Oric 1

With the success of Sinclair Research's ZX Spectrum, Tangerine's backers proposed a home computer and Tangerine formed Oric Products International Ltd to develop the Oric-1.

The computer was introduced in 1982. About 160,000 Oric-1 computers were sold in the UK in 1983, plus a further 50,000 in France (where it was the best-selling machine of the year). This resulted in the acquisition of Oric and financing for a successor, the Oric Atmos from 1984.

Notably, the sound chip was the same one used in the Amstrad CPC, MSX computers, and Atari ST!

The ROM was very buggy and was later replaced by the Oric Atmos.

Catalog type
Desktop computer
Release Date
September 1982
MOS 6502 @ 1 MHz
16kB / 48 kB
Operation System