Franklin Ace 1200 Personal Computer

Franklin Ace 1200 Personal Computer

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The Franklin Ace 1200 was one of the Franklin Corporation models of Apple II clones made for sale in the United States. 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 ¼" 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 1983 for the price of $2,200. The Franklin series was ended after Franklin lost a legal battle with Apple.
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Object Name
Date made
Franklin Computer Corporation
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Cherry Hill
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 20 cm x 44 cm x 53 cm; 7 7/8 in x 17 5/16 in x 20 7/8 in
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Credit Line
Rose Beauregard
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I had one of these computers, my father picked it up around 6rd grade I think because he knew nothing about hardware and bought the line that it was cheaper but still 100% compatible. But this beast of a computer started me on a long road in technology. I had an AppleCat modem for it, along with I think an Epson printer that sounded like a chainsaw. I also, somehow, picked up two odd cards; The MockingBoard sound system & a VoiceBox speech I eventually became a systems engineer at Apple years later, surprisingly enough. And I owe it all to a clone ;)

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