Franklin Ace 1200 Microcomputer


The Franklin Ace 1200 was a clone of the Apple II microcomputer sold by Franklin Computer Corporation. It was an upgrade of the Franklin 1000. It was compatible with Apple II computers, but could also run the CP/M operating system.

The Franklin ACE 1200 had a MOS/Commodore 6502 microprocessor that ran at 1 MHz. It contained 48 KB of RAM and 16 KB of ROM and dual 5 ΒΌ" floppy drives. The Ace 1200 came out between Apple II+ and the Apple //e. It included a CP/M card, a disk controller card, an 80 column card, and a dual serial/parallel card that was software interchangeable. The printer card caused problems because many applications did not recognize it.

The Franklin Ace 1200 was introduced in about 1983 for the price of $2,200 (the donor said she had acquired this one in 1982). Several games came with this example of the microcomputer. The Franklin series ended after Franklin lost a legal battle with Apple.

Date Made: 1982-1983

Maker: Franklin Computer Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Cherry Hill

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Rose M. Beauregard

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0157.01Accession Number: 2002.0157Catalog Number: 2002.0157.01

Object Name: microcomputer

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20 cm x 44 cm x 53 cm; 7 7/8 in x 17 5/16 in x 20 7/8 in


Record Id: nmah_998404

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