Exidy Sorcerer Personal Computer

Description
Exidy, a leading manufacturer of home and arcade video games, introduced its Sorcerer home computer in 1978. The Sorcer used a Z-80 processor that ran at 2.106 MHz and came with 8 KB of RAM, which could be expanded to 32 KB. It ran the CP/M operating system. It sold for $898 with 8 KB of RAM, $1150 with 16 KB of RAM, and $1395 with 32 KB of RAM. It also contained 4 K of ROM. Programs were loaded with plug-in ROM cartridges, and the machine came with a standard BASIC cartridge. This was essentially the common Microsoft BASIC already widely used in the CP/M world. But Exidy added a number of one-stroke commands that allowed users to type in common instructions such as PRINT with a single keystroke. Another popular cartridge contained an early version of the word processor Spellbinder. Users could connect the machine to a standard TV, but the company also offered its own Exidy "Video/Disk" monitor for $2,995.
Judged against its competitors, the Commodore PET and Radio Shack TRS-80, the Sorcerer was comparatively advanced when it appeared. Due to a lack of marketing in the United States, however, it did not sell well there. It did better in Europe and Australia. Exidy took the machine off the market in 1980.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1978-1980
maker
Exidy, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.8 cm x 52.2 cm x 35.5 cm; 4 1/4 in x 20 9/16 in x 14 in
ID Number
1993.0546.01
catalog number
1993.0546.01
accession number
1993.0546
Credit Line
Elemer C. Butler, Jr.
subject
Exidy Sorcerer
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Work
Computers & Business Machines
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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