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

Incompatible with 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]

History

In 1984, Commodore signed a deal with Intel to second source manufacture the Intel 8088 CPU[2] used in the IBM PC, along with a license to manufacture a computer based on the Dynalogic Hyperion.[3] 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 ($1499 in 2023).[4] 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.[5][6]

Models

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The line consists of the following models: Series 1

First generation – Series I

Commodore PC 5

Commodore PC 10

Commodore PC 10-1

Commodore PC 10-2

Commodore PC 10-S

A Commodore PC20

Commodore PC 20

Commodore PC 40

Commodore PC AT

Commodore PC 40-40

Second generation – Series II

Commodore PC 10-II

Commodore PC 20-III Computer

Commodore PC 20-II

Third generation – Series III

Commodore PC I

Commodore PC 10-III Personal Computer

Commodore PC 10-III

Commodore COLT

Commodore PC 10-III SD

Close-up of a Commodore PC 20-III

Commodore PC 20-III

Commodore PC30-III

Commodore PC 30-III (also sold as Select Edition 286)

Commodore PC 35-III

Commodore PC 40-III

Commodore PC 45-III

Commodore PC 50-II

Commodore PC 60-III

Generation 4 "SlimLine" series

Commodore 286 SX

Commodore 286-16

Commodore 386SX-16

Commodore 386SX-25

Commodore 386DX-33

Commodore 486SX-25

Commodore 486DX-33

Laptops

Commodore C286-LT laptop

Commodore C286SX-LT

Commodore C386SX-LT


Model table

The following table lists all Commodore PC compatible systems specifications:

