See also: Announcing the MM/1 and Announcing the TC-70.
Here is another one from the archives. Uploaded on March 31st, 1990 to the GEnie online service Tandy RoundTable, these documents were the original product announcement from Frank Hogg Labs Tomcat OSK machine. The TC-9 was a 6809 based machine that used the CoCo 3’s GIME chip for compatibility, and the TC-70 was a 68000-type system similar to the MM/1.
I will also attach the original price list.
Number: 4376 Name: tomcat.txt Address: F.RESLER Date: 900331 Approximate # of bytes: 7560 Number of Accesses: 49 Library: 9 Description: This is a file describing the new CoCo4, officially called the TC9 Tomcat, from Frank Hogg. Very interesting and exciting! Keywords: coco4,tomcat,hogg,computer,announcement
I N F I N I T E E X P A N S I O N P O S S I B I L I T I E S from 6809 to 60030 and beyond, with your PRESENT HARDWARE, at your own pace... at Super Prices... (About what the CoCo 3 was when it first came out.) INTRODUCING.... THE... ********* * ********* ** ** *** *** *** **** **** ****** ** ** ** **** **** ** * ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** * ** ** * ** ** ** ** *** ** ** **** ***** ** TM ____________________________________________________ The TC9 TOMCAT (TM) is a major improvement over the CoCo 3. The TC9 is over 25% faster! The TC9 uses a PC compatible keyboard. The TC9 has two 'real' serial ports. The TC9 supports a serial mouse. The TC9 has a parallel printer port. The TC9 has provision for 512K on board RAM or it can use a CoCo 3 512K memory upgrade. The TC9 can be upgraded to 1 megabyte with the Disto 1 Meg upgrade with no soldering, just plug it in. The TC9 has 8 bit D to A and A to D. 8 bit provides better sound and a higher resolution joystick, 256 vs 64. The TC9 supports an internal speaker. The TC9 has the standard CoCo bus so that CoCo cartridges can be used. The TC9 board can be powered by any PC power supply. This also allows installing the board in most PC clone cases. The TC9 will work with most, if not all OS9 software. The TC9 will have RSDOS compatibility thru 3rd party vendors. The TC9 is K-Bus compatible. K-Bus capability is important because it allows interfacing the TC9 to the 68000 and even the 68030! By installing the TC9 in a K-Bus 68K system the Tomcat becomes a dual-processing system! When in OS9 Level II mode the 68000 becomes a co-processor to the TC9, like a accelerator to Level II. We can expect a 2 or 3 fold improvement in performance! When the 68000 is the master under OS9/68K, the TC9 acts as a co- processor to 68K. Switching back and forth between systems will be easy and will allow a smooth transition from OS9 to OSK. It is not necessary to jump to OSK to get the benefits of the 68000, but it provides a smooth transition when and if you decide to make the move. You go at your own pace, upgrading as you desire, and at each point you get a significant improvement in performance, for a very slight cost. E X P A N S I O N Once a K-Bus backplane is added, (It is not required for TC9 operation) the world of 68K is open to you. The logical first step is to add a 68000 CPU which will immediately speed up Level II operations by several factors and opens the door to running OSK. No other additions are needed to run OSK, as OSK will run in the TC9 memory and use TC9 I/O. For further performance increases additional boards, memory, I/O etc. can be added to the K-Bus. It is even possible to have several TC9's in the K- Bus for a multi-processing system! Memory limits are 16 Megabytes of which more than 14 Megabytes can be RAM! They are backplane sizes from 4 to 16 slots and a 20 slot bus is under consideration. The backplane itself is inexpensive so that if you outgrew your first bus you could transfer all your cards to a bigger backplane for little cost. Because of the bus concept upgrades to future CPUs only requires adding that CPU to accomplish it. For example, you could start with a 68000 and later replace that with a 68030 and still use ALL of your other cards. When new cards such as the 68040 become available, you could add those too. Even capabilities, not thought of today can be added by just adding a card! This is upgrading without having to throw anything away. Even if you eventually switched over to 68K completely the TC9 still functions as a multi-function graphics co-processor. Our Hi-Res graphics board, now in design, will have its own keyboard interface and video memory so that it can be used with the TC9 . Several of either cards can be used in the same system, making for the first multi-processor, multi-user, multi- graphics system for OS9 and OSK! Because of the wide variety of K-Bus boards available and those under development, the possibilities for the future are unlimited. The TC9 Tomcat truly is the CoCo 4 that Tandy should have made, for that matter it could well be the CoCo 5, 6, 7, 8............. SHOULD YOU GET ONE? If you currently own a CoCo 3 and use it for both RSDOS and OS9 Level II the TC9 Tomcat is your road to the future. It will run your current software faster and give you powerful new features and performance at modest cost. You get the ability to expand at your own pace, at low cost, the way you want to do it, for your future. THE FUTURE. FHL, in business since 1976, has been manufacturing 680x0 based computers for over 6 years! The Tomcat is the computer for the 90's. We have put all of our knowledge and experience into the creation of the Tomcat. We believe it is the best choice for you and for us. We create computers because we like to use them, not because we like to sell them. Every computer we've made has been one we've wanted for ourselves. The Tomcat is the best we've done... so far. TOMCAT is a trademark of FHL FHL For more information and price/availability: Call or write: FRANK HOGG LABORATORY, Inc. 204 WINDEMERE ROAD SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 13205 315/469-7364 FAX 315/469-8537 CIS 70310,317 DELPHI FHOGG 3/29/90 ty:
And here is the original pricelist, though I do not remember where I got this file from. I slightly altered it for readability since it looks like blank lines got stripped somewhere along the way… Note the date of March 31, 1990.
