THE ORIC ATMOS 48K
The new computer that takes a remarkable step forward in home computer technology. Which is hardly surprising when you consider ifs a development of the Oric-1,the UKvcomputer that was voted ‘Best of the Year’ in France. The original best-selling Oric-1 (150,000 already sold) has been completely re-styled, and refined to include a number of important advances.
Believe it or not, computers often suffer from amnesia. 99% start off with large enough memories, but operating functions like text/colour sound and more particularly high resolution graphics, take large bytes out of them. Leaving very little ‘usable’ memory for programming and games. Not so the new Oric Atmos 48K. This is the one home computer that takes these normal working functions in its stride.
Unlike other home computers it uses the highly sophisticated serial attribute handling method used by Viewdata and Teletext. So these attributes are stored on the screen alongside the data, instead of taking up storage space in the memory. Thus the Oric Atmos never offers less than a healthy 37K of usable memory – even when the new colour printer and disc drive unit are attached. (Technical buffs see details overleaf). So it rivals the performance of the supposedly larger; more expensive Commodore 64K, which loses 26K of its “elephantine” memory in high resolution graphics. It beats its immediate competitors like the Sinclair Spectrum, Dragon 32K,Vic 20 and Atari 600. It beats the Lynx 48K, which costs over a third more yet loses 34K It even beats the Acorn Electron and the BBC Micro which costs more than twice as much, yet loses 23K in high resolution graphics.
And while this may surprise you, it’s totally in keeping with a company recognised in the computer industry for performance and innovation.
The Atmos offers 8 for graphics and text and 8 background colours. You can also ‘paint over’ the graphics area and mix text freely with colours and shapes. Areas can be filled with combinations of the 8 colours to effectively produce a multitude of shades and colours.
Most other computers don’t have speakers and rely on a television set to produce the sound. The Atmos gives you a powerful loudspeaker and internal amplifie – which can be connected to your hi-fi system to produce sound quality on a par with the £400 BBC Micro. The Atmos measures up to the most sophisticated machines, and is even able to synthesize the sound of musical instruments.
One important advance on the original Oric is the professional keyboard. The Atmos now gives you a full response ‘typewriter style keyboard. The keyboard layout is standard and so it’s easy to use.
The Oric uses an extended version of Microsoft BASIC. This is now generally recognised as the best and simplest computer language.
The new Oric Atmos includes many special features.
– The Atmos has ports where you can immediately ‘plug-in’ a wide range of additional peripherals to give you a comprehensive and professional system.
– The Atmos provides a text mode of 28 rows by 40 columns. The sharpness of the graphics is provided by a resolution of 200 points by 240 points. You will also be able to link up to the Prestel/ Viewdata system with a suitable modem.
– Unlike most others, the Atmos is compatible with most domestic cassette players.
– The Atmos has a device called a ‘warm reset control which ensures that you can immediately start again if you make an operational mistake – without entirely losing your program. Many other computers don’t give you this facility.
– The Atmos comes complete with all the leads you need, saving you the frustration of shopping around again, before you can begin using your computer. – You may want to extend the facilities of your Atmos. No problem! The Four Colour Printer and Micro Disc system simply plug-in, and can be used immediately. Each unit is designed in the same colours, and are illustrated and described on the following pages. There is also a full range of software, giving you a choice of games, educational and business programs.