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CPCNG project

An eZ80 based clone of Amstrad CPC. Bears many similarities to the SPRINTER, although many more hardware functions are supposed to be integrated into the FPGA. Unfortunatelly the project seems to have stalled.
 
Sprinter
The Russian 8-bit "supermicro" the FPGA-based multiform architecture allows to an enthusiast to build a brand new SHARP MZ simply by developing a new configuration. Everything else is already there, including floppy and IDE controllers, serial port, even ISA slots.
 
 applications 
 
CP/M
Sharp MZ line is so-called "clean" Z80 computer: the only software in the ROM is bootloader and everything else must be loaded from tape or disk, including the BASIC programming language. This however makes it an ideal platform for most of the Z80-based versions of the CP/M operating system, especially on MZ-800 range thanks to its 80 column display. Apps include all kinds of productivity software.
 
Wordprocessing:
WordStar
 
Spreadsheets:
Supercalc
 
Databases:
dBASE II
 
 connector
 
What you need in order to be able to use the computer and what peripherals connect to it.
 
Unexpanded Sharp MZ:
A TV set (connects to the aerial but without sound) or better composite video or even better an RGB monitor for display. In case of MZ-811 a standard tape recorder for loading and saving software (a tape counter is very usefull).
 
MZ-1P16 printer/plotter was part of some configurations and also comes as an external device.
 
MZ-1E19
The quick disk drive that can take place of the tape recorder. It uses sequential writing on proprietary 2,5" disks (64 KB) which are now hard to come by and not too practical.
 
Floppy disk drives were also supplied, however a controller card was necessary for those.
 
Third party
add-ons:

These days various floppy disk controllers, RAM disks, IDE interfaces and even a Compact Flash adptor are available, mostly however as D.I.Y. projects.
 
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 fact file
 
MZ-711
Year: 1983
Tech stuff: Processor Z80A/ 4 MHz, RAM 64 KB, graphics 80x50 (based on the charcter generator rather than bitmap graphics) 8 colours, 1channel sound.

 
MZ-721

The same as MZ 711, with a tape recorder (MZ-1T01) built in.
 
MZ-731
he same as MZ 711, with a tape recorder (MZ-1T01) and a printer/plotter (MZ-1P01) built in.
 

MZ-811

Year: 1984
Tech stuff: Processor Z80A/3,5 MHz, RAM 64 KB, graphics 320x200 4 to 16 colours, 640x200 2 or 4 colours (depending on the video RAM), 3channel sound

 
MZ-821
The same as MZ 821, with built-in tape recorder
 

Optional add-ons:
QuickDisk drive proprietary 2.5" media with sequential writing (it was also available for some of the pocket computer models)
MZ-1P16 4
  colour pen plotter for installing inside the case
Dual 5,25" floppy drive
MZ-1D04 green monitor
MZ-1D05 colour monitor
 
 spotlight on
Home computers made by Sharp never gained much fame. Although the X68000 series became very popular in Japan, assuming a position similar to Commodore's Amiga range, the MZ 800 line made it to Europe only because it was cheaper than to mill them into a fine powder and burrying them at the city dump (a fate that met the Apple Lisa) as the design didn't quite to live up to it's predecessor' promise and couldn't compete with MSX. So the MZ80 and MZ 700, although less advanced, especially on the graphics side, are still much more common all over the world.
In the former Czechoslovakia the SHARP MZ 800 was the first personal computer available in regular shops (well, about two or three ;-) for the local currency. Although the price represented about four good monthly salaries, they gained fair deal of popularity and the scene is alive to this day. Several emulators are available and if you know how to solder a few chips onto a circuit board, you can expad your MZ with a RAM disk, floppy or even a hard drive.
Unfortunatelly there aren't that many active SHARP users web sites (and SHARP users for that matter) left, so the computer museums and collections section of this portal will yield larger quantity of results.
 
 sharp mz

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SharpMZ.org [eng] Quite a comprehensive site (with an annoying intro and a painfully slow menu) on the whole MZ range, downloads, links, a CP/M section and more. Many useful tips to solve all kinds of problems.
 
Sharp Emulator Page [eng] Zdenek Adler's website is not only home to his (mildly commercial) MZ emulator for a PC, but in fact to the whole SHARP community in the Czech and Slovak republics, along with the Pandora Conference (see bellow).
MzUnity [cz][eng] A download center mainly a good collection of emulators, articles mostly on hardware subjects, interviews etc.
 
Sharp Users Club [eng] U.K. based users' club for owners of ALL Sharp made computers including PDAs and PCs.
 
MZ-800 RetroMuseum [ger][eng] A gorgeosly designed site indeed, although not quite finished yet. However definitely worth visiting.
 
BOMI [cz] Home of the BOMI emulator for MS-DOS.
 
Japanese Computer Emulation Centre [eng] Support for several SHARP models as well as few other brands.
 
Sharp MZ-800 Software Download [eng] An FTP site with emulators, software in .MZF format, disk images, utilities
 
Pandora Conference [cz] Home of web/e-mail based forum as well as hundreds of others. A major free conference server in the Czech Republic.
 
MCE [eng] Multi Computer Environment project JAVA based emulator of several 8-bit platforms including SHARP MZ-800

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 sharp x-series

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Japanese Computer Emulation Centre [eng] Support for several SHARP models as well as few other brands (X1, X68000, MZ.
 
Gradius Home World [eng] A gaming-dedicated web site's SHARP X68000 information page
 
Emulators.cz X68000 page [cz] Some basic info and two emulators to download.
 
MacoHouse X68000 [jp] X680x0 emulator for Windows, Linux, OS/2 Warp and Macintosh
 
Emulador SHARP X68000 [sp] Four Sharp X68000 emulators and some brief info, hosted on the Spannish language Nacionarcade.com server.
 
Dementhor's Nihongo Links Page
 
 emulation

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MZ800em [eng] A SourceForge home of the MZ-800 emulator for Unix
Japanese Computer Emulation Centre [eng] Support for several SHARP models as well as few other brands.
 
EmuFrance Sharp Page [fr] A French emulation portal with links to many, many emulateurs. All in Francaise.
 
Sharp Emulator Page [eng] Zdenek Adler's website is not only home to his (mildly commercial) MZ emulator for a PC, but in fact to the whole SHARP community in the Czech and Slovak republics.
 
Sharp Emulators [eng] Links to several emulators of SHARP computers
 
MZ-700 Emulator [jp][eng] Home of the MZ700WIN emulator, English and Japanese docs available
EmuZ-2000 [jp] A Japanese only home of the emulator.
EmuZ-2500 [eng][jp] Home of the SHARP MZ-2500 emulator for Win32
 
 games and software downloads

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MzUnity [cz][eng] A download center mainly a good collection of emulators, articles mostly on hardware subjects, interviews etc.
 
Sharp MZ-800 Software Download [eng] An FTP site with emulators, software in .MZF format, disk images, utilities
 

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