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Sharp [directory] 
Sinclair [directory] 
Videogames [directory] 

This section contains programs which allow you to run software intended for a different computer architecture or operating system.

Amstrad - Amstrad is a UK company which has moved away from the computing industry. In this section you can find emulators that imitate the home computers CPC464, CPC664, and CPC6128, machines which were launched in the early 1980s. When the CPC 464 was unveiled, it had a Z80 microprocessor, 32K ROM and 64K RAM, and a built-in cassette recorder. It was followed up by the CPC 664 (mid 1985) which had a built-in 3" disk drive. The CPC 6128 was also launched in 1985, with 128 KB RAM and nearly the same features as the CPC 664.

Besides home computers, and before venturing into the PC machine, Amstrad made a dedicated device designed to replace the typewriter. The PCW 8256, PCW 8512, and PCW 9512 were models which had a Zilog Z80a processor running at 4MHz. They used the CP/M operating system and were not PC compatible.

There is also software to emulate the NC100/200 - an A4 size, portable Z80-based computer featuring an LCD screen (480x64 pixels - NC100, 480x128 pixels - NC200), with 64KB-128KB of RAM. These machines shipped with a word processor, calculator, diary, address book, and games.

Apple - In this section, you'll find emulators for the Apple II (the first microcomputer produced by Apple in 1977), the Apple IIGS released 9 years later (featuring a true 16-bit microprocessor, the 65C816, operating at 2.8 MHz with 24-bit addressing), the Macintosh Plus (1986, Motorola 68000, 8 MHz, 1 MB RAM), the Macintosh Classic (a machine having specs of a 8 MHz Motorola 68000 CPU, 512KB ROM, 1MB RAM, launched in 1990), and a PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems.

Atari - Atari started in the 8-bit home computer market in 1979, launching a range of very popular machines including the Atari 400, 800, XL and XE. You'll find emulators for these machines in this section together with their 1985 ST machine featuring the Motorola 68000's 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals. You can also find an emulator for TOS (The Operating System), which was used by the ST range.

Calculators - Here you can find emulators for the HP Classic series of handheld calculator. HP launched this range in 1972. Also available are emulators for the HP-67 (a second generation mag card programmable calculator), the alphanumeric programmable HP41, and the large screen (64x131) HP48 calculator. Emulators for Texas Instruments' calculators are also available.

Commodore - Emulators for the Commodore 64, the biggest selling single model of all time. This section also contains the popular UAE, the UAE Amiga Emulator, which emulates the 68000, 68010 or 68020 CPU, optionally a 68881 FPU.

Mainframes - An implementation of the mainframe System/370 and ESA/390 architectures is available here.

Microcontroller - An open source simulator for the 68HC11 microcontroller.

Microsoft - Here you can find ways of running DOS (and most DOS applications), Windows 3.x, and Win32 programs (including Windows 2000 and XP applications). Although not an emulator as such, Wine is included in this archive. It consists of a program loader which loads and executes a Microsoft Windows binary, and a library (called Winelib) that implements Windows API calls using their Unix or X11 equivalents.

Miscellaenous - Includes emulators for the ZiLOG Z80 CPU, a Virtual Machine Monitor, MSX, F-CPU, amorphous computing, and embedded systems such as the Netsilicon NS9750.

Oric - The Oric-1, Oric Atmos and the Telestrat are featured here. Oric Products International Ltd. was the company which launched the Oric family of 8 bit computers, back in 1983. The first one was the Oric-1 computer, powered by a 6502 processor and an extended 16K Basic, with sounds, colour graphics, printer port, and 16 or 48K ram. The Atmos added a proper keyboard, and was launched a year later.

Radio Shack - A TRS-80 Model I Emulator for X Windows. TRS-80 was Tandy Corporation's desktop microcomputer model line, and sold through Tandy's RadioShack stores, in the late-1970s and 1980s.

Risc - The reduced instruction set computer, or RISC, is a microprocessor CPU design philosophy that favors a simpler set of instructions. RISC microprocessors have been used by ARM, DEC, SPARC, and MIPS.

Sharp - Currently seeking the source code for Virtual X68000.

Sinclair - Having a large 13,000+ software library, the Sinclair range of home computers were extremely popular. You can find emulators for the black and white ZX80 and ZX81 machines, the Spectrum (1982) which was the #1 British home computer for many years, and the QL which had a Motorola 68008 processor running at 7.5 MHz.

Videogames - Go to this section for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME)/ Multi Emulator Super System (MESS), Sega Genesis, NES, Super Nintendo, Atari Jaguar, and more.

Recommended reading

  • Wine provides information about Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator). This software allows MS-Windows applications to run under X Window System in any Linux or Unix system on an x86 computer. Wine provides the API´s needed to run Windows applications.

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