CBM 64

Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer released in mid 1982, and the third system from Commodore International. The starting price was $595. The computer was named because of its 64 kb of RAM, which was superior to most mainstream personal computers at the time, aside from it’s main rival, the Atari 800XL.

Although not carrying the same sort of level of custom chips as the Atari, the C64 had the amazing SID chip for sound and music, which at the time was something of a revelation in terms of sound, and still has it’s place in synthesis of sound and music today. which is quite a legacy.

Throughout its 12 year lifespan, it sold a staggering 17 million units, and to this day remains one of the best-selling home computer models of all time.

From 1983-1985, the Commodore 64 took on and subsequently dominated former market leaders Apple and Intel. Its successor, the Commodore 128, was released in 1985 and was fully backwards compatible with most C64 software but was far less successful than the C64.

Around this time, 16 bit computers were beginning to appear in the marketplace, and as such the 8 bit machines usefulness began to tail off.

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