Thomson computers

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Thomson TO7 computer on display at the Musee Bolo, Lausanne Thomson TO-07-IMG 0414-white.jpg
Thomson TO7 computer on display at the Musée Bolo, Lausanne

In the 1980s the French Thomson company produced a range of 8-bit computers based on the 6809E CPU. [1]


They were released in several variations (mostly concerning the keyboard or color of the casing) covering the MO and TO series [2] from late 1982 to 1989. While MO and TO models are incompatible in software, most of the peripherals and hardware were compatible.

These machines were common in France due to the 1980s governmental educational program Computing for All (Informatique pour Tous) . Around 100,000 MO5 and TO7/70 computers were ordered and installed in schools. [3] Export attempts to Germany, Italy, Algeria, USSR, India, Argentina and Spain were unsuccessful. By 1988 Thomson only sells 60,000 of the predicted 150,000 computers, abandoning computer development the following year. [3]

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