Saturday, May 16, 2015

The "Deluxe" Color Computer

If you've read the book written by Bill Loguidice and me, you already know a little about the Deluxe Color Computer. Tandy engineers designed, developed, and even began manufacturing this unique addition to the CoCo family, but it would never see the light of day. Due to the unavailability of certain chips (the VDG being the prime candidate), it was canned, and all product were destroyed. Instead, we got the 64K Color Computer and the Color Computer 2 in the fall of 1983...

But there were survivors.

Over the next series of blog posts, I will dissect this very unique computer. Who knows what might come of this... a new board for the CoCo 1 or 2 which finally brings the functionality of the Deluxe Color Computer to the masses? An extension to existing emulators like MESS which can properly emulate the machine?

Stay tuned...

8 comments:

  1. Following with apprehension! :-D

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  2. Looking forward to reading what you post here. Please keep us informed of when you update your blog :)

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  3. It was not killed due to cost overruns. It was due to chip production levels

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  4. Thanks for the correction, Mark. I had to go back and read my own book about this :). My notes indicate that you said it was the VDG chip that was the scarce part. I've corrected the post to reflect that.

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  5. Looking forward to where this might take off...

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  6. Wow! I never heard of this before!

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  7. Wow! I never heard of this before!

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