Pluto

Photo credited to Daniel.

I think it’s a Pluto 1A. The Pluto 2 was 12″x8″ and I’m not aware of any other 8″x8″ Pluto cards for the 80-bus. It may even be a later revision of the Pluto 1.

This was probably the ultimate in 80-bus graphics cards at the time. It’s a late issue IO research Pluto card with integrated palette. This system was very powerful (at the time) and was rather too expensive for most of us!

Pluto 1A specification

  • 8088 processor
  • 256K of memory
  • 16 colours (optionally from a palette of 4096)

And the “impressive” prices!

  • 640×576 dots in 16 fixed colours  –  £600
  • 768×576 dots in 16 fixed colours  –  £675
  • 640×576 dots in 16 colours from 4096   –  £900
  • 768×576 dots in 16 colours from 4096   –  £975

 

 


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