Sanyo Business Systems Corp. (Moonachie, N.J.)

Consumer electronics company Sanyo made several interesting CP/M and PC-based systems. The CP/M systems combined the main electronics, video, and storage in one unit, while the MS-DOS systems used a typical PC design. Although the MBC-55 ran MS-DOS, it did not use the standard PC disk format. Sanyo began selling the MBC-55 in North America in mid-1983.

Sanyo cut a few corners to get the base price of the MBC-550 under $1,000. Speed was the main trade-off, and lack of a standard serial port was another. Nonetheless, the MBC-550 developed a loyal following. The dual-floppy-drive model was called the MBC-555.

Sanyo’s home computer line begins with the PHC-10. Sanyo also sold the PHC-20, a cheaper, less capable version of the PHC-25. The PHC-27 is Sanyo’s first MSX-compatible system, and the PHC-35J is its first MSX 2 computer.

Sanyo MBC-2000/MBC-3000/FDS-1000 (1982, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $1,995 (FDS-1000)/$3,495 (MBC-2000)/$6,495 (MBC-3000)
Base Configuration: Z80A (FDS-1000)/8085A (MBC-2000 and MBC-3000) CPU, CP/M, one (FDS-1000)/two (MBC-2000) 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, two 8-inch floppy disk drives (MBC-3000), integral monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, Sanyo BASIC

Sanyo MBC-1000 (1982, desktop)
Base Configuration: CP/M 2.2, three expansion slots, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, integral 12-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive

Sanyo MBC-1150 Creative Computer (1983, desktop)
Base Configuration: Z80A CPU, CP/M 2.2, 64K RAM, two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral 12-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, RS-232C and parallel ports, Sanyo Enhanced BASIC
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Important Options: PR5000 printer

Sanyo MBC-55 (1983, desktop)
Base Configuration: 8088 CPU; MS-DOS, CP/M-86, or Concurrent CP/M-86; 64K RAM (256K max), 4K ROM, two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, keyboard/keypad

Sanyo MBC-550 (1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $995
Base Configuration: 3.6MHz 8088 CPU, MS-DOS 1.25, 128K RAM (256K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, RGB and monochrome video ports, keyboard/keypad, parallel port, BASIC, application suite, owner and software manuals
Video: 25-line x 80-column text, 640 x 200 graphics
Size/Weight: 15 x 4.4 x 14.2 inches
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, monochrome or color monitor, RS-232C interface, Apple joystick

Sanyo MBC-885 (1985, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 256K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, RGB and composite video ports, keyboard/keypad, RS-232C and parallel ports

Sanyo MBC-675 (1985, transportable PC)
Base Configuration: 256K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral monochrome CRT, RGB and composite video ports, keyboard/keypad, RS-232C and parallel ports
Important Options: hard disk drive, printer, monitor

Sanyo MBC-775 (Jan. 1985, transportable PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,599
Base Configuration: two ISA slots, 256K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral 9-inch color CRT, RGB and composite video ports, keyboard/keypad, RS232C and parallel ports
Video: 16 colors

Sanyo PHC-25 (1983, home computer)
Original Retail Price: $264
Base Configuration: 4MHz Z80A CPU, 16K RAM, 28K ROM, RGB and TV video ports, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, parallel and cassette ports
Video: 16-line x 32-column text, 256 x 192 graphics, eight colors

Sanyo Wavy MPC-5/MPC-10/MPC-11 (1984, MSX home computer)
Original Retail Price: $225 (MPC-5)/$310 (MPC-10)/$415 (MPC-11)
Base Configuration: Z80 CPU, 16K RAM (MPC-5)/32K RAM (MPC-10 and MPC-11), composite video port, RGB video port (MPC-11), integral keyboard, parallel port, light pen (MPC-10 and MPC-11), superimpose capability (MPC-11), eight-octave sound
Video: 24-line x 40-column text, 256 x 192 graphics

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