A Tribute to the Dick Smith System 80
(aka Video Genie and PMC-80/81)

Other EACA Computers - The Genie III and Genie 16


The Genie III (EG 3200)

Genie IIIIn the same year as the Colour Genie (1982) EACA bought out another machine pitched squarely at the business market.  While remaining compatible with Model 1 software, this baby could also run CP/M!  Sound familiar?  Think TRS-80 model 4!

On paper it looked good.  Integrated screen and drives, a detachable keyboard,  a Z80 running at 3.2 MHz, 64K of expandable RAM, 16 lines x 64 characters or 20 lines x 80 characters (in CP/M), built-in speaker, real-time clock, RS232 and Centronics parallel port.  It also sported two 5" 640k drives.   The basic version had no graphics ability but a 288 x 640 pixel board could be bought as an accessory, as could a 5 MB hard drive!

No colour though.  This was a machine for serious uses, not games.  Check out the advertisement in "Computing Today".

The Genie III came with NEWDOS 80 Version 2 (for TRS-80 Model 1 mode) and CP/M 2.2.  The NEWDOS package contained the full version of BASIC, loading off the disk into RAM rather than being (mostly) resident in ROM as it was in the earlier disk-based Model Is and Video Genies.

This machine had even less impact on the business world than the Colour Genie had on the home market.... and in 1982 both markets were becoming crowded with new machines appearing monthly!  EACA had few distributors, and had neither the size nor money for aggressive marketing campaigns.  Also being based in the Far East a long way from its markets wouldn't have helped.  Released in the U.K. on July 22nd, 1982 (I'm not sure exactly when it was launched elsewhere), the Genie III was hardly noticed.

In Germany a further model, the Genie IIIs made an appearance (document sourced from oldcomputers.dyndns.org).  Along with  better specs,  NEWDOS 80 v2 was replaced with the homegrown GDOS.  The machine was a local affair manufactured by Siemens and distributed by Trommeschlaeger Computer GmbH (TCS)

The Genie 16

This 16-bit PC-compatible computer was announced by EACA but the company went bankrupt before it ever saw the light of day.