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And once more it's a low-entry system: the third model of the "264" product line (along with the C116 and the Plus/4).
It features a 7501 or 8501 CPU (depends on model), a 6510 compatible chip, 16KB of DRAM (faster than the C64 DRAM), the TED video chip (320x200 pixels with 121 colors). The ROM contains BASIC 3.5 as well as a machine monitor. Sound capabilities are quite limited: 2 "Voices", one of them can only produce square waves, but 3-bit digital sound was possible.
But let's face it, one of the most remarkable features of the C16 is the dark gray case witht the lighter gray keys! I mean, this is what the C64 should've looked like!!
@Wintermute_BBS I always wondered why Commodore chose this colour combination for this machine and not for the C64.
What would have been if this beast would have had 64K or even more from the start and excellent compatibility with the C64 (or even more machines)?
@stirz well, AFAIK the original C64 color was chosen by randomly grabbing a can of color and spraying a VIC-20 case to distinguish the few prototype C64 machines from a VIC-20.
Why no one in marketing changed that before mass production began is only known to the universe ...
... but since we're talking about Commodore here, I am not surprised at all! 🤣
@stirz @Wintermute_BBS Explained in Commodore: A Company On The Edge. I've found the relevant section and quoted it here: https://wyrms.de/user/chris/quotation/12997#anchor-12997
There's also a huge section about why the disk drive is so slow!
@Wintermute_BBS I mean: meeting Dave Haynie in person. And a lot more folks from inside that company. Wow. I wish I did.
It only sinked in months afterward how lucky I was to meet him in person and be able to ask hin all those questions that I had after reading Brians book.
We interviewed him (and Mr. Pleasance) for roughly two and a half hours and he is an impressive personality, much fun to talk with and one of the kindest people I've ever met.
The guy who actually shot the footage also owns the IP on it and hasn't yet released it. But he's currently working on it to have something ready for Amiga 37.
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