COMMODORE PLUS/4 WORLD
  Home  Search  Games  Tapes  Covers  Cheats  Maps  Software  New Stuff 
 Hall Of Fame  HVTC  Game Endings  Solutions  Remakes  Publications  Magazines  Effects  Top List 
 Members  Groups  Features  Plus/4 Encyclopedia  Hardware  Tools  Options  Forum 
Login
Back to forumReply To This TopicGo to last reply

Posted By

MMS
on 2018-04-02
19:08:53
 An other 8bit machine with integrated SW

Around 1990/1991 there was an other 8bit computer tried the idea of EPROM based integrated business SW.
Called VTech Advantech I.Q. Unlimited

Yes, it had all these SWs in EPROM, like in case on Plus/4 (probably due to cheaper memory prices it was much bigger).

It had a Z80 @5.5MHz, 64K RAM, 40/80 column display (pretty clear even on TV)
No floppy of cassette connection supported, but used only built-in battery saved SRAM.
Colors are nice, but I think limited to 8, but no attributes. Drawing/fill routines looks pretty fast.

Very interesting to see how well they could realize almost the same task as Plus/4 few years ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEfUefVXzzg


And a written summary about the programs and the computer with pictures
http://www.danielsays.com/ssg-vtech-iqu.html

Surely, as it had no real device to load and save programs, no SWs were developed, even your graphics made with the Art Studio, could not be saved, just printed.

I think it was a nice try.
But was a wasted effort without any possiblitiy to save and load files and programs... So even your self developped game could not be shared with your friend who had the same machine. BAD idea.



Back to topReply To This Topic


Copyright © Plus/4 World Team, 2001-2018