Posted Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:41 AM
I was reading a PDF version of a c-128 book 'the black book of the commodore 128' by Robert and Dell Taylor (Value Soft, publishers)
In the introduction chapter where they gave a condensed summary of commodore history (briefly mentioning the bit about commodore as a typewriter repair company and totally skipping the bit about commodore as a calcutor manufacturer)
Anyway when they eventually got to the summary of commodore history as a computer company, BEFORE they even mentioned the PET, it mentioned that commodore had been commissioned by Tandy/Radio Shack to design a computer system for them, after reviewing their (T/RS's) decision, they decided to design their own system (i.e the TRS 80) (didn't give a year of manfacture or what it was called)
It begs the question, what ever happened to this system that commodore designed for T/RS, did it morph into the PET, what was it going to be called, what did it look like, what processor were commodore going to use (since the TRS 80 came with a Z80 and commodore had just bought out the originator of the 6502), what type of system was it going to be (single board, like the Aim65/Kim1 etc or a proper system like the PET, Apple II etc) and lastly did commodore start designing this system before or after it purchased MOS
Anyone know ?