See also: Announcing the MM/1 and Introducing the Tomcat from Frank Hogg Labs.
And another one from 1990 … the announcement of the Frank Hogg Labs’ Tomcat-70. This was their answer to the MM/1. I believe it was a better machine, but the MM/1 had more software support. In the end, too many systems to choose from, shipping delays, and the lack of Rainbow magazine supporting them, doomed them. (Though, Rainbow featured each one on the cover, so they at least helped launch them.)
>>>>>>>> ANNOUNCEMENT <<<<<<<< Frank Hogg Laboratory is pleased to announce the TC70, the 68K computer of choice for Tomcat/Color Computer/68K users. The TC70 is the latest in our line of K-Bus compatible products, providing the greatest flexibility and expansion for the OS9/OSK community. The TC70 is a stand-alone system that can also be used with the TC9 Tomcat for complete OS-9 Level 2 compatibility. It is fully expandable via the K-Bus to over 14+ megabytes of RAM and 60+ ports and is the lowest cost of any system available. These TC70 in conjunction with the TC9 provides both CoCo compatibility as well as OS9/68K. The Tomcat is the most flexible and expandable of any computer system available today. The TC70 has 50% more built in RAM, a better AT keyboard interface, is more cost effective, and is more standard with K-Bus compatibility than other 68070 based single board computers announced or on the market. The Technical Specs ------------------ Signetics 68070 CPU (Motorola 68000 compatible) at 15 MHz 1.5 MB RAM (1,536K) Memory upgradeable to 14+ MB via K-Bus Graphics resolution from 320x200 to 720x540 (interlaced) From 16 to 256 colors on-screen, depending on resolution mode Three serial ports expandable to 60 via K-Bus PC keyboard port for 101-key AT-style keyboard RGB-Analog output for CM-8 Style monitor and RGB TTL for PC monitors OS9/68K Professional Version with C and Basic included Direct Memory Access (DMA) floppy disk controller DMA SCSI host adapter built in for hard drives and tape K-Bus compatible TC9 compatible (CoCo 3) 8-bit D to A port 8-bit port A to D (CoCo joystick) 1 parallel port for parallel printer expandable to 60 via K-Bus Serial mouse port Real-time battery-backed clock CPU --- The Signetics 68070 is a Motorola compatible CPU running at 15 MHz I/O Support ----------- The PC keyboard port is designed for standard AT-style keyboards. The AT-style keyboards are available in a better quality than XT keyboards and also provide bi-directional control of the keyboard LEDs from the computer. This way CAPS lock etc can be tied into each window. Floppy disk controller is included at no extra charge. Supports both 3.5 and 5.25 drives and ALL OS9-OSK disk formats including CoCo, Mizar, Atari, Motorola etc etc. Also supports our PC Utility for using PC DOS disks. The TC70 floppy controller uses separate DMA from the SCSI port allowing very fast transfer from hard disk to floppy, great for backups. Our SCSI drivers, proven by over 6 years of use supports all SCSI hard drives, tape drives and most SASI/SCSI controllers including XEBEC, OMTI, Adaptec, Western Digital etc. Software support ---------------- Microwares OS9/68000 Professional version with C and BASIC is included. Our port of OS9/68K is a mature port with over 6 years of proven reliability. Additional utilities only available for the Tomcat system extend OS9/68K to the utmost. Expansion --------- The TC70 can be expanded with K-Bus cards. Physical specs -------------- The TC70 is 5.25 X 8 (The same size as a 5.25 disk drive) and has mounting holes that allow mounting to a 5.25 drive. This allows very flexible mounting. The TC70 will fit in and is an upgrade to the QT, QT Plus and QT 00x. The TC70 also mounts in the K-Bus and will work with the TC9 board and other K-Bus cards. Pricing ------- The preliminary price is $999.99 for the TC70 board and software. Complete system prices and final specifications will be uploaded later. Consult the Tomcat brochure for TC9 pricing. Availability ------------ The TC70 will be available late July 1990. For more information or to be placed on the waiting list for any of our Tomcat computers contact: Frank Hogg 70310,317 Frank Hogg Laboratory, Inc. 204 Windemere Rd. Syracuse NY 13205 315/469-7364 FAX 315/469-8537 Prices and specifications are of course subject to change without notice. Date of this notice: 5/29/90 Thanks Frank
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