Twenty-eight years ago, Commodore International created a legend. The Commodore 64 system sold a total of 30 million units, making it the best-selling PC system ever. And now it's back. Well, sort of.
System builder Commodore USA has finally managed to settle with Commodore Licensing for the rights to sell under the name. To celebrate this, they have announced the release of the Commodore PC64 all-in-one keyboard computer.
Mr. Barry Altman, President and CEO of Commodore USA, LLC states "We are ecstatic to be partnering with Commodore Licensing B.V. in this new, exciting product launch. The legacy of the Commodore C64, which sold over 30 million units, making it the best selling computer of all time, and our reintroduction of this legendary form factor, combined with the world's most recognizable consumer electronics brand, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We look forward to bringing these new products to market, and welcoming a whole new generation of computer users to the Commodore experience".
The new Commodore PC64 features an Intel Atom 525 CPU with Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 4GB DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive, HDMI, DVD/CD optical drive (Blu-ray optional), dual-link DVI, six USB ports, integrated 802.11n WiFi, bluetooth and a 6-in-1 media card reader. All this is housed within what is described as a an exact replica of the original C64 case.
Commodore USA also has an array of other systems for sale, including the flagship Phoenix, entry-level Amigo, and the portable Invictus. For more information about these systems and the company itself, head over to the official Commodore USA site here.
A few years ago, another startup, Commodore Gaming, came onto the scene trumpeting the big C's name. Unfortunately, many expressed disappoint in their departure from the beloved favorite. Perhaps Commodore USA will capture the hearts of fans with their faithfulness to the original designs.
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