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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 10:06

Commodore 64 is back just like we remember it

Written by Nick Farell
commodore

This time it is 64 bit
While nostalgia is still not what it used to be, it seems that the latest version of the Commodore 64 is exactly the way it was in the 1980s. The new Commodore 64x has used the beige wedge design of the old machine but runs an Intel Dual Core 525 Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and an Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset.

OK it is not really a Commodore 64, it is a PC lamb dressed up in retro mutton but it is still pretty cool. It is also designed to run the original software, using either an emulator or a custom Workbench 5 operating system, both of which are included.

Amusingly the Atom D525 is a 64-bit processor so it is just the meaning of the 64 that has changed over the last 20 years. If it's paired with the nVidia ION chipset then should be able to manage 1920x1080p HD video so it is not a bad little machine.

Commodore is not telling us when, where or how much the beast will be.  But if you want a journey down memory lane have a look here.


Nick Farell

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+4 #1 DJDestiny 2010-12-22 10:48
Atom , again .
Can we stop all these Katmai junk ?
 
 
0 #2 Jaberwocky 2010-12-22 11:19
What next....the return of the Sinclair Spectrum.!
Actually,they got one thing right on the spec.It has a Cherry keyboard.I have always had Cherry Keyboards for my PC's.They're top notch.
 
 
+6 #3 guideX 2010-12-22 11:37
Quote:
ATOM + NVIDIA ION

FAIL.
Could have waited 1 month and sold it with AMD Ontario.
Google could have done the same thing with its laptop.
 
 
-2 #4 Memristor 2010-12-22 14:10
Quoting guideX:
Quote:
ATOM + NVIDIA ION

FAIL.
Could have waited 1 month and sold it with AMD Ontario.
Google could have done the same thing with its laptop.

You mean Zacate, Ontario would be a step down from the Atom D525
 
 
+3 #5 DJDestiny 2010-12-22 15:22
Quoting Memristor:
Quoting guideX:
Quote:
ATOM + NVIDIA ION

FAIL.
Could have waited 1 month and sold it with AMD Ontario.
Google could have done the same thing with its laptop.

You mean Zacate, Ontario would be a step down from the Atom D525


No . Sadly , truth to be told , the desktop version of Zacate is faster then its mobile sibling .
Needless to say , better processing power and better power consumption .
 
 
+5 #6 azrael 2010-12-22 17:32
Workbench was for the Amiga. The C64 ran Basic, a variety of Microsoft Basic if memory serves correctly. Of course, all software that mattered was written in assembler, somewhat of a lost art these days.
 
 
0 #7 Fierce Guppy 2010-12-23 02:12
Quote:
OK it is not really a Commodore 64, it is a PC lamb dressed up in retro mutton but it is still pretty cool


But seriously, who'd buy one?
 

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