Alphatronic PC

Introduction

Alphatronic PC

The Alphatronic PC was manufactured by Triumph Adler/Royal. It was very popular in Germany. Some units were sold in the UK most by a company called Matmos who re-badged it as the Matmos PC.

As standard the machine had serial(RS232) and centronics interfaces, could drive an RGB monitor (TTL) in 80 column mode or a TV via a modulator in 40 column mode. Basic was by Microsoft and held in ROM, and an additional 16K of rom was available via a cartridge slot. The machine had 64K of RAM for user program storage. User programs could be saved and loaded from cassette.

An optional floppy disk drive allowed the running of Disk Basic or CP/M. The first additional floppy drive included the floppy disk controller. The second floppy disk drive was connected via a standard Shugart 34 Pin Interface and was powered from the first disk via a separate cable. Up to two further floppy disk could be connected using this interface, bringing the maximum number of floppy drives upto four.

The Alphatronic PC was sold in the UK under the name Matmos PC.


Documentation and Technical References

User Manuals

Technical Reference Manual

Software

Hardware

  1. High Density Disk Modification

Emulation

The xbeaver emulator is capable of emulating the Alphatronic PC with the following limitations

  1. Interrupts are not supported - they are not used by the operating system and hence not an issue.
  2. ROMs are implemented as paged RAM. Writes incorrectly go to the rom and not the underlying ram.

Download the matmos emulator pack and expand it in your home directory.

To run the emulation type xbeaver matmos.cfg -o options. Options can be one or more of

Shift+F12 cycles the monitor type through RGB, WHITE BAS, GREEN Analog, GREEN BAS