The Powertran Cybernetics Cortex 16-bit colour computer was a home/business computer that appeared as a construction project in Electronics Today International (ETI) magazine. It was spread over three articles spanning November 1982 through January 1983.
The Cortex began as a design created by some engineers who were working at Texas Instruments UK. Having created the Cortex, they found themselves conflicting with TI's Business and Home Computer divisions, so were unable to make it a commercial success. The solution was to have it published in ETI and have kits (and fully built units) available from Powertran Cybernetics.
The Cortex was sold in a few versions. This model has no disk drives.
Based on the chip of the TI99, it has 64K of memory, and 24Kb of BASIC. There are spaces on the board for controller chips for disk drives, and the BASIC can be overwritten by new languages from floppy disk.
The example in our collections comes with copies of the original articles and its Users Manual.
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