Commodore IBM PC compatibles
Model Mother­board Year Price CPU Co-Processor Chipset Battery RAM Video Card Floppy Drive Expansion bay Harddisk ISA bus Keyboard OS Ports Power supply Size
Model MHZ Base Expansion Maximum Name Modes RAM Ideal Monitor 5.25" 3.5" 5.25" 3.5" 8-bit XT PC 16-bit AT
PC 1 1987 £315, FIM
3.950,- ilman näyttöä (1988)
Siemens Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 512 KB 4x 32 KB RAM 640 KB WD Integrated Paradise PVS 2 MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics Commodore 1450 Chinon F-502L 360k Optional C-1010 or C-1011 can be added at the Amiga style disk port on the right side 1 - The optional 20 MB "PC 1-20" Hard drive can be connected to the expansion port. 1x PCEXP1 - PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 3.1 Power, VGA, Component video, RSR-232 Serial, Centronic Parallel 326 x 330 x 85 mm
PC 5 1984 3.950,- ilman näyttöä (1988) Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 256 KB 384 KB 640 KB Hercules GB-101 MDPA MDA 1901 ALPS DFC222A 360 KB no 2 no 5 - PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 2.11 Centronic Parallel 390 x 360 x 150 mm
PC 10 1984 $1,395 Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 256 KB 384 KB 640 KB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 KB 2x ALPS DFC222A 360 KB no 2 no 5 - PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 2.11 Centronic Parallel 390 x 360 x 150 mm
PC 10-II 1985 $559(1988) / NOK 18000,- Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 256 kB 384 kB 640 kB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 kB 1084 2x Chinon FZ-502LII 360k no no 5 - PC/XT 88 key Centronic Parallel 390 x 360 x 150 mm
PC 10-III / COLT 1989 $1,200/ DM 4.950, FIM 14.950,- (1986) Siemens Intel 8088-1 Standard 4.77 MHz Turbo 7.16 MHz Double 9.54 MHz Intel 8087-1 Faraday FE2010A 640 KB WD Paradise PVC4 MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics 1084 2x Chinon F-502L 360 KB no 2 optional 3 - PC/XT 88 key MSDOS 3.3 Centronic Parallel
PC 20 1984 FIM 7.995,- (1988) Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 256 KB 384 KB 640 KB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 KB ALPS DFC222A 360 kB no 2 20 MB 5 - PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 2.11 Centronic Parallel 390 x 360 x 150 mm
PC 20-II 1985 £999 (Aug 1988)
NOK 30000,-
Intel 8088 4.77 MHz Intel 8087 256 KB 384 KB 640 KB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 KB 1x Chinon FZ-502LII 360k no 20 MB 5 - PC/XT 88 key 390 x 360 x 150 mm
PC 20-III 1989 FIM 23.550,- (1986) Siemens Intel 8088-1 Standard 4.77 MHz Turbo 7.16 MHz Double 9.54 MHz Intel 8087-1 Faraday FE2010A 640 kB WD Paradise PVC4 MDA, CGA, Hercules, Plantronics 64 KB 1084 Chinon F-502L 360k - 2 WD 20 MB HDD 3 - PC/XT 88 key MSDOS 3.3 Centronic Parallel
PC 30-III / Select Edition 286 1989 FIM 14.995,- (1988) Intel 80286 12 MHz Intel 80287 Faraday FE3020 Dallas DS1287 640 KB ATI EGA Wonder 800+ MDA, CGA, EGA & Hercules 256 KB Chinon FZ-506 1.2 MB Chinon FB-357 1.44 MB 2 WD 93028 AD 20 MB 68 ms 1 3 PC/AT 102 key MS DOS 4,01 Centronic Parallel 112 W 366 x 381 x 146 mm
PC 35-III 1989 FIM 14.950,- ilman näyttöä (1989) Siemens Intel 80286 12 MHz Intel 80287 Faraday FE3020 Dallas DS1287 640 KB Paradise 88 PVGA1A-JK VGA 256 KB Chinon FZ-506 1.2 MB Chinon FB-357 1.44 MB 2 WD 93028 A 20 MB 1 3 PC/AT 102 key MS DOS 4,01 Centronic Parallel 112 W 366 x 381 x 146 mm
PC 40 / AT 1987 Intel 80286 6/10 MHz Intel 80287 512 kB 512 kB 1 MB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 KB 1084 1x 1.2 MB 5.25 2 20 MB 6 2 PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 3.20 Centronic Parallel
PC 40-20 1988 £2,247 (Feb 1987) Intel 80286 6/10 MHz Intel 80287 1 MB 15 MB 16 MB ATI CW16800-A MDA, CGA, HGC & Plantronics 64 kB 1x 1.2 MB 5.25 option 20 MB PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 3.21
PC 40-40 1988 FIM 24.500,- ilman monitoria (1986) Intel 80286 6/10 MHz Intel 80287 1 MB 15 MB 16 MB ATI EGA Wonder(800) MDA, CGA, EGA 256 KB 1x 1.2 MB 5.25 option 40 MB PC/XT 88 key MS-DOS 3.21
PC 40-III 1989 26.080,- ilman monitoria (1987) Intel 80286 12 MHz Intel 80287 Faraday FE3020 Dallas DS1287 1 MB 1 MB VGA (256 KB RAM) Chinon FZ-506 1.2 MB Chinon FB-357 1.44 MB 2 40 MB PC/AT 102 key Centronic Parallel 112 W
PC 45-III 1989 FIM 21.500,- (1989) AMD N80L 268-12/S 12 MHz Intel 80287 Faraday FE3020 Dallas DS1287 1 MB 2 MB VGA VGA (256 KB RAM) Chinon FZ-506 1.2 MB Chinon FB-357 1.44 MB 2 52 MB PC/AT 102 key MS DOS 4,01 Centronic Parallel 112 W 381 x 146 x 356 mm
PC 50-II 1989 Intel 80386 SX 16 MHz Intel 80387 1 MB 15 MB 16 MB Paradise 88 PVGA1A-JK MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA 256 KB 1x 1.2 MB Chinon FR-506 1.44 MB 2 1 40 MB Conner CP-3044 or 100 MB option. 1 5 PC/AT 102 key MS DOS 4,01 Power, Printer Parallel, 2x RS232C, VGA 145 W 377 x 158 x 421 mm
PC 50-III 1991 FIM 22.850,- (1990) Intel 386 25 MHz 1 MB SVGA no 1 200 MB 0 5 Windows 3.1
PC 60-40 1988 Intel 386 8 / 16 MHz Intel 80387 2,5 MB 13,5 MB 16 MB MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA 1x 1.2 MB 5.25 option 2 - 40 MB 2 4 PC/AT 102 key 2x RS232C, 2x Centronics Parallel 170 W
PC 60-80 1988 FIM 36.480,- (1988) Intel 386 8 / 16 MHz Intel 80387 2.5 MB 13.5 MB 16 MB MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA 2 - 80 MB 2 4 PC/AT 102 key 170 W
PC 60-III 1990 £3,999 (40 MB HDD), £4,999 (80 MB HDD)

FIM

45.500,- (1990)
Intel 80386DX 25 MHz Intel 80387 2 MB 16 MB 18 MB Paradise 88 VGA MDA, Hercules, CGA VGA Chinon FZ-506 1.2 MB Chinon FB-357 1.44 MB 4 2 - 7 PC/AT 102 key Centronic Parallel

See also

References

  1. ^ "RUN Magazine issue 42". June 1987.
  2. ^ Sanger, David E. (1984-03-10). "I.B.M. IS LICENSED TO MAKEINTEL CHIP". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-07-04.
  3. ^ Libes, Sol (June 1984). "News & Views". Microsystems. p. 10. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  4. ^ "TCP ad, Run magazine Sep. 1987".
  5. ^ "The PC10 has Landed". June 1987. 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.
  6. ^ "Run Magazine Issue 42 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. June 1987. Retrieved 22 December 2014.