|Introductory price||2,990 FF|
|CPU||Motorola 6809E, 1 MHz|
|Memory||256 KB (512 KB max.) RAM|
80 KB ROM
|Graphics||160 x 200 (16 or 5 colors)|
320 x 200 (2, 3, 4 or 16 colors)
640 x 200 (2 colors)
|Sound||generator + 1 bit D/A converter 6 bits|
The Thomson TO8 is a home computer introduced by French company Thomson SA in 1986.It replaces its predecessor, the Thomson TO7/70 while remaining essentially compatible.
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An improved version, the Thomson TO8D, includes a built-in 3.5" floppy drive.
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