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Sharp PC-1500

The Sharp PC-1500 is a pocket computer produced by Sharp from 1981 until 1985. It was released in Japan in 1981, and in Europe, North American and Australia in 1982. The pocket computer was designed around the LH5801, an 8-bit CPU similar to the Zilog Z80, but all laid-out in power-saving CMOS circuits. The PC-1500 came with 3.5K RAM, which was expandable to 7.5K, and 16K ROM. The programming language was BASIC. It features a QWERTY keyboard and numeric keypad, along with a 26-character LCD display. The machine could be powered by mains supply or four 1.5V batteries. Its dimensions are 195 x 86 x 25 mm and it weighed only 375g (with batteries).

Later German engineers cracked the system and also provided an assembler for the machine. Later even a C compiler followed. An external 8K memory module, the CE-155 was available later. A cost-reduced redesign with more memory, the PC-1500A, was also produced and also the PC-1501 at a later stage. A clone was sold as the TRS-80 PC-2.

The PC-1500 was sold for £169 (January 1983).

Our machine is complete with the CE-150 printer and cassette interface, and is complete with the case and all cables.

Manufacturer: Sharp
Date: 1982



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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH6008. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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