How to build computers? Exidy Sorcerer




Facts ,How to build computers? Exidy Sorcerer

Company Exidy Inc. In 1978 introduced the world to computer Sorcerer. Until that time, it was already quite well known for its arcade video games and games for families. On the technical capabilities of the ancient video game, of course, gave way to the modern game consoles that have been previously discussed with the hardware side. His experience Exidy company decided to bring into your home computer, which was for its time, an exciting novelty. Apparently, Sorcerer enjoyed more popularity in Europe than in the U.S.. A closer look at this machine and those parts that were used in its creation.

История Exidy Sorcerer

There are two known models Exidy Sorcerer: DP1000-DP1000-1 and 2. Price depend on the amount of computer memory: 8 kilobytes (895 U.S. dollars), 16 kilobytes (1000 U.S. $ 150), 32k (1000 395 U.S. dollars). The processor ( details of the computer processor): Zilog Z-80, its clock frequency: 2 megahertz. Display in black and white; Video: Composite (analog). Ports: Composite video port, a serial port for tape recorders; parallel connector for cartridges; tire.

История Exidy Sorcerer

Storage: external cassette recorder or a floppy disk drive (optional). Operating System: «Monitor» in permanent memory (ROM), programming languages: BASIC, CP / M on the cartridge or floppy disk.

История Exidy Sorcerer

After the bankruptcy Exidy, firm CompuData, changed the name to Tulip Computers, went on sale in the European market Sorcerer. Historians believe that it was from that moment on computer keys changed its color. Those that were light (bulk) became dark. A few dark “outdoorsy”.

There was also a computer named «Dynasty smart-ALEC». It was the same Exidy Sorcerer, licensed to the company Dynasty Computer Corp. (USA, Texas, Dallas.) Its key was mainly dark.

Sorcerer did not have the built-in memory programming language. Its operating system was «Monitor», which provides access to memory. Teams were also provided to read and write to tape, even if the contents of the tape was written in BASIC, upload it through the “Monitor” tab.

История Exidy Sorcerer

All other programs and programming languages ​​or loaded with cassette tapes, or cartridges ROM-Pac, which was a plug for the computer to the right. These were special vosmidorozhechnye cartridges computer chip inside instead of the usual tape that was used to record music.

История Exidy Sorcerer

Sorcerer was the second in the history of the computer that supports ROM-cartridges. The first was well- known to our regular readers VideoBrain Family Computer, which appeared a year earlier, in 1977.

There were two versions of the Sorcerer. The first model DP1000-1 with serial communication RS232 (according to historians, students of high technology) has been improved, and the light appeared Sorcerer II. The maximum amount of RAM it could no longer reach 32 kilobytes, as before, and as many as forty-eight. Model DP1000-4 produced over the name «Dynasty Smart-ALEC».

История Exidy Sorcerer

Motherboard original Exidy Sorcerer

История Exidy Sorcerer

The motherboard model recycled Exidy Sorcerer II

История Exidy Sorcerer

If the standard features of the user Sorcerer was not enough, he could have purchased for an additional U.S. $ 419 expansion module (Expansion Unit) S-100, allows you to connect one of the hundreds of available cards on sale of S-100. S-100 bus was extremely popular in the late seventies of the last century. It was based on many of the early personal computers, which at that time preferred to be called “microcomputers”.

Module S-100 from Exidy was arranged simply, it contains only the power supply and six expansion slots, S-100. He was doing the reporting computer is compatible with the extremely popular expansion cards S-100.


Together with the Exidy Sorcerer could use any monitor, composite video. The company offers professional Exidy complete solution: «Video / Disk» (monitor disk drives). This peripheral device comprises a 12-inch screen and two floppy drive. Storage capacity of 630-kilobyte floppy disks.

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