Commodore PET Series 3001
First check out the PET 2001 entry for more
general information on Commodore PET computers.
Encouraged by brisk US and Canada sales of the PET 2001, Commodore introduced
their wonder machine to the European market, only to hit an almost immediate
snag. A Dutch company called Philips was producing a 96 kB. RAM System called
the "Programm-Entwicklungs-Terminal", and had rights to the acronym "PET".
Facing threats of a lawsuit, Commodore removed the "PET" name from their
2001 series computers,
and rebadged them in Europe as the "CBM 3001" series. The CBM 3008
was briefly available, to be quickly replaced by the more common CBM 3016 and the CBM 3032
(below). Shown here is an upgraded CBM 3008.
The 3001 series is clearly based off the 2001 series
architecture. They come stock with BASIC 3.0, but many are upgraded
to BASIC 4.0, which was readily available soon after their original release.
All of the machines in this series feature a 9" green phosphorous screen and
a full graphic keyboard. A datasette
is an optional feature that plugs into the external datasette port, as are disk
drives and printers through the IEEE-488 port. A fully programmable bi-directional
parallel "user" port is used to control a myriad of home project hardware. Shown
here is the CBM 3016, while the CBM 3032 is below.
Statistics, features, and 3001 series resources:
One of the more interesting items in this collection is this hand-upgraded
CBM 3008. Starting from an original 3008 motherboard, the previous owner
managed to socket and then fill the memory sockets, bringing this machine
up to the maximum 32k. The ROMs were then replaced, bringing it up to
BASIC 4.0. At the same time, a third party video board was installed, giving
this little machine an INCREDIBLE, crisp, 80 columns of text video on that
tiny little 9" screen. I cannot yet report whether the killer-poke, or the
80-to-40 column programs have any effect on this machine. Click on the picture
for a slight enlargement.
8K, 16k, and 32k models
Expandable to even more banked memory
PET 2001 Kernal/Basic 2.0 - 4.0/Character ROM
MOS Technology 6545 CRTC
9" Monochrome display
40 columns x 25 rows
Piezo electronic speaker
One square wave voice
MOS 6520 PIA, MOS 6522 VIA
IEEE-488 edge-connector Port
2 Commodore Datasette ports
Male edge-connector 'EXPANSION' port
Male edge-connector CBM parallel programmable "User" port
Full 69 key QWERTY
16 key numeric keypad!
4 direction 2-key cursor-pad