Thomson MO6

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Thomson MO6
ManufacturerThomson SA
Release date1986; 36 years ago (1986)
Discontinued1989; 33 years ago (1989)
MediaAudio cassette
Operating systemBASIC 128 and Basic 1.0[1]
CPUMotorola 6809E @ 1MHz
Memory64Kb ROM, 128kB RAM[1]
StorageAudio cassette (1200/2400 bauds), disk drive (optional)[1]
Display8 modes from 160 x 200 to 640 x 200 with 2 to 16 colors (from 4096)
GraphicsThomson EF9369
Sound4 channels, 7 octaves
Input69 keys mechanical AZERTY keyboard, light pen[1]
Controller inputJoystick, Mouse [1]
Power200V, 24W
Dimensions362 x 87 x 315 mm
Mass3Kg
Backward
compatibility
Thomson MO5[1]
PredecessorThomson MO5

The Thomson MO6 was a Motorola 6809E-based computer introduced in France in 1986.[2] It as intended as the successor to the Thomson MO5[3] and featured 128 KB of RAM, a 40×25 text display, and a new built-in Microsoft BASIC interpreter (BASIC 128[4]). It retained compatibility with its predecessor, while incorporating the same technology as the TO8.[5]

Graphic abilities were expanded compared to the MO5, by the use of the Thomson EF9369 graphics chip. The 16 colour palette could be defined from a total of 4096[4] and extra video modes were available:[4]

  • 320 x 200 x 16 colours (2 colour per 8x1 pixels restraint)
  • 640 x 200 x 2 colours
  • 320 x 200 x 4 colours (no restraints)
  • 160 x 200 x 16 colours (no restraints)
  • 320 x 200 x 3 colours and one transparency level
  • 320 x 200 x 2 colours (allows shifting between two screen pages)
  • 160 x 200 x 5 colours with 3 transparency levels

In Italy it was sold by Olivetti with little aesthetic changes, and named Olivetti Prodest PC128.

The MO6 was available until January 1989.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Garret, Yann (Sep 1986). "MO6, TO8, TO9+. Thomson présente sa nouvelle gamme". Science & Vie Micro (in French). 31: 106–107. ISSN 0760-6516.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tilt 60, Dec. 1988, p.123-124". abandonware-magazines.org.
  2. ^ "Thomson MO6". www.old-computers.com.
  3. ^ "Science & Vie Micro 31, September 1986". download.abandonware.org.
  4. ^ a b c "Thomson MO6 Guide, 1986" (PDF). musee-des-jeux-video.com.
  5. ^ "Thomson MO6 Emulation in MESS". www-apr.lip6.fr/~mine.

External links[edit]

  • DCMOTO: PC emulator for Thomson MO5, MO5E, MO5NR, MO6, T9000, TO7, TO7/70, TO8, TO8D, TO9, TO9+ and Olivetti Prodest PC128. Comprehensive software and documentation are also available.