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Olivetti introduced a mainframe about 1960 which was called ELEA, then in 1965 the Programma 101 - which was probably the world's first real desktop computer. Then a little later they introduced the Audiotronic range of "office computers". The first was the A770, which was replaced by the A7. The A5 was the desktop version. The Olivetti Audit 5 or A5 was largely an electro mechanical computer. It printed via a golf ball typewritter mechanism at the astonishing speed of 16 character per second...
The TA 1600 system was introduced in 1983 at the CeBIT (which was only a part of the "Hannover-Messe" by that time). TA showed a few sample applications and the 1600 family in general. Triumph Adler's hardware included also the 1600/20-3 which was supplied with a permanent-swap-HDD-unit. This unit had a memory/storage capacity of 2 x 8 MB (Winchester technology). Triumph Adler said the system (the 1600) will fit the demand of medium-sized businesses, due to the facts that these companies w...
MIDWICH Microcontroller
Called the Midwich Microcontroller, this British computer was developped to provide a small desktop micro capable of running other equipment throug a variety of interface cards. In 1979 an Italian IC manufacturer designed and began to sell a single board micro system that could be expanded to a full system with a VDU, discs, etc. Called the Nanocomputer, it was manufactured by SGS Ates and one of the distributors in the UK was Midwich. The Nano was somewhat expensive and suffered from a numbe...
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is an extremly rare TRS-80 Model 1 clone, based on an other clone: The Komtek 1 (from Germany). It's equiped with a Level II basic and powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu. _________ Contributors : Incog...
BASF 7100
The BASF 7000 systems are professional computers from Germany. They seem to be based on the Microterm II Intelligent Terminal by Digi-Log Systems, Inc. There were several models in the 7000 serie....
PCC 2000 is a professional computer released in 1978. It was designed in 1978 by Pertec, the company which merged with MITS by the end of 1976. The PCC is conceived as a monobloc machine, where the display and two 8" floppy disk drives are built-in the main case. The mechanical keyboard offers separated numeric and editing keypads. The system is powered by an Intel 8085 microprocessor and offers 64 KB RAM. The whole thing was apparently delivered with an extended Basic language, which has...
TAP 34 is a self design of Terta company from Hungary. Primarily it was designed as a terminal for big computer systems but it was also able to process data alone. The main integrated circuits were assembled in the USSR and in Hungary by Tungsram, but several parts were imported from other countries. The built-in monitor was a DME-28 monochrome CRT made by Orion. This company was famous for its televisions in Hungary and the other KGST countries. The floppy drive attached to the compute...
Based on the MCM 70 / 700 (see this entry for more info), the MCM 800 followed in 1976. It was faster, included 16 KB RAM (instead of 8 KB for the 700), and included the ability to drive an external monitor. Among other things, MCM 800s were used in one of the first french industrial network called Gixinet (along with ARCnet). This was a token-bus type network developped by the Gixi company....
The Imlac PDS-1 is a graphical minicomputer made by Imlac Corporation (founded in 1968) of Needham, Massachusetts. The PDS-1 debuted in 1970 and is considered to be the predecessor of all later graphical minicomputers and modern computer workstations. The PDS-1 had a built-in display list processor and 4096 16-bit words of core RAM. The PDS-1 used a vector display processor for displaying vector graphics as opposed to the raster graphics of modern computer displays. The PDS-1 was often used with...
COMMODORE  C64 Golden Jubilee
Between 1984 (in the U.S.) and 1986 (in Germany), Commodore International celebrated the 1,000,000 machines sold mark in these respective countries by issuing special "Gold" editions of the Commodore C64. These machines were regular C64 models, except they were Golden-colored and fixed on a commemorative plate. The following information comes from Death Adder : Until December 1986, 1,000,000 Commodore 64s were sold in Germany. On this occasion, Commodore Buromaschinen GmbH (...

The Monroe OC-8820 was an all-in one Z80 based system featuring 128 to 256 KB of RAM, a monochrome CRT and a dual 5.25" 300 KB floppy disk drive. It used its own multitask operating system, but a CP/M OS could be acquired separately along with a specific Monroe BASIC interpreter, Dbase II, Wordstar and a spreadsheet (probably CalcStar). Even under CP/M, You could run the a Spreadsheet report and still run Wordstar. A 10 MB hard-disk drive unit was also available. The Monroe computer fa...
APPLE  Apple II clones
This page is dedicated to all the unclassifiable Apple II compatible computers. There were numerous models, mainly produced in the Far East, but also in Europe, the USA and South America. Some of them bore exotic names like Lemon, Orange, Peach or Pineapple, while other were simply no-name systems. In most cases the mainboard and the case were pretty similar to that of the original Apple II. However, the manufacturers often attempted to offer an additional technica...
The hardware features of the QDP-300 were very close to those of the QDP-100 model. Apart from the shape of the case, the major differences were: - An integrated help system, - A cache memory to speed up the disk drives operations, - A new motherboard design allowing the 6 Mhz. Z80-C microprocessor to be used. The QDP-300 was backed by one-year on-site warranty performed by the General Electric Company.

