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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.

Company history[edit]

CARDCO was founded by Ed J. Lippert II (President / Management) and Breck Ricketts (Vice President / Engineering). It went out of business in 1986 because of the decline in sales of C64 computers.

In 1986, they formed a new company called C-Ltd that manufactured peripherals for Amiga computers, and it eventually went out of business in 1989 as the Amiga computer sales declined.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Compute! at the Internet Archive
  2. ^ "CARDCO Card Print A (C/?A) - Printer Interface For The Commodore 64 and VIC-20". Compute! (34): 251. March 1983.

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