Project Beta

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Project Beta (AKA Dragon 128) was something altogether different, and saw GEC Dragon really wanting to hit the big time. Expecting to retail at £2500-3000, the micro housed twin 68B09 processors, had 256K RAM (expandable to 768K) and offered two internal 3.5" floppy drives with an external hard disc available as an add-on. Together with an on-board power supply the machine also incorporated an 80-column display and an RGB monitor connection

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The main CPU unit had a flat-top to support a monitor and the detached keyboard also featured a separate numeric pad. Together with parallel Centronics, RS232, light-pen and a mouse port; a mother-card was supplied providing expansion boards to be fitted. At the time of announcement only three had been fully developed.

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It is not known how many of these prototypes were built, only one fully assembled Beta is known to exist and one working motherboard.