Commodore 64: Web.It
In 1996 Escom went into liquidation and its assets were sold.
Commodore and the Amiga once again were auctioned. The Amiga was
sold to Gateway 2000 and Escom Netherlands bought the rights to the
Commodore trademark, renaming theirselves Commodore NL.
Unfortunately, the Commodore curse struck again as financial
troubles loomed and they were bought by Tulip. Like Gateway, they
allowed an open-licencing policy resulting in Web Computers
International developing new systems under the Commodore banner. On
August 26th 1998, they unveiled the first Commodore 64 machine to
be made in 5 years.
The new C64 is based around MS-DOS and the internet as standard.
The new machine retains compatibility with original CBM 64 software
through the use of a software emulator. Whilst the exact emulator
included is unknown, the emulator will allow the use of hundreds of
games that can be downloaded from the internet. The Web.It system
is expected to retail at around £400.
16Mb RAM (upgradable to 32 Mb)
2 MB Flash memory
AMD ELAN SC405 66-100MHz
3.5" 1.44 Mb floppy drive
MS-DOS V7, Windows 3.1. Adds Y2K
compatibility and Euro currency features.
RS-232 Serial Interface
PCMCIA slot (1 x Type III or 2 x Type II) LI
Infrared Port for external devices like keyboard Game / MIDI port
for joystick or MIDI keyboard Line in/line out/Mic In
Phone line connector
Connection to monitor, TV (PAL or
NTSC) using scart connection, or projector.
16-bit stereo FM sound
56k flex V34/V90 Rockwell
Integrated ergonomic 86-keys
Integrated touch-/pen pad
TCP/IP communication dialer,
Netscape NAVIGATOR browser and E-mail program,
Lotus AmiPro (word processor),
Lotus 123 (spreadsheet),
Commodore 64 emulator.
Web Computers International
Web Computers International was founded in 1998 to develop a new
standard in the Home Computer industry, combining existing
technology, as well as the talents of IBM, Lotus, Aztech Systems,
AMD, and Phoenix, and aiming it towards a particular market. It is
a Dutch Antilles based company with a branch office in Antwerp,
Belgium. This is reflected in the development of the Web.It system, including standards such as MS-DOS
and Windows and removing the need for other non-essential parts
that would usually increase the price of the standard PC.
They can be contacted by writing to:
Web Computers International AEC
Or e-mail them at email@example.com
Lange Lozanastraat 176-182
B-2018 Antwerp, Belgium
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