Timex Sinclair 2068 Microcomputer


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.

Date Made: 1980s

Maker: Timex Computer Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Waterbury

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Credit Line: Gift of Paul Van Eeckhoven

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2000.0205.01Catalog Number: 2000.0205.01Accession Number: 2000.0205

Object Name: microcomputer

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-451c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_600872

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