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This Elan Challanger was probably one of the last computers made by Leanord before the company was bought by Siemens in 1989.

It is a standard AT compatible system. Although the hardware design was similar to some Bull Micral PC series: a passive backplane on which are connected several system boards, The Elan was developped fully by Leanord's design team, based in Haubourdin near Lille city.

Two utility programs delivered along with MS-DOS allowed to switch the CPU speed between 8.77 and 12 MHz, replacing the hardware "Turbo" switch, and to modify the ROM BIOS.
The colour version supports the EGA graphics standard but allows only 4 colours to be displayed simultanously.

The machine didn't meet a large success, apart from some French public services, and the French Department of Education where it was used in schools as a server for small networks called Nano-Réseau.


Jacques Daniere was project leader on the Elan:
I was project leader (and accessory marketing boss) on the Elan at Leanord. The Elan was not conceived in cooperation with Bull in any way ( which was one of our main competitors). The Elan's team was also responsible for the programming of the BIOS and electronics within. The team also realized the nano network in collaboration with the Lille university. The Elan brand started in 1985 with one 8088, then the 286, and the first 386 in Europe, way ahead of Bull, Goupil, Tulip and others, presented at the SICOB'86.
Originally the BIOS at Leanord was developped by the same French team, responsible for the Olympia BIOS, Normerel(oplit) BIOS, Matra's MAX20 BIOS : the Didier Martinot team (3S company located at Montrouge).

Elan's in Czech Republic, by Martin Vlk:
We had a school network of about 10 Leanord Elan computers. It was around 1990 when I was in secondary shool.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
NAME  Elan
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1985
CPU  80286
SPEED  8.77 or 12 MHz (Turbo mode)
CO-PROCESSOR  Socket for a 80287 math co-processor
RAM  128 to 640 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 200 (CGA) or 720 x 348 (Hercules) depending on the video card
SOUND  built-in loudspeaker - Standard PC beeper
I/O PORTS  2 x Serial, 1 x Parallel
BUILT IN MEDIA  5.25 1.2 MB floppy disk drive - 20 MB hard disk
OS  MS-DOS 3.1
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PRICE  Unknown

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