Atari 2600 Junior with the 'UNIVERSUM Heimcomputer' German clone of the CompuMate
|Also known as||CompuMate|
|Release date||6 January 1983|
|Introductory price||79.99 US$ (today $192.34)|
|Operating system||Microsoft BASIC|
|CPU||MOS 6507 @ 1.19 MHz (from the Atari VCS/2600/2600jr)|
|Memory||2K built-in RAM, 16K built-in ROM|
|Storage||via audio jack on tape|
|Display||10 lines × 12 characters|
|Graphics||40x40 pixels with 10 selectable colors|
|Input||42-key Sensor Touch Keyboard, (2x) 9-pin sub-D connector, game cartridge connector, earphone mini-jack, microphone mini-jack|
|Dimensions||13-1/2"W x 6"D x 1-1/2"H (W 343mm x D 152mm x H 38mm)|
The Spectravideo CompuMate SV010 was a home computer expansion for the Atari VCS / 2600 video game system released 6 January 1983 at the Winter CES( Winter Consumer Electronics) show in Las Vegas.
In Germany, the CompuMate was also sold by Quelle, a catalogue company, which labeled it under its own-brand "Universum".
In Brazil, around 1985, at least two clones of CompuMate where made, one by Milmar Electronics ("Dactar-Comp"), and another known as "CompuGame".
It consists of a membrane keyboard unit with interface connectors. These connectors were placed in the module slot and both controller ports of the Atari console. As the user could place the keyboard on the old style VCS consoles, the two devices resulted in one compact unit. When using with the 2600jr console, resulted in a desktop computer look with separated keyboard.
The CompuMate offered built-in software:
- a Microsoft BASIC programming language with a text based interpreter.
- Music Composer a very simple music synthesizer program with 4 built-in Demonstration songs (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Long Long Ago, Jingle Bells and My Bonnie).
- Magic Easel a very simple drawing program (40x40 pixels with 10 selectable colors) and limited animation possibilities (9 cycling frames). Two built-in demonstration pictures (Worldmap and snowman)
Each of the built-in demonstration samples are only accessible from the related software.
Spectravideo also offered 12 educational Basic programs on cassette tape for the CompuMate:
- BASIC Programming - Atari 2600 cartridge
- (Advertisement) CompuMate Basic Keyboard Enhancer, Page 7, Electronic Games Magazine (August 1983), Internet Archive
- Video games into computers:Spectravideo, By Myron Berger, Page 166, Popular Science, Oct 1983
- Spectravideo CompuMate at the Wayback Machine (archived February 8, 2002)
- CompuMate (SpectraVideo), Part of the Secret to the VCS's Longevity, By Scott Stilphen, 2600 Connection
- Atari 2600 peripherals: Spectravideo Compumate, Mostly Inclusive Atari 2600 Mapper / Selected Hardware Document, 2012-04-03, Kevin Horton aka kevtris, Version 1.00
- Atari 2600 Spectravideo Compumate Keyboard, Geek Vintage
- The history of Spectravideo, By Roger Samdal
- Spectravideo CompuMate, AGH Museum
- A history of Atari in Brazil.
- How to Turn Your Atari Into a Computer(For Less Than $90), by Martin Bass, Appeared in the August/September 1983 issue of "Video Games Player"
- PAL version, CompuMate
- NTSC version, CompuMate
- CompuMate, Battle of the Bits Lyceum
- Subject: Compumate - the REAL "Music Machine"! (was "What's a Spectravideo Compumate keyboard for?", Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997, From: christian-oliver windler, Newsgroups: rec.games.video.classic
- Spectravideo CompuMate, Oldcomputers.net
- Atari 2600 VCS CompuMate, scans of instructions
- on YouTube
- Compumate FAQ:BASIC PROGRAMME EXAMPLES FOR ATARI 2600 (BASIC PROGRAMMING & CompuMate). AUTHOR: Graham.J.Percy, Version 1.0, 25 September 1998. at the Wayback Machine (archived January 23, 2004)
- The CompuMate List(Loadable programs) - Atari 2600 - AtariAge Forums
- CompuMate Basic Programs
- Stella -- A multi-platform Atari 2600 Emulator Supports CompuMate emulation.
- z26 -- An Atari 2600 Emulator Supports CompuMate emulation.
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