Commodore PC compatible systems
Incompatible with Commodore's prior Commodore 64 and Amiga architectures, they were generally regarded as good, serviceable workhorse PCs with nothing spectacular about them, but the well-established Commodore name was seen as a competitive asset.
In 1984 Commodore signed a deal with Intel to second source manufacture the Intel 8088 CPU used in the IBM PC, along with a license to manufacture a computer based on the Dynalogic Hyperion. It is unknown whether any of these systems were produced or sold.
In 1987 the first model released, the PC-10, sold for $559 without monitor ($1273 in 2020). They were sold alongside Commodore's Amiga and Commodore 64c/128 lines of home and graphics computers. The PC10 was comparable in the market to the Blue Chip PC, Leading Edge Model D and Tandy 1000 line of PC compatibles.
The line consists of the following models:
- PC-I (a.k.a. PC1): A small-form-factor low-end non-expandable system. It has a 4.77 MHz 8088 processor, combined Hercules/CGA graphics, and one 5.25-inch floppy disk drive. It came standard with 512 kB of RAM.
- PC-5: A full-size PC/XT-clone with a standard monochrome text card and 512k of memory on the motherboard. It is expandable with up to five 8-bit ISA cards.
- PC-10: A full AT-sized model with an 8088 and combined Hercules/CGA/Plantronics Colorplus graphics provided by an ATI Graphics Solution card. Two variations were produced: the PC10-1 with one floppy drive and 512 kB RAM and the PC10-2 with two floppy drives and 640 kB RAM. These systems can be upgraded with the 8087 FPU.
- PC-20: A PC-10 with a 20 MB hard disk
- Colt: A rebranded PC10-III
- PC-30: A PC-AT compatible with a 12 MHz 80286 CPU and a 20MB hard disk.
- PC-40: A 12 MHz PC-AT system with 1 MB of RAM, on-board VGA/EGA/CGA and Hercules video, and hard disk options from 20–80 MB.
- PC-50: Based on the 386SX running at 16 MHz. It includes a 40MB to 100MB hard disk.
- PC-60: 25 MHz 386 system with FPU. It came in a tower case with a 60 MB to 200 MB hard disk.
- "RUN Magazine issue 42".
- "TCP ad, Run magazine Sep. 1987".
- "The PC10 has Landed".
Two of the PC10-2's most visible competitors for the home and school markets are the Leading Edge Model D and the Tandy 1000SX.
- "Run Magazine Issue 42 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Impressions of the Commodore PC-5". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "RUN Magazine Issue 42".
- "Original Commodore PC-40 Brochure". Classic Computer Brochures. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- Richard Lagendijk: CIP - Commodore Info Page
- Bo Zimmerman: Commodore turns blue
- Bo Zimmerman's Commodore gallery
- Brochure comparing a number of Commodore Models
- Commodore History Part 6 - The PC Compatibles By The 8-Bit Guy
- Brochure for the Commodore PC10-1 and PC10-2 at classic.technology