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1981 - The CBM 8032


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The CBM 8032 released in 1981 added an 80-column capability to the PET range giving it the ability to run serious business software. Looking not unlike the original PET and SuperPET machines, the 8000 series was re-skinned in plastic to bring its appearance up to date. In this guise, it also had the potential to handle a 22 megabyte disk store, and still managed to hold its own against the emerging 8088 processor based machines from IBM and ACT.

CBM8032 Technical Specifications
Microprocessor MOS 6502
System Memory 2K ROM - 3K RAM
User Area 3K RAM - 3K if Basic Interpreter not used
Keyboard Qwerty layout - 73 keys including numeric keypad
Display 80 columns 25 lines 255 displayable characters
Resolution 192 x 200 pixels
Colours Monochrome green
Sound 3 tone generators + white noise generator
Input/Output RS232C Commodore Serial Port
Cassette Drive C1531 Cassette Drive port
Joysticks 2 Joystick ports
Other ROM Cartridge port
Price US$1495
Datasette US$74.95


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