Commodore 64 returns for retro technology fans

April 12, 2011 - 0:0

The Commodore 64, an icon of 1980s computing, is returning to take advantage of the appetite for retro technology.

The original introduced a generation to the possibilities of home computing - including classic videogames such as Elite and International Karate.
Now it is being relaunched with an up-to-date WIndows PC under its original 1980s shell.
A new company, Commodore USA, is taking orders for the machine. Commodore International, responsible for the 8-bit original, went bankrupt in 1994.
The modern version features a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor at 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM. It will ship with emulator software to run original Commodore 64 programs, which had to make to with MOS 6502 processor at 1MHz and 64K of RAM.
And while 1980s Commodore 64 programs came on cassette tapes or floppy disks, its modern imitator has a USB ports, WiFi, a multiformat memory card reader and optional Blu-Ray drive.
Commodore USA however said its had remained “as close to the original in design as humanly possible.”
The new machine, which costs around £360, will ship from May or June onwards and will appear in shops later this year.
(Source: Daily Telegraph)