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"Commodore CBM 4016 Computer (Pet)" [2002/6.1], Commodore
Commodore Cbm 4016 Computer (Pet)
Commodore CBM 4016 Computer (Pet)
Type Museum Collection
Registration Number 2002/6.1
Creator
Commodore Manufacturer
Place of Creation United States of America
Physical Description This object is in the form of two approximately rectangular beige plastic boxes. The bottom one is 430 mm wide x 170 mm high x 480 mm deep and has a black metal back and bottom. The top one which is fixed 15 mm above the rear of the bottom one is 360 mm wide x 250 mm high x 250 mm deep. The sides of both boxes slope slightly inwards. The upper box has a 250 mm wide x 195 mm high glass display screen framed in black plastic on the front and rectangular ventillation grilles formed from rectangular slits covering most of the back. The lower box has the top front recessed to house a 54 key keyboard and a 20 key numeric keypad. The back of the lower box has a three pin electrical pwer socket, a black plastic cylindrical fuse holder, a black plastic rocker-type electric power switch and 3 rectangular cutouts housing flat multicircuit electrical connectors.
Subject Classification COMPUTING
Notes The first decade of the Personal Computer was marked by a large number of different computer designs produced by a large number of companies. Most of these failed to survive the inevitable market rationalization including Commodore who was one of the more significant early players. Commodore introduced its first computer the PET in 1977. A whole family of Commodore business computers followed soon after. Those machines, like the CBM 4016, were successful until the mid eighties. This "demonstration machine" is in excellent condition.

Info off the Web http://www.zimmers.net/cbmpics/cmpets.html
Like the other models of PET, the 4000 series includes dual datasette ports, though only one is exposed to the outside of the casing. A standard IEEE-488 interface in the back allows the PET to connect to the numerous (and heavy) disk drives and printers being produced by Commodore and other manufacturers. The PET also has a fully programmable bi-directional parallel interface called the "User" port, which allows the PET to connect and control almost any device one could dream up! The greatest feature, however, is the friendly READY prompt, and the well-laid out keyboard with graphic characters only a keypress away! Pictured here is the PET 4016.
Interestingly, although Commodore provided 8, 16, and 32k versions of their PET 2001 and 3001 series, they had a hard time getting people to purchase higher memory versions as an upgrade. It seemed that people were soldering in their own memory chips onto PET 2001 and 3001 8k and 16k models to upgrade them to 32k. To help prevent this, Commodore sold many PET 4008 and PET 4016 models with the empty memory sockets punched out and destroyed! This encouraged those who wanted more memory to upgrade to the 4032 instead of doing it themselves.

Info off the Web http://www.mazelstar.com/cbm.htm
After surviving the price wars with Texas Instruments, Commodore bought the semiconductor company MOS Technology in the mid-seventies (1976). MOS' senior engineer, Chuck Peddle was working on the 6502 micro processor. A popular 8 bit processor that soon would be used in machines like the Apple II, the Atari 800, the Commodore PET and 64. But first it made its appearance on the KIM-1, a single board computer featuring a hexadecimal display and keyboard. That was Commodore's entrance into the world of micro computers. In 1977, Commodore introduced its first personal computer at the industrial Fair in Hanover. That was the birth of the PET, the Personal Electronic Transactor. A whole family of Commodore business computer was about to follow. Those machines, like the CBM 8032 were successful until the mid 80s.
Inscription "COMMODORE CBM MODEL 4016 COMUTER" printed on the front; "9487 MB N " engraved on the front; "COMMODORE 4016-N BSI SERIAL NO. F3002037" on a sticker on the back
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