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Amstrad PC 1512 DD

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1986.

Amstrad had, before this model, made a number of Zilog Z 80-based machines, just like most other manufacturer have done. AT this time Amstrad decided to make an IBM-clone, or an IBM compatible PC. Amstrad achived with the task so well that they captured more than 25% of the market. Maybe due to a significantly lower price than IBM (the original), and more content despite a minor physical size. Amstrad also switched to the faster 8086-processor instead of a 8088-processor. A faster crystal to the clock that ticks up pulses (Mhz-frequency). More advanced and compact electronics who saved space and assembling cost. A smaller power supply fitted in to the screen, and in addition, no extra space for the parallel port at the rear since it already was built in

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Amstrad PC 1512 came up with a singel (SD) or double (DD) 360 KB 5,25" disk drive, or with a singel disk drive and a 10 MB (HD10) or 20 MB (HD20) hard drive. You could also choose either a monochrome or a colour screen. These different choices gave many different models.

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Former owner: Steve Lindner, Innersjö, Umeå

Technical data

 
Year 1986
Origin England
Manufacturer Amstrad
Name PC 1512 DD
CPU Intel 8086
Speed 8 Mhz
OS MS-DOS or DR-DOS
ROM 16 KB
RAM 512 KB up to 640 KB
I/O ports DC in, Video out, parallel printer, serial interface, mouse, keyboard, 3 x 8 ISA slot
Text modes 40 x 25 or 80 x 25
Graphic modes CGA mode; 320 x 200 /640 x 200
Amstrad special mode; 640 x 200 / 16 colour
Colours CGA; 4 / Amstrad; 16
Sound Beep
Built in media 360 KB 5.25" disk drive, 1 or 2
360 KB 5.25" disk drive and 10 MB or 20 MB HD.
Power supply Built In