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Main data
Romset and name:
poly88 Poly-88
Short name:
Poly-88
Manufacturer:
PolyMorphic Systems
Year:
Genre:
Computer
Category:
Computer / Business - Terminal
Serie:
-
Driver source:
Language:
-
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Only one supported
Input:
Keyboard
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
0
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
-
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
640x240@60 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Intel 8080A
Audio
Sound:
Audio chips:
Cassette, Speaker
Romset
First release:
Mess 0.132 released on jun-09 2009
Last release:
Mame 0.230 released on mar-31 2021
Clone of:
-
Clones:
Bios:
Not required
Use rom of:
-
Use sample of:
-
Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
Dump:
GOOD
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Supported
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  • Computer published 45 years ago:

    Poly-88 © 1976 PolyMorphic Systems.

    TECHNICAL
    The Poly-88 board set consisted of the following:

    CPU with an Intel 8080 chip, and an 8251 USART for serial communication to a modem, printer, or cassette tape interface. The cassette tape interface supported program storage and loading from consumer-grade cassette tape recorders, using either Kansas City standard or higher speed Manchester encoded signals. The board contained 512 bytes of RAM and one 1024-byte ROM.

    Video Terminal Interface which produced a 16-line display of 64 characters per line. The VTI was intended to drive a television using an RF modulator, or to be connected directly to a TV monitor's composite video input (not commonly available in the 1970s). The VTI also displayed low-resolution graphics (today called text semigraphics). Each character position was divided into a grid 2 dots wide and 3 high, giving a graphics resolution of 128 horizontal and 48 vertical pixels, the same as the original TRS-80. A TTL-level, parallel keyboard interface was also included on the VTI. Several keyboards were available, including the Keyboard III which included a numeric keypad.

    RAM cards were also available, with capacities ranging from 8,192 (8K) bytes up to 56K (the maximum supported in their system architecture). Since the systems were based on the S-100 bus, other manufacturers' memory card could be used in Poly systems as well.

    TRIVIA
    With the release of their CPU card, PolyMorphic began selling complete systems. Their first was the Poly-88, housed in a 5-slot S100 chassis, with additional side-mounted S-100 connectors for the purpose of joining chassis together.

    The Poly-88 was available in kit form, or assembled. It was originally called the Micro-Altair, but after objections from MITS, manufacturers of the Altair, the name was changed.

    This unit earned the nickname 'orange toaster' due to its orange metal cover, and the fact that the S-100 cards generated noticeable heat.

    CONTRIBUTE
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