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.
Sold as :
- F1-S Single drive with controller.
- F1-D Double drive with controller.
- F1-Z Single drive without controller.
The disc drive also was available as an extended versions :
- F1-XRS which also contains a RS232 interface.
- F1-X which can be updated with a RS232 interface.
Disc operation system VDOS 2.0 on ROM included.
Manual can be found here F1
A 3.5" disc drive. 80 tracks and 1.4MB. Sold as M1/S with controller, M1-Z without controller as second drive and M1/D with controller and two drives. The disc drive also was available as an extended version, called M1-XRS, which also contains a RS232 interface, and M1-X, which can be updated with a RS232 interface. Disc operation system VDOS 2.0 on ROM 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 disc operating system VDOS for use with Vortex drives