Below is a list of MTX
Hardware with their old prices.
Click Here to See a picture and specs for the MTX series-2 (size is 65k).
An official Memotech price list has been scanned.
(size is 62.6K).
Below were the last noted prices for available memory expansions
etc for the MTX.
32k memory expansion @ £ 36.74
64k memory expansion @ £ 45.74
128k memory expansion @ £ 69.52
I have a later advert for the MTX, this was Memotech's last big push. (size is 78k).
There were a few plugin roms available which fitted to the left
hand side expansion port.
Newword 32k rom @ £ 36.74 which was a well known wordprocessor back then. This package was also available on 5 1/4" Floppy disk.
There was also a version of Pascal for the MTX which was a 16k rom expansion @ £ 36.74
The Speculator rompak @ £ 36.95 was a first for its time (I believe) as Tony Brewer produced the first commercial Emulator which allowed the MTX to load in and run selected Spectrum software. It worked by first loading in a tape which had the conversion code for the Spectrum program you wanted to load. You would then load it in the normal way. I played some of these programs myself and can confirm that it did indeed work and very well considering the limited speed advantage the MTX had over the Spectrum. Speculator advert (size is 17k).
Memotech had a special version of a Panasonic printer called
the DMX80. This was basically a 9pin dot matrix printer. This printer was Epson
compatible and connected via the normal printer port (it would still work on
a PC using a driver for the Epson RX80). DMX80 printer @ £ 179.95
Memotech eventually produced a smaller version of the FDX and
in doing so pleased a few critics (me included) of the high FDX price. SDX 500k
floppy system with interface @ £ 222.50
SDX 1MB floppy system with interface £ 265.83 (size is 70K).
The MTX was a capable machine and fully expandable into a full CP/M based machine with an 80 coloumn display which was Teletext compatible. At the time CP/M was one of the widest used operating systems in business and had a lot of support. This gave the MTX a large advantage over some of the other computers as the software was already available. You needed to buy the FDX disk unit at first before you could use CP/M.
FDX CP/M systems started from £ 540.00 Along with CP/M the MTX could have silicon disks which were ram expansions configured as disks, these were very fast and really made the MTX fly. These were unknown of then in the home micro scene.
The MTX had two ports for connecting Joysticks to it and they were of the standard Atari compatible type.
There was other hardware available for the MTX like a Speech Processor which sounded like a very bad Robot.
There was also another product called the HRX. This was a frame grabber, again in its time there was nothing else available to compete with this product but its cost and perhaps lack of perceived use was against it. I believe that Geoff Boyd used its technology later on when he started to product the Video Wall products based around the MTX hardware.
Memotech also produced a small network system called NODE then. basically it allowed MTX's to be linked up in a small peer to peer network along coaxial cable. The NODE addon was a again a rompak on the left side of the MTX.
If you know of any other hardware that was available for the MTX please let me know.