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The PC-8800 series (PC-8800シリーズ) is a range of Japanese home computers manufactured between 1981 and 1989 by NEC.
The PC-8800 series began with the launch of the PC-8801, and was initially marketed as a high-end home computer by the firm (a cheaper alternative being the PC-6000 series). It is the more logical successor to the PC-8000 series.
In October 1982 NEC launched the 16-bit PC-9800 series (beginning with the PC-9801), which over time became the new standard for higher-end computers offered by the company. The PC-8800 series continued to survive, however, becoming extremely popular as the price slowly fell.
During the first half of the 1980s, the PC-8800 series became one of the "big three" Japanese computers which dominated the market, sharing a platform with the Sharp X1 and its derivatives, and the FM-7 by Fujitsu. While many microcomputers were crushed by the rising MSX standard in 1983, the PC-8800 series continued to be supported until the early 1990s, where all Japanese computers were put under strain by the standards set by IBM PC compatibles.
Older PC-8800 series computers have an "N mode" video option, allowing for backwards compatibility with the PC-8000 series. This was removed with the PC-8801 mkII FR in November 1985.
|Name||Date||Price||Processor||Clock Speed||RAM||Built-in 5¼ " FDD||Built-in CD-ROM||Video Modes||Sound|
|PC-8801 mkII model 10||1983-11||¥168,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||No||No||N, V1||Beeper|
|PC-8801 mkII model 20||1983-11||¥225,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||1x 2DD||No||N, V1||Beeper|
|PC-8801 mkII model 30||1983-11||¥275,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||N, V1||Beeper|
|PC-8801 mkII SR model 10||1985-01||¥168,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||No||No||N, V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII SR model 20||1985-01||¥213,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||1x 2DD||No||N, V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII SR model 30||1985-01||¥258,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||N, V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII TR||1985-09||¥288,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||N, V1, V2|
|PC-8801 mkII FR model 10||1985-11||¥99,800||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||No||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII FR model 20||1985-11||¥148,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||1x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII FR model 30||1985-11||¥178,000||Z80A||4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 mkII MR||1985-11||¥238,000||Z80A||4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2|
|PC-8801 mkII MH||1986-10||¥208,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 FH model 10||1986-11||¥98,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||No||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 FH model 20||1986-11||¥138,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||1x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 FH model 30||1986-11||¥168,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 FH model 30 (black)||1986-11||¥168,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-88 VA||1987-03||¥298,000||V30||8MHz||512kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2, V3||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 FA||1987-10||¥168,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-8801 MA||1987-10||¥198,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-88 VA2||1988-03||¥298,000||V30||8MHz||512kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2, V3||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-88 VA3||1988-03||¥398,000||V30||8MHz||512kB||2x 2HD (+ 3½-inch 1x 2TD)||No||V1, V2, V3||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-8801 FE||1988-10||¥129,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 MA2||1988-10||¥168,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-8801 FE2||1989-10||¥119,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||64kB||2x 2DD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG|
|PC-8801 MC model 1||1989-11||¥169,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||No||V1, V2||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
|PC-8801 MC model 2||1989-11||¥199,000||Z80H||8/4MHz||192kB||2x 2HD||Yes||V1, V2||FM, SSG, ADPCM|
Note: Floppy disk standards among NEC machines are both named and formatted slightly differently than Western counterparts:
- Double Density (2DD): 640kB
- High Density (2HD): 1.232MB
- Triple Density (2TD): 9.3MB
Four graphics modes exist for PC-8800 series hardware. No computer was equipped with all four, though every PC-8800 machine is guaranteed to have at least the V1 mode.
|PC-8800 series hardware|
|PC-8801 (1981) | PC-8801 mkII (1983) | PC-8801 mkII SR (TR | FR | MR | FH | MH | FA | MA | FE | MA2 | FE2 | MC) (1985-1989) | PC-88 VA (VA2 | VA3) (1987-1988)|
|haven't worked it all out yet|