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The Commodore 264 Series History Page

The Commodore 264 History Page
History


THE MACHINES: The C= 264 series...

                                          (RAM for BASIC / TOTAL RAM)

The C= 364: It was a 264 with a "Magic Voice" Speech 
            systhesizer and numeric keypad.               (60K/64K)
            (Also called V364,CV364,364V)
            prototype only? was it even produced?

The C= 264: The machine that became the Plus/4.           (60K/64K)
            I would assume without the 4-in-1 package

The C= 232: Basically a 264 with 32K ram and no RS-232    (28K/32K)???

The C= Plus/4 = 264 w/TRI-Micro 4-in-1 software           (60K/64K)

The C= 116: A C= 16 w/ chicklet style KBD in a +4 case    (12K/16K)

The C=  16: 16K RAM, looks like a black VIC= 20.          (12K/16K)

I have the CMD Issue #9, Vol 2 Number 4 on the series...
this is my condensed version of their article:

   The series was originally to be the 264 and 364.  They had 60K to 
basic, and 64K RAM total.  This was a very good ratio, and was obviously 
done by having bank switching between ROM and RAM.  They ran on a 7501 or 
8501 CPU, which was 6502/6510 compatable.  The heart of this line was 
the TED, or Text Eding Device.  It comprised 320 x 200 Pixels, and text 
of 40 x 25.  It had 128 color settings; 121 colors actually (8 blacks).
It was made of 16 colors each with 8 liminance settings.  The sound, as with 
the VIC-1 used on the VIC= 20, was integrated into the graphics chip, and 
consisted of 3 voices; 2 sound & one noise.  Basic was upgraded quite a 
bit, and new easier to use disk commands were integrated into the new 
BASIC 3.5, as well as windows, and the graphics commands the C= 64 so 
desperately needed.  Also they included TEDmon, a machine language 
monitor in ROM to write and debug programs.

The plan changed and the 264 became the plus/4, integrating the 4-in-1 
software by TRI-Micro including a word processor, spreadsheet, graphing tool,
data manager.  These applications were not much more than barely usable.
The 364 project was scrapped and the lower-end C= 16 and C= 116 were 
produced.  The C= 16 looked like a black ViC= 20, and the 116 was a 
C= 16 with a chicklet keyboard in a plus/4 case.  They had a shameful 16K of 
RAM, with only 12K usable by basic.  This was, however, a better ratio 
than the ViC= 20, with only 3K to basic.  The C= 16 and 116 had no user port;
thus no communications or parallel devices.  These machines were to target 
business use, since the C= 64 and VIC= 20 had strayed from the original 
Commodore Business Machines goal of business computers.

THE C= PLUS4:

--- Extract from somewhere ---

Failed Commodore experiment. Actually, a very nice 8-bit. 64K RAM.
Nice graphics ability. Pixels could be any of 128 colors (16 colors at
8 intensity levels). Four software programs included on the ROMs. None
of them were worth much. (The word processor could only handle 99
lines of text.) This computer was sold as a successor to the C64.

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