Re: Color PET Prototype Picture

From: Rob Clarke <>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:12:12 +0200
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> We know that Commodore made the 8033 "Colour PET" prototype and showed it publicly (see pic on my "ColourPET" project page). This was an 80 column PET.
> We don't really know anything about this one though. On the picture you are referring to, the caption says "Chuck Peddle showed a new prototype computer that looked like an Apple II."  We can see it's clearly a PET keyboard rearranged and the case resembles a PET without monitor.  I don't think we have enough information to know exactly what it is. Is it a working system or a mockup? Is it based on the PET or VIC-20 or something inbetween. Did it use the prototype 80 column custom chip (6562), was it a hacked up 6545, or did it use the VIC-I 6560 chip?
>   No doubt if Peddle was the driving force behind it then it probably started out based on the PET and probably used a custom chip. 22 or 80 I don't know. Once Mr. Tomczyk  and Jack Tramiel got involved then it evolved to be the VIC-20.
Chuck Peddle & Bill Seiler also worked on the TOI while another 
Yannes/Winterble/CHarpentier worked on what become the VIC-20. Didn't 
that get as far as working prototypes? Maybe it's on of those?

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