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Revision as of 12:22, 25 November 2007
Vortex Computersysteme from Neckarsulm, Germany, was a hardware and software manufacturer for the Amstrad CPC. It was founded in 1984 by Mr. Michel and his brother, Mr. Majer and Mrs. Armbruster. Vortex now is called ICP (Intelligent Computer Peripherals) an is an Adaptec Company, specialized in RAID-Controllers.
A 5.25" disc drive. 80 tracks and 708Kb.
- F1 - S Single 5.25" drive with controller.
- F1 - Z Single 5.25" drive without controller.
- F1 - D Double 5.25" drive with controller.
The disc drive also was available as an extended versions :
On the F1-S/D Controllers the Disc operation system VDOS 1.0 on ROM was included.
On the F1-X/XRS Controllers the Disc operation system VDOS 2.0 on ROM was included.
Manual can be found here F1
A 3.5" disc drive. 80 tracks and 708KB Formatted per Disk.
- M1 - S Single 3.5" drive with controller.
- M1 - Z Single 3.5" drive without controller.
- M1 - D Double 3.5" drive with controller.
The disc drive also was available as an extended version:
On the M1-S/D Controllers the Disc operation system VDOS 1.0 on ROM was included.
On the M1-X/XRS Controllers the Disc operation system VDOS 2.0 on ROM was included.
The Vortex disc drive controller
The Vortex disc controler was similar to Amstrads own controller. It used the same controler chip, the NEC765.
Controller with VDOS mounted
RAM expansion card. Not compatible to the dk'tronics memory expansion. Sold in different sizes of RAM as SP 64, SP 128, SP 256, SP 320 and SP 512 (resulting in a maximum RAM size of the computer of 576KiB). Usable under BASIC and CP/M and offering a RAM disc.
A maths program to print functions or to find a function which follows given points. Released 1986.
A program to transfer data Vortex Para Plus The Vortex Para Plus is the newer Version of Vortex Para which only works under CP/M 2.2 Para and Para plus can transfer data between different CP/M formats. (Kaypro, Osborne etc..)
The disc operating system VDOS for use with Vortex drives
Vortex Vdos 2.0 Manual (pdf)