Friday, August 27th 2010

Commodore USA Resurrecting C64 Using Modern ULPC Hardware

Commodore USA, has decided to pay its tributes to the iconic Commodore64 computer system, and is designing a modern PC using the same exact name (and reportedly the same design). This comes at a time when the ULPC industry is booming with netbooks, nettops, and ULV barebones manufacturers experiencing good sales. The new Commodore64 is built using the NVIDIA ION2 technology, making use of an Intel Atom D525 1.80 GHz dual-core processor, NVIDIA ION2 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, 1 TB of storage, a Blu-ray disc drive, 6-in-1 memory card reader, and connectivity that includes Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n, and gigabit Ethernet, with display outputs that include DVI and HDMI. Commodore USA did not reveal pricing or availability, though in all probability, it could be positioned for the holiday shopping season. Dear Santa,.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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47 Comments on Commodore USA Resurrecting C64 Using Modern ULPC Hardware

#2
toyo
I thought Commo were goners. There's still some heart beating inside there, or is it just a "pirate" company, stealing their name somehow?

As for the system, seems modern and well equipped. But can it haz BASIC loaded instead of Windows... please...
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#3
RejZoR
Commodore is around as much as it's ATARI. Pretty much just the name.
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#5
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
me want, I think I'm not the only one thats considered trying to build a micro rig into something like this before, but honestly I hoped for better than Atom+Ion.

I dare say they could shoehorn dual core i5 + 5700 series Ati in there.
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#6
theubersmurf
wolf said:
me want, I think I'm not the only one thats considered trying to build a micro rig into something like this before, but honestly I hoped for better than Atom+Ion.

I dare say they could shoehorn dual core i5 + 5700 series Ati in there.
I was thinking something similar, why an atom and why an ION? There's fair space in one of those things for a larger cpu and gpu.
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#7
Cheeseball
I'm buying one once it comes out. :D
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
They mentioned this awhile back in either Max PC or CPU magazine. I thought though they were going to make some more powerful systems as well as something like this. And as for the company, it is a different company that is paying homage to the Commodore name and licensing the name and logo and what not from them, according to the mag anywho.
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#9
Triprift
Yeah WE i heard about this earlier and was under the impression they were going to making some with beefier specs. Good to see the Commodore name still alive can remember the 64 and Amiga great machines for there time.
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#10
Completely Bonkers
Agree with all, an Atom is a poor show given the format and size of the machine. More could be easily possible. For what will be a premium product, they should have stuck a CULV in there. Much better performance for not much more dollar. 4GB memory footprint is OK though.

However, if the machine is designed only for running a C64 emulator, what they have specced is more than enough. But what are they going to do to the keyboard to make it Windows compatible? And isnt an emulator a bit passé. Fine 10 yrs ago, but the C64 is 25yrs old!

6502 FTW! :)
Actually, I think C64 was a derivative/competitor of 6502 and was actually 6809.
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#11
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
For its size, and given it's not intended to be a portable PC, an Intel Core i7 720QM and Mobility Radeon HD 5870 can easily be installed.
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#12
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
but then noobs are gonna install windows on it and ruin the entire experience.
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#13
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I am going to get this just because it is awesome.
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#14
jmcslob
Can Linux Run Blu-Ray easily yet?


I know it can but it's not easy
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#15
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
jmcslob said:
Can Linux Run Blu-Ray easily yet?


I know it can but it's not easy
still not easily unfortunately.
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#16
t77snapshot
I thought bringing the old AGP card back was a bad idea, but this is a really good idea.:toast: The Commodore was release a month after I was born so I never got to experience it's greatness! Now I have chance to kick it old skool status.:D
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#17
jmcslob
^ Shhh
that statement makes me feel old LOL
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#18
Cuzza
From a retro-modding perspective this bites. I've wanted to do a C64 mod for a while (won't be the first, but I still want to), but being able to buy one off the shelf really makes it pointless.
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#19
Perseid
This is actually kinda dumb, IMO. It's won't look exactly like the C-64 because the keyboard has to be different. It might be kinda cute gag as an HTPC if the price is right, but you will probably be able to get a similar computer in a regular case cheaper.
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#21
D4S4
if it doesn't run original commodore software and there's no 5.25 diskette drive to purchase = FAIL :D
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#23
Cuzza
On the other hand, these could be really cool in a school/university computer lab. A room full of C64s = win
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#24
Triprift
Considering i havnt seen one in the flesh since the mid 90,s this would be mega cool.
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#25
Wile E
Power User
Easy Rhino said:
but then noobs are gonna install windows on it and ruin the entire experience.
Easy Rhino said:
still not easily unfortunately.
So, how exactly, would Windows be the OS that ruins the experience? lol.

Linux has gone downhill in the past couple of years. It's even less compatible and stable than Win 7, and is even more bloated with some distros. I quit using it last year sometime.

Now, back on topic: I want one of these. I hope they are cheap.
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