While a New Year brings advancements in electronics and USB technology, one innovation is sure to give us an 80s flashback by merging old and new. Brace yourself for a remake of the Commodore 64!
First introduced by Commodore International in January of 1982, Commodore 64, was an 8-bit home computer that featured 64 kilobytes of memory matched with sound graphics performance. In its heyday, the breadbox-shaped computer sold 17 million units (literally pushing aside the likes of IBM, Atari and Apple) grabbing a market share of between 30 to 40 percent and a flattering 10,000 software titles were created for it, including office applications and games.
The new fully-functional Commodore 64 will bear the name “C64x” and far better features than the original one including a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard that offers a Dual Core 525 Atom processor, the latest Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset and a 2 GB of DDR3 memory that could expand to up to 4 GB.
The C64x features one USB port on the right side and four slots on the rear side. That’s a total of five USB 2.0 ports that will enable you to connect your USB gadgets and other peripheral needs together anytime.
Alongside its rundown of fantastic features, C64x is perfectly PC compatible so you can install your latest Windows version should you need it. A boot menu is available at start up where you can run Windows adding convenience to using this device. It is also equipped with an old-school Cherry branded keyboard that still maintains the original function keys of a modern keyboard.
If those aren’t awesome enough, use the new Commodore 64 to record movies and music with its DVD RW tray load (with optional Blu-ray) on the left side of the unit, or connect this device to your flat screen and enjoy watching your 1080p high definition video with 6 channel HD audio for a home theatre experience to remember. Finally, it is equipped with a multi-format card reader, a writer and a wireless connection to provide for your internet needs.
There is no word from the makers on how much it will cost (but maybe we should consider saving now, right?). For what it’s worth, the all new Commodore 64 is something to look forward to this 2011, while still allowing us to look back on the technology of yesterday.
Can Commodore 64 dominate the way it dominated back in the 80s? Let us know what you think.