- Wed, 2012-06-06 07:50
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From the New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/technology/jack-tramiel-a-pioneer-in-computers-dies-at-83.html here is a picture of Mr. Tramiel holding what called TED for TExt Display, a computer decidedly designed not to compete with the C64 which ruled it's niche. The smaller computer was the 264 and was supposed to cost $79, the larger one was a 364 and had a speech set designed by the TI Speak-and-Spell guys. This picture was taken at the 1984 CES show in Las Vegas.
This was the last computer system ordained by Jack while at Commodore, and up until Chris Liendo brought me my own copy of the NYT for April 10th at the VCF East talking about Jack Tramiels' passing, I did not know that there existed a picture of Jack with these computers.
Here is proof that the 364 existed! Also known as Talking Ted it was to be packaged with a special version of talking Magic Desk software. I have to believe that the 264 was a targeted system from the vision of Jack Tramiel, CBM later turned it into the PLUS4 and tried to charge something like $279 for it.
Chip Design: Bruce Ahearn, Dave DiOrio, Eric Chow Yan Yang
Hardware: Bil Herd, Dave Haynie
Software: Fred Bowen, Terry Ryan, John Cooper, Hedley Davis
PCB: 4th Generation, Terry Fisher
Chip Layout: Michael Angelina, Dave Esposito, Joan Brenecke, Sandy Roshong, Jim Rollhauser
QA: Screw Them
Lab Techs: Gail Moyer, Lucky Kowalski, Jeff Brenecke, Curt Guthrie, Kim Constein
Dr. Richard Wiggans
The guy who did the metal mask cmos gate array (John?)
Dr. Bill Miller
Alcohol provided by Courtyard Inn and Margaritas/Evergreen