|Vic-20, VC-20, Vic-1001|
The Commodore Vic-20 was one of the first home computers manufactured by Commodore. In Germany, the VIc-20 was named the VC-20 and the Japanese name for the Vic-20 was the Vic-1001.
Technical specifications Edit
The VIC's name(s)Edit
- The name "VIC" came from the Video Interface Chip, which, despite its designation, also handled all the sound synthesis in the VIC-20. The VIC chip's successor, the graphics-and-RAM-refresh VIC-II, was used to great success in Commodore's later best-selling machine, the C64, and also in the dual video output C128 for that computer's 40-column/composite video graphics.
- The VIC-20 was originally meant to be called Vixen, but this name was inappropriate in Germany, Commodore's second most important market, because it sounds like wichsen, the German language word for "masturbate". VIC, which was subsequently chosen, has a similar problem&-;it can be pronounced like fick[en], the German word for "fuck". Therefore the VIC-20 was finally marketed as the VC-20 "Volkscomputer" in German-language countries—an obvious play on "Volkswagen".
- In Japan the VIC-20 was marketed as the VC-1001 (1980).
Wikipedia's article on the Vic-20
The Canonical List of Commodore Hardware