Author: Dave McMurtrie

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The History of the Commodore ChessMate

In 1978, Commodore International Limited released the ChessMate.  ChessMate was a consumer electronic chess playing device.  From all outward appearances, it looked similar enough to many of the other popular consumer electronic devices of...

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Commodore’s Unreleased C64 Game Machine

In 1990, Commodore released the C64GS.  “GS” stood for “Games System”.  It was Commodore’s attempt to have the wildly successful Commodore 64 compete in the game console market.  On the surface, this doesn’t seem...

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Commodore’s History in the Adding Machine Business

Jack Tramiel and Manfred Kapp weren’t strictly in the typewriter business even from their earliest business ventures together.  Nearly all of their ventures focused on office equipment generally, rather than typewriters or adding machines...

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Paper plots of Commodore chip layouts

As I mentioned in a previous post, Sandy Roshong Fisher worked on Commodore’s IC layout team in West Chester, PA from February, 1982 through June, 1993 when she was laid off.  During that time...

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Sandy Fisher memories

Sandy Roshong was hired by Commodore in 1982 in their IC Layout Department.  She eventually married Terry Fisher, also a Commodore employee, and took his last name in marriage. This post is a simple...

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Commodore’s Early Expansion to the United States

Commodore’s Expansion into the United States Commodore was founded on October 10, 1958 as Commodore Portable Typewriter Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  This post will shed some light on their early expansion into...

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CP/M for the Commodore 64

CP/M was an operating system written by Gary Kildall, the founder of Digital Research, Inc, in 1974 which enjoyed early widespread popularity.  As early as 1979, Commodore’s VP of Marketing, Dennis Barnhart, proposed CP/M...