Thomson TO8

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Thomson TO8D
ManufacturerThomson SA
Release date1986; 37 years ago (1986)
Introductory price2,990 FF
Discontinued1989; 34 years ago (1989)
Operating systemBasic 512, Basic 1.0 and Disk Basic
CPUMotorola 6809E, 1 MHz
Memory256 KB (512 KB max.) RAM
StorageDisk drive, tape (optional)
Display160 x 200 (16 or 5 colors)
320 x 200 (2, 3, 4 or 16 colors)
640 x 200 (2 colors)
GraphicsThomson EF9369
Soundgenerator + 1 bit D/A converter 6 bits
Input81 keys AZERTY keyboard, light pen
Controller inputjoystick, mouse
Thomson TO7/70
PredecessorThomson TO7/70
SuccessorThomson TO9+

The Thomson TO8 is a home computer introduced by French company Thomson SA in 1986, with a cost of 2,990 FF.[1][2][3] It replaces its predecessor, the Thomson TO7/70, while remaining essentially compatible.[4][3]

The new features of the TO8, like larger memory (256KB) and better graphics modes (powered by the Thomson EF9369 graphics chip), are shared with the other third generation Thomson computers ( MO6 and TO9+).[5][6][7][8]

The TO8 has a tape drive and Microsoft BASIC 1.0 (in standard and 512 KB versions)[9] on its internal ROM, and there is an optional external floppy drive. Graphics were provided by the Thomson EF9369 chip, allowing the display of 16 colors from a palette of 4096.[7][8]

More than 120 games exist for the system.[10][11]

An improved version, the Thomson TO8D, includes a built-in 3.5" floppy drive.


  • Garret, Yann (Sep 1986). "MO6, TO8, TO9+. Thomson présente sa nouvelle gamme". Science & Vie Micro (in French). No. 31. pp. 106–107. ISSN 0760-6516.


  1. ^ Garret, Yann (September 1986). "Thomson présente sá nouvelle gamme". Science & Vie Micro (in French). No. 31. pp. 106–107.
  2. ^ "THOMSON TO 8 - TO 8D". OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum.
  3. ^ a b "THOMSON JOUE LES LAPINS" (PDF). Hebdogiciel Magazine (in French) (150). August 29, 1986.
  4. ^ Miné, Antoine. "Thomson TO8 Emulation in MESS". Antoine Miné's Web Site.
  5. ^ "La nouvelle gamme Thomson" (PDF). Jeux & Stratégie (in French) (41): 42. October 1986.
  6. ^ "La gamme TO de Thomson" (PDF). Canard PC Hardware HS (in French) (HS 6): 80. 2016.
  7. ^ a b Coulom, Daniel. "TO8D Circuit Diagram". DCMOTO - Site de référence des ordinateurs 8 bits Thomson (in French).
  8. ^ a b EF9369 Single Chip Color Palette. Thomson Componentes.
  9. ^ Alexis AMAND, Alexis (2022). "Retrogaming et (re)découverte du Thomson TO8". Alexis AMAND - Développement Web et SEO (in French). Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  10. ^ "Thomson TO8 video games". Universal Videogame List. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  11. ^ "Listing of all Thomson TO8 games". The Video Games Museum. Retrieved 2023-01-01.

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