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


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.


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