EG3008 Video Genie System - Third Version
Video Genie (or simply Genie) was the name given to a series of computers produced by Hong Kong-based manufacturer EACA during the early 1980s. They were compatible with the Tandy TRS-80 Model I computers and could be considered a clone although there were hardware and software differences.
The computers making up the series were
* Video Genie System (EG3003 - first version, early/mid 1980)
* Video Genie System (EG3003 - second version, late 1980) - our unit
* Genie I (EG3003 - third version, late 1981)
* Genie II (EG3008 - late 1981)
* Genie III (EG3200 - mid 1982) - a more business-oriented machine with CP/M-compatibility.
Although Video Genie was the name used in Western Europe, the machines were sold under different names in other countries. In Australia and New Zealand they were known as the Dick Smith System 80 MK I (EG3003) and System 80 MK II (EG3008). In North America they were sold as the PMC-80 and PMC-81.
CPU: Zilog Z80, at 1.76 MHz
64x16 / 32x16 uppercase text
128x48 block graphics
Composite video output, cable included
RF tv signal output, cable included
16 KB RAM, expandable to 48 KB
12 KB ROM containing Microsoft LEVEL II BASIC
Storage: Built in 500 baud cassette deck
Cable for using an external cassette deck included
Built in powersupply
The EG 3008 is complete with:
EG 100 Monitor
EG 3013 Expander
EG 400 Disk drive unit
Manufacturer: EACA Computer Ltd
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