Amstrad Plc

Amstrad was founded in 1968 by Alan Sugar to produce consumer electronics. The company quickly moved to the forefront of low-priced TV & Hi-Fi in the seventies.
 
In 1980, Amstrad went public and doubled in size each year during the early eighties as it entered into the home computer market.
 
Their first computer, the CPC 464 was launched in 1984 and was followed by the CPC 664 and CPC 6128 models in 1985. Later, in 1990, the "Plus” variants of the 464 and 6128 were launched with increased functionality.
 
In 1985, the extremely popular Amstrad PCW range was introduced. These were primarily word processors but were also capable of running the CP/M operating system.
 
On 7 April 1986 Amstrad announced it had bought from Sinclair Research the rights to manufacture and sell Sinclair computer products for £5 million. Amstrad launched two new variants of the Spectrum: the ZX Spectrum +2 which included a built-in tape drive and in the following year, the ZX Spectrum +3, with a built-in floppy disk drive which used the 3” disks that many Amstrad machines used.
 
In 1986 the company produced a range of affordable MS-DOS-based personal computers, the first of which was the PC1512, priced at £399. It was a huge success, capturing more than 25% of the European computer market.
 
In 1988 Amstrad attempted to make the first affordable portable personal computer with  the PPC512 and 640 models, introduced a year before the Macintosh Portable. They ran MS-DOS and offered a built-in LCD screen. In a final attempt to exploit the Sinclair brand Amstrad also launched the Sinclair PC200 ans PC500 desktop PCs. They met with little enthusiasm from the buying public.
 
Amstrad continued its success into the early nineties producing second and third generation PCs using 286 & 386 processor technology. However, by this time there were many more players in the European PC market and Amstrad started to lose its edge.
 
In 1990, Amstrad entered the video game console market with the Amstrad GX4000. The console, based on the Amstrad 464 Plus hardware, was a commercial failure because it used 8-bit technology unlike the 16-bit Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo competition.
 
In 1993, Amstrad was licenced by Sega to produce a system by the name of  the Amstrad Mega PC, to try and regain their image in the gaming market. The system didn’t succeed as well as expected, mostly due to its high initial retail price of £599.
 
In that same year, Amstrad released the PenPad, a PDA similar to the Apple Newton, and released only weeks before it. It was a commercial failure, and had several technical and usability problems. It lacked many features that the Apple Newton offered, but had a lower price.
 
Amstrad began to concentrate less on computers and more in communication, they purchased several telecommunications businesses including Betacom, Dancall Telecom, Viglen Computers and Dataflex Design Communications during the early 1990s and became a major supplier of set-top boxes to UK satellite TV provider Sky since its launch in 1989.
Amstrad still produces set-top boxes today ...
 
"I think that the problem that will evolve for others is being able to compete with us"
Alan Sugar in an interview published in Practical Computing December 1985.
  

Amstrad Computers


Computers

Amstrad CPC 464

Amstrad CPC 464
1984
The Amstrad CPC 464 was one of the most successful computers in Europe.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad CPC 464 Plus

Amstrad CPC 464 Plus
1984
The CPC 464plus model was intended as "more sophisticated and stylish" replacements for the CPC464.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad CPC 464 PPC MP1 Boxed System

Amstrad CPC 464 PPC MP1 Boxed System
June 1984
The PP6 was a 1986 Promotional Pack with 15 Games and a joystick.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad CPC 664

Amstrad CPC 664
1985
The Amstrad CPC (short for Colour Personal Computer) is a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad between 1984 and 1990.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad CPC 6128

Amstrad CPC 6128
July 1985
The CPC 6128 was launched in 1985.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PCW 8256

Amstrad PCW 8256
September 1985
The Amstrad PCW series was a range of personal computers produced by British company Amstrad from 1985 to 1998, and also sold under licence in Europe as the "Joyce" by the German electronics company Schneider in the early years of the series' life.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PCW 8512

Amstrad PCW 8512
November 1985
The PCW 8512 was identical to the Amstrad PCW 8256 but with double the RAM: 512KB instead of 256KB.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PC1640 HD20

Amstrad PC1640 HD20
1986
The Amstrad PC1640 was based around an 8 MHz Intel 8086 processor and was a very successful entry level PC bought by many small and medium sized businesses.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PC1512DD

