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30 years young: the Commodore 64

We learn from the pages of El Reg that the Commodore 64 was launched 30 years ago this week.

The Commodore 64 was an 8-bit home computer produced by the now defunct manufacturer Commodore International that made its debut at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January 1982. Volume production of the Commodore 64 started in the spring 1982, with machines being released on the market in August of that year at a price of US $595. It was first marketed in the UK in autumn that year.

Commodore 64C system with 1541-II floppy drive and 1084S RGB monitor. Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

During its lifetime, sales of the C64 totalled between 12.5 and 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. In addition, over 10,000 commercial software titles were made for the Commodore 64 including development tools, office productivity applications and games.

So if you still have some festive cheer liquid left, why not raise a glass and wish this venerable device many happy returns. 🙂

One Response to 30 years young: the Commodore 64

  1. Jules January 4, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Some other excellent and venerable Commodore machines that pre-dated the Commodore 64:

    The 2001 PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) with Cassette Deck for loading programs. (Of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” fame).
    4016 (16K 40 column CRT Desktop Business Computer)
    4032 (32K, 40 column CRT Desktop Business Computer)
    8032 (32K, 80 column Desktop Business Computer)
    8096 (96K (page switched), 80 column Desktop Business Computer)
    4040 Twin Floppy Drive, 360K each
    8050 Twin Floppy Drive, 720K each
    8250 Twin Floppy Drive, a massive 1.2Mb each!
    9060 “Winchester” Hard Drive, all 5Mb of it!

    There were also numerous crappy and noisy dot matrix printers and my personal favourite, the 8010 300bps modem that you shoved your phone receiver into two padded holes to make it work (occasionally!)

    Happy days ;o)