The Commodore 64 was released in Japan along with the
Max Machine. They followed the moderate success
of the VIC-1001 with high hopes from Commodore.
However, due to intense competition from Japanese computer makers, they
would prove a tremendous flop. The great success of the C64 in the U.S.
simply did not translate well. Check out this page for
more information on the Commodore 64 in general.
The Commodore 64 sports 64K of memory, a leading edge video chip
capable of producing images at 320 X 200 from a pallette of 16 colors,
a text mode that displays 40 characters and 25 rows in upper/lowercase
as well as Commodore's PETSCII graphics set, a fully programmable parallel
IO port, and a high quality 3-voice, 8-octive additive synthesizer sound chip
also capable of 8-bit PCM audio samples. The Japanese version also has
the Katakana character set and keyboard for easy entry.
Statistics and features:
CPU: CSG 6510
RAM: 64 kilobytes
Video: MOS 6569 "VIC-II"
ROM: 20 kilobytes
Sound: MOS 6581 "SID"
- 320 x 200 Hi-Resolution
- 40 columns text
- Palette of 16 colors.
- 3 voice stereo synthesizer/digital sound capabilities
Ports: MOS 6526 CIA x2
- 2 Joystick/Mouse ports
- Round female DIN CBM Serial port
- Male edge-connector CBM Datasette port
- Male edge-connector parallel programmable "User" port
- Round DIN CBM Monitor port
- RCA-Style RF Audio/Video port
- Female edge-connector C64 expansion port
- Power switch
Keyboard: Full-sized 62 key QWERTY
- 8 programmable function keys
- 4 direction 2-key cursor-pad
- Katakana C= key graphics, and C= Lock key
My Japanese C64 came through the patient effors of Dimitri Kokken of Belgium.
I can not adequately express my thanks to him. If you live in Belgium, find
him and give hug him for me. :)
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