Other computers of the C264 series: C16 and Plus/4.
The compact machine has - like the Plus4 too - the new design from Commodore. The little rubber buttons have a similar keyboard layout to that of the Plus4. There are four arrow keys on the right bottom corner. The F-keys are different from the C64. Instead of F1, F3, F5, F7 (the rest are accessible via the Shift key) is now F1, F2, F3 and HELP on the top. The HELP button is used to find errors in BASIC programs. The first prototypes had only one Shift key, and instead the of it the Home/Clear key, which is at the upper right corner of production models.
The Commodore C116 is very small. The computer is even very small in comparison to the Datasette drive. Like the other representatives of the C264 series the case is black.
Also on the left side there is a connection because of its compact dimensions. On the left there is the TV-modulator, which makes it possible to connect the C116 to the Antenna input of a TV.
On the right side of the computer there is the power switch. At the back there is the power supply connector. For the first time in Commodore home computers there is a built-in reset switch. Then comes the unchanged Commodore serial bus port and one of the new mini-jack ports, similar to that for the joysticks. It serves to connect the Datasette 1531. The module port is new and only special extensions and modules for these computers can be used. In addition, the Commodore floppy 1551 can be connected there. There are small, changed joystick connectors. An idea of Commodore, which never was supported from third party manufacturers. You had to buy special Commodore joysticks or adapters to use regular joysticks. On the right there is the unchanged Commodore Video Port.
The underside of the C116 with the nameplate. On Plus4, C16 and C116 you can read also "C264 series".
The small circuit board of the C116 fills the compact housing completely. There are the CPU, TED (multifunction chip for graphics and sound), RAM and ROM. The C116 has only 16 KB of memory.
The power supply has 9 Volts. Instead of a Commodore-own power supply the C116 can also be operated with universal power adapters. The included power supply had only bad quality.
Here are the original packaging of the C116. Here it is marketed primarily as an educational computer: With "super-BASIC", 121 colors and 75 BASIC-Commands.
The C116 has 16 KB of memory of which are about 12 KB for BASIC programs available. Unlike the Plus4 it has no built-in programs. The BASIC version 3.5 is greatly expanded from earlier versions. There are e.g. commands for graphics and sound. Again, the colors were changed, this time white with purple. The font is black and therefore easy to read.
|Launch Price:||€ 110|
|Processor:||MOS 7501/8501 (1,76 MHz)|
|Operating system:||BASIC 3.5|
|graphics chip:||8360 (TED)|
|Resolution:||Up to 320x200|
|Sound:||2 voices, mono|
|Size:||257 x 184 x 56 mm|
Datasette (special connector)
2xJoystick (special connector)
The above shown computers are in the collection!
Compatible drives for the computer C116: