Compudata Tulip System 1

The Compudata Tulip System 1, also known as Tulip System 1, is the first Compudata developed and produced computer. It's also the last one having the Compudata name and the first one with the new company's name Tulip.

It's a 16-bit machine based on an Intel 8086 and is released 1 month prior to IBM's release of their Personal Computer in the Netherlands.

Therefor, the original operating system used was CP/M-86, but later MS-DOS was available as well (using a rudimentary IBM BIOS emulator).

The System 1 could be expanded to 896 KB of memory, much more than IBM's 640KB. The machine also came standard with a SASI harddisk interface (precursor of SCSI) and had optionally a 5 or 10MB harddisk. The external floppy disk had 400 or 800KB of storage, again more than IBM because Tulip used 10 sectors instead of 8 or 9.

The machine was very fast and it's CPU ran at 8 MHz. By placing an optional 8087 coprocessor, the speed of the machine came near mainframe speed.

Catalog type
Desktop computer
Release Date
Intel 8086 @ 8 MHz
128KB - 896KB
400/800KB FDD + 5/10MB HDD
Operation System
CP/M-86 + MS-DOS 2.00

Museum Collection

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