|Date Announced||1979 or 1980|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|I/O||Two serial, one parallel|
|OS Options||CP/M, MP/M|
|Notes||There were 4 models of the ACS8000:
ACS8000-1 had two Single Sided, Single Density 500K 8" floppy drives.
ACS8000-2 had two Single Sided, Double Density 1MB 8" floppy drives.
ACS8000-3 had two Double Sided, Single Density 1MBK 8" floppy drives.
ACS8000-4 had two Double Sided, Double Density 2MB 8" floppy drives.
|Related Items in Collection||Televideo 950 terminal, tons of software including original copies of MS FORTRAN, Wordstar and others.|
|Related Items Wanted||Hard drive subsystem, additional software|
Altos was a manufacturer of "standard" Z-80 systems. The Altos ACS 8000-2 in my collection was a later product of the company. The chassis is fairly simple with a single board Z-80 based computer running at 4 Mhz, a pair of Shugart drives (mounted upside down!) and 64K of RAM. The "-2" in the name means that this configuration has two single-sided, double-density drives installed.
The computer will run either CP/M (it came with version 2.21 set up for the hardware) or MP/M.
This machine came with a ton of documentation, software and a Televideo terminal (in need of refurbishment). It also came with two copies of WordStar and one of Microsoft Fortran.