Ferranti Argus PPC-20

Our Ferranti PPC-20 has 128k RAM, two 640k floppy discs and cost £3250.00 in November 1983. Ferranti made the transition from mini to microcomputers with this Argus Pro- Personal Computer (PPC)
Model No: MOE 2 and has a serial  number of 6136-1F
Technical specifications
Processor: 8MHz Intel 8086
Memory: 128k expandable to 896k.
Screen: 12in green on black, 25 lines of 80 characters.
Keyboard: Low profile full ASCII, numeric keypad and 13 function keys and a command  key that doubles their effect.
Disks: Two 640k floppy disk drives
Interfaces: Three RS232 serial interfaces . 
Operating systems: F-COS86, will run CP/M-86 and MS-DOS software. 
Languages: M-Basic, P-Basic, Cis-Cobol, MS-Pascal.
Dimensions: Main unit 178mm high and wide and 433mm deep. 
                                  Monitor 344mm high, 315mm wide and 330mm deep. 
                                  Keyboard 65mm high, 420mm wide and 210mm deep.
Total weight: 13kg (main unit) 8.5kg (monitor) 1 .8kg (keyboard) . 
Our unit is complete with the original monitor and keyboard and was very kindly donated by Ian Marchant
The other 5 pictures are from  a Benchtest in Personal Computer World's November 1983 issue

Manufacturer: Ferranti
Date: November 1983

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Magazines RELATED to Ferranti Argus PPC-20 in our Library

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Personal Computer World - November 1983 Nov 1983
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PCW Focus - August 1989 1 Aug 1989

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH8093. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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