This was the last (but not the last
launched model) ZX Spectrum model, launched in 1988 by Amstrad. This computer have a
internal 3" disk drive. Each disk side have 173K free for programs. This computer may
use all the software for 48K Spectrum (I think that +3 have some incompatibilities) and
all 128K software (if it doesn't use the special commands to work with the 128K/128K+2
RAMdisk). This computer doesn't have the 128 BASIC, but the +3 BASIC, witch have the +3
DOS, to work with the disk drive. Tape is treated in +3 BASIC as T: drive and the RAMdrive
as the M: drive. A addicional external disk drive could be connected to the +3 back. The
external disk drive is treated by +3 DOS as B: drive.
+3 have 64K ROM instead of 32K like the +2 and was capable to use Centronics printers.
With this model the ZX Interface 1 can't be used. All the peripherals used in the early models must be tested to see if they work with +3 The +3 edge connector is incompatible with 48K edge connector but a fix board can be made to change this.
-Zilog Z80A running at 3.5Mhz
-128K. Paged in 16K chunks.
-Cassete tapes at 1200 baud.
-Disk Drive 3" (160K)
-16K ZX colour BASIC
-32K +3 Basic
-16K +3 DOS
-Text 32x22 16 colors
-Graphics 256x192. Color resolution is 32x22x16
-3 channels AY-3-8912 chip
-Disk Drive (FD-1)
This page was updated at 03-03-2003