Artifact Details

Title

Commodore PET home computer

Catalog Number

X1517.98

Type

Physical object

Date

1977

Manufacturer

Commodore Business Machines, Inc.

Place Manufactured

US

Identifying Numbers

Model number 2001-B
Serial number 0035074

Dimensions

16 x 17 x 20 in.

Description

The Personal Electronic Transactor (PET) was introduced by Commodore in 1977 and was based on an MOS Technology 6502 CPU. It came with 4K of RAM and a built-in BASIC interpreter. This machine became an early favorite in schools since it was easy to program, provided monochrome graphics capability, and was inexpensive, just $795--or half the price of an Apple II. A built-in cassette tape recorder provided mass storage. It was designed by Chuck Peddle. Comes with homemade slip cover.

Category

Digital computer: desktop

Lot Number

X1517.98