Oric 1 16k
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The Oric-1 was a British-designed and built machine, which was released in 1983. The computer was based on a 1 MHz 6502A CPU. The Oric-1 was available in 16K or 48K RAM variants, for £99.95 and £169.95 respectively, matching the available models of the popular ZX Spectrum and undercutting the price of the 48K Spectrum by a few pounds. Both Oric-1 versions had a 16K ROM containing the operating system and a modified BASIC interpreter.
Oric was the name used by Tangerine Computer Systems for a series of home computers, including the original Oric-1, its successor the Oric Atmos, the later unreleased Oric Stratos/IQ164 and the model born out of that, the Oric Telestrat.
The Oric-1 improved somewhat over the Spectrum with a chiclet keyboard design replacing the Spectrum's renowned "dead flesh" one. In addition the Oric had a true sound chip, the programmable GI 8912, and two graphical modes handled by a semi-custom ASIC (ULA) which also managed the interface between the processor and memory. The two modes were a LORES text only mode (though the character set could be redefined to produce graphics) with 28 rows of 40 characters and a HIRES mode with 200 rows of 240 pixels above three lines of text.
For further details of the Tangerine company and our Tangerine Microtan 65 click HERE.
Paul Kaufman sent us this link, he is also featured in the article http://oric.free.fr/STORY/chapter1.html
This Oric is in a Oric 48K box and has a serial No. 63728
Manufacturer: Oric International
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