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TRS-80 Color Computer 1

The Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer (also marketed as the Tandy Color Computer and affectionately nicknamed CoCo) is a line of home computers based on the Motorola 6809 processor. ┬áDespite bearing the TRS-80 name, the “Color Computer” is a radical departure from the earlier TRS-80; in particular it has the┬áMotorola processor rather than the TRS-80’s Zilog Z80. Thus, despite the similar name, the new machine is not compatible with software made for the old TRS-80.

The Motorola 6809E was an advanced processor for the time, but was correspondingly more expensive than other, more popular, microprocessors. Competing machines such as the Apple II, Commodore VIC-20, the Commodore 64, the Atari 400, and the Atari 800 were designed around the much cheaper MOS 6502. Some of these computers were paired with dedicated sound and graphics chips and were much more commercially successful in the 1980s home computer market.

ManufacturerTandy / Radio ShackCPUMotorola 6809E @ 0.895 MHz
Year Introduced1980RAM4KB, 16KB, 32KB
Introductory Price$399StorageCassette
Program ROM Cartridge (read only)

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WikipediaTRS-80 Color Computer
oldcomputers.netCoCo
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