Other computers of the C264 series: C116 and Plus/4.
The keyboard layout differs slightly from that of the C64 in some aspects. Thus, there are now four instead of two arrow keys, which is confusing for C64-users. They are also bad accessible at the top row of keys next to the number keys. The characters that previously were at the position of the four arrow keys, were allocated to other keys. Even the F keys are different. Instead of F1, F3, F5, F7 (the remaining can be reached with the Shift key) are now F1, F2, F3 and HELP at the top. The HELP button is used to find errors in BASIC programs.
The connections on the right. For the first time in Commodore home computers there is a built-in reset switch. This is very useful and relatively easy to reach. 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. There are also the power switch and the power supply connector. Instead of a Commodore-own power supply the C16 can also be operated with universal power adapters. The included power supply had only bad quality.
Here is a side view which shows all the connections. The shape is similar to the C64 "bread box". Only the ports are different. The color has been changed to black this time to match the other computers of the C264 series (C116, Plus4).
At the back there are Commodore-standard and special connectors. 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. Then follows the TV modulator with antenna connection and adjustment. Subsequently, two jacks are unchanged: the video port and the serial port where all Commodore floppies can be used. Then comes one of the new mini-jack connectors, very similar to that for the joysticks. It serves to connect the Datasette model 1531. It is technically the same as the 1530, which also works with an adapter, and differs only in color and the connector.
On the right rear there are no connections. The reason is that the circuit board inside is much smaller than the case.
The underside of the C16 with the nameplate. On Plus4, C16 and C116 you can read also "C264 series".
The board of the C16 is very compact and does not fill the case completely. There are the CPU, TED (multifunction chip for graphics and sound), RAM and ROM. The C16 has only 16 KB of memory.
The power supply has 9 Volts. Instead of a Commodore-own power supply the C16 can also be operated with universal power adapters. The included power supply had only bad quality.
Like the VIC20 and C64 the C16 is packed into a styrofoam box with two parts. In addition to the computer is also a power supply and the manual (under the computer). The outside of packaging shows a picture of the product.
Later there was also a package consisting of C16, Datasette 1531 and "learning BASIC" cassette. The box of the "computer learning course" package contains the C16 packaging shown above and the Datasette model 1531 in one big package.
VersionsIn Mexico, the Commodore C16 was sold between 1985 and 1992. Aurrerá supermarkets sold the computers in collaboration with Grupo Sigma S.A., a local distributor of Commodore USA. They also sold accessories, software and books. There were software competitions and people could test the computer in the store. Sigma ended the collaboration with Commodore by mid-1993.
The label on top says "SIGMA Commodore 16". There also was the SIGMA Commodore 64. The label itself is a kind of foiled paper sticker. Otherwise, the C16 is externally identical to the "normal" model.
Here the label in a more detailed picture. Only SIGMA and Drean (Argentinia, more informations on the C64 page) sold Commodore computers under their own name.
On the bottom there is no hint on SIGMA. The name plate is the same as on C264 NTSC computer. This one was produced in the USA.
The C16 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.
3D ModelI don't created these 3D models. I have edited and maybe converted the models only. They are downloadable for free from:
You can change the perspective, zoom and also change the lighting. Because of the ability to rotate the model in 3D, a current Adobe Reader is required (version 8.0 or better). You can download the necessary software from the manufacturer's site.
|Launch Price:||99 Dollar|
|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:||205 x 405 x 70 mm|
Datasette (special connector)
2xJoystick (special connector)
The above shown computers are in the collection!
Compatible drives for the computer C16: