Columbia Data Products MPC1600 Microcomputer

Columbia Data Products MPC1600 Microcomputer

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The MPC1600 (Multi-Personal Computer) is a microcomputer, made by Columbia Data Products, Inc., in 1983. The company stated that a Multi-Personal Computer was easily transportable and “capable of fulfilling all your personal needs from word processing to business applications”. The standard MPC was sold with two 5 1/4” floppy disk drives, a 16-bit processor, 128Kb RAM, 2 RS-232 serial ports, a Centronics parallel printer port, a Winchester Controller interface, a keyboard interface, and 8 IBM-PC compatible expansion slots. The MPC could be upgraded by replacing a 5 1/4” floppy drive with a 10Mb Winchester hard drive. The consumer had a choice of operating systems -- MS-DOS, CP/M-86, or MP/M-86.
This microcomputer has an off-white case, two 5 1/4” floppy disk drives, two RS-232 serial ports, a Centronics parallel printer port, and a keyboard connector. The keyboard has the basic typewriter keys (alphabet, numbers, punctuation), and escape, control and alternate keys, a numeric keypad to the right, and a double row of 10 functions keys on the left. It supports either a monochrome or color monitor.
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Object Name
personal computer
multi-personal compuer
date made
Columbia Data Products, Inc.
place made
United States: Maryland, Columbia
Physical Description
plastic (overall, microcomputer material)
metal (overall, microcomputer material)
overall: 13.7 cm x 76.9 cm x 38.1 cm; 5 13/32 in x 30 9/32 in x 15 in
cpu: 13.7 cm x 57.5 cm x 38.1 cm; 5 13/32 in x 22 5/8 in x 15 in
keyboard: 5.4 cm x 45 cm x 19.4 cm; 2 1/8 in x 17 23/32 in x 7 5/8 in
power cord: 217.8 cm; 85 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Simon Babil
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