The Athena used the NSC 800 microprocessor which was a low consumption version of the Zilog Z80. The computer had a battery which allowed it to be used for two hours or six hours in "awake" state. Apparently it was the first "clamshell" laptop computer to be exhibited, but never went into production. It was designed by David Mitchell....
The IVEL Ultra is a Croatian computer made by Ivasim Electronika. Its creator was Branimir Makanec. They were made in a little city near Zagreb called Ivanic Grad. The main characteristic of the Ivel Ultra is to be compatible with the Apple II. It is equiped with one or two 5.25" floppy disk drives. Its Basic is compatible with the Apple one, and its operating system called IDOS is compatible with Apple DOS 3.3 On top of that, the Ivel Ultra has a second pro...
The following information come from the excellent PDP-8 FAQ : The VT78 system, also called DECstation or DECstation 78, is based on the Intersil/Harris 6100 microprocessor and is packaged in a VT52 case. The 6100 processor was able to run at 4 MHz, but in the VT78, it was only clocked at 2.2 MHz because of the speed of the DRAM used and the deliberate use of graded out chips. Using TTL MSI and LSI components, ...
MOTOROLA  WDR-1-Bit Computer
This is a homemade and nicely built training computer, and probably one of the rare computers in the world based on the 1-bit (yes, one bit) Motorola MC14500 processor. This machine was conceived en sold in Germany by DATANorf Hard and Software in kit or ready-built forms. Originally, the MC-14500, also called Industrial Control Unit (ICU) was a CMOS processor designed for controlling simple industrial devices and making binary decisions based on successive single bit information. ...
The ABC-24 and ABC-26 could run up to 8 programs simultaneously and couls manage 7 workstations under M/PM (according to the advertisement). they had a real-time clock and 96 graphic symbols built-in. There were several models : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26, mostly differentiated by the storage capacities... The 2x Models were the successors of the ABC 10, which had a digital tape auxillary memo...
In March 1951, The Eckert and Mauchly Computer Co. of Philadelphia delivered the UNIVAC 1 (Universal Automatic Computer) to the U.S. Census Bureau. The machine was put into service on June 14, 1951. It was retired on October 3, 1963 after 73,000 hours of operation. In the meantime, Remington Rand (now Unisys Corp.) sold 45 UNIVAC 1 machines to U.S. government agencies and private-industry. Although it was not the first commercial computer (The Ferranti Mark I was delivered a few...
The AS-100 is a 16-bit professional computer based on the Intel 8088 CPU. It has 128 KB RAM, built-in speaker, optional 8087 math co-processor and real time clock. The whole system (monitor + disks + keyboard) weights more than 30 Kg! The AS-100 is not a real IBM compatible system. It can use MS-DOS as its Operating System but that's all. The computer can display 25 lines of 80 columns, or 640 x 400 pixels, with 8 colours from a total of 27. The character matrix consists of 9 x 7 pixels. The...

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ELWRO 800 Junior
The funny thing is - they didn''t create a special encasing, but just utilised one from the electronic organ: Elwirka

Wow, this brings back memories. A friend of mine in 1982 told me I should check out this little machine and he let me borrow it for a weekend. He handed it to me in a brown paper bag (not sure why I recall that). Now for over 30 years it has been my profession. It all started with this little Timex computer.

Byron Adkins
IBM  RT (6150)
The original (170ns) processor card supported an optional floating point coprocessor card based on the National Semiconductor NS32081 FPU.

The next generation (100ns) processor card included a Motorola 68881 floating point coprocessor on the CPU card itself.

The final (80ns) processor card supported a huge double-card floating point coprocessor, again in the coprocessor slot.

If you search the Web for ''IBM SA23-1057'' you can download a PDF of the original RT product architecture. Note that the ROMP processor MMU, though a separate integrated circuit (at least initially), is tightly integrated with the RISC core and would not be called a co-processor today.

Joop Marquenie
NANO  SKS 2500
We still have a SKS NANO in original state including all original documentaton and I even believe electronic shemes. We actually do not know what to do with the machine. When we locked it away, it was still working OK.

Can you advise us what to do with the machine?

Thanks, Joop

Glenn Boswell
My first paid programming job was on a HP9830B with 15k memory and 5MB removable HD platter. I talked the boss to buy this over an IBM 5100 with cartridge tapes only. It was fun with only 36/72 character visual display. Loved it then moved to a Service Bureau with IBM 360 20/50s and RPGII .. :-( Been a fun ride and as I write this on a MBP 16GB 1TB I''m glad I started on a HP9830B :-)

MAster BAiter
RADIONIC Model R1001
This is the most potent computer I''ve ever seen

TO: "Saturday 19th October 2013 Frank (Germany)"
One is available here for some more days:

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