Posts tagged with “Personal Micro Computers”

The FASTLOAD Cassette Interface

The FASTLOAD cassette interface used a novel (and patented) method of speeding up loading cassette programs on a TRS‑80 Model I. By using a specially modified cassette recorder permanently in fast-forward mode (the equivalent of the fast-forward button always being pressed), FASTLOAD increased cassette loading speeds up to sixteen times to as high as 8000 baud. FASTLOAD was introduced in 1981 by Personal Micro Computers, Inc. (also known as PMC) for a price of $188.00.

The PMC MicroMate

The PMC MicroMate was a CP/M workstation introduced in April 1983 for the price of $1195.00, although that price was later reduced. It was sold by Personal Micro Computers, Inc, also known as PMC, already well known for the Model I compatible PMC‑80 and PMC-81 computers. Although the computer lines were not really equivalent, the MicroMate replaced both the PMC‑80 and PMC-81.

Tandy Corp. v. Personal Micro Computers, Inc.

In February 1981, Tandy filed a lawsuit in the state of California against Personal Micro Computers concerning the PMC‑80, their Model I compatible computer. Personal Micro Computers was the United States distributor of the PMC‑80 but the computer was manufactured by EACA International in Hong Kong.

The case, “Tandy Corp. v. Personal Micro Computers, Inc.”, was an important precedent in computer copyright law. Along with “Apple Computer, Inc. v. Franklin Computer Corp.

The PMC‑80

The PMC‑80 was the North American version of a TRS‑80 Model I clone that was created by EACA International Limited, a Hong Kong manufacturing company. Their Model I compatible computer was sold around the world by different distributors using different names. In Australia and New Zealand, it was the System 80. In Europe, it was the Video Genie. In the United States and Canada, it was the PMC‑80, distributed by Personal Micro Computers.