Amstrad Computers

Welcome to my Amstrad collection.

This page is a repository for all of the Amstrad systems, peripherals, and accessories in my collection – it’s currently a work-in-progress, and I’ll continue to add things as and when I have the time.

Amstrad CPC 464

TypeHome Computer
Release dateApril 1984
DiscontinuedUnknown
Operating systemAMSDOS
CPUZilog Z80 @ 4 MHz
Memory64 KB

The CPC 464 was the first home computer built by Alan Sugar’s Amstrad. It became one of the best selling microcomputers ever, with more than 2 million units sold in Europe. Before the CPC464 Amstrad was best known for cheap hi-fi products, and broke into the home computer market after their consumer electronic sales started to plateau.

Amstrad CPC 6128

TypeHome Computer
Release dateJune 1985
DiscontinuedMarch 1990
Operating systemAMSDOS
CPUZilog Z80 @ 4 MHz
Memory128 KB

The CPC 6128 features 128 KB RAM and an internal 3-inch floppy disk drive, as opposed to the 64 KB RAM and cassette drive of the CPC 464. Aside from various hardware and firmware improvements, the CPC 6128 was also compatible with the CP/M+ operating system, making it attractive for business uses. It was the first Amstrad product to be sold in the USA, a market that was traditionally hostile towards European manufacturers.

Amstrad CTM-644 CRT Display

TypeComputer Display
Release dateJune 1985
DiscontinuedUnknown
Operating systemN/A
CPUN/A
MemoryN/A

The CTM644 was a CRT colour monitor sold together with the Amstrad CPC range of home computers – the computer could also be purchased with a GT64/GT65 green-screen monitor instead. The only difference between the CTM640 and CTM644 models is the additional 12V power supply for the CPC664/CPC6128’s disk drive in the later model.

Amstrad DDI-1 3″ FDD

Type3″ Floppy Disk Drive
Release dateJune 1985
DiscontinuedUnknown
Operating systemN/A
CPUN/A
MemoryN/A

The Amstrad DDI-1 is a set comprising a disk drive interface (DDI-1), a 3″ disk drive (FD-1), and a CP/M 2.2 license and disk for use with the Amstrad/Schneider CPC range – the FD-1 could be used directly as a secondary drive on the CPC 664 and CPC 6128, or as a primary drive on the CPC 464 (which didn’t have a built-in 765 FDC disk controller) via the DDI-1. The FD-1 uses CF2 Compact Floppy Disk 3″ disks.

Amstrad DMP2000 Printer

TypeDot-Matrix Printer
Release dateOctober 1985
DiscontinuedUnknown
Operating systemN/A
CPUN/A
MemoryN/A

The Amstrad DMP2000 dot-matrix printer was Amstrad’s second printer for their CPC range of home computers, which replaced their rather crude DMP1 printer. It was compatible with the Epson FX-80 9-pin printer but featured additional NLQ support, and had very similar hardware to the later DMP3000 but in CPC-style black case.

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