When powered on in its Programmer mode, the SuperPET brings up the menu
you see here, allowing you to select from its assortment of powerful
programming languages and development tools. The idea behind the machine
was that developers and academic types could do their work
at home on the SuperPET. That work could then be uploaded back
to an IBM mainframe using a direct RS232 connection as a terminal.
The powerful packages, as seen in the menu, include: RS232 configuration (Setup),
a Machine Language Monitor, an APL development package, a BASIC development
package (in addition to the standard Commodore BASIC), a powerful
text editor/terminal program, a Fortran development package,
a Pascal development package, an Assembler development package, and
(not listed) a COBOL development package.
There's much more on all of these below.
Be sure to check out the PET 2001 entry for more general information on Commodore PET computers.
Statistics, features, and SuperPET resources:
CPU: MOS Technology 6502 AND 6809
Video: MOS Technology 6545 CRTC
Sound: Piezo electronic speaker.
Ports: 6551 ACIA, MOS 6520 PIA, MOS 6522 VIA
Keyboard: Full-sized 73 key QWERTY
Personal Note:As a programmer, the SP9000 is easily my favorite machine, as it seems built to cater to folks who want to tinker with software and speak to their computer in many ways. Purchased back in 1996 during my initial incursion into the world of eBay, this is the first PET I ever owned.
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