See below for specifications and information on this system.
|Introduced:||Announced January 1981|
|CPU:||6502A, 1.01 MHz|
|Memory:||3.5K RAM, 16K ROM; expandable to 64K RAM via cartridge port|
|Operating System:||ROM BASIC|
|Input/Output:||Cartridge Port; two joystick ports; composite video output; serial bus connector for floppy disk drive, printer, or other peripherals|
|Resolution:||176x184 max, 16 colors; 22 column text by 23 lines|
|Other Items in Collection:||Original box; documentation|
The Commodore VIC-20 was basically a compact version of the PET with enhanced graphics capability and a new serial peripheral bus.
Tom R. Halfhill, Byte Magazine, August 1994: "Commodore's VIC-20, introduced in 1981, was the first color computer that cost under $300. VIC-20 production hit 9000 units per day--a run rate that's enviable now, and was phenomenal back then. "
The VIC-20 was eventually replaced by the Commodore 64, although both models were sold simultaneously for a period of time.
Here's a shot of the VIC-20 box:
VIC-20 Cartridge Software:
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