Amstrad PC1512DD
1986
Used: 1986 - 1989 CPU: 8MHz Intel 8086 Memory: 512KB Storage: 20MB hard card (with the strangest sounds), Two 5.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PC1640 DD

Amstrad PC1640 DD
1986
The Amstrad PC1640 was based around an 8 MHz Intel 8086 processor and was a very successful entry level PC bought by many small and medium sized businesses.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A
1987
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A was a Spectrum +3 motherboard housed in a black Spectrum 2 case.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PCW 9512

Amstrad PCW 9512
1987
The Amstrad PCW series (Personal Computer Word processor) was British company Amstrad's versatile line of home/personal microcomputers pitched as a complete, integrated home/office solution.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PCW 9512

Amstrad PCW 9512
1987
The Amstrad PCW series (Personal Computer Word processor) was British company Amstrad's versatile line of home/personal microcomputers pitched as a complete, integrated home/office solution.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PCW 9512+

Amstrad PCW 9512+
1987
The Amstrad PCW 9512+...

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PPC 640D

Amstrad PPC 640D
1988
Amstrad introduced the PPC-640 in 1988 as a low-cost IBM-compatible portable.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PPC 640S

Amstrad PPC 640S
1988
Amstrad introduced the PPC-640 in 1988 as a low-cost IBM-compatible portable.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Portable Computer

Amstrad PC2086 S

Amstrad PC2086 S
1988
The PC2086 is an XT type machine from 1988 that was intended to be a replacement for the earlier PC1512 and PC1640.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad ALT-386SX Laptop computer

Amstrad ALT-386SX Laptop computer
1988
The ALT-386SX dates from 1988 and is a laptop computer based on the Intel 80386SX (so without the mathematical coprocessor built-in) with a clock speed of 16 megahertz.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PPC 512D

Amstrad PPC 512D
1988
The Amstrad PPC512 and Amstrad PPC640 were the first portable IBM PC compatible computers made by Amstrad.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PC2286/40

Amstrad PC2286/40
October 1989
The Amstrad PC2286/40 had a 12.5MHz 80286 16-bit processor, 1MB of RAM, 64KB of Cache and a 40MB hard disk.   The VGA adaptor supported MDA, CGA, Hercules, EGA, MCGA and EVGA modes.It had a serial a p...

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad GX4000

Amstrad GX4000
1990
One of only two home consoles to originate from the UK, the other being the BBC bridge companion.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Game Console

Amstrad PCW 9256

Amstrad PCW 9256
1990
The Amstrad PCW series was a range of personal computers produced by British company Amstrad from 1985 to 1998, and also sold under licence in Europe as the "Joyce" by the German electronics company Schneider in the early years of the series' life.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad ACL-386SX120

Amstrad ACL-386SX120
1991
The Amstrad ACL-386SX120 was a Japanese manufactured 1991 "portable" 386SX machine running at MHz with a 120 Mb hard drive and a 3.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PC4386SX Computer

Amstrad PC4386SX Computer
1991
This Amstrad PC 4386SX Computer contains a 3.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad ANB-386SX40

Amstrad ANB-386SX40
September 1991
The notebook product ANB 386SX20 which retailed at £1,699 and was launched in September 1991 The ANB is based on the Intel 80386SX processor and has a memory size of 640 kilobytes RAM and anoth...

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad NC100

Amstrad NC100
August 1992
By 1992, once fast-growing Amstrad was struggling.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Portable Computer

Amstrad Mega PC 386SX

Amstrad Mega PC 386SX
1993
The Amstrad Mega PC 386SX was an IBM-compatible PC with a difference.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad PenPad PDA600

Amstrad PenPad PDA600
1993
The Amstrad PenPad, also known by the PDA600 model reference, was commissioned in 1993.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : PDA

Amstrad 7286 HD40

Amstrad 7286 HD40
1993
The Amstrad 7286 series computer with a 40MB hard disk drive type 17 Serial number: W34200020A...

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Computer

Amstrad NC200

Amstrad NC200
1993
The NC200, was the last model of the NC series which was comprised of the NC 100 and NC 150.

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Portable Computer


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