Philips Electronics (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

The first micro that Philips sold appears to be the P2000. It came in two versions: The P2000T had a TV interface, and the P2000M used a standard computer monitor. The P2000 probably was not sold in North America.

Designed by the French company RTC, the VG5000 was Philips’s first home computer. The VG5000 was also sold as the Radiola VG5000 and the Schneider VG5000.

Philips moved directly to the VG-8000 MSX systems from the VG5000. The VG-8000 did not implement all of the MSX standard–it had no audio, for example. It was replaced by the Kyocera-built VG-8020 (also sold under the Yashica name), which was later followed by the MSX 2-compatible VG 8220.

Philips P2000 (1982, desktop)
Base Configuration: Z80 CPU, 16K RAM (48K max), 4K ROM, integral cassette recorder and keyboard/keypad, serial port
Video: 24-line x 80-column text
Important Options: 12-inch monochrome monitor

Philips VG5000 (1984, home computer)
Base Configuration: 4MHz Z80 CPU, expansion port, 24K RAM (56K max), 18K ROM, integral Chiclet-style keyboard/keypad, cassette port, Microsoft BASIC, AC adapter
Video: 25-line x 40-column text
Size/Weight: 10.9 x 12.4 x 1.6 inches
Important Options: expansion unit, joysticks and interface, printer

Philips VG-8000 (1985, MSX home computer)
Base Configuration: 3.58MHz Z80 CPU, ROM cartridge slot, 16K RAM (32K max), 32K ROM, RGB video port, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, cassette and two game ports
Video: 256 x 192 graphics, 16 colors


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