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The Memotech MTX500 was a Z80-based home computer released by Memotech in 1983-1984. While not compatible with the MSX series of computers, they were technically very similar. The MTX500 had a Z80 processor, 32KB RAM. The MTX500 supported plug-in ROM boards. it was purely a BASIC machine until you added the FDX disk subsystem from Norbit Elektronikk, then it could run CP/M. Programs could be loaded and saved onto Cassette and Floppy Disk.
The machine performed poorly commercially, mainly due to a high price and lack of software, but also because Memotech were preoccupied trying to secure a big deal for the slightly more powerful MTX512.
The MTX512 had 64KB of RAM, and Memotech were heavily invested in taking the machine into Soviet Schools, unfortunately the deal fell through and the company went bust.
The machine itself was very well built, with a solid metal case and excellent keyboard, it also had a very generous series of connections including RS-232, Parallel, edge connector, and a bus interface connector.
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