Commodore 64

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Commodore 64
Hardware
Type Home computer
Release date August 1982 (1982-08)[1][2]
Introductory price US$ 595 (1982)
Discontinued April 1994
Units sold 12.5[3] – 17[4] million
Operating system Commodore KERNAL/
Commodore BASIC 2.0
GEOS (optionally)
CPU MOS Technology 6510
@ 1.023 MHz (NTSC version)
@ 0.985 MHz (PAL version)
Memory 64 kB RAM + 20 kB ROM
Graphics VIC-II (320 × 200, 16 colors, sprites, raster interrupt)
Sound SID 6581 (Osc, wave, filter, ADSR, ring)
Connectivity CIA 6526 joystick, Power, ROM cartridge, RF, A/V, IEEE-488 floppy-printer, digital tape, GPIO/RS-232
Predecessor Commodore VIC-20
Successor Commodore 128

The Commodore 64 was a bestselling, 8-bit home computer from the 1980s. It was created by Commodore International, and it entered the market in 1982. Around 17 million units are believed to have been sold.[5] The Commodore 64 is often credited with making personal computers popular amongst the masses. This quality sparked comparisons with the Ford Model T.[6][7] The Commodore 64 was offered at relatively low prices,[8] and was available in malls, department stores, and toy stores instead of solely in the shops of authorized dealers.[5][9]

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  1. World of Commodore Brochure (1983)
  2. July 1982 Commodore brochure
  3. "How many Commodore 64 computers were sold?". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. Reimer, Jeremy. "Personal Computer Market Share: 1975–2004". Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mihelich, Peggy (2007-12-07). "Commodore 64 still loved after all these years". CNN. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  6. Kahney, Leander (2003-09-09). "Grandiose Price for a Modest PC". Wired. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  7. Martin, Douglas (2012-04-10). "Jack Tramiel, a Pioneer in Computers, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  8. Reimer, Jeremy (2007-10-22). "A history of the Amiga, part 4: Enter Commodore". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  9. McLean, Prince (2009-09-06). "Apple approves Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone". Apple Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-22.