Intertec Data Systems (Columbia, S.C.)

Sold as an intelligent terminal, the SuperBrain was actually a capable microcomputer. Intertec brought out the SuperBrain QD in 1980 with 64K RAM and double-sided floppy drives. A SuperBrain II introduced in 1983 came with 64K RAM and Microsoft BASIC. All units had the same all-in-one design and two-tone black and white color scheme.

The HeadStart used a RAM disk for fast data access and could be used as a standalone system or as a network server. As the latter, it could support up to 255 users.

Reader Dennis adds this:

“February 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm: I used to work for a company that used these. Intertec was notorious for not acknowledging problems. We encountered a bug and called them about it. In an engineer to engineer call we started to describe the problem. The Intertec engineer actually completed the description for us. He then said “Never heard of it”.


Intertec SuperBrain Video Computer System (1979, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $3,000
Base Configuration: two Z80 CPUs, CP/M, 32K RAM (64K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral 12-inch monochrome monitor, integral keyboard/keypad, RS-232 port
Important Options: S-100 bus adapter, 10MB hard disk drive

Intertec HeadStart Video Processing Unit (VPU) (Nov. 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1,895 to $4,495
Base Configuration: 8MHz 8086 and 4MHz Z80A CPUs; MS-DOS and CP/M-80; 128K RAM (1MB max); 3.5-inch floppy disk drive; integral 12-inch monochrome CRT display; keyboard/keypad; RS-449/RS-232, parallel, and network ports
Video: 25-line x 132-column text
Size/Weight: 15.75 x 12.75 x 11.3 inches, 25 lbs, beige
Important Options: 10MB to 50MB hard disk drive


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