Year of production: 1985-98 (!) 8 million units!
Schneider (Amstrad) PCW 9512 word processor computer
PCW= Personal Computer Wordprocessor The Amstrad PCW computer family, primarily a word processor computer with a printer, was introduced in 1985. These machines ran a CP / M operating system. The Amsoft division of Amstrad supplied software and consumables for the Amstrad computers. It was an extremely successful model.
The system was supplied with the LocoScript software on disk, developed by Locomotive Software Dr. Logo and the Basic that were called Mallard Basic. A few years later, they completed the software supply with the LocoMail, LocoFile and LocoScript 2 software.
Type PCW 8256 / 8512 Manufacturer Amstrad
Area of use Professional Computer
Country United Kingdom
Start of production September 1985
Built-in language Mallard Basic
Keyboard Mechanical keyboard with numeric keypad end special edit keys (COPY,CUT,PASTE,PRINT,etc.). 8 function keys.
CPU Zilog Z80 A CPU speed
The CPU is running at 4 MHz, but is slowed down by the internal clock to 3,4 Mhz
Video : Amstrad ASIC custom chip
DD controller : NEC 765
RAM 256 KB (16 banks of 16 kb each)
Text mode 90 x 32
Graphic mode 720 x 256 (PAL), 720 x 200 (NTSC)
Colours monochrome (black & green)
Tone Beeper, 1 channel
I/O Ports Z80 Bus, Parallel Built-in data store 1 Hitachi 3″ disk-drive (160 kb/side)
operating system CP/M, CP/M+ Power supply unit
Peripherals Printer, parallel/Centronics interface