Amstrad CPC

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Amstrad CPC
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Released: 1984-??-??
Discontinued: 199?-??-??
Developer: Amstrad
Type: Hardware

The Amstrad CPC (short for Colour Personal Computer) is an 8-bit home computer released by Amstrad. The built-in operating system mainly consists of a BASIC dialect which was developed specifically for the new platform by Locomotive Software Ltd.

The CPC has always been very popular in France. In German-speaking countries, it was distributed by Schneider and renamed to Schneider CPC. Magazines and users often call the platform just Amstrad or Schneider.

Games

Models

CPC 464

The original model has a built-in tape recorder and 64 KB.

CPC664

This short-lived model has a built-in 3-inch disk drive and 64 KB.

CPC6128

The most popular model has a built-in 3-inch disk drive and 128 KB.

Music and Sound

The CPC has a built-in General Instrument AY-3-8912 chip, clocked at 1 Mhz (a quarter of the Z80 CPU, 4 Mhz), allowing square waves from 15–62500 Hz, around thrice as high as a human can hear, and noise from 2016–62500 Hz.

Just like the later Game Boy, the CPC has a built-in speaker which outputs all sound in mono, and a 3.5 mm jack to output in stereo. This is possible since the AY-3-8910 chip series outputs each channel through its own pin. Similarly to the later Amiga, though, all panning is fixed: Channel A is always hard left, channel B in the middle, and channel C hard right.

Composition

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