ico mpf1bMultitech was founded in Taiwan in 1976. In 1981, it released MicroProFessor I, a well known training computer, based on the Z80, which was be a long time success in its "SBC" niche. In 1982, the MPF-2 was put on the market and becomed the first Taiwanese personal computer.

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multitech logo

In the mmid eventies, Multitech wanted to create a family microcomputer for China. The machine was called MPF-2C and dedicated to the Chinese market. Using the Dragon Chinese Alphabet Coding System extension. It had a controller (or Chinese Character Controller, CCC) with 64 KB of RAM to offer 22000 ideograms. It allows to generate an ideogram with 5 keys maximum (and 3.8 on average). It was an innovative performance for a home machine.

mpf2

 

It can be read here and there on the web that the text mode is not implemented and the HGR resolution can display ideograms. This maybe true for the "Dragon" version. So, Chinese was possible thanks to the high graphic resolution. For the PAL version sold in the rest of the world, it's a standard "A-la-Apple" sauce.

 

MPF-IIc

mpf2c

mpf2c complet

In the same format as 1b and 1p, Multitech created an 6502 processor model of the brand's training card, the MPF-1/65.The next photo shows it with a monitor screen a dump that looks a lot like the monitor of the Apple 2. The motherboard is really very close to the MPF-2.

 

mpf1 65

 

In France, Microprofessor II (or MPF-2P for PAL in Europe) was put on the market in 1982 in two models: the European classical PAL and a modified SECAM Scart version for France. It is therefore more expensive.

In SECAM, a DIN-6 suppress TTL CINCH connector

mpf2p secam

 

In PAL, everithing is more simple and clean. Note the keyboard sleeve

mpf2p pal

 

Apple 2 !

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