2. ^ "TCP ad, Run magazine Sep. 1987".
  3. ^ "The PC10 has Landed". Two of the PC10-2's most visible competitors for the home and school markets are the Leading Edge Model D and the Tandy 1000SX.
  4. ^ "Run Magazine Issue 42 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 22 December 2014.

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