Nostalgic users and cult followers of the defunct Commodore 64 computer will be delighted by the launch of Web Computers International, a start-up that plans to create a new version of the old design.
The company, based in the Dutch Antilles, will unveil its computer - dubbed the Commodore C64 Web.it Internet computer - at next spring's Cebit trade show in Germany.
The resurrected consumer PC will cost under $400 and, like its model, will use a television as its monitor. But it has some updated features, notably the Windows 3.1 operating system and a browser, plus email facilities. People who still own C64 applications can run them on the new system via an emulator, but its chief resemblance to the original is the TV link.
Running on an AMD processor with 16Mbytes of memory, the computer has a floppy drive and built-in 56Kbps modem.
Commodore has survived through other companies before this. Gateway bought its most recent machine range, the Amiga, last year and said it would support the operating system in future.
And Dutch company Tulip acquired the Commodore brand name before it hit its own financial problems last year.
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