General public machines (Was: Altair 8800 name Was: Re: Altair 680 Expansion Boards?

geneb geneb at
Fri Dec 23 23:02:14 CST 2016

> Commodore's Z80 in the 128 was due to unnecessary fear that they might lose 
> market share to CP/M, when IBM should have been their big worry.
> I don't know all of the details of the ST/Amiga technology swap, but BOTH 
> were too late, if the primary goal was competing with IBM.
That might be Commodore marketing - Bil Herd said that he threw the Z-80 
into the design essentially because he could. :)  He's done a few talks on 
how the C-128 came about.  It's pretty interesting.


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