Commodore 900

Commodore 900


The Commodore 900 (also known as the Z-8000) was a prototype microcomputer intended for business computing and CAD purposes, and created in 1985 by Commodore International in West Germany. The project was cancelled when Commodore bought Amiga. All of the prototypes were sold as scrap to 3rd party distributors. Only very few of these units may have survived.

The C900 was a 16-bit computer based on the segmented version of the Zilog Z8000 CPU. It ran Coherent, a UNIX-like operating system. Two versions of the machine were developed: a workstation with 1024×800 pixels graphics, and a server with text-only display.

The C900's case is similar to the Amiga 2000's but slightly larger.

External links

  • C900 page at 'The Secret Weapons of Commodore' website – By Cameron Kaiser and The Commodore Knowledge Base
  • This is Z page – By Bo Zimmerman
  • The Commodore C900 – color photos of a prototype unit
  • Commodore C900 product announcement
  • A running CBM900 have survived at datamuseum.dk and several of the ROMs have been reverse-engineered.
  • Commodore Microcomputer magazine coverage of the 900's announcement