SAM Coupé is an advanced 8bit computer based on and compatible with the popular Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K. The Coupé has many hardware and system expansions typical for 16bit home computers:
- powerful BASIC dialect (similar to Spectrum´s Betabasic)
- disk/net interface (based on Spectrum´s Disciple/+D)
- huge memory expansion
- graphics modes and advanced colour palette
- extended (PC-like) keyboard and mouse
- MIDI, parallel, serial connection
The SAM Coupé came too late to hit markets - in the times of Atari ST and Commodore Amiga it was mostly compared to these 16bit machines. However it is a pure 8bit computer only and still seems to be the most complex system compatible with the Speccy.
Nowadays any SuperSpectrum is easily implemented in various VHDL cores for modern FPGA boards, incl.:
- turbo CPU and DMA - Mayhem Accelerator, Data-Gear
- memory upgrade - OneMeg, Profi, Flash ROM
- professional keyboard - PC Keyb, Proface, YAZSAKI
- scroll wheel mouse - Mouse Turbo, K-Mouse, Serial Mouse
- ethernet/comms - Trinity, Spectranet, SIF
improved BASIC and DOS
BDOS, ESXDOS, +DivIDE, +3e DOS, ResiDOS, MDOS3, BS-DOS
- expanded sound
Quazar Surround, EDDAC, NeoGS, Turbo-Sound/FM, SID IF
- quality display interface - ZX-VGA Convertor
- modern storage device - see links on the right side
Diskless SAM Coupé with four CF-card slots
Troubles with archaic floppy disks? No more problems with external Trinity Interface. Or Atom Lite+ Interface built inside the Coupé in the place of old disk drives. The DOS available for these devices provides the highest level of compatibility with the old disk-based system (SAMDOS).
Please support the SD(SPI) and CF(IDE) interfaces on the SAM Coupé and oncoming FPGA cores. Thanks!