Re: VIC-42

From: Anders Carlsson <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:15:28 +0200
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Jim Brain wrote:

 > I don't think, as no one really cared about the VP42 printer before 
now :-)

I still wonder about the history of this particular printer model, if at 
any point Commodore considered licensing it and sell under its own name 
just like they did with most other printers, monitors etc. Sure as the 
principal supplier of 65xx chips and this MOS 6500/1 microcontroller in 
particular (which may have had competitors, but not likely second 
sourced?) they may simply have delivered what Alphacom required, and the 
moniker on the chip just was a coincidence that they chose VIC-42 
because it was adapted for use with the VIC-20.

Normally I would think that Commodore reserved the rights to use the VIC 
acronym to inhouse products (also VIC-1540, all the VIC-19xx cartridges 
etc) and would have told any external customer to put a different code 
on their chips but perhaps this one slipped through, unless as I 
indicated it was meant as a joint venture to sell it as an official 
VIC-20 peripheral.

Best regards

Anders Carlsson
Received on 2021-06-23 12:00:03

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