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The ITT 3030 is a modular system with several options available. The original CPU for example is a Z80A, but a 8086 CPU board was available...

More floppy disk drives and hard disks (5, 10 and 15 MB) can be added. The average access time of the hard-disks is 170ms, and the transfer rate 600 kb/s.

It is also possible to add up to two 8" disk drives in addition to the original 5''1/4 disk-drives. They can be simple-sides/simple-density (256k) and are thus compatible with the IBM 3740 format, or double-sided/double-density (1024kb).

Two monitors were proposed. A greenich monochrome one (80 x 24), and a color one being able to display 512 x 512 pixels and 16 colors. But these monitors could also be replaced with a TV.

The ITT 3030 works under CP/M, MP/M or BOS. It was delivered with CP/M and user documentations.

The following software were sold with the machine : CP/M, Microsoft Basic 5.0, Cobol, Fortran, Pascal (UCSB), Mailmerge and Supersport. Were also available : Calcstar, Wordstar, Datastar and many professional software (for doctors for example).

The ITT-3030 was in fact conceived by Standard Electric Lorenz, a subsidiary of ITT RFA.

About BOS operating system, Ian Turner (from U.K.) clarifies:
Bos was an independent company who created a truly 'portable' (between different types of computers) operating system and sofware. They specialised in accounting packages but the OS was quite excellent and the name was the acronym of "Business Operating Software". They were highly successful until the early 1990's when they were bought by an insurance company and slowly migrated into an accounts software company running under Unix.
I was a major developer and reseller for them and was instrumental in the link between Bos and ITT, who offered Bos as a package with their systems. The company still exists.

More information from Thomas Bourke:
BOS was originally developed by CAP Ltd who were *the* consulting company for IT in the 1970's - 80's - the eventually were taken over by a French Company with the resulting name of Cap Gemni Sogeti.
Anyway, I digress, CAP didn't know what to do with BOS, so they effectively spun it of into a company called MPSL (Micro Process Software Ltd - if my memory serves).
It sold BOS and a bunch of horizontal packages (payroll, accounting, word processing, spreadsheet et al) both direct and through a series of dealers throughout the (english) speaking world.
Eventually MPSL (by now called BOS Software Ltd) was taken over by MISYS, a UK software/ services company. MISYS ran a VAN (value added network) for Insurance Brokers, hence the confusion with insurance companies - but they did and do other things as well - mainly for financial organisations (but hey, they're big, so they do lots of things!).
An MBO bought the remaining pieces in March 1999 and TIS Software Ltd now owns BOS...



I worked on the early 3030 at ITT Creed in Brighton. The original machine had two 5.25 disk a Z80A with a massive (it was in those days) 64k of memory of which the bottom 4k was a PROM holding a modified version of CPM. Floppy disks with Basic, Word Star I don’t think in those days it had VisiCalc. It was first demonstrated in the UK on a Thames pleasure boat, (sorry I can’t remember the date I guess it would be 1980/81)
On this trip up and down the Thames, I demonstrated how easy it was to strip down the machine and reassemble it by saving a partly written letter, then switching the machine off taking the two floppies out then the CPU board and the display card. With the machine complete in bits I then put it back together and carried on writing the letter. In those days no other machine could do this. I believe that the 3030 was the first truly modular system.

Tuesday 26th June 2012
John Bacon (UK)


NAME  3030
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  February 1982
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Basic Microsoft 5.0 delivered on disks
KEYBOARD  QWERTY/AZERTY full-stroke keyboard, numeric keybad, editing keypad, 8 function keys, 128 non-ASCII characters, lower case and accuented letters, 32 semi-graphic characters, auto-repeat keys
CPU  Z80A (Intel 8086 optional)
SPEED  4Mhz (8086 : 6Mhz)
RAM  64kb (up to 256kb with 64k addons)
ROM  2kb (up to 32kb)
TEXT MODES  80 x 24 / 64 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  512 x 256, 512 x 512
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  12,5kg
I/O PORTS  RS 232c, Centronics, Video output
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 5.25'' disk-drives (double side, double density), 280k each
average access time : 250ms
Up to 3 disk-drives mounted
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU (250-300w)
PERIPHERALS  64k RAM expansions, 5''1/4 and 8'' disk-drives, hard-disks (5,10,15 Mb), 8086 CPU, color video board, NTSC TV interface, graphic board, 8087 arithmetic coprocessor, real-time clock, 4 x RS232c interfa
PRICE  Z80, 64k RAM, 2 x 5''1/4 (280k), RS232 interface, Basic = 4155 (France, 82)
80186, 256k RAM, 2 x 5''1/4 (560k), 5Mb hard-disk = 7415 (France, 82)



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