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SAM Coupe | TechMuseum 
Year of manufacture: 1983-1986

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor: Zilog Z80B, 6 MHz
  • RAM: 256 KB
  • FDD: 3.5″, 800 KB
  • HDD: –
  • Audio: Eight octaves, six stereo channels, two noise generators
  • Connectors/Ports: RGB, serial or network, parallel, joystick, audio, video
  • Case: Keyboard type
  • Monitor: Color
  • OS: SamDOS or CP/M

The SAM Coupe has a Zilog Z80B processor at 6 MHz and memory of 256kB. Equipped with a floppy disk of 3.5” at 800kB it ran with the operating system of SamDOS or CP/M version.

Miles Gordon Technology for a short period produced the SAM Coupé 8-bit computer. Released in a time when 16-bit computers were more prevalent, the product didn’t meet commercial success. Consumers, though, considered it a logical upgrade to the ZX Spectrum with the design of the ZX Spectrum 48K.

The Coupe model had a design and architecture aimed to the UK market. It was designed around the PAL television standard and had a large border surrounding the display. In total, the model had 4 display modes, design borrowed from the aforementioned ZX Spectrum 48K.

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