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IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« on: 10:28, 01 December 20 »
Did you know that our beloved Amstrad CPC is a descendant of the IBM CPC series? That one was even "instrumental" in the development of US Army missiles!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_CPC

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The IBM Card-Programmed Electronic Calculator or CPC was announced by IBM in May 1949. Later that year an improved machine, the CPC-II, was also announced.

From https://www.computer-history.info/Page4.dir/pages/IBM.CPC.dir/index.html

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This view shows a Card Programmed Calculator (CPC) system. It was built by IBM out of business machine parts. The printer is an IBM 418 accounting machine. The machine in the back on the left is an IBM 605 accounting calculating unit. The machine on the right is a card punch IBM 527. All three machines were connected by cables as shown on the right side of the picture. Visible to the left of the printer are four IBM 941 storage units.

From https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/space/space_card.html

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Card-Programmed Electronic Calculator (CPC)
The CPC was the first digital computer used in the space program and was instrumental in the development of the U.S. Army Redstone missile.

From https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/vintage/vintage_4506VV2198.html

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This assembly of early electronic equipment is the IBM Card-Programmed Electronic Calculator (CPC). Announced on May 20, 1949, the new machine was "capable of handling problems of a sequential nature, in which a long series of arithmetical steps must be performed to obtain a single solution." Although designed to be particularly useful for evaluating long engineering formulas, the CPC later was used for large accounting applications as well.

And if your're still wondering, well, both are machines that compute, so somehow it's true. But "Colour Personal Computer" and "Card-Programmed Calculator" don't have much more in common.

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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #1 on: 10:40, 01 December 20 »
Well using that logic... The Amstrad CPC later inspired the company Hilti to make overpriced cordless tools...

https://www.hilti.de/c/CLS_CORDLESS_TOOLS_7123/CLS_CORDLESS_BATT_CHARGE_7123/CLS_CORDLESS_BATTERIES_7123/r6235?itemCode=2018896

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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #2 on: 10:57, 01 December 20 »
Nice casing, definitely inspired by the 464 colors, simplified for a more modern look.  ;) Where is the disc drive slot ? On the backside ?  :laugh:
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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #3 on: 11:02, 01 December 20 »
Nice casing, definitely inspired by the 464 colors, simplified for a more modern look.  ;) Where is the disc drive slot ? On the backside ?  :laugh:

This is 2020, I assume it has an SD card slot at the back. :)


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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #4 on: 11:38, 01 December 20 »
Well using that logic... The Amstrad CPC later inspired the company Hilti to make overpriced cordless tools...

https://www.hilti.de/c/CLS_CORDLESS_TOOLS_7123/CLS_CORDLESS_BATT_CHARGE_7123/CLS_CORDLESS_BATTERIES_7123/r6235?itemCode=2018896

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The even used a very similar font for the CPC branding!

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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #5 on: 12:34, 01 December 20 »
And you know that amstrad don't mean what Alan sugar thinks?.


It appeared in a  spanish newspaper many years early alan sugar born.


One guy fail translate a book  back in the century  xix into Spanish. And in a middle of a history of a Roman empire in some place  near a river in germany. They translate a defile name into, "amstrad". And that was published by the newspaper "el paĆ­s" as history.


The first time amstrad name was mentioned in the history.


19/08/1899



https://twitter.com/4mhz_es/status/1040934746686144513?s=19


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Re: IBM CPC, the forerunner of the Amstrad CPC
« Reply #6 on: 13:01, 01 December 20 »
Heh, imagine that :D