Tatung Einstein 256

The Tatung Einstein was realeased in 1984 costing about £500.

It uses a 3" disk drive (the same used by Sinclair and Amstrad)  but I have read somewhere that with a bit of 'handy andying' you can fit a standard 720k 3.5" floppy drive quite easily.

Is it me or does this machine have quite a lot of physical similarities to the Acorn BBC computer? I never had one of these machines but did have a beeb for a long time, and when I took the Einstein out of the box there were several similarities that hit me :

  • Similar keyboard action
  • Similar expansion connectors
  • Similar power supply
  • Similar moulded mains plug
  • Similar plastic strip above the functions keys

... but techinically the machines are very different - The BBC computer being 6502 based and the Einstein being Z80 based for a start!

I've done quite a bit of looking round the web and can't find any other references to these similarities except to say that they are both British computers.

Unusually, the machine boots up into MOS (Machine Operating System) and you need to load a high level language like BBC Basic to use it. Yes, the machine was (I think) supplied with BBC Basic - a strange coincidence bearing in mind the similarities to the beeb ...

The fact that it booted into MOS made it ideal for hardcore programmers to write software and it was apparently on this machine that copy protection systems were developed for other computers due to the fact that you could program the disk controller chip directly.
Our model is in excellent condition and is complete with the original box and manual. The model number is TCS-256 with a serial number of 151005.

This model was the successor to the Einstein TC01 and as is smaller in size and is complete with a purpose built 14" high definition colour monitor which is with the original Tatung box. The processor is Z80A running at 4MHz. As its name suggests, Einstein 256 has 256K of RAM. A 3" disc drive unit is mounted on the top of the machine


Manufacturer: Tatung
Date: 1st January 1985

Tatung Einstein 256 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Tatung Einstein Hardware Manual Tatung 1984

Tatung Einstein 256 Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - The Tatung Einstein (2)
Memories - The Tatung Einstein (1)

Magazines RELATED to Tatung Einstein 256 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - August 1984 August 1984
Practical Computing - September 1984 September 1984
Personal Computer World - October 1984 October 1984
Practical Computing - November 1984 November 1984
U.K.E.U.G Tatung 1986
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Your Computer - October 1986 September 1986
Einstein Monthly Tatung 1988
All Micro News 1992

Other Systems Related To Tatung Einstein 256:

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Tatung Einstein TC-01 with original packaging Tatung 1st January 1984

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH10531. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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