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Q1 CORPORATION
Q1 System

Photograph of the desktop console of the world's first microcomputer system. It utilized the Intel 8008 single-chip microprocessor.

The computer system was developed and manufactured by Q1 Corporation. They delivered the first microcomputer system to the Litcom Division of Litton Industries in Melville, Long Island on December 11, 1972 (and a second system in February, 1973). In April 1974 Intel introduced the second-generation, single-chip 8-bit microprocessor, the 8080. Until then, Q1 systems were the only self-contained, general-purpose microcomputer systems in the world.

In 1973, two limited-purpose products that utilized the 8008 were introduced: In May 1973 Micral, in France, introduced a special-purpose process controller; and in the fall, Jonathan Titus offered the Mark-8, an 8008 assembly-kit for the hobbyist market (Titus 1974). Neither product was, nor intended to be, a self-contained, general-purpose computer system.

In 1973, Q1 microcomputer systems were installed in Europe (Germany) and Asia (Hong Kong).

The Q1 System remained the world's only self-contained, general purpose microcomputer system until Intel introduced the 8080 second generation microprocessor.

Apparently, Q1 also delivered some of NASA's computers.

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Source: Daniel Alroy and his website Philon.net

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My father passed away and I found some old Q1 Corp stock certificates. I assume they''re worthless but thought I''d ask.

          
Wednesday 30th August 2017
Cathy (chander az)

I worked for Balcones Computer Corp. in the late 70''s and early 80''s working with the dynamic duo: Robert Burns and Jay Bell. Together they consulted for numerous companies on CP/M and BIOS micro code and utilities software. We had upgraded a Q1 from the standard 48K to 64K of memory and configured a CP/M setup for the Q1. It''s possible the BIOS code was updated as well. I did not work personally on the system but it was in the same lab I worked in (called "The Shack"). I vaguely recall the customer was from Portugal.

          
Sunday 23rd July 2017
James Bell (Austin, TX)

The company developed a mass storage device which allowed a number of Q1 computers to network together

I can remember the amusement of the French when we exhibited in Paris apparently Q1 has a different meaning in french

          
Sunday 28th May 2017
Jim Bennett (Southampton)

 

NAME  Q1 System
MANUFACTURER  Q1 Corporation
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1972
KEYBOARD  teletype style console
CPU  Intel 8008
RAM  Unknown
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Unknown
BUILT IN MEDIA  Unknown
OS  Unknown
POWER SUPPLY  Unknown
PERIPHERALS  Unknown
PRICE  Unknown


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