[Coco] TRS-80 Color Computer: Wikipedia Article
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Mon Nov 30 11:32:54 EST 2009
That's a perfectly good argument James. Though the 6800 was more comparable to the 6502, it was used in a machine (the CoCo) that was in direct competition with 6502 based machines though. Drove Tandy's cost up, but made for a comutationally much more powerful machine. In the end that really didn't matter -- marketing did. If Tandy had done more with the CoCo it would have been a lot more popular, but they wanted to restrict it to game/beginner machine status so it wouldn't compete with their 1000 8080 based series. I think it could have supported a bit higher price than the other home computers had the power been exploited, and it probably wouldn't have competed with the MS-DOS based boxes that much simply because it didn't run MS-DOS! They should have paired the CoCo as a workstation with their 68K Unix machines (or whatever the Tandy flavor of Unix was), but then the Tandy 68K boxes didn't fair all that well either. Heck, OS-9/68K might have been better for those!
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 19:30:06 -0500
From: jdaggett at gate.net
I wont argue that Motorola pricing was higher. I would argue that the MC6800
be a better comparison to the 6502 rather than the MC6809. The 6800 and 6502
function and instruction sets. By 1981 the 6502 and 6800 were very similar in
the 6809, a much more pwerful processor, was definitely higher in price. A more
chip to compare the MC6809 to was the 8080A chip. That was the chip and the
market that it
originally competed against.
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