Timex Sinclair 2068 Personal Computer

Description
Introduced in 1983 at a cost of $199.95, the Timex-Sinclair 2068 (TS 2068) was the fourth and last Sinclair personal computer sold in the US market. It followed the ZX-81 (marketed by Sinclair Research through an American branch), TS 1000, and TS 1500. It’s design also drew on Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum (the Spectrum was not marketed in the U.S.).
The TS 2068 used a Z80 processor that ran at 3.58 MHz. Its memory included 48 KB of RAM and 24 KB of ROM. A cassette recorder was used for external storage. Like the TS 1000, the 2068 included a BASIC interpreter to run programs. Additional functions had been added to handle more complex graphic and sound commands. The TS 2068 included a sound chip and speaker at the bottom of the computer and had a range of 10 octaves and 130 semitones directly programmable from BASIC. Users could buy a TS 2040 printer that was attached to an expansion port.
The TS 2068 was well equipped for playing games and, with the use of an appropriate cartridge, could be used with most software designed for the ZX Spectrum. The computer was generally used for entertainment, educational, and programming tutorials.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1980s
maker
Timex Computer Corporation
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, Waterbury
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.5 cm x 41.5 cm x 31.2 cm; 4 1/8 in x 16 5/16 in x 12 5/16 in
ID Number
2000.0205.01
catalog number
2000.0205.01
accession number
2000.0205
Credit Line
Gift of Paul Van Eeckhoven
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

I just came across this site. I was surprised to find my TS2068 listed. I was one step away from putting it into the dumpster when I donated it (after all the red tape). I never thought it would have any historical value, or any other value for that matter! I'm very happy to know that it still lives on......Thank you for preserving it and giving me credit also.

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