Commodore PET 3032

Production start 1979
RAM 32kb ROM  
CPU 6502 - 1 Mhz 
Text (Cols x Rows) 40 x 25

This CBM 3032 is a successor to the Commodore PET, it has a bigger keyboard and 32KB dynamic RAM memory. The larger keyboard means that the first cassette drive now has to be an external unit.

Although the keyboard is a more conventional size than the original PET, it still retains the PET's quirky arrangement. Characters such as ", $, (, *, etc, which are normally shift characters, are typed directly on the PET. The shift key either produces Commodore's graphics set or lower-case characters, depending on a bit pattern set in the peripheral control register of the 6522 Versatile Interface Adaptor chip. Infuriatingly, the keyboard lacks a CONTROL key.

Commodore tried very hard to rid themselves of the PET image, with all products being referred to as CBMs rather than PETs. Users, of course, continued to refer to the machines as PETs.

Manufacturer: Commodore
Date: 1979

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Practical Computing - July 1980 25-08-2009
Practical Computing - September 1980 25-08-2009

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH1774. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Commodore PET 3032


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