Commodore VIC 1001
Please read this little history
The Commodore motto of "Computers for the masses, not the classes" was fulfilled
completely in their revolutionary Commodore VIC series. The VIC-1001 is the first
computer in that series, being released only in Japan. The computers that
followed it, including the famous VIC-20, arrived in the
American and European markets on the heels of its success. Aside from being
first, the VIC-1001 also has the unique virtue of a modification from the
standard Commodore PETSCII graphics set. Being Japanese designed and born,
this computer includes the Japanese "character" set, called "Katakana".
You can get a real good look at the keyboard
The VIC-1001, like all other Commodore 8-bit computers, greets the user
with a flashing READY prompt. The operating system is built into the
hardware of the computer, and the user interface is BASIC 2.0, a
programming language Commodore purchased from Microsoft in the late
1970s. The VIC featured 5 kilobytes of memory, and color graphics at
a time when that was very uncommon, though it's display is only capable
of 22 characters per line. The joystick port and game cartridge port
are prominent features, as Commodore meant to market the VIC as a game
console/computer hybrid. The cartridge port could also be used to
expand the VIC's memory up to a whopping 28/32 kilobytes.
Statistics, features, and VIC-1001 resources:
MOS Technology 6502
Expanded to 21k though an external 16k unit.
Text: 22 columns, 23 rows.
Hires: 176x184 pixels bitmaped
8 text colours, 16 background colours
MOS Technology 6560 "VIC"
3 voices (square wave), noise and volume
6522 VIA (X2)
1 Joystick/Mouse port
Round DIN CBM Serial port
Female edge-connector 'Cartridge/Game/Expansion' port
Round DIN CBM Monitor port
Male edge-connector CBM 'USER' port
Power and reset switches
2-pin DIN Power connector
Full-sized 66 key QWERTY
8 programmable function keys
2 sets of Keyboardable graphic characters
2 key direction cursor-pad