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Sharp MZ-80B

The Sharp MZ-80B was the second computer released in the MZ-80 series, following the release of the MZ-80K in 1978 in Japan and 1979 in Europe. The MZ-80B was released in 1981 after being presented at the German Hannover Messe in April 1981.

The MZ-80B was primarily marketed for the business market. It featured the Z-80A CPU which ran at 4 MHz, an 8-inch green video display, an 1800-baud cassette deck and a 59-key keyboard with additional numeric keypad, function keys, cursor control and tape control. It was available with either 32K or 64K of RAM. It was all contained in a silver and black, rigid plastic case. Optional external single or double 5.25-inch disk drives were available. The normal character display RAM generates a screen containing 24 lines with 40 characters per line, but this can be altered through software to give 80 characters per line.

The Sharp MZ-80B was an unusual home computer in that it featured an intelligent cassette deck that was able to find and load a program anywhere in the cassette tape, and all the cassette functions were controlled by software so the were no clunky buttons to press.

The MZ-80B was compatible with the other MZ-80 computers and had no ROM based language, instead it had to be loaded from tape or for some lucky owners from disk.

Our MZ-80B is complete with external double 5.25-inch disk drives, printer, manuals, software, and the original dust cover. Serial No: 1RB00207

All very kindly donated by Allan Wyatt.

Manufacturer: Sharp
Date: 1981



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Sharp MZ-80B Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
MZ-80B Owners Manual Sharp Jan 1981
MZ-80B Disk Basic Manual Sharp Jan 1981
MZ-80B Monitor SB-1510Reference Manual Sharp Jan 1981
MZ-80B Disk Basic Language Manual Sharp Jan 1981

Sharp MZ-80B Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - MZ80B - Fond Memories Unknown

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Sharp CS-1151 Compet Sharp 1976
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Sharp Elsimate EL-210 (type II) Sharp 1980
Sharp MZ-80A Sharp 1982
Sharp PC-1500 Sharp 1982
Sharp PC-1251 Sharp 1982
Sharp MZ-711 Sharp 1st January 1983
Sharp MZ-721 Sharp 1st January 1983
Sharp MZ-5600 Sharp September 1983
Sharp PC-1246 Sharp 1st January 1984
Sharp MZ-800 Sharp October 1984
Sharp PC-1403 Sharp 1986
Sharp PC-1360 Sharp 1987
Sharp PC-7200 Sharp 1987
Sharp Font Writer FW-560 UM Sharp 1995
Sharp Font Writer FW-760 UM Sharp 1996

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH4732. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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