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Alpha Micro
1000 Series

The Alpha Micro 1000 was a line of systems based on the 68000 microprocessor. According to customer requests, each system could be configured from a single user microcomputer with 128 KB of RAM, up to a 60-users system with 3 MB of RAM and 2.4 GB of disk storage.

The operating system of the 1000 series was AMOS, a multi-user, multi-tasking and timesharing system allowing the user to easily add terminals and printers to the current configuration. Several programming languages were available to build AMOS compatible applications: BASIC, PASCAL, LISP, ASSEMBLER, FORTRAN and COBOL.

Alpha Micro offered innovative hardware solutions and high technology firsts provided by a third company called Macrotech:
- a 1 MB RAM Board
- an intelligent I/O board using DMA
- the only 6MB piggyback board available
- etc...

The system used a standard VHS Video Tape Recorder for back-ups, and most software updates from Alpha Micro and other software houses were supplied in this form.
In the UK this caused a few problems as you had to obtain NTSC-compatible players.

The Alpha Micro company still exists. You can find the latest info on the Amos and Alpha micro systems here.

Thanks to Joe for additional pictures and information

NAME  1000 Series
MANUFACTURER  Alpha Micro
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1982
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Serial video terminal
CPU  68000
SPEED  Unknown
RAM  From 128 KB to 8 MB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
I/O PORTS  From 3 (built-in) to 68 serial I/O
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 or 2 x 800 KB 5'' F.D. drives
OS  AMOS, PICK
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in Power supply unit
PRICE  From $10,000

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