CARDCO

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CARDCO was a computer peripheral company during the 1980s in Wichita, Kansas, United States. CARDCO was well known in the Commodore 64 and Commodore VIC-20 community because of advertisements in numerous issues of Compute! magazine and availability of their products at large retailers.[1]

Printer interfaces[edit]

There were severe shortcomings of early Commodore printers, so CARDCO created the Card Print A (C/?A) printer interface that emulated Commodore printers by converting the Commodore serial interface to a Centronics parallel printer interface to allow numerous 3rd-party printers to be connected to a Commodore 64 or VIC-20.[2]

A second model, a version that supported printer graphics was released called the Card Print +G (C/?+G), supported printing Commodore graphic characters using Epson ESC/P escape codes.

CARDCO released additional enhancements, including a model with RS-232 serial output, and shipped over two million total printer interfaces.

Common compatible printers were manufactured by Epson, Panasonic, Okidata, Star Micronics, and C. Itoh.

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