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Macintosh LC 520

The Macintosh LC 520 was introduced in 1993. It was similar to the previous Macintosh Compact computers, but it had a much larger screen. The computer has a CD-ROM drive and 5MByte of RAM. It ran on the Motorola 68030 CPU that could be upgraded to the 68040, after which the machine could run MAC OS 8.1

The machine is largely the same as the Macintosh LC III but with the compact case. This case was shelved due to the fact that the Apple Industrial Design Group did not like the huge case at all.

Is it a Quadra? An LC? A Performa?

In 1993 Apple made the decision to rename their Macintosh computers. They introduced three different product names, based on the target audiences. The result of this is that many Macintosh machines are exact duplicates of each other, but just with a different brand name.

  • Quadra line - Business Customers, sold only through Apple resellers.
  • LC line - Education market, sold primarily to schools.
  • Performa - Home consumers, sold in department and electronics stores.

Example: The Macintosh Quadra 605 is the same computer as the Macintosh LC 475 and the Macintosh Performa 475.

By Apple CPU Motorola 68030 @25MHz Memory 5M RAM, 36M Max Sound 8-bit Pulse-width modulation Sprites none Display 640x480 8-bit, or 512x384 in 16-bit color Display Chip none Sound Chip TTL Logic for PWM CPU Class 68000 Developed by Apple
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