15 Facts About Amstrad CPC


Amstrad CPC is a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad between 1984 and 1990.

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Amstrad CPC series was pitched against other home computers primarily used to play video games and enjoyed a strong supply of game software.

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Philosophy behind the Amstrad CPC series was twofold, firstly the concept was of an "all-in-one", where the computer, keyboard and its data storage device were combined in a single unit and sold with its own dedicated display monitor.

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Amstrad CPC 464 was one of the most successful computers in Europe and sold more than two million units.

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In late 1985, when the CPC6128 was introduced in Europe, Amstrad decided not to keep three models in the line-up, and production of the CPC664 was discontinued.

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Amstrad CPC6128 was released on 13 June 1985 and initially only sold in the US.

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In 1990, confronted with a changing home computer market, Amstrad decided to refresh the CPC model range by introducing a new range variantly labelled plus or PLUS, 1990, or CPC+ range.

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Some months later, Spain joined the European Communities by the Treaty of Accession 1985 and the import tax was suppressed, so Amstrad added the n key for the 464 and production of the CPC472 was discontinued.

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The Amstrad CPC firmware is deliberately designed so that new software could be easily accessed from these ROMs.

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Software and hardware limitations in this interface led to its replacement with an Amstrad CPC-branded version of a compatible alternative by Pace.

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Amstrad CPC enjoyed a strong and long lifetime, mainly due to the machines use for businesses as well as gaming.

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Internet sites devoted to the Amstrad CPC have appeared from around the world featuring forums, news, hardware, software, programming and games.

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Amstrad CPC Magazines appeared during the 1980s including publications in countries such as Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and Greece.

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However, Amstrad CPC decided to focus on the PCW, and the ANT project never came to market.

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Amstrad CPC made more than £5 million on selling these surplus machines alone.

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