FHL TOMCAT COMPUTER PRICE LIST March 31, 1990 ENCLOSURES Low Profile for TC9 - 4 high holds 2 5.25 and 2 3.5 drives, 220W PS $179.95 Mini Tower for 8 slot K-Bus, 2 5.25 and 2 3.5 drives, 220W PS 199.95 Desktop for 12 slot K-Bus, 3 5.25 and 1 3.5 drive, 200W PS 199.95 Big Tower for 16 slot K-Bus, 8 1/2 drives, 250W PS 399.95 Portable with keyboard and screen. Price to be announced. K-BUS BASED PRODUCTS TC9 TOMCAT 6809/Multi-I/O/Color Graphics (COCO4) $299.95 (2nd 1/4) K-BUS 4 SLOT BUS 59.95 K-BUS 8 SLOT BUS (Under Development) K-BUS 12 SLOT BUS 189.95 K-BUS 16 SLOT BUS 289.95 K-CPU-030 68030 CPU 16MHZ 799.95 K-CPU-68K/10 10 MHZ 68000 CPU Board 189.95 K-CPU-68K/12 12 MHZ 68000 CPU Board 219.95 K-CPU-68K/16 16 MHZ 68000 CPU Board 269.95 K-MATH-0 MATH CoProcessor less chip 89.95 K-MATH-81 MATH CoProcessor with 68881 installed 299.95 K-DRAM-0 2 MegaByte Dynamic Memory (no memory chips) 299.95 K-DRAM-2M 2 MegaByte Dynamic Memory 80NS Chips 499.95 K-MEM-0K 256K Static RAM or 27256 Type EPROM (64K Blocks) 89.95 K-TIMER Timer, Battery RTC/RAM,Parallel Printer Port 149.95 K-DMA 2 Channel DMA (68440) 189.95 K-SCSI SCSI Controller (5380) 149.95 K-FDC Floppy Disk Controller (1772) 4 drives 149.95 K-ACI 2 Port Async Serial (68681) 149.95 K-ACI4 4 Port Async Serial (68681) 249.95 K-PAR 4 Port Parallel Interface (6821) 149.95 K-BUSMON Bus Monitor with LED's and Single Step Switch 189.95 K-PROTO General Purpose Wirewrap 59.95 K-GRAPHICS Hi-Res Color Graphics VSC W/PC Keyboard Interface (2nd 1/4) SOFTWARE PRODUCTS OS9/68000 Includes Editor, Assembler, Debugger, Scred $249.95 BOOT-ROM SET Required for OS9 50.00 PC-DOS UTILITY Utility to Read/Write/Format PC-DOS under OS9 99.95 FHL reserves the right to change prices and specifications without notice Delivery: Stock to 30 Days except where noted Terms: Payment with order in U.S. Funds Check, VISA, MC (AMEX & DINERS add 5%) Shipping/Handling: $8.00 Per Order (UPS Ground), Foreign and Air Extra FRANK HOGG LABORATORY, Inc 204 WINDEMERE ROAD SYRACUSE, NY 13205 315/469-7364 FAX 315/469-8537
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