Superbrain II QD

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The Intertec Superbrain was first sold by Intertec in 1979. It was advertised as an "All in ONE smart portable lightweight console (45 lb [20 kg]): Just add a printer!" The all-in-one console featured a 12-inch screen, 80-key keyboard with numeric keypad, and dual double density 5-inch disk drives. The machine ran the operating system CP/M and was somewhat unusual in that it used dual Z80 CPUs, the second being used as a disk controller.

The Superbrain II was released in 1982 and featured a faster and enhanced disk operating system, new video visual attributes and better graphics capabilities. There were several variants of the Superbrain II:

  • Jr - double density disk drives, total storage capacity of 328K
  • QD - quad density disk drives, total storage capacity of 680K
  • SD - super density disk drives, total storage capacity of 1.5MB

Price of the various systems in 1983:

Superbrain II Double Density - $1970
Superbrain II Quad Density - $2376
Superbrain II Super Density - $2684

Our model II QD with manuals was very kindly donated by Helen Williams.

Manufacturer: Intertec Data Systems
Date: 1982

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Superbrain II QD Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Superbrain User's Manual Intertec 1 Sep 1980
Hardware Information on the Superbrain Jonathan W Platt 1981
Intertec SuperBrain Schematic and Component Layout Drawings Intertec Jan 1981
SuperBrain Miscellany Intertec Oct 1982
SuperBrain Documentation and Manuals Intertec 1983

Magazines RELATED to Superbrain II QD in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Practical Computing - September 1979 ECC Sep 1979
Practical Computing - October 1979 ECC Oct 1979
Practical Computing - November 1979 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Nov 1979
Practical Computing - January 1980 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Jan 1980
Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4 IPC Electrical Electronic Press Apr 1980
Personal Computer World - August 1980 Aug 1980
Computer Age - September 1980 Computer Age Sep 1980
Personal Computer World - October 1980 Oct 1980

Other Systems Related To Superbrain II QD:

Item Manufacturer Date
Superbrain Intertec Data Systems 1979
Superbrain Intertec Data Systems 1979
Superbrain II QD Intertec Data Systems 1982

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH16816. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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