Philips IBM-compatible MS-DOS PCs #VintageComputing #RetroComputing @Philips

Most folks on the planet Earth know Philips, the conglomerate company headquartered in the Netherlands. They have invented a whole host of technologies from Compact Disks, speakers, smart lights, baby bottles, and MRI machines!

Did you know that Philips also made IBM PC compatible machines in the 1980s and 1990s? Philips Telecommunicatie en Informatie Systemen (Philips Computers) was a subsidiary of Philips that designed and manufactured personal computers which was active from 1963 through 1992.

Here are some examples below – did you ever have a Philips machine? Let us know in the comments at the bottom.


The Philips P3105 is an IBM PC/XT class machine released in September 1988. It contains an Intel 8088 @ 4.77 or 8 Mhz, up to 640kB RAM, 1x FDD 5,25″, 1x FDD 3,5″, 1x HDD 20MB.


The Philips P3230 is an IBM PC/AT class machine with an Intel 80286 processor, 1x FDD 5,25″, 1x FDD 3,5″, 1x Seagate ST157A 45MB HDD


The Philips NMS9100 came as a PC/XT and an 80286 PC/AT class machine and may be a rebranding of the P3105/P3220. This computer may be the best selling Philips IBM PC-compatible machine. Mainly because of the discount because the Dutch government was promoting the use of computers offering tax deduction and allowing to trade free days to buy a computer.


Check out the video below from Philips in 1989 (in Dutch) and more on Wikipedia.

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.