Commodore 64

(Japanese Revision)

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

ROM: 20 kilobytes

Video: MOS 6569 "VIC-II" Sound: MOS 6581 "SID"
Ports: MOS 6526 CIA x2
Keyboard: Full-sized 62 key QWERTY Resources:

Personal Note: 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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